Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Her Survivor by Vonnie Davis


Title: Her Survivor
Author: Vonnie Davis
My Rating: B-

Genre: Military Romance 
Series: Black Eagle Ops #1
Main Characters: Dustin and Kelcee
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher:  Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Navy SEAL Dustin Frank can handle physical pain; it's his soul that needs mending. After losing part of his leg in an explosion, the panic triggered by his PTSD nearly drives him over the edge. So Dustin retreats to the Eagle Ridge Ranch, a charming hideaway tucked into the Hill Country of Texas. There he finds solace in the arms of a shy beauty who reawakens desires he thought he'd lost forever—and who makes him want to lose control, just when he needs it most.

Kelcee Todd sees beyond Dustin's scars to the real man beneath: fiercely protective, strong yet tender. She wants nothing more than to feel his battle-hardened hands on her body. However, Kelcee is not the ordinary small-town girl she appears to be. Her brother is a killer with ties to the Russian mob, and after her testimony put him in prison, he's out and eager for revenge. Now Dustin is her best defense, even if it could cost him everything. Kelcee could never ask him to make that sacrifice . . . but she can't stop him, either.
My Review:
This is the first book in this new military series and it started out with a lot of promise. Dustin is a wounded SEAL recovering from the loss of his leg. Kelcee is a girl in hiding who just inherited the town's bookstore. I liked the setup of their story and I loved all the characters in the story. The premise of this alpha team set out in ranch country also was intriguing. 

I think the author did a great job with explaining PTSD and how it affects everyone so differently. All the men in the story have varying degrees of PTSD. I think the series has promise...it's just not a series for me, I don't think.

*sigh* This is one of those stories where 'it's me, not you' because there were some things in the story that I really hated that was just a personal thing for me. The series takes place in a small Texas town and the author illustrated that by using dialogue that felt schmaltzy and over the top to me a lot of the time. But if you like stories that use that kind of cutesy sayings and have a very country feel, you would probably like this one...because the actual story, overall, is a good one. 

I loved all the characters (especially the guys making up the team...and am intrigued by Ashley) and everything about the setup of the story line. I just wish all the small town Texas town dialogue had been pulled back...and Junebug in those final scenes...ack...seriously?

NOTE: OMG...in the dialogue, the hero corrects the heroine about what time they're meeting for dinner. He tells her she needs to start thinking in military time, so it needs to be o-six-thirty. OMG, no, no, no!! That is NOT military time. That's 6:30 in the morning. Such a blatant error when the character was correcting another character should have been caught by someone...ack! Eighteen-thirty is 6:30 pm in military time. *sigh*

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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