Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Way Home by Cindy Gerard

Title: The Way Home
Author: Cindy Gerard
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: One-Eyed Jacks #2
Main Characters: Jess and Ty and JR 
Release Date: October 2013
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
A heartwarming Christmas story from the New York Timesbestselling “true master of romantic suspense” (Romantic Times). Four years ago Jess Albert got the news that her husband Jeff was killed in action in Afghanistan, and a painful void entered her life. The more time passed, the more acutely she felt that emptiness. But when Tyler Brown, former military hero and all-around alpha male, shows up a year after she’d last seen him, Jess gradually begins to realize there is one thing that can make her feel whole again—love.

As they’re planning their wedding and new life together, Jess receives shocking news: her husband is alive, under the care of a young Afghani woman hiding him from the Taliban. Even as he sees their happily-ever-after slip away, Ty arranges for the One Eyed Jacks and Black Ops, Inc. teams to make a daring and dangerous rescue mission to bring Jeff home. The hardest thing Ty or Jess has ever done is to let the other go.

When Jeff returns to Jess, broken physically and emotionally and with no memory of their history, they try to heal their marriage and each other. But as time brings them together more as friends than lovers, an unexpected development helps them see the true way home, to the people they love.

My Review:
This review has spoilers, but it's no more than is already told in the published story description.

What an amazing story! I loved every second reading this story. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking because you watch Jess and Ty falling in love and eventually planning their lives together. It takes a lot of convincing for Jess to put herself out there like that again. But then the impossible happens...JR isn't dead. How can they not be happy about that fact...even when it means the end to their happiness? At the same time, the reader sees what is happening to JR in Afghanistan when Rabia finds him. He's in a really bad way with NO memory. She takes care of him and he comes to rely on her...but he doesn't remember the wife he has at home. 

Seriously, you know this is going to be an emotional book and it didn't disappoint. It was never so far-gone that I was crying, but it was so good. Just the suspense of how was JR going to get out? How was this going to resolve for everyone? But Cindy Gerard pulled it off...and she did so with both the One-Eyed Jack crew and Black's crew. Gah, I'd forgotten how much I missed seeing all those familiar faces and their incredible smartass attitudes on a mission. That part of the book was suspenseful and COMPLETELY PACKED with action. OMG!

The book had everything....the idyllic setting of the MN lake region and resort area where Jess now lives, the high drama, high-action of Afghanistan, and everything in between which consisted of two gorgeous love stories. I loved it and am so glad I bought this book in hardback so I have it on my keeper shelf to revisit again and again. The perfect holiday read for this military, romantic suspense loving girl!

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