Ryan’s outstanding, emotional sixth addition to the Montana Men contemporary series (after Her Renegade Rancher) gives Ford Hendricks a second chance with his first love, Jamie Keller. He was desperate to get her away from her emotionally abusive mother and unable to go with her due to family obligations, so he broke up with her to keep her from staying in a dangerous home. Jamie had been groomed for psychological war, so when Ford backed out of their plans, she put those skills to good use and joined the Army. Years later, suffering from PTSD and pressured by the government to recover her memories of the explosion that killed most of her friends, she returns home to heal. Despite her erratic and sometimes violent behavior—which Ryan successfully offsets with playful banter and flirtation—Ford knows the sweetheart he called Firefly is still in there somewhere. With the support of his loving family, he shows Jamie that she still has some fight left in her, and they go after the life they always dreamed of. A touch of amnesia weaves a bit of suspense into the story. Unconditional love and a cast of memorable characters make this tearjerker novel a winner. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary. (Mar.)
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Bound by honor and by love...
That's a Montana Man
Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave-and he, duty-bound to rescue his family's ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.
Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears-inside and out-won't let her trust anyone enough to get close.
Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It's a battle Ford won't let her fight alone, not when he's determined to keep her by his side, now and always...
Fireworks spark and sizzle as the final Kendrick brother tries for a second chance at a first love in this Montana Men novel. [...] the stomach-twisting suspense subplot is full of emotional ups and downs that keep the heart racing!
Ryan not only brings to the table emotionally engaging, multilayered characters, she also writes with great sensitivity about the physical, emotional, and mental toll PTSD can levy on military personnel returning home from active duty, which ultimately makes her heroine’s journey back to the light all the more poignant.
Ford Kendrick and Jamie Keller broke up because of clashing family problems—Jamie's drove her away from their hometown even as Ford's kept him rooted there. They each left the relationship broken by the difficult choices they were forced to make.Ford stayed home to care for his grandfather and his family's ranch. He saw his brothers finish school, fall in love, and start families of their own. He spent the money he'd saved to move away with Jamie on his grandfather's medical bills, relieved to have the old man in good health again. Jamie left her abusive mother's house to join the military after her plan to buy a little place with Ford fell through. Eleven years later, Jamie returns home after being shot in Afghanistan with a serious case of post-traumatic stress disorder and no real idea of what to do with her life. Enter Ford, who seems to be everywhere Jamie needs him to be: separating her from a fight with her brother, taking care of her (and himself after she shoots him during a flashback) while she's blackout drunk, and generally nursing her back to health. Unfortunately, Tobin, a member of her company from when she was in the Army, won't let her try to get on with her life. She can't remember the face of the man who attacked her squad despite therapy and meds, and Tobin insists that she doesn't need to. He'd prefer that she move on to a life with him, since he can best understand her trauma. Add that to the jealousy Ford feels, and it creates a tense love triangle, but while Jamie's PTSD is an integral part of her character development, Tobin's contributes to his general villainy, which seems counterintuitive. An interesting book that turns a lot of established tropes and gender norms on their sides.