Book Three: Independence Falls
January 20, 2015
Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed …
Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can't touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.
But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he's the hero Lena needs night and day … forever.
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No touching allowed …
After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She's set her sights on her brother's best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew's live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn't stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?
For Liam Trulane, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers' life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.
His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie's family business. And after Liam's relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can reach an understanding. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make her his.
After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce him, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she'll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback may come at too high a price …
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.
T Birds 5 stars ***** Review
The author took some unique elements and created a beautiful story of Lena and Chad, two people who have their own broken pieces yet never gave up on their dreams and found they could be useful in life, even when they didn’t know how. This is part of a series but can be read as a stand-alone, I have not read the other books and I was not lost at all with Hero by Night and even found I wanted to go back and grab the other books once I was finished.
Lena was a war hero, she had returned home after some devastating times in the war. Her body might be in one piece, but her mind is shattered into millions of fragmented pieces. With nightmares, anxiety, fears and longing to just be normal again, she doesn’t find a lot of support from her family and husband. With a duffle bag of belongings, a gun in her purse and her service dog Hero, she sets off to find her perfect place in life so she can heal and find her way back to a new normal that awaits her. I loved that she never stopped fighting, even when the world didn’t see it, she clung to the idea that she would be a normal woman again who would enjoy being touched, loved and the fear of people would subside. The author did a wonderful job at showing us just how much Lena had to overcome, with the fear of being around people and needing Hero by her side a job was going to be hard to find. With the anxiety of being touched, parties and relationships were going to be traumatic for her in everyday life. With no home to call her own, finding a place that will allow Hero to stay with her was near impossible without friends, but then you don’t want to take advantage of that friendship either. She knew what she needed to do, but did she have to tools or chances to make that first step?
Chad is what you would consider a man whore and he didn’t deny that fact. He would sleep with anything that was willing and never made fake promises of forever. Some women went into that arrangement only to come out feeling love and devastated that he wouldn’t commit. Other women were fine in using him for one night to satisfy their need. Chad had his own demons to battle in life and his dream was to fly the helicopter for his business but his sleeping habits had soon become too much of risk for his company to allow him to keep flying. He was going to have to settle down, become respectable and stop his whoring ways. Some thought that wasn’t possible for Chad but if they could have seen him with Lena they would finally see the real gentleman behind the sexual mask he wore. He cared about her, he was astonished that she was able to reach out to him and touch his hand, but would he be able to keep that space between them in order for her to feel safe while he helped her?
Now here is where the message of the story hit me. We have two broken people, dealing with their own issues yet they were the perfect cure for each other. Lena would have never believed in her condition she would have been helpful to anyone. She was a shattered mess after serving her country. Chad would have never believed he could step back from the sexual fixes he so craved and calmed Lena’s anxieties and make her feel safe. From out ward appearances, these two were a disaster waiting to happen but compassion, love and friendship prevailed and began the healing in Lena and Chad. It was a beautiful story to read and embrace with laughter, tears, pain and hope. It is a story of healing and never allowing yourself to think you are worthless to everyone. People have a special gift that is needed by another human, it is up to us to find that gift and offer it, knowing the risks involved yet still being willing to give it. Brilliantly written, full of emotion and understanding, characters that could be connected with and a powerful message that every person has value and hope, what more could a reader want from a story?
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