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  • deeply emotional read

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 3 in the Loving A Warrior, and I STRONGLY suggest you read both books one, Loving A Warrior, and book 2, Keeping A Warrior, before you read this one. There is much referenced here that is not fully recapped. And you know, cos I said so! Both are 5 star reads. As is this one! Lani meets Geo on possibly the worst day of her life. Geo's ain't much better. Together they begin to navigate a relationship, while dealing with a huge amount of grief at the death of their loved ones. Hansen has a knack of roping you in, pulling you close, and not letting you go. She can grab you, by the heart strings, and drag you kicking and screaming through every single emotion known to man, and then expect you to write a coherent review after! I mean, I loved this book, I really did. It carries some difficult story lines, but again, Ms Hansen delivers them in a way that you cannot fault. Grief is a fickle thing, and everyone deals with that differently. I know, my sister and I dealt with my mother and father's death very different, but there is no right or wrong way. Here, Lani's grief is a decade old, but she still suffers. Geo's is much fresher, and it's HIS pain that hit me the most. I have no personal experience of war, or those who serve. I can only imagine the horrors that are presented on a daily basis. It's to be expected that some will struggle with that, but put on a "brave face" The way Hansen describes Geo's grief and his own spiral downwards is heartbreaking, it really is. Only his relationship with Lani saves him. I loved how the others in this series; Matt and Shane and Rhys and Devon, play a huge part here. I loved that Devon and Lani become such good friends, even if Lani is Rhys' ex. What I want to know now, Ms Hansen, is this! Will we be privvy to want happened in Keeping A Warrior, and here, to Matt and Shane?? Cos let me tell ya, I does NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED to know! We get an inkling of what Matt suffers here, but not enough. So, please, write a followup! Love, love LOVED the epilogue! And I loved Bosch, Geo's military dog. I can't, in any honesty, give this book any less than. . . 5 stars

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  • A well-written story.

    This is my first introduction to the Loving a Warrior series, and although I found it a little hard to get into, I did enjoy it. As not only was it extremely well-written, but it addressed some difficult and sensitive issues, from PTSD to survivor's guilt to suicide. It packed a lot in and did it very well, highlighting issues that are more relevant and real than ever before. And with likable characters who do grow as the story progresses, a somewhat satisfying romance, and a heartwarming message of hope and strength. I was engaged throughout, and I would certainly read more from the series and author in the future. Would recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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  • Grief, pain and the ones left behind

    This book really touched my heart in ways I never expected. This book includes a main character story line that deals with a loved one who has taken their own life. It is a difficult topic, but it was handled in a thoughtful way. I really enjoyed the insight into the K9 program in the Navy. A chance meeting between Lani, a pregnant bartender, and Geo, a Navy SEAL K9 hander, led to the beginning of a friendship. Through their initial conversation and walk later the beach, they both found they had something in common, both had suffered a tremendous loss in their life. Geo give Lani the courage to start to truly deal with her loss. Lani starts counseling and begins to see herself and the loss of her brother differently. Geo struggles to keep moving forward, trying so hard to put the pain in a box and continuing with training. Geo provides the encouragement to Lani to attend a group counseling session. Their friendship grows and they really start to be attracted to each other, but both don’t think that is a good idea. When Geo finds himself in a crisis and his career as a Navy SEAL on the line, he turns to Lani for support. Will Geo get the help he needs? Will Lani and Geo get past their pain to give their feelings a chance? “What was the deal with him? One minute he’d been talking to Lani, the next swamped by a tidal wave of grief so strong he’d almost started howling. An ambush moment, she’d called it, a like any ambush, he’d immediately fought back against it. He’d won, but it was a narrow victory, and he’d managed to wound Lani during the battle.” “For others of you, acceptance might simply be conceding that even though your loved one’s life ended, yours goes on. There’s no right or wrong answer here, but I can tell you firsthand, there is a measure of peace that comes along with identifying it.” Above are examples of the insights into the grieving process for suicide survivors. I found these insights to be extremely helpful in my own life. While the topics in the story are difficult, it was well written and helped to understand the pain and suffering the people left behind face as survivors of suicide. Thanks to Netgalley for the complimentary copy. The thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Emotionally Gripping

    Melanie Hansen is such an accomplished author. Her words can fuel your soul. Direct, gritty and sexy, I just love her stories and can never get enough. Her characters are strong yet flawed and always manage to capture my heart. I have devoured so many of her books and really have enjoyed her mm pairings. This book had a mf couple with the man being bi which I found to be inspiring. Ms. Hanson always embraces diversity into her tales which makes me greatly admire her. You feel the agony these two souls carry. Geo, the Navy Seal and pregnant and alone Lani forge a tentative friendship when they share similar past tragedies that have scarred them emotionally. You feel the agony and loneliness that weighs them down. Lani and Geo become friends and their bond grows to be much more. As they become closer can they keep what they have as a Navy Seal has intense responsibilities. Another top notch story that will make remain with you. There is definitely triggers in this story to consider especially suicide and mental illness being in the fore front. Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book for my reading enjoyment.

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  • Can't wait to read the next one!

    I love this writer and this series! Well written, compelling, very real life, the characters and the story lines draw me in every time. Only inconvenience is I can't put them down and don't get anything else done... I love these people, their connection, passion, perseverance and humanity! Every book also comes with a lot of wisdom... I can hardly wait for the next book!

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