Home to Wind River by Lindsay McKenna

For some, love is the only medicine . . .

After a harrowing tour of duty in Afghanistan, Army nurse Lily Thompson escapes to Wind River Ranch to find herself once more. Working as a caregiver to foreman Jake Murdoch’s elderly mother, Lily almost feels at peace—except for the unsettling presence of Jake, a tight-lipped, intimidating man everyone calls Bear. But one look in the powerful ex-Marine’s eyes and Lily glimpses a vulnerability that shakes her soul: a hurt she understands all too well—and longs to heal . . .

Jake is ready to rail at the fates when Lily moves into his home. Everything about this captivating woman calls to him, demanding that he abandon his solitary stance and start to live again. But Jake is a man who knows that no one can save him from the past that stalks his heart and mind. Not even sweet, achingly beautiful Lily. Still, that doesn’t stop his longing to pull her into his arms—and keep her there forever. Will time, and patience, bring them the courage to make their connection real? 

Titles in the Wind River Valley series include:  Wind River Wrangler – Wind River Rancher – Wind River Cowboy – Wrangler’s Challenge – Lone Rider – Wind River Lawman – Home to Wind River – Wind River Protector –

Title:  Home to Wind River
Series:  Wind River Valley #7
Author:  Lindsay McKenna
Genre:  Modern Western Romance
Published:  December 18, 2018
Publisher:  Kensington Books – Zebra
My Rating:  4.5 stars

If you haven’t yet picked up any of the previous stories in the Wind River Valley series, don’t fret about it.   Home to Wind River could be read on its own and deliver a wonderful story… but for the full experience of this safe haven called Wind River Ranch that honors, helps and gives us a glimpse into the reality of our returning vets then I would highly recommend starting at the beginning and immersing yourself in this series.

Jake and Lily’s romance is touching, full of humor and sass, giving us a hero and heroine who both have and are suffering from PTSD – each at a slightly different stage of acceptance and recovery.  I don’t know that anyone, no matter how they experienced PTSD originally, is ever really cured, more like understanding how to avoid the triggers and deal when they happen.  I have two friends who deal with PTSD on a daily basis, and while I don’t walk on eggshells around them I am aware of what triggers to avoid when I’m with them so not to cause them harm… that’s what friends do, watch out for each other when possible.

I was so glad to see Jake get his happy ending for he certainly deserved that.  While you could call them both wounded souls, for each other they are the perfect partner.  Watching them make the journey to their happy ever after was enjoyable, touching, a bit steamy and certainly done with humor and respect.  Plus, there are puppies!  A perfect addition to a really good romance.  I would not hesitate to recommend Home to Wind River to any Romance reader no matter your favorite genre.  You’ll find a love story to touch your heart, and that’s why I read Romance.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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