Bereft after the brutal loss of her parents, Dana Scott sinks nearly every dime of her inheritance into buying Wildflower Ranch, believing that once she restores the rustic cabin, and farms the untamed acreage, her soul will be whole once more. Hiring wrangler Colin Gallagher to help out just makes sense. But as she works side by side with the handsome loner, she feels an unexpected kinship, and a longing for a connection she believed was lost to her forever . . .
Colin is only in Silver Creek long enough to make some money and move on. Restless, spiritually broken, the former Army Ranger has nothing left to give after his harrowing time in battle. But helping Dana make a life for herself has him yearning for more. Until the domestic terrorists that destroyed Dana’s family catch up with her, determined to silence her forever. It’s a threat that has Colin calling on all his considerable training to keep safe the woman who has taken hold of his heart . . .
Titles in the Silver Creek series include — Silver Creek Fire – Courage Under Fire – Strength Under Fire – Silver Creek Bodyguard (March 2022) –
This is an adult 18+ story that contains language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Strength Under Fire
Series: Silver Creek #3
Author: Lindsay McKenna
Genre: Modern Western Romance
Published: September 28, 2021
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4 stars
Strength Under Fire is the third title in the Silver Creek series, and I’ll admit that I’m coming into this series a bit late but I didn’t feel the least bit lost. In fact, I’ve gone and downloaded the earlier books that I’ve missed in order to get caught up before the next release in March of 2022. Yeah, it was that good that I wanted to know what I’d missed.
The world as Dana knew it ended with the death of her family by domestic terrorists. Now dealing with PTSD, Dana is setting out to begin her life somewhere far from the memories, and the killers who are still free to inflict more harm on innocent people. She’s found a rundown property that she’s sunk just about her last dollar into but oh, what Wildflower Ranch could be one day – with a lot of work and help along the way. Dana’s been welcomed into the tight-knit community with open arms and has been offered the help of a local ranch’s wrangler, Colin, as overall help and handyman. Neither expected what was about to descend on them or the emotions that would make two loners a loving couple.
Colin also must deal with severe PTSD from his military days. He prefers to work alone or with very few people so while it isn’t exactly completely alone, working with Dana to bring Wildflower Ranch back to its former self isn’t that difficult of a chore. Sure, there’s hard work ahead but there’s also the attraction between Colin and Dana to consider. With an unexpected discovery, Dana will be thrust back into the attention of the domestic terrorists who killed her parents… and now their sights are on her.
I was easily caught up in Strength Under Fire and the struggles of Dana and Colin as they worked the land, brought the property slowly back, and each dealt with their own unique experiences with PTSD. The romance is definitely a slow burn but that doesn’t mean that the emotions aren’t fully engaged and burning hot. These two people have been through so much, watching them lower barriers around each other, learn to trust, and yes, to love each other was an emotionally charged backdrop to the danger they will face. Dana’s past is about to rear its ugly head once again as those who killed her parents are determined to eliminate her as well. Colin’s history as a Ranger will come into play since those old instincts, that knowledge never truly leaves a lawman or military man. There are some intense moments when Dana is in real danger but fast thinking on both of their parts will bring an ending that these domestic terrorists never expected.
I enjoyed myself in this story. There are some things that I feel might be a trigger for some readers. In my opinion, anything dealing with PTSD, or a family being killed could be a trigger, but only each individual will know if that is true for them… simply something I felt needed to be mentioned.
*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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