If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Enticing the Weary Warrior by Tammy Jo Burns / @indiesagepromo @tammyjoburns

Title: Enticing the Weary Warrior
Series: The Rogue Agents, Book 3
Author: Tammy Jo Burns
Publisher: Tammy Jo Burns' Books
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: IndieSage PR

Five years ago Megan and Liam were in love.  Set to marry, tragedy struck when word arrived that Liam had been killed. Devastated, Megan attempted to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, five years later, Megan finds herself homeless and without any hope of a family. Living with her brother and his family, all she has to live for are her horses, Legend and Lady Belle. She has her sights set on winning the elusive British Triple Crown with Legend and creating a racing dynasty.

Liam faked his death five years ago to get close to Napoleon in order to learn the man’s secrets. Now, he finds himself back on British soil with no clue as to what he is supposed to do with his life. Having been a prisoner of war and seen the horror of the battlefield, he suffers from debilitating nightmares and physical ailments that make him question his manhood and sometimes his sanity. Memories of Megan, the love of his life, kept him sane when he would have gone mad. But he quickly finds a dream and reality are two very different things.

When Megan eavesdrops on a conversation and finds out her beloved Liam is alive, she doesn’t know whether to rejoice or let her feelings of anger and betrayal rule her. Does she want to see him? Can she trust him with her heart after what he’s done? Can she convince him, her weary warrior, to trust her with the nightmare of his past, or will it all be for naught as danger surrounds Megan, threatening her life and their future happiness once more? And will Liam be able to overcome the obstacles from his past to save the woman he loves so they can have a future and lifetime of love together? This is a story of love, redemption, and healing.

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This is so much more than a second chance romance. It's intriguing and suspenseful, passionate and romantic, but careful in its approach to a difficult, emotional topic.

I couldn't imagine being in Megan's shoes. I don't know if I would have given Liam a second thought past giving him a piece of my mind for the years spent without him, the heartache and distress his "death" caused. Thank God Megan and I are nothing alike then. I love that she took a chance. The reward was more fulfilling than I imagined it would be for her: closure but also renewed love with the only man to hold her heart.

But Liam wasn't the same man from five years ago. War and tragedy changes a person. He was living proof. And everything he suffered made him feel less than worthy of Megan. In reality he wasn't. He couldn't be that man from five years ago anymore but he needed to face himself before he could embrace a future with the woman he loved.

I don't know much about PTSD except it's debilitating and hell for the sufferer as they exist in their new normal world. I also don't know of very many historical romances that address it. It's fair to say that as long as there has been war, there have been soldiers suffering from PTSD. I love that Ms. Burns made this such a huge part of this story. It didn't overshadow the love story itself but rather gave it depth, an obstacle worth overcoming in order to move forward. It made me smile that Ms. Burns was concerned enough about her handling of Liam's PTSD and Megan's reaction to it that she wrote a note at the end. If you make it that far in this book, I hope you appreciate that as much as I did.

This isn't a simple story. It's complicated in the most beautiful way imaginable. All of the work going in produced a relationship that was strong and strengthened a love that would remain steady regardless of what came their way. A story worth reading, one I hope other historical romance lovers will enjoy.

From a young age I could always be found carrying around books to read while watching my grandmother's soap operas with her. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on and even made up skits and stories for my friends and me to act out. Once I outgrew the children's and YA books, my mom introduced me to an entirely new world - contemporary romance. Upon discovering I had a love for history I began devouring historical romances. One day, sitting in a college British History class, something the professor said made me think, I wonder. I quickly called mom (also a writer) and ran the idea by her. After being told, "Of course you can do it, you're my daughter," the rest, as they say, is history. I currently share my love of reading with the next generation as a high school librarian, and share my personal life with my demanding dog trapped in a cat's body, Ajax.

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