The Way Home: Cindy Gerard

The Way Home (One-Eyed Jacks #2)
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A heartwarming Christmas story from the New York Timesbestselling “true master of romantic suspense” (Romantic Times). 

Four years ago Jess Albert got the news that her husband Jeff was killed in action in Afghanistan, and a painful void entered her life. The more time passed, the more acutely she felt that emptiness. But when Tyler Brown, former military hero and all-around alpha male, shows up a year after she’d last seen him, Jess gradually begins to realize there is one thing that can make her feel whole again—love.

As they’re planning their wedding and new life together, Jess receives shocking news: her husband is alive, under the care of a young Afghani woman hiding him from the Taliban. Even as he sees their happily-ever-after slip away, Ty arranges for the One Eyed Jacks and Black Ops, Inc. teams to make a daring and dangerous rescue mission to bring Jeff home. The hardest thing Ty or Jess has ever done is to let the other go.

When Jeff returns to Jess, broken physically and emotionally and with no memory of their history, they try to heal their marriage and each other. But as time brings them together more as friends than lovers, an unexpected development helps them see the true way home, to the people they love.

Killing Time (One-Eyed Jacks #1)
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An exciting new series featuring Mike "Primetown" Brown, a character from her popular "Black Ops, Inc." series.

For the seven years after Operation Slam Dunk went south, Mike Brown got drunk on each anniversary. The eighth year was no different--until he was drugged by a woman and woke up to her questions about what had happened eight years ago in Afghanistan. CIA attorney Eva Salinas has her own theory behind what happened to Mike's team--which included her husband--in Afghanistan eight years ago, and she's determined to prove foul play. Though she doesn't trust him, Mike is the only person she can turn to for help. Under an assumed name, Eva convinces Mike to assemble a new team and go after the traitor who screwed up both their lives. As they track down the rogue who started it all, Eva and Mike discover they can't live without each other. But can they stay alive while an enemy is still on the loose?

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This book had a little bit of everything: love, loss, pain, danger, and suspense. This is the second in the Black Ops spin off series One-Eyed Jacks and follows Tyler Brown who is Mike Brown's brother from the first book Killing Time. It also brings in many characters from both series. But can be read as a stand alone.

This is the story of four people whose lives are linked and are torn by circumstances and pain.

Jess Albert is a widow of four years now running her parent's country store in rural Minnesota. Tyler Brown met her almost two years ago while helping his brother Mike in a special op in the area. But he could not forget her and finally returns for an unexpected visit. Ty is all kinds of sexy, sweet, alpha. I loved him. He has had his share of grief and loss as well.  But knows what he wants. And Jess is independent, stubborn, sassy and strong even though she is also wary and resistant. But it is understandable based on her past. They are two people who have loved and lost, but find a connection and have undeniable chemistry and rapport. Their future begins to seem promising. 

Half a world away, a man struggles in pain and has no memory. And a woman fights to save him. JR/Jeff only has snippets of memory of his former life and multiple painful medical issues. Rabia and her father risk everything to keep him safe. But it is desperate, dangerous, and difficult to find a way out. And it forges a bond that neither expected. 

Their feelings are all strong and complicated, and their futures are uncertain. And it all is about to come crashing down on them. 

This book almost felt like it was three separate style books. You had the sweet romance brewing in Minnesota, then the darker, painful recovery and war in Afghanistan, and finally the suspenseful black ops component. It is told in multiple points of view including JR, Rabia, Jess, Ty and Nate. I found myself getting more tense as the book went on and was trying to figure out how it would all end up.

This book brings Cindy Gerard's Black Ops and One-Eyed Jack's teams together for an important and dangerous mission. The guys all  have their sense of humor and camraderie and no man left behind attitude. This book had action, suspense, humor, romance, sadness, pain and multiple story lines. It is a story of survival, love, and hope. The characters are strong and likable even during difficult situations that are desperate, heartbreaking, and sad. I became invested in their stories and happiness. It looks like a typical happy holiday story from the cover, but it is much more. 

Thanks to Cindy Gerard, Gallery Books, and Netgalley for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. 

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