Man of Honor
Book 3, Battle Scars
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"A sexy, brooding hero and a feisty, fierce heroine make for undeniable chemistry and scorching heat." --Jay Crownover, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
The best rules are the ones worth breaking . . .
After his mother's funeral, ex-Army Ranger Drake Sullivan wants only to disappear and drown his sorrows in whiskey. Then he sees her: Mea Jones. An untamed, sexy-as-hell whirlwind of energy. A few years ago, she showed him the best-and hottest-night of his life, then walked away without a backward glance. But he's never stopped wanting more.
When it comes to guys, Mea has rules. One night. No dating. Whatever it takes to have control and keep it. With Drake, it's all heat and hurt and hunger, and pretty much the opposite of control. And that makes him dangerous as hell. Mea has her own demons, and falling in love-or even in lust-is strictly a no-go proposition. But she soon finds out Drake is incredibly single-minded when it comes to getting what he wants. And he's determined to be the exception to all her rules.
Reader advisory: The heroine's past deals with dark elements some readers may find disturbing. Recommended for mature audiences only.
Battle Scars series: Book 1: Last True Hero Book 2: Saved by the SEAL Book 3: Man of Honor "MAN OF HONOR is sweet and sexy in all the right places." --New York Times bestselling author J.B. Salsbury "Top Pick! Intense, passionate, and gritty...If you love your heroines strong, your heroes even stronger, and want a book that will keep you reading past your bedtime, Man of Honor is for you!" --Harlequin Junkie "Drake and Mea set the pages on fire! I was hooked from the very start!" --J.L. Berg, USA Today bestselling author
"A heart wrenching story of the healing power of love. Gardin handles tough issues with sensitivity and poignant storytelling. Man of Honor will have you rooting for Drake and Mia and reaching for the tissues." --Marie Meyer, author of The Turning Point
"An emotional, sexy, and touching read with two unforgettable and amazingly resilient characters. Man of Honor is an utterly devour-able book and I loved every second!" --Jillian Stein, READ-LOVE-BLOG
emotional scarred get a chance at love
Both Drake and Mea where short changed in the parenting department.
Drake is returning home to the life he ran into the army to escape. His mother was the town drunk. He has people in this town who saw him through the rough times and helped him become the man he is today.
Mea was a sexy, one night stand Drake can’t forget. She’s never let anyone get close and keeps a carefully constructed barrier around her heart. When Drake starts to crack that barrier, Mea feels that the demons in her past are about to break free. The truth is the biggest demon of all is about to find a way back into her life.
Man of Honor touches on dark and desperate past circumstances including child abuse, rape and neglect.
Ultimately, Man of Honor is a story of two people with emotional scars that get a chance at love; if they are willing to break down the walls they’ve built around their hearts.
I received this ARC copy of Man of Honor from Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for a honest review.
I loved this book. I could not put it down!! It had me laughing and crying at times. Can't wait to read more by this author!
Stalwart Drake and Sassy Mea get their HEA
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review
The third installment in Diana Gardin's Battle Scars series pairs two secondary characters from her previous books, Drake and Mia, who are both desperately in need of and deserving of a happy ending. Man of Honor is darker and grittier than its predecessors, addressing subjects and issues that are sensitive.
Drake and Mia have a connection that predates their mutual friends' couplings, but the perceived rift between them is no match for their attraction to each other. Life seems to continuously throw them together, forcing them to acknowledge their similarities. Eventually, they act upon their feelings, trusting each other with their tragic childhood experiences, their damaged hearts, their fears and insecurities. Despite situations and individuals that threaten to separate them, they triumph together, forming a new family, together overcoming anything that challenges their happily ever after.
This is an excellent installment in the Battle Scars series. It tugs at readers' heartstrings. The relationship between Drake and Mia is intense and passionate; the love and loyalty these two have for each other is illustrated over and over and the way they protect each other and sacrifice for each other bonds them so deeply and makes them absolutely unforgettable to the reader. Furthermore, their happily ever after is so earned and is made sweeter by the trials and tribulations they endured to reach it.
Gardin is a gifted and brilliant author. She expertly crafts strong, fierce females, and treats her military men with care and dignity, portraying their civilian life struggles realistically and respectfully. I highly recommend Man of Honor and the whole Battle Scars series -- the lovely and talented Gardin never disappoints.