Book 4, Wind River
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The new novel from the bestselling author of Wind River Cowboy
Healing, like love, takes time . . .
For Noah Mabry, it’s easier sometimes to relate to the dogs and horses he trains than to other people. Ever since his marriage became a casualty of the war in Afghanistan—torn apart by the PTSD he brought back with him—he prefers to be on his own. At the Bar C Ranch, where he works with a crew of fellow military vets, his gentle patience helps tame even the rowdiest mustang—but he’s about to meet a woman who needs a healing touch he’s not sure he can give.
Dair Wilson, a half-Comanche ex-Marine who lost a foot to an IED, has been hired on to assist Noah, but her deepest wounds aren’t visible. Growing up in an abusive home, she learned not to trust men, even ones who seem nothing but kind. After a wild horse sends her sprawling, the attentive care she receives from the Bar C family—and especially from Noah—is enough to convince her she’s found a place she can finally breathe easy. But one angry, damaged man poses a threat not only to Dair and Noah, but to everyone who’s built a new home at the Bar C . . .
McKenna knows military and romance.
I'd been reading Lindsey McKenna for years before I'd ever heard the name Eileen Nauman.
No Quarter given is the first military romance I remember reading, but definitely not the last. It took me nearly a decade to get my hands on all 3 Women of Glory, but I did eventually; they still have a spot on my bookshelf, along with several military series. Dana and Griff will always have a special place in my heart, memories and my collections. I fell in love with the genre. I still can't pass up one of LM's military romances to this day.
Knowing LM's military background makes me appreciate her books even more! "Wrangler's Challenge"was no exception.
**I was excited to be approved to receive an ARC through Netgalley and Kensington Zebra; even if RL prevented me from downloading and reading by the release date. And writing an honest review, as I suspected, is no hardship at all.**
I love the concept of Wrangler's Challenge --veterans reaching out to other veterans to staff a working ranch. They understand what each has been through and the emotional and mental toll; PTSD is only part of it. They've all experienced things that only other military personnel can know about and get.
For some, like Noah, that toll included loss of a relationship. For others like Dair, the price was her beloved WMD detection dog, part of a leg and her career. She's been through the hell or recovery, the dark days that went with them, and is having problems finding a job she can do outdoors with her skill set and prosthetic leg -- even among places supposedly vet friendly. Applying at the Bar C to be a horse wrangler is her last hope for employment.
She, like the woman who owns the ranch, has other emotional scars as well. Dair still has trouble trusting men and getting close to the men she dates, thanks to a self-medicating bipolar father who did time for his abuse of her, then disappeared to another state. Shay's dad is an aggressive alcoholic, who pretty much drank the ranch away is hellbent on reclaiming it.
So, when the wrangler she's applying to assist turns out to be Noah, the only man she's noticed in a physical way in at least 2 years, you could probably have knocked her over with a feather.
Noah too is shocked but excited to learn the veteran applying to become his assistant is the same woman he met at a friends's farm recently. She's the first one he's been attracted to since his marriage ended because of issues reemerging into regular life.
They have to learn to work together and live together. It's 2 vets to a house and Noah's cabin has the available room for the assistant wrangler.
Dair is put through hell in this book. She's attacked by a mad horse that tramples her prosthetic and tries to kill her, then when she's back rolling is cornered and knocked around by Shay's dad.
But, soldiers on, with the help of her team, the squad of vets that's become her family as much her family as her grandmother and mom.
I don't personally know how vets talk to each other. I get frank honesty. Noah is a bit more loquacious than I would expect. Love that innate protective streak if his, but the control... wow!
Really enjoying this group. Look forward to reading more about each in the various books for this series.