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Leigh Bale is a multiple award-winning author of Contemporary Inspirational Romance, Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense. Her first published book won the prestigious Golden Heart for best inspirational in 2006. She is the daughter of a retired U.S. forest ranger, holds a B.A. in History with honors and loves working, writing, grandkids, spending time with family, weeding the garden with her dog Sophie, and watching the little sagebrush lizards that live in her rock flowerbeds. She has two married children and lives in Nevada with her professor husband of thirty-three years. Visit her website at www.LeighBale.com.
on Jan. 30, 2013 :
I love this book! It grabbed my attention right from the first page. It was full of surprises. I have a grandson in the army that will be deployed soon therefore; it was even more special for me!
I love a book that I do not have to worry about "R" rated material, thank you Leigh Bale for providing good wholesome reading.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 16, 2013 :
I bought this story because I have a soft spot for banged-up soldiers. As a suspense writer, the author holds great promise. During the scenes set in a war zone and, later, when the bad guys come around, I always felt as though I was in Mac's head. His loss of faith, his PTSD, and his guilt over the loss of his friend always felt real.
I was less enthralled with Toni. I understood this was a 'christian' romance when I bought it (i.e., no sex) and was in the mood for a little dose of faith, but it always felt like Toni was bludgeoning me over the head with it. Faith is meant to be the view from your picture window ... there ... but it's not something you can replicate by repeating 'look at that view' a million times. Toni also obsessed about Mac breaking off their engagement way too much. It really detracted from the story. Show ... not tell.
I am giving this 4-stars as a suspense novel, but as a romance it only rates a 2. I'm giving it the higher rating anyways because there's nothing wrong with this book a good edit couldn't fix and ... dang ... the suspense really had me on the edge of my seat a few times! 4-stars for Mac!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)