October 12, 2015

Can't Hold Back by Serena Bell

In this tender military romance from the bestselling author of Hold on Tight—perfect for fans of of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery—a war-shattered veteran gets a second chance at love with the one that got away.

No girl can resist a man in uniform—especially if that man is Nate Riordan. But after an injury in the line of duty leaves Nate broken, body and soul, the soldier finds himself addicted to his pain meds, with no place to call home. Desperate for an escape, Nate reluctantly accepts a friend’s invitation to a new veterans’ retreat. Expecting a little R&R, Nate is shocked when the sight of his physical therapist opens up another old wound: heartbreak.

Years ago, Alia Drake fell hard for Nate, but never made her move. Instead, she set up her sister with the sexy, confident military man, a foolish decision that continues to haunt all three of them. Now, with Nate as her patient, she can make things right—even if it means getting too close for comfort. A healing touch and a little honesty work wonders, fueling a physical intimacy that crosses professional boundaries. This time, with desire in the air once more, Alia won’t hold anything back.

As with Serena Bell's other Returning Home novel, I enjoyed this one as well. They are very loosely connected--they share and mention a couple of characters from Bell's first novel in this series. Having been severely injured at war, Nate returns home to deal with the aftermath of having served in warring countries. Nate ends up at the rehabilitation resort that Jake has opened. Enter Alia someone Nate could have done without ever seeing again. She happens to be the sister of someone he had dated in the past. They have quite the messy history--one where Alia my have fallen for Nate but has kept it from him! ...see where the drama is? Anyway, so we have two people--one who's trying to avoid his past and one who's fighting with her emotions! Bell's writing is great--the book is easy to get through, like her first, there's enough depth without going on too much. There's just so much turmoil and back and forth between her characters, it's hard to put these books down!

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