Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Last True Hero by Diana Gardin

Book Description

For seven years he's fought for his country. Now he'll fight for her.

Army Ranger Dare Conners has been through hell. He's left combat behind, yet the memories that refuse to fade are proving just as dangerous. Ordered to take R&R, he joins his buddy for beaches, beers, and babes-if that can't cure him, nothing will. But when he meets Berkeley, a woman who affects him like no one else, a new kind of battle begins . . . 

An Admiral's daughter, Berkeley knows her life has been planned since birth. The right school, the right boyfriend-and now that she's graduated-the right marriage. But after years of being right, Berkeley is ready to be a little wrong. And Dare Conners has wrong written all over him. The sexy soldier has a body built for sin and secrets he won't share. What starts as a fling quickly grows into something more. But summer can't last forever, and when the truth comes out, both Berkeley and Dare could be in for quite a fall.

AVAILABLE: November 10, 2015

Last True Hero is the first in Diana Gardin's new series Battle Scars.  This is the first time I've read a book by this author and it won't certainly be my last.

This book features a discharged Army Ranger and the daughter of an Admiral in the Navy.

Dare Conners is trying to figure out his life.  He was recently discharged from the military and doesn't know what he wants to do or where he wants to settle after a lifetime of never being in one place for to long.  He heads to Lone Sands, North Carolina where a Army buddy of his lives.  Within a hour of arriving, Dare sees Berkeley for the first time.

Berkeley is working as a waitress at See Food restaurant while she (also) tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life.  Being the only child of the Admiral, her life has been all planned out for her, from where she will go to college to whom she will marry.  She has been trying to show her parents that she is an adult and can make her own decisions about HER life.  The last thing she wants is the prospect of turning into her mother.  And the man they want her to marry is on a path just like her father.  Grisham may be one of her best friends, but that's all he's ever been and will be.    

The relationship between Dare and Berkeley was great for me.  Both carry some secrets (Berkeley's "complications" with Grisham and her family and Dare's PTSD from his last deployment), but they share a connection that neither have experienced before.  They learn to SHARE their burdens with each other.  Each is the calming force to each other.  

I LOVED Last True Hero by Diana Gardin and I am looking forward to reading more from her.

Rating: 5 out of 5

**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**