Title: The Way Back Home
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2017
August Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way.
As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.
They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room.
Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?
*** Intended for a mature 18+ audience only. This book may contain triggers for some readers.
“You know, if you want to see me naked and sweaty, all you have to do is ask, darlin’.”
“I do not . . . I wasn’t . . .” My words are stolen from me as he stalks forward with a maddening smirk on his face. “What are you doing?”
“Getting tired of waiting for you to be okay with this.”
“August, we talked about boundaries.” I press my hand to his chest because he's too close, and I can't think straight with the heady scent of his sweat and sandalwood soap distracting me. It wasn't my intention to run my hand over that sweat, to feel the hard-won muscle beneath, but here I am, petting him as if he's my favorite kitty.
“No. You talked about boundaries. I told you I was gonna fight, and I ain’t above fightin’ dirty.”
“How dirty?” I breathe.
August’s lips curl up into a smile. “So dirty.”
Both hands snake around my waist and he lifts me onto the counter, wedging his hips between my thighs. He hooks a finger in the sash and unties my robe as if he were opening a gift made just for him. I wrap my legs around his hips to pull him closer, and that’s all the admission he needs. He threads a hand through my hair and pulls my neck back to expose the tender flesh to his mouth. I close my eyes and whisper his name as my whole body turns to flame, starved for the oxygen that only his touch can bring. His hot mouth trails down my neck, his hands cup my breasts, squeezing, kneading, and I slide a hand between us, into the waistband of his shorts. I take his hard length in my hand, stroking him from base to tip. August grunts as he pushes my negligee out of the way with frenzied hands. His fingers find me bare and exposed with no panties.
“So fucking’ dirty,” he groans, wetting his lips.
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Olivia Anders rolled her way into Magnolia Springs with a luggage full of lingerie and a determinate to make her foundation, Paws for cause, a success in this little southern town. Olivia works with Marines by pairing them with service dogs. Dogs she rescues and trains. So she's very familiar with dealing with the men and woman who come back from war. The ones lost and broken. Looking for something to hold onto. And she works hard to give them a little brightness in the darkness, in the form of the animals. But the most recent Marine she finds herself around, is a man who she believes she can help save. But one who is to angry and loss in himself to take the support she is gladly throwing to him. August Cotton. Tall, broad, sexy and angry, a man who wants nothing to do with Olivia, or her foundation. But that doesn't stop this sassy, stubborn, southern women, from trying to get August Cotton, to open his eyes and see all the greatness around him. To see that while she shouldn't, she's throwing her heart on the line, hoping, wishing, he could see that she is there, she is something he could believe in, to hold on to.
August Cotton is a angry man. Broken from war, feeling loss, reaching, trying to temporarily find a resemblance of who he was at one time. Brought back to Magnolia Springs, to take care of his baby sister, August would have preferred to stay far away from his home. He can't take the looks the people in town give him. He can't take feeling like less of a man, because of his injury. He has no idea how he's suppose to raise his sister. And August doesn't need, a beautiful, stubborn, blonde on a rescue mission to show up on his doorstep. Olivia Anders, stormed her way up his drive way, and into his every thought. Despite keeping everyone at a distant, he can't seem to say no to this women. The more Olivia tries to save August, pushes him, the more his walls go up. He's battling demons he doesn't want her to witness. And its in his nature to protect, to protect whats his. And Olivia is slowly become someone he can't imagine walking out of his life.
A broken Marine seeking his way out of the darkness, and a fierce woman, who is fighting to stay out of her own darkness, collide in this beautiful, captivating, sexy, story of hope, healing, and life. Carmen Jenner is a new author to me, and after consuming this story, I am a FAN! I need more of her stories, more of her words. This sweet and super sexy book, full of wounded souls, family, dogs, and a southern setting, have made for one of my top favorite books this year. Hands down. If you haven't read this book, or heard of this author. Trust me, you have got to fix that. It is one not to be missed. Sweet, sassy, big hearted Olivia, and August, the tough, sweet, lost, Marine. These two survives, August and Olivia, would give anything for the people they love. They navigate through the good, the bad, the lonely, and the moments filled with lots of love, and they do it together.
Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.
Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.
A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.
A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?
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