Doing it at: 79%
Catnip: Marines, Smoking Hot Ex-Military Guy, Wounded Warrior, Southern Boys, Small Town Romance, Strong Female Lead, Doggies, Bed and Breakfast, Sexual Healing, PTSD
Shame Scale: Zero
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?
M: This is the first romance about a one-legged hero that Emily actually liked. She’s a total ableist about her book heroes. Plus the sex is way late and I didn’t even mind. That right there tells you that you should check this book out.
C: I feel a fair amount of shame about my able-ism, and what a bad person that makes me at my core, ok? But I really cared zero percent, because August was gorgeous hulk of sulk and scars and repressed sexual tension. Even with only one leg.
The Way Back Home was so good that I didn’t even realize the sex was late until I looked down and saw I was at 71%. Carmen Jenner is a hero.