4.5 out of 5 Licks
The second, sizzling book in Sara Jane Stone’s Second Shots series…
When Dominic Fairmore left Oregon to be all he could be as an Army Ranger, he always knew he’d come back to claim Lily Greene. But after six years away and three career-ending bullets, Dominic is battered, broken, and nobody’s hero—so he stays away. Until he learns Lily has been the victim of a seemingly random attack. He’ll do anything to keep her safe . . . even go home.
Lily is starting to find a life without Dominic when suddenly her wounded warrior is home and playing bodyguard—though all she really wants is for him to take her. But she refuses to play the part of a damsel in distress, no matter how much she misses his tempting touch. He’ll leave as soon as she’s safe and Lily knows her heart will never heal.
But as attraction stirs to so much more, danger closes in. With more than Lily’s heart at stake, Dominic can no longer draw a line between protecting Lily and loving her . . .
I love me some Sara Jane Stone! Her writing just pulls me in and grips tight. I love that she writes military inspired characters and she doesn’t just stick to men. She’s written several female characters who served in the military and are battling their own demons. In Stirring Attraction both the hero and the heroine are fighting to get back to some semblance of normal after their worlds are turned upside down. Each suffered their own tragedy while apart from each other. This one tugs at the heartstrings quite frequently. Dominic is having a hard time pulling himself back together after being severely injured while serving overseas. Lily was trying to move on after it seemed like Dominic was not going to be a part of his future, then she was brutally attached while on a jog. Watching them try to support each other and piece back some form of a friendship or relationship was tough. I found myself just wanting to yell at them to get over it and be happy together but obviously that wouldn’t have made for a very god book. lol Eventually of course they figure it out and realize that they need each other and can make it work.
Another huge perk for me is getting to revisit old characters and get to know current characters even better. I am super excited about the next book. I was so sad when Josh didn’t get his own story in the Independence Falls series, but it seems so fitting that his story comes in the Second Shot series. 🙂 I hope Sara never runs out of characters and keeps writing more and more.
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About the Author
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! Visit http://www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.