Elisa Hall is good at starting from scratch. Leaving an abusive relationship in her rearview, she packs everything she owns into the trunk of her car and heads for refuge with her friend in Hope’s Crossing, North Carolina.
Alex Rojas returned from his second deployment as a Navy SEAL to find his condo empty and divorce papers on the breakfast table. Now he’s building a life for himself and his daughter at Hope’s Crossing kennels training younger dogs and handlers to search and rescue, struggling to adjust to life back in the States and as a single father.
When Elisa shows up at the kennels, it’s obvious she’s running from something. Luckily, the dogs and trainers at Hope’s Crossing are more than capable of warding off trouble. And with every minute he spends with Elisa, Alex becomes even more and more determined to protect the woman he’s certain he won’t be able to live without…
A touching story which pushes some really hot buttons for me. It’s disturbing for me to read about military personal suffering from PTSD. That is a very difficult thing to deal with and this story deals with someone who is slowly having more and more episodes. He is finally finding some relief from the issues with an extremely well-trained dog.
I loved how this dealt with a very touchy issue and didn’t just gloss over the problem people with PTSD have to deal with all the time.