Tempted by the damsel in distress!
Captain James Warriner is startled to find a curvaceous beauty caught up a tree in his orchard! Despite his shattered leg, he rescues Miss Cassandra Reeves, then is determined to have nothing more to do with the enticing vicar’s daughter.
Except when Cassie seeks Jamie out to apologise, they find themselves persuaded to work together on her storybook. Secret liaisons with the dashing soldier make Cassie wish Jamie would rescue her once more…by making her his wife!
Jamie is tormented! On returns home from the wars severely wounded and severely depressed and I think he may have been a little bit suicidal at times. He is haunted by his experiences from battle, from his capture and from his past, now poor Jamie suffers. In his day-to-day life he has constant reminders of what he has gone through, he thinks that the life he had planned for, he life he desperately wants is over, why would a woman want a cripple? He keeps asking himself.
Jamie has a temper which is never too far from the surface and he can go off like a rocket at a moments notice, the only thing that has helped keep his sanity is painting. For a large tormented man he make the most beautiful pictures he is skilled with a paintbrush as any officer would be a rifle.
He has given up hope of a family of his own, he has given up hope of happiness and soon finds himself a dark place that is until he meets a beautiful witty and curvaceous woman stuck in a tree. Yes, you heard right – up a tree. He may have lost all hope, but he is still a military man with honour and he cannot stand by while the fair maiden is hazardously perched on a branch.
Cassie is as equally tormented as Jamie, she is living through her own hell she is stuck under the ever-present and resentful eyes of her father the Reverend Reeve’s. She is bullied abused and more often than not scared from the moment she wakes in the morning. Her only saving grace is her secret writing, the one thing that as long as it’s secret can’t be take from her. She too has lost all hope of happiness, then while picking apples pony she gets rescued by a knight in shining armour; her very own Galahad, true this knight has a foul temper and he grunts a lot but she knows that she has found herself a kindred spirit.
Soon Cassie and Jamie learn that they are just as scarred as each other and under cover of darkness, in secret from her fearsome father they start soothing both their wounded hearts by creating a children’s book. In the process they become closer and closer until nether of them can resist the attraction but will each of their demons rears it’s head to spoil their blossoming romance?
Move over Heathcliffe there is a new gruff, monosyllabic, tormented hero in town in the form of Captain Jamie Warriner. Oh my word! I was warned I would love him and he has more than lived up to the hype, he really is something special. He is a proud man who after serving his country with courage facing down more horrors than any man should face he is back and he is in pain, not just physically but he is trying adjust to civilian life but like a lot of soldiers today poor Jamie is struggling. I was drawn to him the moment I met him in the previous book “A Warriner to her” there is just something about this gruff but hugely sensitive man, that draws you in. Yes, he may be as stubborn as an OX – as well as built like one – but he has a good and kind heart, who needs a little love.
Our hero is battling unseen demons not just memories of his past as a front line soldier but of his experiences once he was captured all those different traumas shows them self on a daily basis and it is heart-breaking.
On the surface Cassie is a chirpy Lass, on a constant high forever smiling and she constantly babbles. I love how from the moment she sets her eyes on our Jamie she is forever referring to him as “My dashing pirate” or my personal favourite “Galahad”. Cassie holds a deep dark secret, one that she is too ashamed to tell anyone especially Jamie. She is stuck with her evil and abusive father the Reverend Reeve’s; who really is pure evil for a man of the cloth, he is got a seriously nasty temperament and personally speaking he ought to stop preaching at his daughter and the Warriners and drown himself in his own holy water. But then again, that may be too good for him. I have come across real bad and sadistic characters before but the Reverend Reeve’s does take the award for just how horrific he is. The way he treats his poor daughter is truly shocking.
“Which of those multiple questions would you have me answer first?” those glorious blue eyes locked on hers for a moment and he was almost smiling, which was devastating, until Cassie realised that he was smiling because he probably thought she was an idiot. A banking, blushing, ridiculous idiot.
“I know you think I am silly, Captain Warriner, I am well aware of the fact that I tend to babble.”
“I thought we had agreed that you would call me Jamie.” The stubborn ribbons finally came free and his hands finally left her skin. “And I sympathise on the babbling, when I am nervous I tend to grunt, which makes me appear rude when I do not mean to be.”
“You get nervous?”
“Have you heard me grunt?”
Yes she had, quite a bit. And he was smiling again….
Cassie’s story, like Jamie’s is so beautiful written and actual very to date, I like the fact that Heath has brought some very important, yet unspoken issues of today, such as PTSD and slavery and family violence into the plot. This makes it so much more than your regulated Historical Romance.
I think Heath has found her niche the way she has proven yet again that she is the master of the damaged and flawed heroes the way she portrays the vulnerability in Jamie is a work of art. I have said it before but I do love a fragile military hero, military men are very close to my heart so when ever I come across one in a Historical Romances I want realism, I don’t want raving and constant fighting that’s not the way of scarred military men they try to get on with their lives no matter what and Heath always gets her heroes psychological states spot on, she doesn’t over do it. Her character’s come to life right before your eyes you go on this journey with them and you are willing them on.
I don’t really rate my reviews but if I did this would be something nearing ten stars, it has everything you would want from an HR, perfect love story entwined with each of our leads personal troubles. It is a breath-taking assault on the senses, you will laugh out loud, cry like a baby and go into a rage that our Jamie would be proud of.
It is a powerful story with real heart, it is rock solid and I couldn’t recommend it enough this one has to be read.
This was an ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Warriner to Rescue Her; book two in The Wild Warriners is out on 29th June and available from Amazon.