"I feel safe with you."
“It’s not safe for anyone to be around me.”
Shane Carter couldn’t wait to see his daughter after returning home from Afghanistan. Even though the scars he collected overseas ran deep, her light always brought him through the darkness. But when his ex-wife denies him the chance, those scars bleed into every part of his life and Shane is forced to admit he needs help.
“You can’t fool me. I know who you really are.”
Aaron Hayes thought he’d found the perfect career as a service dog trainer. Until he realized speaking to crowds was part of the job description. He’s never felt safe in a crowd, but one-on-one? That’s a different story. And when a handsome and troubled veteran needs his help training a service dog, Aaron doesn’t hesitate.
“You’re the only one who sees me.”
Shane tries his best to keep Aaron at a distance, even though his attraction to the man is undeniable. Convinced a quick fling will get it out of his system, he seduces Aaron. But he soon realizes he’s the one falling under Aaron’s spell. As Aaron starts to become his light in the darkness, Shane fears their future together--or lack thereof. If he can't even win back his own daughter, how is he ever going to fend off his demons long enough to find solace with Aaron?
Because there are multiple authors in the writing here, it is hard to know exactly what you are going to get in terms of voice.
I like that this book looks hard at PTSD and how scary it can be for loved ones. Aaron's ex wife isn't painted as a demon and I really value that aspect of the book.
Shane's and Aaron's romance is a bit off as their motives are rough and tumble and love elements are late coming though they are here.
Buttercup the dog is amazing, of course.