on May 9th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military
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Phoenix /fēniks/: (in classical mythology) a unique bird inhabiting the Arabian Desert that burned itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.
This isn’t mythology, it’s war, and Hendy is left in the hands of Hell’s cruelest gatekeepers.
His team is killed before his very eyes, and despite his efforts to save them, he’s captured and subjected to merciless torture—losing virtually every piece of his identity but his pulse.
After his rescue, he returns home from Afghanistan, saddled with facing the daunting task of healing his physical scars as well as the invisible ones—his emotional demons.
Dr. Presley Cole isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Embarking on a new journey, she makes it her mission to prove to Hendy that his life isn’t over; that he’s worthy of love.
Because sometimes even a phoenix needs help to rise…
Out of the Ashes.
Ever since I finished Out of Love by RC Boldt at Christmas, I have been hounding the poor woman for the next book in this series. She build up the suspense surrounding Hendy early in Out of love, so to say I was excited when Out of Ashes dropped on my kindle is an understatement.
Christiano Hendixson knows as Hendy is a navy seal but different than most. Naturally, he is still a badass but he is damaged, both mentally and physically. When he meets his new chiropractor, Presley Cole, he is immediately drawn to the smart and funny doctor, but unfortunately Presley belongs to someone else.
What I have loved about this series is the twist RC Boldt puts on the normal Navy Seal trope. Don’t get me wrong, the hero is still alpha to the core, but they have a soft side too. Especially Hendy tries to hide his vulnerability and pain. It made him very believable and my heart just hurt for him. Luckily, Presley is just the doctor he needed. She gently pushes him to accept and love who he is and his new reality. She does this with sass and brains, which makes her character even more lovable.
RC Boldt has written a great book about the healing power of love. Not just the love between a man and a woman, but most of all the love you need to have for yourself. You can’t truly love someone else before you learn to love yourself. Hendy’s road to that point is amazing which is why Out of Ashes gets 4.5 stars.