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Attraction, fear, danger—an unlikely recipe for healing scars.

Men in Blue, Book 5

In the year since Ellie escaped The Scientist’s ghastly dungeon, she still can’t stop looking over her shoulder. Or stop feeling guilty over the man who sacrificed so much to save her.

He lost everything. His career, his aspirations—even part of his body. It’s no wonder he wants nothing to do with her. Too bad he’s the only man she can think about.

Lucas has vowed to stay away from Ellie, but not for the reason she thinks. The woman he craves doesn’t need to waste her life taking care of a man with a missing leg, not when she needs to focus on her own healing.

Despite the best matchmaking attempts of the Men in Blue—and their wives—the emotional and physical gap between them seems uncrossable. Until Ellie is threatened again, and the only choice is to work together until she’s safe.

But to stay in the land of the living, they’ll both have to fight through their pain—and relive a few nightmares—to guarantee their demons won’t destroy her future.

Warning: Contains an alpha male with a broken body, but whose best bits are in fine working order. And a woman who survived hell, and is determined to fit enough of their jagged edges together to make a whole. Vivid PTSD flashbacks of sexual violence could be disturbing for some readers.

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    Wounded but Strong Hearts!

    This is such an amazing love story, but it was not an easy road for Ellie and Lucas to get there. Lucas lost part of his leg saving Ellie from basically a mad scientist, because of his loss, he has pulled away from his friends and most of all Ellie. Even though he feels a strong attraction to her, he doesn’t think he can be man enough for her now. Ellie was used by the mad scientist in a very deplorable way, but she fought back, she never let them take her soul, they may take her body but not the fundamental part that is all Ellie. When Ellie is in danger, Lucas comes to the rescue. And as they spend time together they both realize that they each survived and are still alive, love is just a touch away if they only let down their guard and rise above their insecurities. I loved the strength of each of these characters, you could feel their struggles, whether it was Ellie’s nightmares or Lucas’s phantom pain. I wanted to reach out and hug them and tell them it was going to be ok, like they were both old friends. I couldn’t help but admire them as they overcome their doubts as they open their hearts and express their wants and needs and fears. This was another great addition to an awesome series and I cannot wait to read more about these Men in Blue. * Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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    Couldn't Put it Down!

    ARC Wounded Hearts is another fantastic addition to the Men in Blue series. You can read it as a standalone since Jayne does such a great job recapping the previous story lines but I would recommend reading the entire series just because you grow to love each character as the series progresses. So Ellie and Lucas! These two have had a very rough year but have tried in their own ways to survive, separately. Turns out, they are better together. Ellie said it best “they really were a hot mess. One she was beginning to appreciate… perfectly so.” The back and forth between all the characters flows very easily. I found myself laughing out loud, tearing up, steaming up my glasses, and having an overall better understanding of those that have lost limbs (although, I know I will never be an expert). This was a very touching story and the mystery/thriller took a back seat for me. I really wanted to learn more about Lucas and Ellie’s development as a couple and Jayne delivered as she always does. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!

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