This book had me on the fence; I had read a preview of the first few pages and fell in love with the premise but I was leery about the PTSD issue and I’m not overly fond of Dominatrix plus this book is over 500 pages. Still, those first few pages called to me so I started a story that captured my interest and kept it. It sure didn’t feel like 500 plus pages! The characters are real. There is no holding back. Expect a bumpy ride as they work through their quirks and issues but don’t expect a magic cure all because there isn’t one. This story has the nitty gritty complete with cuss words, battle scenes and PTSD episodes. There are BDSM elements throughout the story but don’t think Wyatt is a push over because he is anything but a pushover. He is an alpha male and has his hard limits. Complex and interesting from the first page until the last. I really enjoyed this story, even when things got a little too real. In fact, the only thing that bugged me even a little bit was the fact that Wyatt and Michelle didn’t leave their rank behind when they got out of the military. I don’t know anyone who is out that introduces themselves with their military title after being out, even at the VFW. Still that is such a small annoyance that I can overlook it. This is a great story with intelligent and multifaceted characters that kept me glued to my kindle. (I finished this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t bear to put it down!)
Wyatt is on a downward spiral dealing with his PTSD with alcohol. His best friend just committed suicide, unable to deal with returning home after multiple trips to war zones. In desperation, Wyatt reaches out to Michelle Sapphire, a doctor who knew while in the Marines and a woman he is attracted to. Though Michelle has already told him that she would only be interested in a BDSM relationship with him, and he would be the submissive, Wyatt knows he has to turn somewhere. But, Wyatt is a proud man who seldom submits to anyone. Can he submit to Michelle and take what she is offering?
The story of a forbidden love forged in the heat of battle,
a war hero haunted by PTSD,
and the Dominatrix who won't admit her love for him,
yet can't live without him kneeling at her side.
Dr. Michelle Sapphire and Gunnery Sergeant Wyatt Callahan formed an unbreakable bond and an unacknowledged, forbidden attraction to each other while serving together in Afghanistan. Their lives are forever changed when a mortar attack grievously wounds Wyatt and Michelle brings him back from the brink of death. But when they both return to the civilian world, Michelle discovers that her rock-solid Marine is suffering from severe PTSD and may even be suicidal.
Wyatt Callahan fell hard for the aristocratic blonde doctor the moment he laid eyes on her. After reentering civilian life in his hometown near Austin, Texas, Wyatt is plagued by nightmares of the death and suffering he witnessed during the war. He'd love to reach out to Michelle, but Michelle is a Dominatrix, and she has made it very clear to Wyatt she isn't interested in a relationship with anyone who doesn't accept her lifestyle. An Alpha male to the core, he can't imagine the appeal of being submissive. At the same time, the idea of serving Michelle, of being everything she wants and needs, rings true in his wounded soul.
Michelle has dark secrets of her own, and together with Wyatt she will have to battle her personal demons during their emotional journey of healing, redemption, and love.