Thursday, July 2, 2015

Squeal Worthy Returns of Squeal Worthy Heroes

A Love Like Ours

Becky Wade

Porter Family #3

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake's childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion's reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake's will, Lyndie's sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he's built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he'd thought he'd lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

     Becky Wade's Porter Family is extremely hunky and a pleasure to visit. Jake Porter's struggles throughout the book are every day and relatable. I've never been in the sort of situation that would result in PTSD, but the portrayal of his struggles and the terrible things he had to live through made him feel like a person. Once in a while, probably a total of six or seven times in the book, a new chapter is started in italics. These tiny sections are Jake's memories from his traumatic experience. They will make you cry, but they are not explicitly violent. Not gory, just sad. 

    In addition you really feel sympathy for Jake's character as well as Lyndie's family when it comes to Lyndie's younger sister Mollie. Mollie is a young woman who has a crippling disease, she can't communicate/move/fend for herself. It makes you identify with the uncomfortable feelings that you would feel around someone who couldn't speak with you. Lyndie's attitude puts into perspective what those families have to face, and the love of the Lord for people who happen to touch people in special ways because they can't in normal ones. 

     I really loved the double romance. Remember Amber from the first book with Meg? She comes back. For Amber it is several years later and she has a fulfilling and satisfying relationship with the Lord. Her romance doesn't take over Lyndie and Jake's story line, but adds to it and makes it richer. 

     Becky Wade really set up the forth book by introducing more of Dru into this particular one. I can't wait to see more of Dru's take-down kind of personality. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy Reading! Click on the link to read an excerpt. 

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