Claiming the Billionaire by J.M. Stewart
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Staff Sergeant Tyler Benson was in love. He wanted nothing more than to marry Cassie before he was deployed. She couldn't do it, but thoughts of her kept him going when he was missing for three years. Now home, he only wants Cassie back, and he'll do anything to have her.
Tyler was a survivor, living through an ambush followed by years of torture. He had issues you couldn't imagine having, but they almost disappeared when he was with Cassie. My heart ached for the things he endured. I was truly rooting for him to win Cassie over again.
Cassandra was scared. She lost her brother, thought she lost Tyler. She can't go through that again. I could completely understand her fear. Fear can make a person unreasonable, so can love. Emotions get mixed up and you have no idea what to do. Nothing seems like the right answer and you feel like you just need to protect yourself from inevitable hurt.
I loved the basis of the book. A soldier deployed, captured, assumed dead. The knowledge that people eventually move on, but the pain doesn't go away. This book was well written and there wasn't a dull moment. Stewart kept reading and engaged, anxious to see what Cassie's decision would be. There are other books in the series but this can be read as a standalone.
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