Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prepare for an emotional ride with UNDEFEATED by Melissa Cutler

Undefeated (The Bomb Squad Series, #2)
by: Melissa Cutler
Series: Bomb Squad
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Source: Penguin InterMix via NetGalley

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. The team’s battling a losing streak, but the season’s biggest game changer is one player’s second chance with the one who got away…

Yoga instructor Marlena Brodie is always up for a challenge, and her new job of snapping Bomb Squad out of their rut is definitely that, even though it means being in close contact with Liam McAllister, her high school crush gone bad. She can feel the damage pouring off of him—but also a wild and sexy strength that calls to her.

The Army turned Liam McAllister into a man, but as a combat medic, he saw far too much to ever be whole again. He’s not interested in the civilian world beyond his job as a carpenter, but he never stopped wondering what might have been with Marlena—and it isn’t long before she’s crashed through his carefully constructed walls. He longs for a new beginning with her, but to be the man she deserves, he’ll have to step out of his defensive zone and score the most important play of his life…

After high school, Liam McAllister joined the Army.  While serving time in Afghanistan, he was exposed to the harsh reality of war and realised just how violent and uncaring men were.  His time in the Army changed him.  He has returned to Destiny Falls, New York, suffering from PTSD.  Liam is a carpenter and  is also a member of the Bomb Squad which is a group of amature hockey players made up of wounded veterans with various disabilities.

Marlena Brodie has lived in Destiny Falls her whole life.  She’s a yoga instructor who tries her best to stay attuned with the universe and seek peace. Unbeknownst to Marlena, she’s also suffering from PTSD.  Marlena has had a thing for Liam, her best friend’s twin brother since they were kids.  The two never really clicked but there was always some sort of pull between them.  Now, a massage is about to change both of their lives.

Undefeated is the perfect title for this book, as it fits Liam and Marlena perfectly.  While they each have struggled with their lives, they haven't given up although many would have.  They simply have chosen to fight for themselves and each other.  Undefeated is truly a gripping story that will have you screaming and weeping for the characters.

“It’s you and me, and all you have to do is breathe.  I’m going to take care of everything else.”

Melissa Cutler has managed to pack a lot into this book.  Undefeated goes beyond what I initially thought it was going to be about.  Marlena and Liam have endured so much.  Melissa truly captures the struggles of war veterans returning home and attempting to re-immerse themselves into the civilian population.  She adequately captures the lives of family and friends trying to adjust as well.  Prepare yourself for an emotional ride from start to finish.

Rating: 5

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