A Love to Call Her Own
It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.
Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?
Pappano's background as a military wife lends considerable authenticity in her deeply satisfying third visit to Tallgrass, Okla. (after A Man to Hold on To). Jessy Lawrence, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan, has hit rock bottom. A flirtatious encounter leads her to a one-night stand with rancher Dalton Smith, whose wife took her own life after being injured on an Afghan battlefield. Jessy and Dalton try to deny their chemistry at first Jessy because she doesn't feel she deserves love, Dalton because he refuses to be vulnerable again but they slowly realize that they may have a future together. Pappano's characters are achingly real and flawed, and readers will commiserate with and root for the couple. While many authors of military-themed romance focus on action in the field or the sexiness of the uniform, Pappano is bold enough to dig into far more painful territory: what happens after the casualty calls. This deeply moving tale will remind everyone who reads it of the great sacrifices made by those who serve and the families they leave behind.