With trust issues a mile long, Ryanne Wade has sworn off men. Then Jude Laurent walks into her bar and all bets are off. The former Army Ranger has suffered unimaginably, first being maimed in battle then losing his wife and daughters to a drunk driver. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one. Resisting him? Impossible.
To Jude, Ryanne is off limits. And yet the beautiful bartender who serves alcohol to potential motorists tempts him like no other. When a rival bar threatens her livelihood, and her life, he can’t turn away. She triggers something in him he thought long buried, and he’s determined to protect her, whatever the cost.
As their already scorching attraction continues to heat, the damaged soldier knows he must let go of his past to hold on to his future…or risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.
Okay, so I may or may not be skipping around this series… okay, so I’m totally guilty of skipping around. It hasn’t been intentional, honest. I’ve just kind of lost track… a lot. I read the prequel in the Original Heartbreakers, The One You Want. Then I missed books 1-3, but I picked the series back up at Can’t Hardly Breathe and here we are at Can’t Let Go. I really do intend to play catch up, but in case you’re wondering, other than a few references here and there, I didn’t get lost at all. Although, I did enjoy watching the back and forth between Ryanne and Jude in Can’t Hardly Breathe. 😉
Jude’s back story is heart breaking. Watching him begin to care for someone after everything he’s been through is both amazing and gut wrenching. I still found myself getting frustrated with him at times for the way he treated Ryanne. He had a lot to work through and Ryanne understood that, but it was still hard to watch. Having him not have issues would have been less realistic and believable though, so his slip ups were easy to forgive… eventually.
Ryanne’s determination, along with the love and support that they both had from their friends is honestly what made this story work. I know I sound like a broken record, but stories with a strong sense of family get me every time and this series is full of those kind of connections. Brock and Lyndie are next in Can’t Get Enough and it will not be a book that I will be skipping. 😉