Saturday, September 26, 2020

Mending His Past by Kristen Iten



Life after the army wasn’t supposed to be this hard, but running into his first love again may be the biggest challenge he’s faced yet.

After several deployments overseas, Sergeant Trent Roland erected barricades around his heart, vowing never to feel the pain of war again. Now he’s home, and adjusting to civilian life hasn’t been easy. All he wants to do is bury himself in work and get lost in a new city, but first, he has to help rebuild the storm-damaged Wounded Warrior Rescue dog shelter. One special dog has started to break through Trent’s defenses, but nothing can prepare him for the rush of long-buried emotions he experiences when he sees the woman he left behind ten years ago.

Olivia Malone gave up on the idea of finding a lasting love long ago. With a young child to provide for, she takes a job at the local dog rescue. She doesn’t count on finding her old flame working right alongside her. Their chemistry is just as red hot as ever, but she has to consider more than her own desires these days. Her daughter Molly is her first priority and she can’t risk breaking either of their hearts by inviting a man into their lives whose main goal seems to be leaving her behind… again..

Things heat up in the small seaside town of Liberty Cove, Texas, when Trent and Olivia must decide if taking a second chance at love is worth the risk.

My Review: 5 Stars

Raise your hand if you've ever been in that dreaded reading rut. You can't see me, but I am frantically waving both hands in the air. It's been almost a month since I've been able to sit down and read. Nothing has been able to grab my attention.

While searching for new authors to try, the adorable dog on this cover caught my eye. I swear he was looking at me saying, "Well... are you going to give us a try? You know you want to!" I tried to tell myself that covers and dogs can't talk. He looked at me again and said, "Really? I can't? Is that why you just downloaded my book?" Y'all. The dog made me do it... I swear! 😉

This story has everything I love in a book. From the characters, to the setting, to the storyline.. I didn't even get through chapter one before I was hooked. I knew I was going to have the hardest time putting it down and adulting.

The feels were definitely real in this one my friends. I found myself laughing out loud, growling in frustration, getting teary eyed, swooning and letting out little dreamy sighs throughout the book. It was SO good!

While I loved Trent and Olivia and watching them rebuild their relationship, I have to admit that little Molly (M&M) kinda stole the show. There's just something about watching an almost 3 year old wrapping a big, strong military man around her pinky. He was so sweet and loving towards her. I couldn't help but fall in love with them all. And I can't forget the little antics with M&M and Sport. Y'all that right there is reason enough to read this book. Haha. 

I can't tell you how much I adored this book. I've already downloaded the next book in the series. This may have been my first book by Ms. Iten but I can tell you it definitely will not be my last. I can't wait to see what she has in store for the rest of this series.

And of course we can't forget my casting. *dreamy sigh* I'm in love with these two! What do you think?!