Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Don't Cry For Me by Sharon Sala: A Review

Don't Cry for Me (Rebel Ridge #2)
ARC provided by Netgalley
Don't Cry for Me  
by Sharon Sala
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2012
by Harlequin MIRA
Mariah Conrad has come home. Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go—until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside. Quinn… her brother-in-arms, ex-lover and now maybe her future. Quinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally. While she's incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated. She's always stood on her own two feet, but now even that can literally be torture. She's having flashbacks and blackouts, hearing helicopter noises in the night. She wants to push Quinn away—and hold him closer than ever.

But will she get the chance? Those helicopters are more than just post-traumatic stress; they're real—and dangerous. Bad things are happening on the mountain. Suddenly there's a battle to be fought on the home front, and no guarantee of survival.
My prevailing thought while reading this?  Ms. Sala is BACK!  This book tugged on my heart strings almost from page 1 ~ we have wounded warrior Quinn, whom we met in Book 1 in the Rebel Ridge series, Next of Kin,  as  pretty much a recluse.  He's come pretty far, but he's still a loner up in his isolated cabin, working his job as a parks ranger, where he spends the majority of his time alone, with only himself & the wild animals.  But when he hears that a former platoon mate, Conrad, has been wounded and needs a place to stay, he immediatly begins to make preparations for Conrad to come to Rebel Ridge to heal.  Not only is the best place for a person to heal...but Conrad had saved his life. 
When Quinn brings Mariah Conrad back to Rebel Ridge, it quickly becomes apparent that his feelings for this woman run much deeper than gratitude.  But she's suffering from PTSD, and is wounded on top it.  For this moment, all Quinn wants is to help her heal, both her body and her soul. 
While Quinn and Mariah are getting to know on another again and dealing with her PTSD & wounds, a storm is brewing on the mountain top of Rebel Ridge...a poacher wounding a bear results in the death of a man, and long time loser returns home to set up a new buisness...at the same time a few suspicious death occurs. 
In true Sala fashion, the tension builds throughout the story with the suspense, and the love story between Marian & Quinn is filled with poignant and sweetly painful moments.  Quinn's family & community of Rebel Ridge are very loving and accepting of Mariah ~ making this the best Sala I've read in some time! 

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