Revealed to Him by Jen Frederick
Series: Kerr Chronicles #3
Also in this series: Losing Control
Published by Montlake Romance on November 3rd 2015
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Handsome and tough Jake Tanner, a veteran and the owner of a successful security firm, never lets his past hold him back. Despite his prosthetic hand and foot, women swoon over him—and with him between the sheets. Yet Jake feels bored and restless…until he’s hired to protect a beautiful writer whose life is in terrible danger.
Self-imprisoned by the fear of the anonymous stalkers who threaten her life, video-game writer Natalie Beck now only dreams of the world outside her pink-bedecked apartment. Trusting people again is off-limits. But the more time Jake spends with her, the more his professional commitment evolves from simple duty to scorching desire. While deeply sensual sparks ignite between the two, the danger outside circles closer. Will Jake’s intense devotion be enough to save Natalie? Or will she turn away from the one man willing to do anything to save her?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This story was great. Natalie, a science-fiction author suffers from agoraphobia after being subjected to hideous hate mail (because of her work) and later assaulted in the subway three years before we meet her. This has forced her to be homebound, afraid of the unknown which prevents her from go outside, opening her door or meeting new people. Although she loves her work, it’s not enough, and she sets herself to overcome her phobia. It takes a while, but she eventually gets herself to a place where she can go outside and even get to the subway entry.
But all her progress will be overturned when she gets a threatening message on her door, forcing her to be housebound again.
Her cousin Oliver tired of people messing with her hires a security agency to look into matters and find out who is behind terrorizing her.
Jake is the agency’s owner: an ex-banker/retired Army Ranger who lost two limbs to an IED. He lives a fulfilling life, running his business, dating, shooting the shit with friends. He just hasn’t met the love of his life yet. But this soon will change when he and Natalie start exchanging emails, texts and phone calls.
All her quirkiness intrigues him, and he can understand what she is going through, as he went through something similar after being injured. Natalie can’t believe Jake is for real, he is sweet, funny and has an uncanny understanding of what she suffers. Soon they are both crazy for each other, exploring the possibilities between them.
Jake was a complete alpha. Protective, possessive, uber-hot and once he decides Natalie is the one for him, then that is it. Three days after getting together he is moving her into his home, which has more security than the Pentagon, with the pretext that her condo building has crappy security (which it actually does).
Shortly they’re living in bliss… or as much as an agoraphobic and an amputee with vulnerability issues can be. Fortunately, this book is not angsty. Both Natalie and Jake realize what they’ve found in each other and fight against their demons to overcome their shortcomings and be together.
Natalie is a bit of a mess, and it’s understandable. What I loved about her is that she never gave up. She pushed herself to get better, and when she had Jake to look forward to? She wouldn’t let anything stand in her way, not even herself.
Funny and easy to read, Revealed to Him was tactfully written, covering very difficult-to-deal-with subjects. There was some suspense surrounding Natalie’s tormentor, tender moments between them and the sexy times? *Phew* off the charts hot. Ms. Frederick sure knows how to write an alpha with a dirty mouth and skilled… everything.
I’m seriously going to check out Jake’s friend Ian’s story and I’m sure pretty much anything else she has written. I really enjoyed her style.
I was going to rate this 4.5 but the lack of an epilogue is forcing me to take half a star. We did get a little glimpse of future but I need more. I’m sorry, I just do. Give me babies and I’ll be a happy camper… well reader, but you know what I mean.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 I-like-you-so-much-I’ll-puke Stars
Although intrigued with the blurb and familiar with the author, I was a little leery of Revealed to Him. I wasn’t sure if I could relate to a heroine with agoraphobia. I didn’t need to worry. Within just a few pages I knew I was in for a treat.
I love how this book puts a spotlight on PTSD and also the trials that our soldiers who have left pieces of themselves behind on a battlefield go through every day. Between Natalie’s PTSD/Agoraphobia and Jake’s struggles as a double amputee, the reader gets an insight into the everyday struggles that these two fought through whether it be daily pain caused from prosthesis’, no matter how expensive they are, to fear so great you vomit at the thought of leaving a place you consider safe.
Because of Natalie’s issues with leaving her home, we are only introduced to a handful of characters. No worries, since the banter between Jake and Natalie plus the internal dialogue of the main characters just made this book for me. At times I would laugh out loud, then I would be struck by something so …I hate to use this word but it fits – deep, I would have to pause for a minute just to think about things.
Jake our alpha-sweet hero is probably going to be topping the list of favorite H’s for a while. The thought and caring he put into helping Natalie absolutely blew me away. Natalie, at first blush, could easily be thought of as weak. She was anything but. Suffering from a debilitating condition -yes. Weak -heck no. Her determination to overcome her issues got me past any thoughts I had as to what type of character she was. As the story unfolded and we started getting glimpses into what was really going on, my admiration for her grew.
Not just a contemporary romance, we have a mystery to solve. I’m really good at predicting outcomes (much to the annoyance of my family) so I called things at 20% but didn’t have the mystery 100% unraveled until a little later. With such a small pool of characters to pick from, I can’t say the book made things hard to figure who did what when. I did think that for at least one character, things went a little OTT and hard to swallow as all was revealed.
Though I had things solved things early on, I adored the book. In fact, I plan on reading the first two books in the Kerr Chronicles as soon as I can get to them.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Stars
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