Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Taliesin Publishing
My Copy: Sent
Flynn’s scars are not just skin deep. Will Liberty’s damaged soul overcome her fear of rejection in order to save him? Severely scarred during a disastrous mission, ex special forces Flynn Swann is home after three years of avoidance. By his own admission, he’s no good with women and the last thing he expects or wants is the attention of a curvy little brunette, who’s just passing through. With apparently no fear or revulsion of his scarred face, the boisterous woman bounds into his life and destroys all hope of a quiet visit. It is obvious to literally everyone that she wants him—all of him.
Worse still, despite her atrocious taste in fashion and Stetsons, she appears to have won the hearts of the entire town. Scientist Liberty Sophia Glennon is on a mission to find a man before she has to return to the loneliness of the New Zealand outback where she has already spent eighteen lonely months doing research. A ticking hormone bomb, Liberty feels time is running away with her. Outwardly she is a bouncing ball of over-confidence, but inside she is still a frightened little girl with horrific memories of her childhood and a desperate need to be liked. Completely unfazed by his external scars, her seduction of Flynn is not so difficult, but follow-through proves painful as Liberty realizes Flynn’s wounds run further than just skin deep. With apparently nothing in common but their passionate attraction, how will these two damaged souls deal with each other’s fear of rejection?
This is a story about healing emotional scars and creating a feeling of belonging for the hero and heroine. A poignant journey for the two as they move beyond past hurts and pain toward a future together.
Flynn is a former Special Forces operative who had the world in his hands and believed he was invincible until someone betrayed his unit causing his capture and subsequent torture. When he returns home to heal he is betrayed again by a woman he thought would stand by him forever. His cousin Mac helped save him when he was at his lowest point, employing him as a bodyguard and stunt coordinator in Hollywood. Now Flynn has returned home yet again while Mac is on his honeymoon, hoping to deal with the scars people can see on his face and the deeper emotional scars that hurt more.
Liberty is a scientist who was recently in New Zealand for eight months, she has come to stay with her friend Kate since she is between jobs, she needs to make some decisions in her life and thought being on a ranch would be a perfect place to think. When Liberty and Flynn meet, the attraction is mutual and immediate, the sparks fly as their encounters are fast and furious, they can’t seem to get enough of each other, but Liberty wants to feel she belongs and craves the intimacy that Flynn is unable to give.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book; there are sexy men, strong women and so much emotion that keeps you turning the pages for more. Liberty is so much fun, she does not know a stranger and seems to make friends everywhere she go, people genuinely like her and you can tell she enjoys life. What you can’t tell until you get to know her more is that she wants to belong somewhere, she was an abandoned child and seemed to be a handful while in foster homes so many abandoned her all over again. She enjoys being around her friend Kate and the people of the ranch; it is a place she can feel at home. When she suffers the rejection from Flynn she is hurt until she realizes what the scars she can’t see do to him.
I really like Flynn, he has so much pain inside, not only from the actual episode that the scars resulted from but the betrayal of the one person who he thought would be there, his fiancé. Liberty wants to help him heal but is not sure she is capable of being that person, several in his family tell him he must return to therapy. The two’s attraction is combustible and their scenes together are amazing, they really have great chemistry.
The secondary characters all add to the story and I laughed out loud when all the men keep using the word “magnificent” when they are around Flynn. Kate is a wonderful friend to Liberty, very down to earth and someone who is always there, Liberty needs that stability.
The plot is fast paced as this is not a long story, but it seems to work as Flynn and Liberty’s attraction is immediate so no time is wasted. I had a hard time with his assumptions of Liberty, when he finds out about her job and the PhD she holds he feels angry and duped, but in reality he just needs to remember what happens when we assume. This is the first in the Disarmed and Dangerous series and there seems to be a set up of future books, Flynn leaves at one point in the story to take care of some business for a mysterious man name Dominic, it feels like an overall story arc that will continue. The drama is light but the emotion is deep and intense, a great story about two people healing each other.
I give Flynn’s Kiss by Diane Saxon 4 stars!