Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.
Holly learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.
For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.
Oh Jill Shalvis, wonderful weaver of words, how I love you so….Rescue My Heart is adorably good and as normal, Jill’s superb writing skills broke me out of a horrible writing slump in which I had turned into the HULK with my review pile. AKA “NIKKI NO LIKE! NIKKI SMASH!!!”
I have been impatiently waiting for Adam’s story to be told since picking up the first book a long time ago. Ok, not THAT long ago but in fanantical reader land it was EONS ago. Adam was a mystery, suffering from some PTSD and grieving his fallen comrades on his last mission that wiped over half of them out. Training search and rescue dogs is his life now along with helping run the vet clinic his brother owns. Years ago he ran from the one woman who ever turned his head in an attempt to get his life in order. Holly never really forgave him but now that she needs him to help find her father, she has to swallow her pride and acknowledge their past.
I enjoyed these two and their fumbling around each other. Each wanting to keep their relationship semi professional and each having their own set of character flaws that kept them apart. Poor Adam just broke my heart with his grieving and inability to fully cope and move on with his life. I just wanted to give him a hug. Ok, and then maybe jump his bones but that would be way more for me and less about him lol. His love for animals including his own dog ( and when Jill said Frat Boy, her own dog, I about lost it) was such a great aspect of his character. His drive to train the best of the best was spurned on by his tragic past but it made him even more determined to achieve the best results from his dogs.
I loved Holly’s sense of pride and her ramrod straight appeal when it came to her personal life. The woman was so straight laced I just knew her unraveling would be messy and wrought with emotions she wasn’t wanting to face. She tells herself that Adam is her past but her career is her future, never taking into account that being alone with him on their search for her father would make her fall for the man he was and is now all over again. She was a tough cookie. Refusing to give in while they searched tiredly for her father and giving Adam a much needed rock when he crumbled under a panic attack.
Past characters rounded out Rescue My Heart making it an enjoyable read from start to finish! I loved revisiting Adam’s brothers Dell and Brady and reading the role they played in the healing process for him. Great book!
I give Rescue My Heart by Jill Shalvis 4.50 stars!