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Phoenix /fēniks/: (in classical mythology) a unique bird inhabiting the Arabian Desert that burned itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.
This isn’t mythology, it’s war, and Hendy is left in the hands of Hell’s cruelest gatekeepers.
His team is killed before his very eyes, and despite his efforts to save them, he’s captured and subjected to merciless torture—losing virtually every piece of his identity but his pulse.
After his rescue, he returns home from Afghanistan, saddled with facing the daunting task of healing his physical scars as well as the invisible ones—his emotional demons.
Dr. Presley Cole isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Embarking on a new journey, she makes it her mission to prove to Hendy that his life isn’t over; that he’s worthy of love.
Because sometimes even a phoenix needs help to rise…
Out of the Ashes.
So this is my third book from R.C. Boldt and I am loving each book more than the one before it. This author really knows how to bring the sexual tension while also sharing an incredibly endearing story.
This book is a standalone, but if you read “Out of Love” before, then you know who Hendy is. If you didn’t, that’s okay and everything in this book will make perfect sense. So don’t worry (but I also loved “Out of Love” as well).
Out story starts with Hendy meeting his new Doctor, Presley Cole, who is a chiropractor. Hendy is having some residual issues from his injuries when he was tortured during his military service. Part of his injuries include extensive scarring on his body, and also face. For Hendy, this is something he never forgets about, especially considering he was quite the ladies man prior. When he meets Presley, she really doesn’t shy away from his scars.
Hendy definitely has more emotional issues than Presley does, and I actually appreciated that about this book. I enjoy when there is a bit of a role reversal, in terms of who might need time or help in the relationship. When Hendy and Presley first meet, they have an intense attraction to each other. But Presley is engaged. Let me say that I hated Dylan, Presley’s future-husband, from the first millisecond I heard about him. Ugh. What a total loser and jerk.
I don’t want to give the story away but one of my favorite facets of this book was the fact that we see Hendy needed to deal with his own issues. He couldn’t just put a band-aid on some of the emotional scars he had. I think the reason I enjoyed this aspect is that sometimes, love (from another person) can’t fix everything. Sometimes, we have to learn to love ourselves first.
If you already like R.C. Boldt, or if you enjoy stories with the military factor, you will definitely love this book. It was emotional, full of smoldering sexual tension, and an ending that will please you beyond your imagination.
RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.