Saving Jake by Sharon Sala
Publisher & Release: Sourcebooks Casablanca, October 4, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Blessings, Georgia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 Pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns
There is always hope
After eight years in the Marines, Jacob Lorde returns to Blessings, Georgia, with no plans other than to hole up in his empty house and heal what's left of his soul. But with a charming next door neighbor and a town full of friendly people, keeping to himself is easier said than done.
As long as you can come home
Laurel Payne understands far too well what Jake is going through, after witnessing her late husband experience similar problems. She's in no hurry to jump into another relationship with a complicated guy, but their attraction is undeniable-and perhaps exactly what both of them need.
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This is the first book I have read by Sharon Sala, and I quite enjoyed Saving Jake. I always enjoy romances with ex-military men who usually have trouble adjusting to civilian life, especially if they experienced the ravishes of war, so when I received a request for the publisher via Net-Galley to read in exchange for an honest review, I eagerly accepted.
Jacob Lorde has returned to Blessings, Georgia after the end of his military career when he stepped on an IED which changed his life. When a delightful little girl shows up at his home, he is enchanted and soon becomes just as enchanted with her mother.
Laurel Payne is a widow. Her husband came back from the war, but could not leave the nightmares behind, and took his life in a most horrendous way. His family blames her for their son’s death. She has not had an easy time of it with her young daughter, Bonnie, to raise.
While the last thing Laurel wants is to become involved with another man suffering from PTSD, she finds herself drawn to her new neighbor, and Bonnie is determined to have him in her life. Can she chance a relationship with Jacob, or should she play it safe?
Saving Jake is a story of overcoming adversity and taking a second chance at love. It’s a story of family and community. The pacing is steady and the romance slowly grows between these two emotionally scarred people.
Laurel gained my sympathy early on. She is a devoted mother, willing to make sacrifices to ensure the safety and well-being of her adorable little girl, Bonnie. She is dedicated to her parents and her community. I loved how she eventually opens up to Jacob and lets him in.
I always love a tortured soul, and Jake is definitely that. Not only does he have physical impediments, he suffers from PTSD and tremendous guilt over losing several of his fellow soldiers. He shows a great deal of courage and determination to get on with his life. He is so tender and caring to Bonnie, and he quite stole my heart from the start and held it through the end.
If you are looking for a romance with a bit more substance, then you will enjoy Saving Jake as much as I did. The characters are great, especially the little girl, Bonnie. While at times I did struggle with so many characters having POV, it did add an interesting twist to the story. Happy reading!