Release Day Blitz + Review: The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner

Title: The Way Back Home
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: May 29, 2017

descriptionAugust Cotton shouldn’t be here. When a tragic accident calls him home to Magnolia Springs, this returned Veteran adds his parents to the list of things he’s lost in recent years, right along with his IED detection dog and his left leg. As the sole guardian of his four-year-old sister, August must rely on his Marine training in raising a tiny hellion who’s as stubborn as he is. But the Corps could never prepare him for this. Nor could they prepare him for Olivia Anders, a woman who’ll stop at nothing to get her way. 

As owner of Paws for Cause, Olivia is no stranger to the broken men and women who return home from war. She’s no stranger to broken dogs either. In fact, she’s made it her mission to pair the two and enrich both of their lives, but pairing ornery and aloof August Cotton will take some work. The last thing August wants is some pushy southern woman occupying his parents’ bed and breakfast and forcing him to open up about the hell he narrowly escaped, but that’s exactly what Olivia intends.

They complete one another, and yet they can’t stand to be in the same room. 

Can Olivia make this hardened Marine feel again and finally show his heart the way back home?

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Way Back Home is not only a love story, IMO it's more. I would even go to the extent to say that the love story between August & Olivia is not the center point. It's much more and I loved it. Olivia helps military men suffering from PTSD with trained dogs. She has a successful program in her hometown but she has been asked to create something from scratch in a southern town. And that's where the problems begin. With people and their prejudices, it's not easy for " a stranger" to be accepted by a small town used to calm & peace.

Olivia is a force of nature, always strong, always giving, never asking for anything, always there to protect, to offer her help. She was the sun in this book even if her past is dark. She's a fighter and you wouldn't guess what her life was when you see how sparkling her personality is. Not one to give up without a fight, she is ready to overcome all obstacles coming her way.

August is a man who needs help but who doesn't want it. He seems rough but truly his heart is gold and you'll see it soon enough. The darkness inside are eating him alive but he believe he has the life he deserves. He was very close-off and he had a though shelf to crack. With a lot of patience, Olivia succeeds to get to know his reactions better. The fact he needs to take care of his little sister, Bettina after their parents' death was both a good and a bad thing for him.

“Every day I wake up and expect that I’ll be a new man,” he whispers. “Every day I lie to myself because I know I ain’t ever changing, but I still need to tell myself that to make it through.”

Carmen Jenner wrote a book about different characters, many you'll love and some you'll disregard on sight. Everything takes a lot place and as a lot is happening. It can be to the cost of the attraction between Olivia & August. I would have loved reading a longer book because I always find this kind of story to be more gripping, more engaging. There's a message behind it all and I would have loved to go even deeper in all the different subjects approached.

For those who read Toward the Sound of Chaos, I would say that it's totally different, yet the underlying subject is the same. The book is really respectful for those of fought hard for their country. It gives a lot to think about on how people behave, on where the help can be provided and how it can be provided. We all have our own story. We all have our wounds but we also all have a life we choose to love and how we live it.

Now I'm there hoping for others characters to find their own HEA, Jude and Josiah in particular.

~Arc provided by the PR company in exchange of an honest review ~


“You know, if you want to see me naked and sweaty, all you have to do is ask, darlin’.”
“I do not . . . I wasn’t . . .” My words are stolen from me as he stalks forward with a maddening smirk on his face. “What are you doing?”
“Getting tired of waiting for you to be okay with this.”
“August, we talked about boundaries.” I press my hand to his chest because he's too close, and I can't think straight with the heady scent of his sweat and sandalwood soap distracting me. It wasn't my intention to run my hand over that sweat, to feel the hard-won muscle beneath, but here I am, petting him as if he's my favorite kitty.
“No. You talked about boundaries. I told you I was gonna fight, and I ain’t above fightin’ dirty.”
“How dirty?” I breathe.
August’s lips curl up into a smile. “So dirty.”
Both hands snake around my waist and he lifts me onto the counter, wedging his hips between my thighs. He hooks a finger in the sash and unties my robe as if he were opening a gift made just for him. I wrap my legs around his hips to pull him closer, and that’s all the admission he needs. He threads a hand through my hair and pulls my neck back to expose the tender flesh to his mouth. I close my eyes and whisper his name as my whole body turns to flame, starved for the oxygen that only his touch can bring. His hot mouth trails down my neck, his hands cup my breasts, squeezing, kneading, and I slide a hand between us, into the waistband of his shorts. I take his hard length in my hand, stroking him from base to tip. August grunts as he pushes my negligee out of the way with frenzied hands. His fingers find me bare and exposed with no panties.
“So fucking’ dirty,” he groans, wetting his lips.

Author Bio

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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