Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good.
A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. .
The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart.
So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.
Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.
But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget.
But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again.
Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school.
But she’s back now.
And she wants Brand, scars and all.
This is the 4th book in Courtney Cole’s Beautifully Broken series. It’s all about Brand Killien and Nora Greene. Brand is a character we’ve been introduced to earlier in the series as he is a friend of Gabriel’s from the second book If You Leave.
Nora has returned home for the summer but her first day back starts with a bang and Brand coming to her rescue.
Both characters have pasts full of hurt which neither of them deal with well. Where Brand’s pain is mostly physical Nora’s is now mainly emotional. Courtney takes you on a journey with Nora as she tries to face up to the people who have hurt her in the past. The story is not all flowers and romance and is definitely an emotional read. At times it was difficult to face the reality of Nora’s story.
Although Brand doesn’t know the full extent of the hardship Nora has been through in her young life he is supportive and is constantly there for her and protecting her throughout the book. Brand’s character has wisdom beyond his years due to his life experience and this helps to balance Nora’s innocence a little.
The narrative is dual POV which works because the characters have such diverse histories. The dual POV is one thing I have really enjoyed about the series, and although I enjoyed this book I think the first in the series will always be my favourite.