Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Stitched Up Heart

Book Review of Stitched Up Heart (Combat Hearts Series)

Title: Stitched Up Heart

Series: Combat Hearts Series

Author: Tarina Deaton

Date Published: September 18th 2016

Date Read:   September 13, 2016

The Blurb:

As an Air Force medic, Bree Marks saw the worst the War on Terror had to dish out. Now a physical therapist, she uses her experience to help other veterans heal from their physical wounds; while she battles her own emotional damage. 

Blaming himself for his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Jase Larken, retreated from life. To honor his best friend’s memory and assuage his guilt, he started an outdoor adventure company to help veterans with PTSD. 

Bree had better things to do than catch her cheating fiancé in bed with another woman. Jase is something better - for a night at least. For the first time in years, Jase wanted more. When he finds her again, he doesn’t give her another chance to run.

Jase’s possessiveness grates on Bree’s independent nature. She’s dealt with her fair share of alpha-male, door kickers and doesn’t need one telling her what to do now. But as a new danger emerges, Bree and Jase must face their pasts, before someone's obsession with Bree destroys any chance they have of a future.

My Review

5 Captain Caveman Stars

"Oh my god. I just creamed my panties." Bree nudged Denise and tilted her head in the direction she was looking. "Sweet, merciful Jesus, that man is a walking orgasm. How tall do you think he is?"-Bree and Denise 
May have Mild Spoilers

Stitched Up Heart was a special find for me. An undiscovered gem that I just fell in love with. I call it an undiscovered gem because I have never heard of this author. When I finished this book I looked her up to try to find more books by her and all I found was this one. So I am guessing she is a new author and this is her debut novel. There was nothing about this book that I didn't love. Nothing I would change. I enjoyed every minute of this read. Tarina Deaton has an amazing writing style that really worked for me. She just got herself a fangirl!

"I'm leaving. Bree's not. You fuck with her and I will hunt you down, chop you up in my meat grinder, and feed you to my dogs. The cops will have to dig through their shit to identify your DNA. We good?"-Denise to Jase 

"I want to come." "Oh, you will. You're going to come all over my face. Then you're going to come all over my cock as I bury it deep inside this pretty pussy." "Oh my god." She lifted her head to look down her body at him. Her core clenched at the sight of his head buried between her legs. "Are you going to fuck me or talk me to death?" Jase looked up at her from his position between thighs. "I'm going to find something more useful for that dirty mouth to do, you keep it up."-Bree and Jase 

I have a serious weakness for (ex)military men. They hold a special place in my heart for all they and their families give up for our freedom and our country. Plus they are brave, strong and sexy as hell. Jase the ex Army Ranger was no different. Jase oozed sexiness. He was all yummy alpha and bossy. He had this protective, sexy caveman side that could melt panties. I loved the way he would just throw Bree over his shoulder and carry her around. I also loved that he was all in with Bree. He wanted her and he was gonna have her. Supportive and strong he was a great hero! Stitched Up Heart gave me something else I really love reading. A strong, kick-ass heroine. Bree was awesome. She was ex Air Force, now VA physical therapist. She was funny, sassy, loyal, caring, and she could totally take care of herself! I loved that even though she was a strong woman she would give Jase what he needed when he would get overprotective. She also had a vulnerable side under the tough girl that was very endearing.

"We're not done with this conversation," Jase said. "We didn't actually have a conversation. You just threatened to spank me and made me come." He quirked an eyebrow. "Did you get my meaning?"-Jase and Bree 

"Bree. I will fight for this. I will fight to be in every compartment you create. But I need to know you're going to fight too."-Jase 

Let me just tell you Jase and Bree had massive chemistry. From the moment they laid eyes on each other it was a done deal. And their passion was burning up my kindle. I loved that they also were very supportive of each other. Something else I really enjoyed was Bree and her friendship with BF and ex military woman Denise. They were so funny together. They were like sisters. They had been to hell and back together. They had a deep supportive friendship that really came through the pages. It's nice to see women being portrayed as strong, smart, caring and supportive of each other and not being catty backstabbers that can't be friends with other women. 

"He's only been gone a few days. It's ridiculous. I feel ridiculous and I don't know what to do. I'm being all..... what's the word for it?" "Girly." "Girly!" Bree snapped her fingers and pointed at Denise like she had just solved the world's energy crisis. "How do I quit being all girly and emotional?" "Don't look at me. I haven't done girly since I went through puberty. I'm void of emotions." "You do emotions," Bree said. Denise lifted the latch on the half door and entered the stall. The dog's tail thumped on the ground as Denise knelt next to her head. "I do some emotions, none of which are girly emotions. My emotions usually involve fireballs and razing insurgent strongholds to the ground."-Bree and Denise 

Jase and Chris stepped into the living room and froze, jaws agape, a look of absolute horror on their faces at the sight of Channing Tatum grinding, semi-naked, on the large screen. Chris dropped his bad and shouted, "Let it rain!" He undulated his hips in a way that put Channing Tatum to shame. Bree and Denise laughed and whooped when Chris turned and shook his butt at them. 

The drama of the story that kept the action going came from a source outside of the couple and their relationship which I loved. That gave me tons of romance and relationship building without all the angsty push/pull. The thing I think I love the most about this book was that the author touched on a subject that is real, heartbreaking and normally not talked about. In a respectful way she put a spotlight on it. PTSD and Veteran suicide. It's a very real and very big problem and the more it is talked about the more people it reaches. Understanding the pain and struggles they go through when they get home and finding ways to help them is important and it all starts with talking about the problem. I love me some military romances and this book gave me plenty to love. I really hope that the next book is Denise's story. Tarina Deaton has great talent and I can't wait to get my hands on more of her books. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Military romances, and sexy and strong heroes/heroines. Give this book a try and I hope you all love it as much as I did!!!

"Jase, I know you're worried, so I'm trying to see this overprotectiveness as cute rather than annoying and overbearing." She set her hands on her hips. "But I swear to almighty god, if you don't stop talking to me like I'm an idiot, I'm going to punch you in the balls again." He stepped coser, but kept his hand on the door. "You like my balls." She tilted her head back to maintain eye contact. "I do. So it would be a shame if I couldn't use them because they had to be surgically extracted."-Bree and Jase 


  1. Oh. My. God. Thank you SO much for this review. It seriously made my night. I'm so happy you loved the book. And yes, I'm working on Denise's story. ;)

    Tarina Deaton