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Jack (7 Brides for 7 Soldiers Book 5) Kindle Edition
Former Marine Jack Carter has left Afghanistan behind, but after a close encounter with a suicide bomber, he now battles a hidden enemy. Ashamed that he succumbs to heart-stopping panic attacks, he refuses to leave his house and makes excuses for failing to meet up with his best friends. He’s got the perfect set up—his job allows him to work from home, he hires out the dog walking and grocery shopping and he has subscribed to a meal delivery service that comes complete with a cook. Jack expected a lunch lady, but he gets Whitney. She’s bubbly, she’s way too chatty, and his dog loves her more than him. But he forgives her all of that because she’s sexy as hell and a bright spot in an otherwise lonely day.
Whitney Baldwin has been groomed to follow a long line of highly successful lawyers into an equally successful family law firm, but she’d rather bake a cake than read a tort. Her dream is to open her own patisserie. To say her father is disappointed in her career path is an understatement—if she can’t pull this off, she’ll have to head home with her tail between her legs. In a last bid to make her dream a reality Whitney accepts a job with Dinner Magic and lands an insanely handsome client in Jack Carter. His crazy good looks captivate her, but it's something about his hyper-awareness of her combined with a vulnerability that is an irresistible recipe.
The smoldering attraction between Jack and Whitney quickly turns molten. But when he makes an important promise that he can’t keep, Whitney can’t fathom how this relationship is going to work. Will Jack ever be able to conquer his worst fears for true love?
- ASIN : B0756XZHVZ
- Publisher : Julia London (November 28, 2017)
- Publication date : November 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1562 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 227 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,765 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jack is book five of the Seven Brides for Seven Soldiers series. It holds the fewest links to the other books in the series, therefore the easiest to read as a standalone. There are a few cameos from the other soldiers, but nothing that gives away any part of the previous books. Jack is told in dual POV, in third person limited.
Jack may be my favorite of all the soldiers whose stories have been told. He had a great storyline in the work he was doing, one that I think sheds light on an all too common problem, and his character arc was fabulous. He’d had so much trauma to deal with, and I loved that he was actively working on it, even if he struggled with genuinely having a reason to work through his fears in the beginning. His growth from the man who couldn’t walk through his hometown to the man he was by the end of the book was tremendous, in every sense of the word.
Whitney, while vitally important to Jack’s character arc, didn’t have much of one herself. I’m surprisingly okay with it because she did find her own strength, though most of her journey to finding herself was completed before Jack started. Her strength was an integral part of Jack’s growth, and in helping him, she also found the final push she needed to the what was best for herself. I was delighted to see how Whitney and Jack truly made each other better people.
My only wish for this book would be the first and final few pages be a little more in keeping with the rest of the story. It seemed the author struggled a little with exactly how to start Jack’s story and where was an appropriate place to end it. Unlike the other books in this series, I would have liked to have seen this book end a chapter earlier than it did, as the final chapter didn’t really add anything to the story but felt like a hasty addition to show the characters enjoying their HEA.
Julia London is obviously a skilled writer, with the exceptions previously stated, I was wholly engrossed in Jack and Whitney’s story. She made me care deeply about the characters, their struggles, and the people they were fighting for. Given a chance to check out some of her contemporary romances, I’d give them a shot.
"You started it, but I'm going to finish it."
I loved this story! It was heartfelt and it tackled a very relevant issue of many of our returning service members - PTSD. My heart broke for Jack as he dealt with his demons and I was pulling for him as he struggled to find his way back to the man he was before.
Jack Carter has found himself a prisoner in his own home and in his own mind. His mind and his body continually play a constant tug-of-war between fear and reality. While he struggled, he was content to stay holed up in his apartment, having groceries delivered, having someone walk his dog Buster, having a chef service come cook his meals. He never had a reason to try any harder. Until Whitney. She's the first one to make him wish for more - things he had resigned himself to never having. But, can he overcome the crippling effect his PTSD has had on him, and become the man he believes Whitney deserves? If he tells her his secret, will he lose her forever? How long can he pretend before it all crashes around him? Can she be the one to help him find his way back?
Whitney has one client she dreads. Jack Carter. When she comes to cook him dinner he never comes out of his room. She's never even seen him. Until one day, she does. Slowly a friendship forms, and then more. Everything seems to be going nicely until he keeps making excuses for not showing up to meet her places, or not wanting to go out with her friends. She's about had it with him and his strange behavior. What is he hiding? Can she help him or is it just too much for her to handle?
This was a great love story. At the same time, it's an important one. PTSD is a serious issue and it was addressed quite well in this book. It can be crippling and it is extremely important to have a strong support system. I have enjoyed this series and can't wait to finish the next two books!
Unlike the previous books, Jack takes place in Seattle. Jack has returned from Afghanistan with a wounded leg and PTSD. He goes into a panic at car horns, crowds,loud noises... Little by little these things have kept him trapped in his apartment. He sees very few people - Rain, his dog walker, Whitney his food delivery/ cooking service and Dr Pratt, his psychiatrist (even though he can only have appointments by Skype).
Ms London goes into great detail about his condition, his panic attacks, his inability to go anywhere, even walking his dog is a major event. Whitney comes into his world and they form a friendship but she is disappointed when he fails to keep appointments to meet her. His shame about his condition has kept her in the dark.
His struggles to overcome his condition to be worthy of Whitney's love is heart -warming and it makes their Happily Ever After all the happier.
Top reviews from other countries
Former Marine Jack is suffering from severe panic attacks after seeing a suicide bomber in Afghanistan kill and destroy. He's locked in him and solely relies on services to accommodate his none existing lifestyle.
Enter into the equation Whitney who comes part of a food delivery service to cook for him.
Whitney's strong personality, drive and Passion help Jack out of his shell and to face his demons.
There love story is truly remarkable.
I love this series.
I loved this book from start to finish.
I love the characters and the story.