The Patriot Girl

Toni Lynn Cloutier
The Patriot Girl
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
June 2012
Book 1 of The No Bulls Series
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

MaKayla Adams has always been curious about the wild side of life. Making love with her late husband wasn't exciting, and she never could understand the big deal...until hunky nightclub owner Dustin James hires her as a public relations consultant. His touch arouses feelings she's never known, and his kiss tempts her to cross the line between business and pleasure.

Dustin doesn't remember the car accident that put him in a coma three years ago, but since his recovery, he's pushed his own needs aside to be a single father to his young daughter. When MaKayla offers to help publicize his country nightclub, however, she ignites deeper feelings he can't ignore.

But there is more than mutual attraction between MaKayla and Dustin--there is a shared past connected to her husband's death. Will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Sep 26, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
110 people found the following review helpful
One fatal accident on a rainy night changed the lives of MaKayla and Dustin forever. She lost her husband and Dustin lost his wife moments before the accident. Both have guilty consciences but one is ready to move on while the other still resents the driver.

Makayla is a strong, independent woman who is still grieving her husband's death. She still blames the other driver of the vehicle for not stopping on time before hitting her husband's car with her son Alex in it. One day, she walks into her job to find that it is being burglarized, and she is thrown into a handsome cowboy's arms. That is where her life changes forever. The attraction she feels for Dustin is so profound but for her it's like cheating on her husband. She fights the feelings but finds herself thinking about him all the time. MaKayla knows deep down inside that she has fallen for this man, but when she hears his full name, everything changes again. Will she be able to realize that the accident was just an accident?

Dustin had no idea how to be a single father. He expected that when the baby arrived, he and his wife would be raising her but that was not the case. Dustin is ready to start living again and when MaKayla was thrown into his arms, he knew that she was the one. He felt alive again and could not stop thinking about her. But he realizes who she is, he must tell her the truth about himself before she is told by someone else. As time goes by and she still agrees to be his publicist, he finds himself more in love with her, and he actually introduces his daughter, Melissa, to MaKayla. Dustin tries to make her understand that no matter what, he is not leaving her and will wait for as long as she needs to sort out her own feelings. He sends her flowers weekly and finds himself protecting her from a stalker that is believed to be one of the robbers from the bank robbery that was never caught. Then one fatal phone call changes everything for them, as he hears a gunshot and MaKayla screaming "no".

THE PATRIOT GIRL is a romance story that warms the heart. This book took my heart rather quickly, as it just made me realize that there is life after your husband or wife pass away. There is no reason why you should stay alone especially if two people are attracted to each other. The dialogue was perfect and the pacing so well done that I didn't realize I'd read almost the whole book in one sitting. The pace of the romance for MaKayla and Dustin was just right, the relationship took a while before they became one but there were lots of issues that MaKayla needed to deal with in order for her to move on in her life.

I totally loved Jodi, MaKayla's best friend, as her sense of humor brought me laughter and she was the one person that was able to tell MaKayla the way things were. She was not afraid to make MaKayla see that her husband was dead and he was not coming back, he was not on a business trip and he wouldn't soon be walking in the door. Then there was Alex, a young man that made MaKayla realize that he did not fault the driver of the accident, that he did try to stop, that they both did but it was fate. Then there was the friends and family of both characters that were so supportive and hoping that one day they would finally be in each other's arms and enjoying life together.

This is a book that I would not mind reading again and again as it just brings peace to your heart in seeing two people trying to become a couple after a horrible, tragic accident. I can't recommend it enough; it was truly an amazing read.
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