Lone Star Survivor
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Dec 1 2014, $5.50
The military informed the matriarch of the Rayford family of Rusted Spur, Texas that terrorists killed her son Ian. In a mental haze, the former Army captain, guided by the image in his shattered mind of the woman he loves, walks towards his North Texas ranch though suffering from memory loss, PTSD and physical injuries. When his brother Zach (see Lone Star Redemption) gives him a ride, Ian fails to recognize his euphoric sibling.
At the Marston unit of the Warriors 4 Life Rehabilitation Center, former Army Colonel Julian Ross assigns his fiancée psychologist Dr. Andrea Warrington to help the “Texas Miracle” Ian recover. Andrea explains to Julian that she was Ian’s fiancée, but ended their relationship because she could not deal with his unexplained absences. With major reservations, Andrea agrees to stay at the ranch for two weeks to help Ian. As they work together, their love remains strong; but assault from an adversary has both believing that this unknown foe wants to insure Ian never remembers what happened in theater.
The second Rayford family drama is an intriguing romantic suspense in which the mental state of the Wounded Warrior supersedes his reunion return from the dead and the attacks on him and his beloved. Driven by the relationship between the fabulous lead couple before Ian died and in the present, the story line is filled with action and a twist that adds tension but also simplifies the plot.