Anna del Mar’s explosive, sexy debut novel in the Wounded Warrior series, perfect for fans of Lisa Marie Rice and Lora Leigh—the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her.
Published: February 22nd, 2016
Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.
Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.
Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.
Why Wounded Warriors Make Awesome Romance Heroes
I’m a sucker for the strong, silent type, for heroes who are skilled, brainy, brave and strong in addition to sexy and dreamy. I also like heroes whose strengths are balanced by real vulnerabilities and whose characters were forged in the heat of life’s most pitched battles. I like the contrast between heroes who fight not just against their enemies, but also against their demons, heroes who rise above their weaknesses and defy their greatest fears for the sake of a higher cause, such as loyalty, friendship and especially, sweet, sexy, passionate love.
You might think that heroes like that don’t exist in real life. But I know better. I’ve lived among them. During my years as a Navy wife, I met these heroes, men and women who inspired the stories I tell. They were my neighbors, friends and peers. It’s no wonder that as a debut romance author, I’ve devoted an entire series featuring strong, self-reliant heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass military heroes who challenge their limits to protect the women they love.
The first novel of my Wounded Warrior series, The Asset, introduces two heroes just like that. The Asset is the story of Lia Stuart, a brave woman desperate to escape the powerful drug lord who has terrorized her past and Ash Hunter, a Navy SEAL recovering from his wounds, a skilled warrior willing to lay down his life to protect the only woman in the world capable of healing his heart. Together, Lia and Ash have to defeat the evil that threatens to destroy their lives as they struggle to heal, not only Ash’s broken body but Lia’s shattered soul.
The beauty of The Asset and, indeed, of all of the novels of the Wounded Warrior series, is that they’re stories about hope, resilience, redemption, and above all, about love’s extraordinary healing power. They mirror the journeys of our country’s greatest heroes, the wounded warriors who have given so much to protect us and who teach us every day the true meaning of courage, determination, honor and love. Every day, I thank them for their service.
So why do I think that wounded warriors make awesome romance heroes?
Because wounded warriors are:
1. Strong, forged in life’s greatest battles.
2. Skilled, brainy and accomplished by training, occupation and choice.
3. Compassionate. They’ve felt pain, loneliness and regret. They understand suffering and that makes them sensitive to others’ pain.
4. Loyal and brave: They’ve put their lives on the line to protect their country and their loved ones.
5. Resilient and focused. They fight hard to get better and in my stories, they do.
6. Loving, passionate and sexy. They’ve stared death in the face. They’re willing to seize life by the throat. This time around, they’re going to give love their all.
Now let me ask you: Why do you think wounded warriors make awesome romance heroes?
Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.
A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.
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