Susan Karsten here! I enjoyed this book so much, I’ve put together two blog posts on it, part #2 comes out on Friday, so watch for that to learn more about the book and its author.
Hank Fleming, the hero of the novel More Than a Soldier, is a former Spec Ops demolitions man. While serving in the military, driving in a convoy, his truck is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, leaving Hank the sole survivor in the attack. Several years later, latent PTSD sets in and manifests in nightmares that make him relive the explosion that took the lives of several men.
When Hank meets Cindy Giordano, his foster brother’s biological sister, he falls hard and fast for her and sets out to win her heart.
Cindy finds herself drawn to Hank, but she’s instantly wary. With her ex-fiancé’s betrayal still fresh in her mind, friendship is about all she can muster.
When shadows from Cindy’s past threaten, Hank’s protective instincts go into high gear, and he realizes everyone has their own battles to fight. But the road to healing would be much sweeter with the right person by his side.
“It’s nice to be a passenger for a change and be able to kick back and enjoy the ride.” Cindy’s lazy half-smile oozed with serenity.
“Good, I’m glad. You— Whoa, did you see that?” Hank slowed the Jeep and pulled onto the shoulder.
Cindy dropped her feet to the floorboards and twisted around in her seat. “See what?”
He backed up, stopped, and pointed to a smallish sign that barely stuck up over the roadside shrubbery. “That.”
“All-you-can-eat pancakes, all day long, six ninety-nine,” Cindy read aloud before looking back at Hank. “So?”
“What do you mean, so? I thought I saw a halo floating over that sign as we passed.”
Cindy laughed. “I take it you’re a flapjack fan?”
“Fan? You have no idea.” Hank put the Jeep in gear and merged back onto the road. “I love pancakes. Can’t get enough of ’em. Let’s go shut that place down for the day.”
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