Title: Out of the Ashes
Author: R.C. Boldt
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Phoenix /fēniks/: (in classical mythology) a unique bird inhabiting the Arabian Desert that burned itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.
This isn’t mythology, it’s war, and Hendy is left in the hands of Hell’s cruelest gatekeepers.
His team is killed before his very eyes, and despite his efforts to save them, he’s captured and subjected to merciless torture—losing virtually every piece of his identity but his pulse.
After his rescue, he returns home from Afghanistan, saddled with facing the daunting task of healing his physical scars as well as the invisible ones—his emotional demons.
Dr. Presley Cole isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Embarking on a new journey, she makes it her mission to prove to Hendy that his life isn’t over; that he’s worthy of love.
Because sometimes even a phoenix needs help to rise…
Out of the Ashes.
My Review (ARC provided)
My Review (ARC provided)
I have read one other book by RC Boldt and it was Clam Jam, (which I enjoyed) talk about a change. This just goes to show you what a good writer she is to be able to switch up genres like that. You do get little bits and pieces of her humor in this, but this is very much a story that makes you feel things, makes you think, makes you want to hug the two MC’s and shake them at times too.
I loved the title of this book. I feel like it was so significant to the story.
“You need to own it. You rose from the ashes. Like the damn phoenix.”
Hendy (SEAL) was on a mission, captured and tortured relentlessly. Once he was rescued he was dead inside, left with many scars on the outside and inside. He can’t get past the fact that he isn’t the tall dark and handsome playboy he used to be. He can’t look in the mirror and he can’t stand himself. Presley is Hendy’s doctor his chiropractor and she wants to help him heal, not only his physical injuries but his emotional injuries too. They connect in away Presley isn’t prepared for. She feels a pull to him but she’s also his doctor and engaged.
Hendy needs to heal himself before having a real relationship, but the attraction he feels for Presley is taking a toll on him. He likes her and feels a connection but he knows there is no way someone like her would ever be with him… and she’s engaged.
I really loved seeing this story develop and the growth of both of these characters, Hendy had a lot of work to do on himself but he slowly gets there.
“If you don’t find a way to love the man you are now-to love yourself the way you are-then you’ll never be able to truly love in return.”
The way she ended this book was right on, it made me smile; it was the perfect ending to a wonderful story. I will definitely be reading more of this author in the future.
RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.