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Former soldier Nathan Wyatt had no choice but to leave his army buddy to die, a secret that's still tearing him apart.Two years on, he's in Hollywood prostituting his war medal for work as a bodyguard to the stars when his best friend's widow drags him home to fulfil his neglected responsibilities to her family trust. When he discovers Claire can't forgive her late husbandFormer soldier Nathan Wyatt had no choice but to leave his army buddy to die, a secret that's still tearing him apart.Two years on, he's in Hollywood prostituting his war medal for work as a bodyguard to the stars when his best friend's widow drags him home to fulfil his neglected responsibilities to her family trust. When he discovers Claire can't forgive her late husband for breaking a crucial promise, Nate sees his path to salvation. He'll be his buddy's advocate, secure Steve's place in his wife's memory. The last thing he intends is to find himself in a love triangle with his dead best friend.Will admitting the truth - all of it - set him free, or alienate the woman he's come to passionately love?...

Title : Bring Him Home
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ISBN : 36608623
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Number of Pages : 215 Pages
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Bring Him Home Reviews

  • Saly
    2018-09-10 00:48

    3.5 starsNate has changed, its been eighteen months since the ambush that killed his best friends and he withdrew, left to become a bodyguard in Hollywood, live the surface life because that doesn't remind him of his past and then Claire comes back, Claire who reminds him of the past, of Steve.Claire has been through a lot, losing her husband, her teenage son acting out and Nate leaving them but now she is ready to move on and needs Nate's signature. He acts like an ass at first not wanting to get involved and then he does, but he doesn't want the others knowing he is back. Both of them have a lot to deal with, Claire, being angry at her husband who broke his promise of not getting deployed and she has to deal with the fact that she came second and Nate tries to get her to forgive Steve, the same way they did when Claire and Steve went through a rough patch. For Nate his guilt comes from the fact that he couldn't save Steve and what he had to do to his friend. The romance kicks in very late and it is subtle. I liked that there was no latent attraction between them before, they were true friends and the change came later and that the fact that she would love Steve was something Nate wanted, that didn't lessen what they had. All in all I enjoyed the book and loved revisiting the gang especially the good news about Jo.

  • Susan
    2018-09-16 17:46

    Excellent book. I really liked both Nate and Claire. When he came back from Afghanistan, Nate couldn't deal with Claire's husband's death, so he left for the US and took a job as a bodyguard for a rocker. He avoided all contact with his old friends, ignoring all attempts to contact him. When Claire needed him to sign some papers, she finally had enough and flew to LA to get him. After confronting him at a celebrity party, she shamed him into returning with him. He agreed on the condition that none of their friends is told he's there. He only plans to stay a few days, but decides to stay longer to help Claire set up her new business. Over those few days she realizes that he is still hurting over the loss of Steve and Lee, and wants to help him. Partway through the visit they begin to have feelings other than friendship for each other, but decide that it won't go anywhere. They still have some issues to deal with, but when they finally give in, both feel that they are finally able to start living again. The emotions in this book were incredible. Nate, Claire and their friends from previous books all have to deal with the fallout from the guys' time at war. Nate is having a very hard time dealing with his survivor's guilt and the memories of what he had to do. He has removed himself from all contact with his friends, but it hasn't helped. When he comes to Stingray Bay Claire realizes how badly he is hurting and tries to figure out how to help him. Nate doesn't want to tell her because he feels it will change how she feels about him. Claire is dealing with her own guilt because she is angry at Steve for dying, when he had promised that he wouldn't go back again. When the other guys show up, they work hard to show Nate that he doesn't need to feel guilty. There is still one piece of information he has to share with Claire that brings home to her the horrors he had to go through. Also included in the story are the effects of the war on Claire's son and Steve's mother. I really enjoyed this story and all the emotions.

  • Molly O'keefe
    2018-09-13 00:50

    this is my favorite Bliss book so far - I loved how she handled all the grief and secrets and loved how she handled the giant cast of characters - it was like going to a party with all your old friends. Great and sincere and honest - totally loved it.

  • Carrie
    2018-09-25 02:04

    Reviewed by DA 5/25/12I've read Karina Bliss before and enjoyed them. They're good. But this one is better than good, it's great. The romance is slow in developing which completely fits the situation. The grief over lost husband/friend is well written and believable. The ending is a little abrupt which keeps it from being a 5 star, but this is good. Really, really good.

  • Lyuda
    2018-09-01 19:04

    If you're looking for a lighthearted HP romance, look somewhere else. In this military romance, the survivor guilt and the emotional and physical hardship encountered by a military family when a loved one is away, takes center stage. The romance between ex member of special forces and a wife of one of the deceased friends builds very slowly. Neither of them wanted it as death of friend/husband looms over their relationship.

  • Nicole Helm
    2018-08-26 21:50

    The next time someone tells me that romance is "trashy" I will buy them a copy of this book.

  • Kentucky Bohemian (Grace)
    2018-09-11 00:12

    I don’t know where to start with this—I totally didn’t see this story coming. This is a new author for me, and I had no idea what to expect. To call it a pleasant surprise would be a dramatic understatement. I was captured. Pure and simple. Captured by Nathan on page one with his easy, elegant, intelligent grace. Fascinated by the walls he put up for everyone, but especially for those he seemed to have once considered his closest friends. Then I was ensnared by a strong, stubborn, scarred, and compassionate woman named Claire who cared enough to travel halfway around the world to bring Nathan home against his will. Even if it’s only for a few days, even if he’s kicking and screaming (figuratively speaking).This story has a richness too few novels possess these days. Not only Nate and Claire, but a full cast of characters are well-developed and interact beautifully together. The plot is nicely paced and intriguing; carrying all the emotional wreckage of those who have seen war and tried to return to a “normal” life afterwards having lost good friends and family in the process. There’s a lot of hurt, anger, resentment, self-loathing, angst, and survivor’s guilt going on here. But it’s wonderfully balanced with deep understanding, friendship that knows no bounds, forgiveness, grace, patience, healing, and hope. A simple review cannot describe how astoundingly rich this story is because it’s a journey, not a compilation of pretty words.Since this author was new to me, I was not aware that this book was the third in a series. Obviously, I had not read the first two books previously, so this book can easily be read as a stand-alone. Having done that, and greatly appreciated the author’s fine writing and story-telling skills, I will be going back to read the first two, though! As a romance, this can easily be considered a sweet romance—beautifully, gratifyingly sweet.

  • Becky
    2018-09-06 20:54

    Wow. I loved this book, and would have read it in a single sitting if I could--I just didn't want to put it down for anything. Out of the series so far, it's hands-down my favorite...but of course Lee's story is next, so who knows...Both Claire and Nate were written amazingly well. I really appreciated that Claire had a good, solid first marriage, but that it wasn't perfect--and her new relationship (when she finally had one--it moved slowly, as it absolutely should, thank goodness) didn't once make her think that she finally had that "something" that was missing in her first marriage, my two biggest pet peeves in widow/widower stories. Nate, the only survivor of the ambush that killed Claire's husband (and his best friend) who also remembered the attack, carried some incredibly heavy baggage from that day. I still can't believe I didn't suspect what the biggest part of his guilt came from until the end, when we have the big reveal. Still, his angst felt real and totally understandable, which again was a nice change from a lot of similar-genre books I've read.One of the things I really liked about this book was the relationships between all the characters in the series. It probably works better if you've read the other books as well, but even if you haven't I don't think it'll leave you cold. The scene where they're all in the car, heading out for the night is particularly funny. The comraderie, the snarky comebacks, the fact that the driver has gotten used to driving on the other side of the road--all very amusing. What I appreciate even more is that even though two of the three guys in their circle have "found love", they still manage to stay, well, guys. I've read series where formerly bad-a$$ macho types find love and suddenly they're all sitting around, acting like...gossiping old women? Matchmaking busy-bodies? I'm not even sure what to call them, but it was off-putting...but not here. They still act fairly normal, even though they clearly care for their friends and want them to be happy. So, even though this story wasn't perfect (I'd love just a teensy bit more at the end, please!) I'm giving it five stars. Can't wait for the next one.(Plus, very cool to read stories taking place in New Zealand. New slang, totally unfamiliar geography, and plants I've never heard of before. Breath of fresh air. But I'm weird like that...)

  • Karen Wapinski
    2018-09-11 18:55

    This was a Smart Bitches Trashy Books book club read for me, which I'm happy with because normally this cover would have caused me to ignore this book and that would have been a tragedy.If you like romance even a little this is a book for you. There is so much here to love: Nate and Claire are both brilliant characters; fully complex and wonderfully realistic. Nate is drawn up with guilt over the death of one of his best friends and has shut everyone out. Claire, the widow, needs his physical presence for a signature for a business that she hopes will finally close the door on her grief and allow her to move on. Once he realizes what she's doing; he decides to stick around a little longer to check out her investment and make sure its sound and not a bad, hastily made descision done by a grieving and vulnerable widow.The longer they are together, the more of an attraction they feel; both of them feel vaguely guilty for this but especially Nate, who feels like he's moving on to his best friend's wife.There's a lot of tension, and little physical action up until the end which I liked. This was a book about developing love, and characters manning up to tough situations. If they'd rushed into a physical relationship it would've seemed unreal to the characters for me. There's also a lot going on with Claire's friends and family, including her son who's acting out and is desperate to connect with Nate and hear more about his dad; as well as Jules, her best friend, whom the author is setting up for her own book (which I'm really looking forward to!)There are some scenes I cried in, the grief and longing leaps off the page from the characters, as well as tender or touching scenes that really made me laugh; like when the guys are alll talking about a letter Steve had written to Claire that all the guys had worked on together.I really recommend everyone give this book a try; it's wonderful.

  • Cecilia
    2018-09-26 01:08

    I haven't read a huge number of Karina Bliss's books, but what I've come to expect are stories that feature multifaceted characters who have realistic concerns, assorted believable relationships, and maturity. This book fell right in line. It's the third in a series, and I've read the two preceding books, but while characters from those books appear, and events are alluded to, it's not necessary in my opinion. Those characters add some depth to the world of the protagonists but their stories are background that doesn't need to be known to understand this story. This story is an emotional one as both protagonists have a fair bit of grief, plus anger and guilt to get through before they can get themselves together, and the bulk of this book is about them doing that. At the same time, however, they are quite reluctant to change their relationship from friends to lovers, so the change happens quite late in the book. If you like a slow build, you'll probably like this book. If you need lots of sex scenes, this might not do it for you.

  • Christy
    2018-09-14 00:09

    4 stars. Really, really good. This book is much more intense than I expect from a Harlequin romance and actually has relatively little straight up romance in it, but it was a very emotional story of how the survivors cope with the loss of fallen soldiers and was very well done. Gotta admit I was as enamored of the dead husband as I was of the hero before it was all over. The book is part of a series but stands alone. I'm off to read the first two now. Updated to say I just read Dear Author's review and completely agree with it, from her quotation of my favorite scene to her making fun of the cover, which really is pretty awful.

  • Melissa Cutler
    2018-09-09 20:52

    I really loved this book and read it in two days. There's a piece of information the hero witholds from the heroine until the last ten pages, and it felt like author intrusion a little bit that the author chose to drop the bomb like that. And I wish there'd been one final scene showing the hero and heroine happy, but these are minor complaints. This was a wonderful book. The people who populated the pages felt real, their struggles and emotions realistic. I'd recommend this book to any fan of contemporary romances

  • ShoSho
    2018-09-10 18:48

    What a great book , so angsty and emotional , couldn't stop reading

  • Melanie
    2018-09-06 01:55

    "...and the truth shall set you free"I want to thank the folks at Hidden Gems for the ARC of this book. This review is my voluntary and independent opinion. I can't begin to how fantastic this story is! Military romance is a crowded genre, but Karina Bliss takes Bring Him Home to a whole new level with her exploration of the ways in which grief, regret, and guilt form a triad of unfinished business that will not allow survivors to move on from bereavement. Steve is killed in combat in Iraq. HIs best friend and fellow soldiers Nate and Ross survive, and Nate is the only witness to the full event. Knowing the full story, Nate eschews his medal and hero status, leaving friends and family - his and Steve's - an ocean away. But he's a trustee of Steve's estate, and when he isn't there to fulfill his part, Steve's widow, Claire, coerces him back and insists he dissolve the trust. The resentment and anger Claire holds in, the guilt and pain Nate can't face, the rippling effects of it all through the lives of family and friends - everybody has issues to address, and the strangest one is the growing attraction between Steve's widow and his surviving best friend Nate. This is a totally character-driven love story, with magnificently portrayed emotional growth and triumph against fear to drive it forward. The suspense teeters in the protagonists' decisions - accept uncomfortable truth and forgive human flaws, or idealize the past and resent the lie. Which choice honors the dead? And which sets the survivors free to live in peace? The almighty power of love, the courage of one angry widow, and the soul-deep wounds of an honorable man combine to give a memorable answer.

  • Linniegayl
    2018-09-05 23:55

    I have really mixed feelings about this one. In many ways it's my favorite of the series so far. Both Nate and Claire have a tremendous amount of issues. Claire's husband was killed in an ambush while in the military 18 months earlier. Nate was there when Claire's husband died, and essentially abandoned his friends and moved to California (ended up bodyguard/security for Zander). Nate's holding in a lot of guilt, while Claire has an incredible amount of anger at her dead husband. I looked how they slowly, very slowly, became close and grew over the book. However, something happens toward the end (that's clearly foreshadowed early on). By the time it happens, it seemed abrupt, and the book wrapped up a bit too quickly for me.I'd give it a B-/C+, lower than I thought I would, mainly for the last 10% of the book, so 4 stars here.

  • Cassie
    2018-08-30 22:07

    After the death of her husband, Claire struggles to forgive him and is determined to move on. After the deaths of his best friends, Nate escaped to the United States determined to bury the past. He holds the information to help her move on. Will Nate be ready to open up his heart? Will Claire be able to accept the truth behind her husband's death?LOVED this story. Loved how these two people share a past, but yet it was as friends. I didn't blame Nate for his thinking because survivor's guilt can be brutal, but was really proud when he decided to let himself get close to them again. I thought that Claire showed great strength and really couldn't be mad at her for being mad at her late husband being she never received closure. Great read!

  • Nicole Normand
    2018-09-11 20:06

    I received a copy from Hidden Gems; this is my honest review.-Lots of angst, drama, and secrets revealed. Finally we know what happened during the bombing.-Good lovable characters throughout. Nathan and Claire make a good team. -Easy read. Clean sex scene. Good transition from friends to lovers.-I'm hoping there's a next book. The story behind the main one still has some unfinished business... Do you think Ellie will marry again?-This story, especially at the end, is the perfect example of "You're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't".-Editing needs another pass but nothing too distracting, just a bit.-It's better to start with book #1 so what are you waiting for?

  • Jacky
    2018-09-21 19:57

    I enjoyed this book. There was no instalove. Nate struggled with his demons. Claire struggled with hers. Their relationship developed over time. You could be empathetic to both of their reactions to Steve's death. The sexual tension built slowly. Their friends were angry that Nate stepped out of their lives, and were supportive of his return and of Nate and Claire's relationship.A steady paced read that keeps you fully engaged, and ultimately hits you with a twist or two. No worries. You get your HEA.I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy provided by HGR.

  • Elaine Swinney
    2018-09-01 20:52

    I received an ARC copy of this book and I voluntarily chose to review it. I almost stopped reading this one after the first few pages, but I stuck with it and I have to say I loved it. This is the second book of Karina Bliss and she gets better with each book. I have to say this one will tug at your heart strings. I don't do spoilers so that's all I will say. This one is worth your time and effort. This one is one of the better books I have read lately it touched me in ways others haven't.

  • Lofty
    2018-09-25 19:05

    3 1/2*Claire needs Nathan to sort out the trustee situation for her & Lewis, after her husband Steve’s death in combat. Nate left & hasn’t returned since, Avoidance has been his coping mechanism but Lewis is struggling can claire succeed with her plans?I have read stand in wife book 2 & definitely recommend this series, all standalone with true endings. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.Dealing with the past

  • Christine
    2018-09-23 18:11

    Well that last part of the book ripped my heart out and shocked me. Holy crap. I wish there was a way the author could have warned us that something highly upsetting was going to be revealed in the book.

  • Iza
    2018-09-02 18:11

    Rate : 4.5Damn you, Karina Bliss ! You made me do something I didn't want to : love a book with themes that usually don't get to me !Let me explain : I started reading her novels after adoring Rise, a contemporary rock romance, because I wanted some more glimpses of Zander. So I read What the librarian did, which confirmed me Karen Bliss was going to be one of my top favorite authors, and bought Bring him home without even reading the blurb. I'm greedy like that. Bring him home is about soldiers - I don't like men in uniform in real life (sorry !), I tolerate them in novels but avoid them when I can. It's about a widow who has to rebuild her life after her husband's death as she is left alone to raise her problematic teenage son - I hate reading a book while having to keep handkerchieves at grabbing reach, I want novels that don't make me cry, rather the type that cheer me up and make me forget about real life. And yet... And yet... She hooked me again. Damn you, Karina Bliss !Her novels are unlike any other romances I've read. That woman knows how to write good stories, with good characters that you could meet every day and be friends with, and she's one of the very rare few who can portray kids and make them look real, not wishy-washy stereotypical "adorable" kids, not sulking, horrible teenagers, but just human beings like the rest of us, with their flaws and their good sides. She can portray a woman who's experienced grief, anger and loneliness, vulnerable but strong enough to get her life in hands and move on. She can portray soldiers who really are brothers in arms and make you feel their own grief and solidarity, how they stand for each other in spite of everything that's happened to them. I could understand Nate's reluctance for moving on at first, but when I got to the end of the book, I totally got him and praised his courage. She can write about a group of friends and family, make each of them human and loveable, After you put down the book, you may have had a good cry but you feel all warm inside and stupidly happy for all these people.Oh, and in spite of all the feels and the need for handkerchieves, there is humor too, as always. And Zander was one of those who provided it and I was happy to catch more glimpses of that selfish lovable bastard !If you have never read any of her books, I wonder what you are waiting for ?! Go on, buy them, read them and join the fan club ! Highly recommended - of course, did I really need to add this ;)Quotes :"Love can transcend death. And if grief must be the price of having extraordinary people in our lives, then pay it, and pay it gladly."...."Every time a soldier's deployed, he implicitly accepts the possibility of death."What was he missing here ? Nate swallowed. "Believe me, our entire focus is on completing ur mission and coming home alive.""But the choice to risk you life is yours. The people who love you can only choose to wait."She turned her attention to the documents in her lap. Her long hair swung forward, obscuring her profile. "Do you understand how much that passivity costs us ?"...."Lewis Langford, have you still got those new shoes on ? I told him salt water ruins suede." Ellie hollered again. "I'll have your guts for garters if they get wet !"Her grandson stopped and hastily stripped them off his feet, then ran to catch up Jo and Viv.Claire laughed. "Where did that expression come from ?""No idea," said Ellie. "My English mother used it. I think it's probably got something to do with disembowelment in the Middle Ages."

  • Lynda
    2018-08-30 01:52

    Returning home from Afghanistan with the horrendous memories of the ambush seared in his mind and his heart, Army Special Forces Nathan Wyatt was a changed man. Unable to cope with his grief and self-imposed shame, he ran from everything he knew and everyone who loved him. Widow Claire Langford needed him and she was a woman on a mission and the only one who could save him from himself. The first chapter of “Bring Him Home” grabbed me with such veracity I was captivated by the vivid look at the strong friendships and the overwhelming courage of the fighting men. Realistic, likeable characters with full-blown emotions were evident. A family unit consisting of a mix-match of friends, family and strangers giving support and love to each other was inspirational. This was a heart-warming romance with tender moments pulling on my heart-strings, but it was so much more. Within the twenty-four chapters, a lesson became apparent. Sometimes, a forgotten awareness every person is important to someone else’s life and that bonding should never be tossed away carelessly was clearly understood. My review was based on the large print paperback version.

  • steph
    2018-09-21 23:44

    I normally do not give a book 5 stars, especially a Harlequin one, but this one was done so well that I cannot help but give it 5 stars. While the second book of this series was a similar to a soap opera that you cannot help but watch, this one was more like curling up with a good movie on a Saturday that makes you cry, just because everything feels so real and emotional. I really liked both Nate and Claire and their slow build to more than friends (very, very, verrrrrry slow build. If you like them rushed with lots of sex, this isn't the book for you). It was slow pacing but with great friendships and I loved seeing the guys and girls return from book #2 and I'm looking forward to #4 especially as I read the synopsis before reading this book and am intrigued by how Jules will pull off the fake fiancee storyline. But I agree with the dear author review. The cover is horrible and in no way has anything to do with the book, so just ignore it!

  • Jo
    2018-08-30 23:12

    I cried at the author notes my first attempt at reading this. Fortunately, second try I got past them and actually into the book. I couldn't put it down.If I knew the secret behind Karina Bliss' style - so fluid, engaging, everyday yet poignant - I would be a much better writer. She really is an incredibly talented author who simply does not get the recognition she deserves. This is my favourite of the soldier stories; my heart was 100% with Nate and Claire. To watch them drawing towards each other in tiny increments was a joy, although Nate needed that punch at the start!I simply cannot recommend Karina Bliss enough. The emotion is not overcooked like so many romances, the strengths and weaknesses of each character understandable and realistic. Whatever she writes in the future, I'm reading it.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-07 20:53

    Really beginning to love Karina Bliss novels. This is the third book in a series about a group of special forces soldiers from New Zealand, though it is not necessary to have read the earlier ones to appreciate this story. The story is as much or more about recovering and moving on from the loss of a close loved one than about the romance between the hero and heroine, Nate and Claire.And now is where I bemoan the fact that I didn’t review it right after I finished it. I enjoyed it and appreciated that it didn’t have a crazy ass end of story subplot like in Here Comes the Groom. There's a song from "Les Miserables" with the same title. I dare you to read this without getting that song stuck in your head. (Rated on my five star romance scale).

  • Brie
    2018-09-18 22:56

    Everything Ms. Bliss writes is fantastic. However, I had problems connecting with the main characters in this one, not individually but as a couple. All the key ingredients were there but I didn't feel the magic and I can't tell why. The romance develops slowly and the heroine is struggling with the husband's death. I really loved the fact that she felt betrayed by him -- her grief was genuine, and that part was very well done. Also loved the hero and his own internal struggle. But their pairing just didn't work for me. Having said that, I think you should give it a try (if you haven't already), it's a very good story and I can't wait to read the next one.

  • Missy
    2018-08-27 19:55

    This whole series came highly recommended, but I've been burned before on recs, so I was very happy that it lived up to every good word, and more. I'm kind of in awe of how well the subject matter was covered in such relatively short books, though I could wish for a little bit more in this one. I got about halfway through the book and doubled back to re-read the prologue and realized what was really killing Nate, so the reveal wasn't a surprise, but I thought Clare's acceptance of it was maybe a little rushed. Otherwise, I cared deeply about the characters, all of them, and would strongly suggest reading the whole series.

  • E_bookpushers
    2018-08-27 17:56

    And Ms Bliss has done it again! This series just rips at my heartstrings and makes me smile and tear up sometimes all at once. The hero was dealing with some serious understandable guilt and I loved how he and the team worked to save a marriage they all depended on in their past. That story about the letter was absolutely wonderful! The heroine was also dealing with guilt, her feelings, concern for her son & mother-in-law along with her future and the loss of part of her 'family'. I am looking forward to seeing what comes next.

  • Tressa
    2018-09-11 20:09

    I thought Bring Him Home was a sensitive exploration of guilt, regret, and acceptance. I liked that Karina Bliss depicted that there can be different loves during a person's life. I liked the main characters, Claire and Nate, but I really liked how supportive, understanding, and fun the secondary characters were. It was a really good story.