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Hero Unbound (Heroes of Oak Creek #1) by Janie Crouch


Eva Dempsey is out of options.

She’s made it to Oak Creek, Wyoming with two traumatized dogs, twenty dollars, and a fear of damned near everything.

Things that didn’t make it with her? Her self-esteem, confidence, or any way of supporting herself.

Theo Lindstrom knows how to survive. He proved it as a child when he had to keep himself and sister alive in the wilderness. Now he runs Linear Tactical, the company his adoptive father helped create, and teaches survival skills to others.

So he recognizes the desperation in the eyes of the petite beauty who’s pulled into town, and knows there’s more to her story than she’s letting on.

He normally keeps to himself–for very good reasons–but he can’t this time. Something about Eva draws him in a way he can’t resist, even knowing she’s got secrets. The deadly kind.

When the danger she’s running from shows up, Theo’s not going to let her fight it alone.

This is his town.
This is his woman. 

And he’ll protect both to his last breath.

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Another great romantic suspense by Janie Crouch with a psychological note.

Gaslighting is a covert form of emotional abuse that makes people think they are losing their sanity and what Eva endures from her narcissistic ex is beyond evil. My heart broke for this desperate woman who lost so much including her sense of self. It’s a relief she found a lovely group of people who accepted her as one of their own considering she held some secrets that would change everything.

Theo is a loner who is confused by Eva’s actions and he’s worried about her mental health. She’s apparently had an unsavory past, but he’s patient and understanding enough to give her space to tell him when she was ready. Unfortunately, the progress they make in their relationship gets a setback when Eva’s psycho ex appears in town.

The people of Oak Creek are important to Eva’s and Theo’s story as they have their backs at the most crucial time in their lives. As for Eva’s ex, that man deserved worse than he got in my opinion.

This engrossing story is intense as Eva’s past comes to a head in a life-or-death situation. I respect a memorable romantic suspense with steam, sacrifice, and a happily ever after, and I am eager to read more in this series.

Thank you to Ms. Crouch for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

Oak Creek Series

1 Hero Unbound (2023)
Hero’s Flight (2023)


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“Passion that leaps right off the page.” – Romantic Times Book Reviews on Janie Crouch

USA TODAY bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense. She is a winner of multiple romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the coveted VIVIAN© Award by the Romance Writers of America.

After a lifetime on the East Coast, and  a six-year stint in Germany due to her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military, Janie has settled into her dream home in Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. She loves engaging in all sorts of adventures (triathlons! 200-mile relay races! mountain treks!), traveling, and surviving life with four kids.

Her favorite quote: “Life is a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller.

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