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Dee Henderson
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True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes #1)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  7,065 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price for loving a warrior: She has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe "Bear" Baker can't ask her to accept that risk again -- even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband's death is back, closer than either of them realize. Kelly's in danger, and Joe may not get the ...more
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Published June 23rd 2003 by Multnomah Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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I guess I was a little naive when I started this book but I am certainly glad that I was. I had not read anything from this author before and was unaware that she wrote Christian books. Not that I have anything against them, I just did not know.

Having lost my own husband just recently this book struck a cord with me and I am the better for it. I did not realize that I needed it but I needed this book desperately! I too was angry for my loss and had turned my anger towards God. NOT ANY MORE!

Men in uniform and Navy SEALs to boot, I couldn't help myself. This was an enjoyable read, and a surprise to find out, by friends that Dee Henderson is a Christian romance writer. Which explained the bible references and prayers throughout the book. That being said, for anyone who enjoys heat in their books, you will not find any in this. It's clean in all ways in regards to language and intimate relations between the H/h.

The story is not as faced pace as most of the romantic suspense in this g
Chapter 1- I love you
Chapter 2- Nevermind no I dont
Chapter 3- No, actually i do
Chapter 4- My bad i really dont
Chapter 5- Totally kidding i do
Chapter 6- Seriously, no. No i dont
Chapter 7- Will you marry me
Chapter 8- Yes
Chapter 9- The end

Congratulations, you just read the whole book.
Seriously suprised at all the four and five star reviews. Being a military wife I find this story a little silly. For one thing, and yes I know the author addresses this in the forward, but its crazy that the main character and her dead husband both grew up right outside of San Diego, then get stationed in San Diego, then continue to stay stationed there until she is 29! Oh, and it is crazy that as a life guard she manages to hold onto her house after her husband dies (In CA of all places). How ...more
This is the 3rd or 4th time I've read this book. I listened to the audio version and it was excellnt. The narration added another wonderful dimension to a superb book. The story of Joe and Kelly was uplifting. I also enjoyed hearing about Navy Seals operations. Dee Henderson is an author I follow reguarly and read frequently.
Love this authors writing style. It's clean, classic romance, mystery and suspense tied in a package with chocolate on the side.

Kelly has already given her heart to one navySEAL and lost it when he didn't return after a mission three years ago. She turned to her husband's best friend and commander, joe or "bear" during those hard times. When her lifeguard career puts her out to rescue a teen in the ocean and she can't make it back to shore , she makes some pretty big decisions. 1 that she loves
Kelly is a SEAL widow, struggling to hold her life together in the years since her husband's death. She finds comfort in her friendship with Joe, another SEAL who knew her husband well. After a near-fatal accident, Joe and Kelly finally begin to grow as a couple, but fate has something else in store. Can their growing romance survive Joe's job and Kelly's fear?
Joe and Kelly are both hurting, and trying to overcome a shared grief in the death of Joe's friend and Kelly's husband. The overwhelming
Trinity Rose
I’ve decided to read some of my own books that I have just sitting around waiting for me to read them. True Devotion is book one in the Uncommon Heroes stories. Dee Henderson has always been a favorite author of mine and True Devotion is another fine example of her great writing.
Kelly is a widow. Her loving husband was a Navy SEAL and she was told he got killed in a practice exercise, but she knew better. Joe was her husbands best friend in the SEALs. So he now is her great protector and they a
LuCinda Beltman
Book number five for 2011 was True Devotion by Dee Henderson. I am a big fan of this author and have read several of her books, but this was the first I had read in this series. I'll definitely be picking up the rest the next time we are at the library, though. This book was a fabulous blend of romance and military. It follows the story of a woman who's husband was killed in action while serving with the Navy SEALs and his best friend and commanding officer, who ultimately became one of her best ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
The O'Malley series introduced me to Dee Henderson and made me love her. The Uncommon Heroes series deepened that love. Kelly has to be one of my favorite characters in any of the novels I've read by Dee Henderson. Kate (The Negotiator) and Kelly are amazing. They are definitely some of my favorite characters from any of her novels.
Hank Pharis
Francis Schaeffer suggested that there are 4 kinds of art: 1) Bad art with a false message; 2) Good art with a false message; 3) Bad art with a true message; 4) Good art with a true message. I have read at least half of the novels listed on most of the top 100 novel lists. Many of them I found to be good art with false messages. Some of them were good art with true messages. Some of them I found to be way overrated and not that great of art.

But I have assumed that most Christian novels were bad
It has been a long time since I've read a Dee Henderson book, and I do remember liking the O'Malley series, thought perhaps if I were to revisit, I'd have the same issues. This is typical of Christian romance literature. Everyone is perfect, and the bad guy is just a little less so. The woman always needs to be rescued (I counted at least three times), and maybe I'm heartless, but an emergency page because she couldn't find her husband's medallion seems a bit contrived to once again show what a ...more
Sarah Smith
I want to thank my friend, Ryan, for suggesting that I read this novel. "True Devotion" is the first novel that I have ever read by Dee Henderson, and I truly loved it!!!! :-) I absolutely fell head-over-heels in love with Lieutenant Joe "Bear" Baker and Kelly Jacobs, and I was totally enthralled by their love story from beginning to end!!!! :-) Military servicemen have ALWAYS held a VERY SPECIAL place in my heart, and reading this novel only depended the love and respect that I have ALWAYS show ...more
This romantic suspense novel was a fast read. The characters were honorable, interesting, and engaging. I cared what happened to them, even to the 'bad' guy. The heroine is just as strong (in the non-physical sense) as the hero. Though Kelly is rescued by Joe, her own actions go a long way to making that rescue possible. (As in, the smart heroine doesn't do something extremely stupid and then stand helpless and in danger just so the hero can rescue her.)

The obstacles to the romance were realisti
Mar 28, 2012 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian Romance, military Christian Romance
I don't usually read Christian Romance because I find it to be a little "Disney Romance" (The thirty-something characters in this novel hardly kiss, mostly hold hands and think about how wonderful hugging would be, and never miss church on Sunday....awwwww!) Nevertheless, this was an interesting story that reveals the amount of work the author did to try to get the military part as correct as she could (and she lets the reader know in the preface that she has taken liberties with things like dep ...more
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Susan M. Baganz
Book one is True Devotion. This book looks at the life of a Navy Seal, or more importantly, his widow who works as a lifeguard close to the Seal base of operations. Since her husband’s unexplained death Kelly Jacobs has leaned heavily on his best friend, Lieutenant Joe “Bear” Baker.

Joe, however, is harboring a few secrets and a lot of guilt. He knows Kelly’s husband, Nick, died saving Joe’s life. He also struggles to admit that he’s fallen in love with Kelly. That is until she nearly drowns and
Kim Headlee
Ideally, a reader should learn something from a book -- even an escapist fiction novel. From True Devotion I learned less about Navy SEAL operations and the power of love and faith over grief and guilt than about my own reading preferences.

Lifeguard Kelly Jacobs, widow of a SEAL killed in action three years prior to the story's opening, decides it's high time to begin moving past her grief. Only one hitch: she comes to this decision in the middle of the open ocean in a riptide current beside the
Kelly is a SEAL widow. Her husband, Nick, died on a "training mission" three years ago. Since then, Joe, Nick's best friend, has become her protector and best friend. Just as Kelly decides it might be time to start dating again--particularly dating Joe--things begin to happen which force her to decide whether the risk of being a military widow is worth the chance at love with her best friend. Joe puts his life at risk on a regular basis, but when an international criminal brings Kelly into the m ...more
Jill Johns
This is the 2nd or 3rd time I've read this book over the 14 year since it was published. I love the honor given to the military described in the story and the faith. The journey through the loss of a loved one, the survivors guilt, just life itself shows God is our refuge as the promise the characters find and hold in their hearts. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do and hope that God is your refuge like he is mine. Thanks Dee Henderson for the wonderful story.
I am a sucker for Dee Henderson books. They are a perfect mix of adventure, drama, faith in action and romance. (Please note, I am NOT generally a romance reader. Typically, if a book says "Romance" on the cover, I put it back on the shelf, but these books are not the soft-porn that many romance novels are. They are true romance--not sex.) I like how Dee Henderson shows the struggles of her Christian characters and their faith journey. Enjoyable read!
Dee Henderson has done it again! After reading the O'Malley series, I I hadn't planned on reading the Uncommon Heroes series because I didn't think I'd have a lot of interest in the military side of the story...however, I was totally wrong. I love learning about the Navy SEALS job and the indepth missions that they go on. This book has surprisingly opened my eyes to learning more about the Navy.

Besides that, of course, the romance was such a great feature. Henderson does a great job of letting t
This is a book I picked up at a local library sale. I had never read anything by this author, but I would definitely read more by her in the future. This was a different kind of book for me, but I enjoyed it. This book, "True Devotion" is book one in the "Uncommon Heroes" series. From what I can tell, these books are more standalone, with the same type theme, rather than a story that you follow through several books.

True Devotion is the story of Lt. Joe "Bear" Baker, a Navy Seal stationed in Cor
Pamela Hubbard
Kelly is a Navy Seal widow, just learning to move on with her life with the help of her husband's best friend and other military wives on Coronado Island. Kelly is a lifeguard and finds herself looking death in the face as she attempts to rescue a teenager. As Kelly and the teenager fight to stay alive in the icy waters, Joe, a Navy Seal who is in love with Kelly risks his own safety to find her. As a result of the near tragedy, Kelly reevaluates her life and must decide whether to let Joe in an ...more
This really gets 3.5 stars. I really like how Henderson drawls you in right away. You care about the characters of course it's predicable but who cares? I also like Henderson's intensity that she create between the two protagonist. I think some of the drama in the middle could have been shortened a little but I am happy that the ending wasn't drawn out. I had read the O'Malley series first and I think that series has been her best so far.
Susan Moore
Seal action, friendship and love. Light hearted read.

Well developed characters and plots. I enjoyed reading this after "Sycamore Row". I don't usually read Christian mystery/action/adventure books with a bit of romance included. But, I read it to clean my literary palate after a difficult subject matter. This book was a refreshing change for me.
Jeni Enjaian
This is definitely not high-brow fiction but at the same time it's pretty well written. It's good, light reading that I got sucked into. Obviously, the romance and suspense are heightened for the purpose of the book and some of the things are not factually correct (aka the reality of the life of a military wife/widow and the fact that a Navy Seal has a dog) but the rest of the book is good enough for me to overlook it. I haven't read a Dee Henderson book for a while and rereading this book remin ...more
SPOILER ALERT::This was a free Kindle book that I took a chance on. I loved it. It had the right balance of action, romance and faith. It was definitely an attention holder. The only part that disappointed me was the ending. I think Ms. Henderson ended the book abruptly. There could have been so much more to the story after such a build up of a meaningful relationship between the Kelly and Joe. I feel like she left her readers hanging. After all the pain and struggles Kelly and Joe went through, ...more
A generous 3.

While I enjoyed the interactions between the characters, this was way heavy on the praying and God talk. Don't get me wrong, it's a Christian publisher and an author who writes only inspys, and I knew what I was getting into.

I found that if I skipped completely over the pages and pages of prayer, I liked the story and the characters. I wish this had been just a little more understated, because then I'd read more of the series, but unfortunately, I had a hard time believing that *ev
Freebie on Amazon. I loved that I have been on those beaches talked about. I've been to the Hotel del. I've felt those riptides that Kelly was in and almost drowned in them myself. My dad was military so I got that part of life too. It was nice to relate so much to the setting for a change. I've even been around those SEALS training. They are a sight to see coming out of the water!

As for the book itself, I actually liked that you know who did what early on. It wasn't so much a mystery as it was
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