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True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes #1)

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  9,251 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of 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 is in danger, and Joe may not get there ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 06, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2012 Holly rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 20, 2012 Allison rated it did not like it
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
Jesseca Wheaton
Mar 30, 2016 Jesseca Wheaton rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This is the 2nd book I have read by Dee Henderson, and I have to say I didn't enjoy it near as much as "The Negotiator". For one, the romance aspect seemed a little much. The one thing I appreciated about "The Negotiator" was the fact that the romance was light, where in this one is was exactly the opposite. Some of it made me uncomfortable, and there were more then a few parts where I would just skim the page and not even read it.
However, I did enjoy the story and all the mystery. I n
Dee Henderson introduced me to Romantic Suspense, which became my favourite genre to read and this book did not disappoint.

There was a good balance between the suspense and romance between Kelly and Joe. The bad guy was introduced in the beginning, which is not the norm for suspense books, but made for an interesting read, as you the reader knows something the main characters don't and adds to the suspense of what will happen.

The struggles Kelly and Joe faced, felt true and real. Kelly being a m
Mar 30, 2016 Olivia rated it really liked it
Recommended to Olivia by: a friend
They were going to drown.

3.5 stars. From the first sentence I was drawn in by yet another read by Dee Henderson. Navy SEAL Joe Baker job isn't easy, especially after having his good friend, Nick, die during a mission. Now Nick's wife, Kelly, is out in the ocean saving a boy from drowning and may not live long in the cold water.

I really liked how Dee Henderson put Christian truths into her story. Kelly struggles with understanding Nick's death, and Joe wants to bring the notorious terrorist, Rai
Sep 13, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 16, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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
Apr 03, 2012 Radella rated it really liked it
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
Jun 30, 2014 Trinity Rose rated it it was amazing
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
Sheila Myers
Jul 24, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
A nice romance combined with suspense.
Janie Winsell
Sep 10, 2016 Janie Winsell rated it it was amazing
True Valor by Dee Henderson is a Romantic Suspense novel. As I prepare to venture into the Romantic Suspense writing genre, I thought it would be a good idea to learn from an author I consider to be one of the best at weaving mystery, suspense, romance, and religion into a riveting story that you just don't want to put down.

Kelly Jacobs lost her husband Nick, a Navy SEAL, three years ago. It broke her and caused a rift in her relationship with God. She didn't realize how bad things had gotten u
Shane Bunn
Jul 25, 2015 Shane Bunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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LuCinda Beltman
Sep 16, 2014 LuCinda Beltman rated it it was amazing
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
Tanya Peck
Aug 05, 2015 Tanya Peck rated it really liked it
Slow start and a little predictable in some chapters, but still a good book. I'll continue with the series.
Annie W
Mar 27, 2016 Annie W rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I wish there was just a bit more of the SEALS action mixed in, but, honestly, what I loved the most about this book is that it showed the depth of personal life in an elite SEAL. I enjoy the fact that such tough men can be so living and so very tender with those they love granted, that's not always the case, or perhaps not even the majority, but I personally have seen this in my life and love that the author really brought that fact out. I give 10 stars to the narrato ...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.
Piepie Beuttel
I read this book several years ago - re-read it at least a couple of times actually - and I remember absolutely loving it. Picked it up again recently to try and re-visit it. I didn't like it as much this time around.

What I liked: the Joe/Kelly romance. Misha. (Of course!) ;)

What I didn't like: the whole Raider/smuggled shipments storyline. I found it very dry and hard to read because I didn't understand all of the military terminology.

It's interesting reading Dee Henderson's earlier work after
Hank Pharis
Aug 20, 2014 Hank Pharis rated it liked it
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
Rebekah Tooley
Jan 25, 2016 Rebekah Tooley rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Wow. I don't even know how to describe this book! Just about everything was great! Joe was a really sweet guy, but I never really liked Charles -- he was TOO nice. :)

A great book for mid teens.
Jun 16, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
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
Bev Walkling
3.5 stars
The characters in this book are Christian and their faith plays an important part in the story the author is telling. The story itself is about Kelly, a lifeguard who's SEAL husband was killed in a "training accident" and Joe "Bear" Baker, his boss and best friend both to Kelly and her husband. Their developing relationship is the focus of the book with some suspense thrown in regarding how Kelly's husband was killed and who was responsible. There was a certain predictability to the boo
Mar 23, 2016 Brittany rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a very good and clean book. It just didn't fascinate me like some of her other books did.
3 stars. Read in 2002 and again in July 2012.

I read this back in 2002 and then again in July 2012 when Amazon offered this for free. I read this a few months before I joined the Navy on January13,2003. I served 4 years, half the time as an undesignated Boatswain's Mate and the last half as a Gunners Mate E4. As far as religion and the military went, our ship's church was not that big. We had a small office work space as the "church" and one Chaplain for over 1,300 sailors. Also my ship was stati
Feb 21, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
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 liked it  ·  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
Apr 07, 2011 AlixJamie rated it it was ok
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Susan Baganz
Mar 17, 2013 Susan Baganz rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 08, 2013 Kim Headlee rated it liked it
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
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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Awa
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