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Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until you find it. . . He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son--or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's...more
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Opening Line: "That inner part of a soldier that tells him when he’s being watched was going off big-time in Wes Holden’s head.”

This was actually my first book from author Sharon Sala but I can see now why she’s so popular. It was a very good read, well parts of it were; I mean the beginning is just excellent, grabbing you right away as we watch Army Special Ops soldier Wes Holden struggle with PTSD before losing his wife and son in an on-base suicide bombing and then subsequently giving up his...more
Parts of this were brilliant. It started before the man's wife and child died so you get to experience that with him. It was sad and moving. I was totally invested in the hero. The heroine not so much. Mostly because she just seemed unrealistic. 28 years old and stuck at home cooking for the menfolks on the mountain? No one wanted her because she was born with a crooked foot? I just couldn't get behind her poor me-ness. She was also very similar to the heroines in both Miracle Man and When You C...more
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I can definitely say that I will be reading more! Sharon Sala had me hooked on this story from the very first chapter. I loved her writing style and her imagination to come up with this storyline. There was never a dull moment in reading this book and it was filled with a lot of suspense. The main characters were easily likable. Especially Wes, my heart went out to him for everything he had to endure after serving his country. The only thing...more
Diah Didi
I would've given this book 5 stars if I knew I will read it again. But I don't think I will. So I'd just give it 4 stars.
What can I say about this book? Let's see.
First pages caught me quiet fast. I can feel the guilty feeling that had been burden for Wes for some times. And the way he made connection to his son, Michael, convinced you that he would be a great father.
Tapi sayang, sayang, sayang...
Michael ga pnya kesempatan tumbuh dewasa untuk bisa nyukur kayak bapaknya. Saya nangis di adegan...more
My first time reading this author and I liked what I read. Think I'll look for more of this author's novels!

From back cover:

"He'd witnessed the ravages of war firsthand as an army special ops, but nothing could have prepared Wes Holden for the senseless death of his own wife and son-or the private nightmare that followed. An empty shell of a man, he is unable to do anything but survive. Until the day he walks into Ally Monroe's yard.

Raised in the isolated mountains of West Virginia, Ally faces a...more
You would love powerful romantic suspense novels, this is the one with you. This brought together two people, who were missing things in their life. It did have a little bit spiritual zing to it, which gave me a whole lot of meaning. This one would have your heart strings pulled tight and taut like a fishing rod and have you rooting for both Ally Monroe, a lonely girl in a small West Virginia town with a foot deformity, and Wes Holden, a former solider from Georgia who lost his family. When this...more
A little bit disturbing.
Wes Holden had witnessed a bomb that had taken the life of his wife and son. The soldier soon went into denial. When his brother, Aaron Clancy, decided to take him into his care, Wes moved in with him. When Wes realises that his brother is just using him to get to money he leaves his apartment and sets off into an adventure.
Twenty-eight year old Ally Monroe still lives at home with her father and two older brothers. She has taken care of the house since she was little and her mom had died. No...more
Jennifer Wardrip
For Colonel John Wesley Holden, a soldier in the Special Operations division of the Army, risking his life fighting terrorism in a desert thousands of miles away is part of his job. In the back of his mind, however, he's always wondered how safe he and his family are back in the United States. His wife, Margie, and his son, Mikey, are the only things that kept him sane during his months spent as a prisoner of war. When a man manages to infiltrate an Army base commissary and blows it to bits, cau...more
Danika Dixon
This book was recommended to me by a friend. While it was ok, I don't think I would recommend anyone buy it (like I did) to read it. In fact, I wouldn't really recommend you read it unless you're bored with totally nothing to do and it's available at no cost. I have my reasons for this dour view. Read on if you care to know them.

First of all, Missing is such a misleading title....You assume someone is taken or missing. No one is taken or missing. His mind is what is missing. Kinda threw me off...more
Cheesy as hell, corny lead-in premises (I dream a handsome dark man will walk up, ask for water, and sweep me off my feet! And look! There he is!), and a terribly unconvincing portrayal of Special Ops.

Well, ok. I've only met one Special Ops briefly in my life, so I'm no expert, but from his own words, you gotta be a little bit crazy to be Special Forces. Add a dose of PTSD, and I reeeally don't think you'll get the handsome, tragic, romantic hero of this novel who's just begging to love and be l...more
This book grabs you right from the start with plenty of action and suspense. It is about dealing with pain and anguish of life's trials whether physical disabilities or emotional ones. The characters are well developed, strong and likable (or not). The villain is pure evil in his designs to make a buck and eradicate a group of people he deemed unworthy to live.

I was disappointed that the first ½ of chapter 18 is a detailed sex scene. It is does not add to the story and is unneeded and easily ski...more
Col. Wesley Holden is trapped in the moment that he lost his wife and son but when he stumbles upon Ally Monroe, time starts again. Ally thinks she's trapped looking after her father and brothers. She's lame and in the mountains of West Virginia, that doesn't make her a great catch. She dreamed of a man like Wes coming into her life, but that was just a dream. Until the evil that permeates the mountain suddenly touches her life. Then she discovers how wonderfully real Wes Holden really is. This...more
Sharon Hutchinson
I really enjoyed this book I had it read in one day as I couldn't seem to put it down.
Agnes J
Good read, if you can get through the human devastation at the beginning.
Lynne Krings Chadwick

very well written lots of action suspense and of course romance
sharon Sala always write a wonderful story that holds your interest from the first page to the last
This is my first book by Sala and I was very impressed. I loved the characters, the action, and the plot. The drama were intense AND believable at the same time (which is sometimes hard to come by), the sad parts were heart-wrenching and the funny parts were sweet and felt right. There were no loose ends, no abrupt ending because the author got tired of writing, no overly smoochy scenes that wouldn't have fit in with the characters or the rest of the story and no cheesy happy ending for everyone...more
I didn't really think I would enjoy this book. I couldn't put it down once I started. I give it 4 stars because it is a love story and who wants to read one of those? :)
Barbara ★
This is one of the saddest books I've ever read. It had me crying at chapter two and kept me in tears for most of the book. Wes Holden, special forces, was held prisoner of war and suffered PTSD. Shortly thereafter, his family is killed in a terrorist bombing. His life is a mess and he is troubled by flashbacks. He runs away and hides from the world and Unfortunately, danger is stalking his new love and once again he's in it up to his eyelashes.

As sad as this book is, it is stil wo...more
This was the first I've read any of Sala's work so I was a little unsure of how I was going to like this book. Especially after reading the first couple of pages, I was afraid this was really going to be a sappy melodrama type. Then the action started. Sala grabbed my attention and kept it through the rest of the story. Granted there were some parts I thought were a little far-fetched and Harlequin-ish, but overall I enjoyed the book and will read more of her works in the future.
Nov 06, 2008 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: My mom - in my latest bag of books
The pain and anguish of the two main characters, although on totally different levels, was very intense and the author gave amazing insight to how they both deal with what they've been given. It was a very entertaining read and kepy me interested until the very end. The evils that some people sink to just to make a buck and prove their worth is incredible.
This book was even better than Snowfall. It feels more contemporary, more immediate, as its set in 2004 or so, with the main male character suffering from PTSD after serving in Iraq. His story is heart-wrenching from the start and the book doesn’t shy away from further heartbreak. Highly recommended.
Wow. This book was pretty intense. The hero Wes was so interesting. And Porter & Danny. um... yeah, just.. No words.

I probably won't read this one ever again but this is the 8th book I've read by Sharon Sala, so I have gotten pretty used to her style.
Mahrie G.
One of Sharon Sala's earlier books that certainly displays her top-notch story telling. Heart breaking characters who triumph over great odds. One who finds a new love and one who finds a first (and forever) love.
Nov 06, 2008 Dawn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Romantic Suspense novels.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of Sala/McCall's books.
Another one of Sala's books that grabs me right from the start. This book has lots of action and suspense, with some romance. She always writes stories that get you hooked with characters you can feel for.
I like how it pairs two people with disablities. One physical and one emotional: yet both strong in their own ways. Through him she fulfills her destany and through her he finds himself again.
I loved this book it had romance,mystery,suspense and the characters are so real. A true love story. I could not put it down! After I read this I went out and bought more of her books!
Started this one last night and have not wanted to put it down. Ok so I didn't put it down and finished it tonight. Wow it was good!
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Sharon Sala has been a published author since 1991, and has also written under the pseudonym Dinah McCall, although the last McCall book was released in March of 2007.
Her 76th book, THE HEALER, was released in April 2008. She's a member of Romance Writers of America and writes mostly romantic suspense and paranormal romantic suspense for Harlequin Enterprises, Silhouette Books, and at one time, a...more
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