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High Country Rebel (Jackson Hole #8)

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Battle-weary former Navy SEAL Talon Holt's top priority is to defend his own. With a military dog to care for and his traumatized soul to mend, he hitchhikes from California to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, hoping for a fresh start and to be with his ailing mother. But he can't outrun the ghosts of war—especially when a ferocious storm forces Talon to accept the help of paramedic ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Harlequin HQN (first published January 1st 2013)
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Yodamom
2.5
It all started with a frozen damaged soul, instant attraction and a loyal friend. When paramedic Cat was driving in a blizzard she miraculously found a dirty, starving man and his dog nearly dead on the side of the road. Even while he was dirty, smelly and dressed in old torn clothes she felt a connection. Yes, insta-love. Oh, she didn't think it was love at first but their was something in his eyes. I was lost to the story at this point and it only went downhill for me from there. She had to
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Susan
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. Cat rescues Talon and his dog Zeke from a bad spring blizzard as he is on his way home to Jackson Hole. While nursing him back to health they admit to a strong attraction to each other, but both also have severe issues to deal with. To top it all off Cat is being stalked by her abusive ex-boyfriend.

When Cat finds Talon and Zeke on the side of the road, Talon is near death from exposure and pneumonia. She gets them to the Bar H ranch where she nurses Talon back to health. As a fi
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L M
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to L by: friend
This book is riviting and had me captivated from the very 1st page. The characters are SO realistic, sympathetic and kind hearted. You feel their pain and hardships, share their struggles and achievements. The story sheds insight into the challenges faced by our returning Military Service Members, especially the supremely sophisticated SEALs.

Dog lovers will thrill to Zeke, the Belgium Malinois combat assault dog owned by the hero, Talon Holt, who was wounded just like him. They came home to make
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Rhonda
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

My Review
4 STARS
This is the third book lately that has bear attack in it. Makes me want to stay out of the mountains. High Country Rebel starts off getting your attention and keeps it with drama, action, interesting characters, romance and too many sex scenes and good, loyal, trained dog.

Talon was a Navy Seal with PDST. He was taken hostage, and rescued with the help of his dog. He was medically discharged. Because of his PDST he has walked from California to Wyoming to his home. He is almost cl
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Andrea
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Lindsey McKenna known for her novels involving service personnel.
The Rebel is a former SEAL whose mother is being treated for cancer. He received a medical discharge and he and his dog are trying to make their way home to Jackson Wyoming.
Stacy Sabala
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Book Review-High Country Rebel by Lindsay McKenna

Talon Holt is an ex-Navy Seal who was captured by the Taliban and tortured along with his partner Hayden. He was saved by his canine, Zeke, who walked many miles to a US military outpost. Talon was rescued but Hayden died. As a result Talon was honorably discharged from his injuries and suffers from PTSD. He has haunting memories of his torture and Hayden’s death.
So Talon and Zeke find themselves walking from Coronado, California back home to Jack
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Jan Kaplan
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. McKenna's Wyoming Series bring stories to warm the heart. Each book is filled with interesting personalities who are struggling to find peace after intense military service has left them suffering with PTSD. Such a difficult condition is handled with great depth and sensitivity. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is the place where activity reigns supreme. And, what a place it is! There's no getting tired or bored with her descriptions of such majestic beauty.

High Country Rebel is, so far, my favorite! R
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Tina "IRead2Escape"
High Country Rebel is the 8th book in the series by Lindsay McKenna, but my first experience with the lovely characters of Jackson Hole. I found this series very enjoyable. The characters were all very likable with just the right balance of flaws and imperfections. The suspense that this book provided was telegraphed from the beginning, but the "bad guy" was never a secret. There were a few parts that I found myself thinking "I would have known that had I read this series in order", but it didn' ...more
Tina Sorensen
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ahh...the Navy SEAL. What woman can resist this type of hero?

Talon is returning home to his cancer stricken mother. He has been sending all of his paychecks to pay for her medical bills. However, his best friend and he are captured in Afghanistan, tortured and injured. His best friend dies, but Talon is rescued and sent home with is combat dog, Zeke.

Destitute, Talon hikes to his childhood home in the mountains, in order o be with his mother. His injuries, lack of funds lead to his almost death d
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
I am such a fan of this kind of contemporary cowboy romance that has just a touch of military in them. This latest book by Ms. McKenna has all this and even more. I loved the flow of the story and found it very difficult to set down.

In High County Rebels we have both of the main characters that are dealing with personal issues. Talon has PDST due to his service for our country and Cat has her own demons she has to fight due to an abusive childhood. Both of these complex characters are attracted
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Janet
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This latest installment in Lindsay McKenna's Wyoming series is a good one. The premise of PTSD afflicted hero who can't abide enclosed spaces, so is walking to his home through a blizzard, accompanied by his equally wounded retired military service dog was fascinating. The heroine is equally as complex and damaged a character, and I became emotionally engaged quickly. I was grabbed by the action from the first chapter and wasn't disappointed by the rest of the book. Remember Pretty Woman? "He Re ...more
Cindi
This was my 2nd DNF by this author; I still have one more of hers on my kindle so now to decide whether or not to even try it...I actually got about 2/3rds done before giving up the ghost. I liked the characters in concept however when they began acting/thinking in conflicting ways (ie: she swore off men based on her past abusive relationships yet she immediately had had thoughts of a relationship with this very ill man she saved from a blizzard--and he was mostly knocked out from the pneumonia ...more
Moira
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
The story was good and it would have received a higher rating except for the errors in the story. There were a few blatant ones right at the start of the story that bothered me. When Cat and Talon go into town for the first time Zeke is left at home but yet when she drops him off at the barber's she tells him she will get he and Zeke after she does her errand. Then they decide to go to lunch because it is noon yet when they arrive at MO's they have their pick of tables (because it is only a litt ...more
P.e. lolo
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good book. The story is about a Navy Seal who after his last mission gets a medical dis charged. He then finds his way home to Wyoming. That is where the rest of the story takes place and he finds that the people of the town he left behind are there for him and his mother. He is also dealing with P.T.S.D. and this is mainly from his last mission. He does meet a women who has some of the same problems, so slowly they have a relationship. The good thing about this book is that it felt r ...more
Amber
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I think the idea of the story is fantastic - and there were some parts that kept me riveted and turning pages... but there was way too much over-explanation about the characters, things that had happened in the past, feelings they were having, PTSD and SEAL details, etc. If an author tells you something once, that's enough - I don't need to read the same thing 20 times; this had to add at least 50 pages to the book and it was hard for me to keep reading when she got too descriptive. I really lik ...more
Linda
Dec 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another in the series about Jackson Hole. This book was more about two people learning what love was, not only for each other, but for others. Cat Edwin rescued Talon Holt on a very cold, snowed covered highway getting ready to give up his last breath but what she really did was rescued both of them. Cat was a firefighter who had had a awful father who abused her at every turn so she did not trust easy. Talon was a SEAL who had PTSD and did not trust anyone either. This is a story of them findin ...more
Stéphanie
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, dogs, 2014, country
All in all, I think this is a sweet romantic story but it just wasn't for me. The whole wounded soldier thing is very american and personally I have no connections to the military so it's just not a story that's made for me.

The characters were realistic enough, although a little bit cliché. I can see where the author was trying to go with this but for some reason it felt flat. The book gets two stars because of my love for dogs and this one was a real hero!

Very little action, and somewhat warm r
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Jill Twigg
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Talon Holt, a Navy SEAL medically discharged and heading home to visit his ailing mother is saved by a paramedic in a nasty storm. Attached to him and his attack dog, Cat's rescue is reciprocated when her previous boyfriend violently stalks her. Loved the chemistry between the two, the dog and the family that attached itself to both Talon and Cat. The intensiveness of PTSD and the way it was handled was an education. Enjoyed the book.
Harlequin Books
"Realistic characters are the foundation of this romance, a refreshing read with characters that start out broken but put one another back together through love. This is a romance novel that is heavy on romance instead of wild erotic sex. They both have their place, but it's refreshing to read a story with love as the reason for passion." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 stars


Miniseries: The Wyoming Series
Category: Suspense
Tanya Sylvester
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The book is worth reading if you're in the mood for a romance. The dialogue was a little stiff and it felt like things were "name-dropped," for lack of a better word, too much. The MMC must have been called a black ops Navy Seal a hundred times and same goes for the dog- "combat assault dog." That was a little distracting and head shaking, but if you can get past that, it's a quick, predictable read. Sometimes, that's just want you want.
Kristina
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I think I would give this book a 3.5 rating if I could. If you like a repetitive book then this book is for you. We get that Talon and Cat are hurting and they have issues. We get that they like each other a lot. After awhile it gets old. With that said the storyline was good and it had a few good points. I dunno it was an ok book overall.
Susan
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I gave it two stars because it wasn't terrible, but I just didn't like it. In my opinion, there was overkill with mentioning PTSD every third page - or so it seemed - and then three of 7 characters had it and it just irritated me. That and the romance was too ooey, gooey, sticky, sweet for my taste.
Jen_C
This is perfect for others but the style was not for me. Wonderful story and characters but just not a style I enjoy reading.
Sarah - Exploring All Genres
Review to come.
Spinneretta
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good tale of a SEAL with PTSD finding true love with the paramedic who saves him.
Mary
Read #1 8/18/14
Lorretta
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't finish this book. I totally lost interest half way through.
Danielle
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
break out the Kleenex
Megan
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book!!
Caroline
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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