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Man of Honor

(Battle Scars #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The best rules are the ones worth breaking . . .

After his mother's funeral, ex-Army Ranger Drake Sullivan wants only to disappear and drown his sorrows in whiskey. Then he sees her: Mea Jones. An untamed, sexy-as-hell whirlwind of energy. A few years ago, she showed him the best-and hottest-night of his life, then walked away without a backward glance. But he's never stop
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Forever Yours
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Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Both Drake and Mea where short changed in the parenting department.

Drake is returning home to the life he ran into the army to escape. His mother was the town drunk. He has people in this town who saw him through the rough times and helped him become the man he is today.

Mea was a sexy, one night stand Drake can’t forget. She’s never let anyone get close and keeps a carefully constructed barrier around her heart. When Drake starts to crack that barrier, Mea feels that the demons in her past are
Michelle [Helen Geek]
08/28/2016 --

1.5 Stars. Just didn't work for me. There was an "instant love" element that I don't like, never like and never will like. Just a personal preference. Then, you have the H think and describe himself as a badass. I wanted to like it and thought I would based on the blurb, but alas, not meant to be. Maybe you'll like it just fine.

Happy Reading!
arc provided by the author and publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honesty in my review.
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

~~If you have triggers about childhood abuse, this book might not be for you.~~

No one truly knows that goes on in the heart and souls of others. Drake Sullivan is one of those men who learned to hide things at an early age. Never one to wear his heart on his sleeve, he nonetheless is blown away to learn that his alcoholic mother has died. Going back home, brings back a lot of memories - memories that he in turn tries to
Jesey ~ Schmexy GIrl~
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book has been on my TBR for months…when Diana first messaged me about it I was SO excited. I kept watching my list dwindle and saw Man of Honor moving on up waiting for me! I haven’t read the first two books in this series of standalone but they are now on my TBR as well!

Right off the bat I loved Drake and Mea. Both individually and together. Mea is this spit fire of a tiny girl. She comes across as strong and in control. Mea is smart and sassy and would be the perfect real life BFF! Drake
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this puppy, and Diana Gardin has once again blown me away. Drake is everything I want in a hero. Strong. Sexy. Caring. Devoted. And Mea's struggles with her past are heartbreaking yet empowering. The pace is relentless. It kept me up into the wee hours of the morning. A fantastic read!
Mary Mooney
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.

Drake Sullivan is in a bad place, his mother (if you can call her that) has died and he is at the funeral. He doesn't want to be there, she was never there for him growing up but most of the town is there to support him as they were when he was a kid. He left the small Georgia town as soon as he could, joined the Army and never looked back. But his demons followed him everywhere and even though he sent
Tracy Reads
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Diana's books since the beginning and this one i think is her best book yet ! i refused to put it down, the story really gripped me and the heat and passion was packed with a punch, i actually burned my brekfast reading it because i refused to stop reading, Drake is every kind of swoon you want in a bad boy and i found myself gasping at times at some of the things he said, There may be some triggers in this one for some people so perhaps be a little cautious of that but the ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The story behind Mea's and Drake's past had my heart. All the things they both went through killed me. Reading this, I was in complete awe.
Mea has her walls built high and so strong, but when she is with Drake she is different. Drake has his walls built high too, and like with Mea, he is different when she is around. He was a Ranger in the military, he has the vibe, but with Mea it's like he can't think straight. Drake vows to protect Mea with everything he can whether she wants it or not.
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book from Diana that I've read and I loved it! I can't wait to read the others!
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Mea Jones has made it just fine through life up and until now by sticking to her own set of cardinal rules, and barricading her heart behind impenetrable walls. When it comes to men she only does one night only, and she most definitely doesn't do relationships. She has a past that she likes to keep hidden and letting someone into her world for more than a night, might give them the opportunity to catch a glimpse of it and she has no intention of ever letting that happen. Her haunting past has sh ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Man of Honor is book number 3 in the Battle Scars series and it was just as amazing as books 1 and 2! READ THEM ALL!!!

Our book begins with Drake being at his mother's funeral. He's only there because she was his mother, although she didn't act like one. She's was too into her alcohol while the town took care of her son, Drake. He got the heck out of there as soon as he could by joining the army. Since he left the army, he has his own auto repair shop and mostly hires vets (what a great man)! He
Marie-Elizabeth Dohar
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review

The third installment in Diana Gardin's Battle Scars series pairs two secondary characters from her previous books, Drake and Mia, who are both desperately in need of and deserving of a happy ending. Man of Honor is darker and grittier than its predecessors, addressing subjects and issues that are sensitive.

Drake and Mia have a connection that predates their mutual friends' couplings, but the perceived rift between them is no match for th
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recently had the privilege of reading Diana Gardin's upcoming release Man of Honor.
Drake Sullivan is a former army ranger who is now a mechanic with his own auto shop.
He is still trying to cope with the circumstances of his childhood.
With an abusive mother and an absent father he was taken care of by the people in his hometown.
Mea Jones is a very strong woman who is trying to keep her life on the course she has mapped out.
She is saving money to open her own yoga studio in the city of Lone Sand
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and Be My Book Boyfriend PR***

This book wasn't excellent, but it wasn't bad. I find myself oddly neutral about it as parts of it felt over the top and parts of it left me a bit underwhelmed. I think there were situations that were not developed enough, and oddly her past felt like it wasn't fully explored, like it was glossed over and yet like it was the focus of how she was and why she was that way.

For me, I was never able to fully engage with either character,
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this one grabbed my eye with the blurb having me intrigued enough to jump right in. This is the first time for me in reading this author's novels even though I have seen her name and books here and there. On the cover he looks to be at war with himself screaming rescue me so when I entered in and he has a night that he does need rescuing in steps a former girl whom had been on his mind since the first time they met a while ago. Drake needs a ride home with Mea providing it but this ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've said this in previous reviews of Diana's books but Diana is one of the kindest and amazing authors I've had the pleasure to meet. To be honest there haven't been that many, but she went up and beyond for me to get to read this book and I can't thank her enough for that! <3

First things first, I was beyond happy when I realised the next book would be about Drake and Mea. After Saved by the Seal I couldn't wait to find out more about both of them, why were they acting the way they were and wha
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Drake has his life together. His own home, his own business. He's the man who helps others. Offering work to other ex-military types til they get on their feet, Drake is the man to come to in a crisis. Until now. Now Drake is at a crossroads and has no idea what to do.

Mea has Rules. With a capital R. Rules that decide whether she will sleep with a guy, or whether he'll only get to admire her ass as she walks away. Sobriety, protection, and one other rule. The dealbreaker. Mea has to go on top. S
A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
WOW! Great book! Man of Honor is my first read by Diana Gardin and won’t be my last! I loved the story line, it flowed perfectly. I love that there was drama in this book; it kept me intrigued as to what was going to happen next. This book had my attention from beginning to end.

When Drakes mother passed away, Drake Sullivan wants to hide his sorrows in whiskey. Until he runs into Mea Jones, then all he wanted was her. Neither one of them could hide the sparks and passion they were feeling when
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Man of Honor is my first Diana Gardin book and boy have I been missing out!
I love finding new to me authors that blow me away and that's what happened with this book. I now have to go back and read this entire series as well as anything else by the author I can get my hands on.

Drake & Mea. A one night, hotter than hell hookup and then nothing.
Their best friends are getting married so their bound to run into each other regularly but Mea's made a life out of never going back for seconds. Even if
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book had blown me away and sent Drake to the top of my book boyfriend list. He is one seriously swoon worthy, hot, tempting, Man of Honor. When the first book you read by an author blows you away, you just can't help.wanting to drop everything and read the rest of their books.

I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, and I will definitely admit to it being a very emotional read from the start. I find that I am very much enjoying more emotional books lately. Don't get me wrong, this
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Several years ago, Drake and Mea hooked up. They had one amazing night, then Mea fled and has spent the last few years avoiding Drake like the plague. He has no idea what caused her shift in attitude and has never stopped wanting her. When his mother's death leads him down a dark road, surprisingly, it's Mea who comes to his rescue. As she begins to soften toward him, he works hard to find out what causes her to keep herself so closed off. Mea has some pretty big secrets she keeps. She believes ...more
Katie Conley
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I loved this book and am so glad to have gotten to read it as an ARC!
If you have read the first 2 of this series (which I highly recommend) this book answers the nagging questions of what in the world is Mia & Drakes problem?! If you have not read the first 2 in the series (you should, you really really should because they are sooo good) this book is written so that it can be a stand alone book. The background of both Mia & Drake are not uncommon in this world, despite how heartbreaking they ar
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Man of Honor certainly brought drama! From the opening scene with Drake at his mother's funeral to the epilogue with his father and daughter, the entire plot had a series of twists and turns that were always unexpected.

Drake and his heroine Mea were fully fleshed characters that had charm, vulnerability, and an edge. Drake was a strong, military man who showed vulnerability with regards to his family, while Mea was a strong-willed, independent heroine, who had battled some horrific abuse.

The sto
Wendy Livingstone
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author for an honest review.
Wow, this book blew me away! Drake is the sexy as hell, protective, strong, ex military man, who just wants to forget the past. Mea has her own cross to bear, and demons to fight. When Drake begins to break through Mea’s barriers things get interesting. Both have heartbreaking pasts, but can love win? You really need to read this for yourself, you will not be disappointed.
Diana has written a beautifully written love story, and I was enthral
She Hearts Books
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mea just broke my heart with all she had been through as a child. The man she should have been able to trust shattered her and she carried that with her until Drake came into her life. What she thought was a one night stand with a stranger was actually a prelude to falling in love with Drake. I loved these two together. Drake was the man to show her was trust and love was all about and helped her to face those demons that held her back for so long. I really enjoyed their story.

I give Man of Hono
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-be-reviewed, arc
WOW!!! What a hot, spicy story in "Man of Honor" by Diana Gardin.

This was a first read for me by this author and I was definitely not disappointed. After one night of hot passion together, Mea fled and Drake has no idea why. Will their paths meet again so Drake can find out what made Mea run off after their hook up??

This was a fast paced book that I thoroughly enjoyed and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Gardin.

**A copy was given to me by the author for an honest review **
Michelle Bishop
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drake is best book boyfriend a girl could ask for .... he is loyal, caring, hard working and the perfect yummy alpha male!!
Mea is a beautiful person who has gone through hell to be as strong as she is!! I really felt her fight through this whole book. I love books like this because the character are strong & fights through whatever comes their way. The sparks with Drake and Mea we're flying off the pages of this book. This is great book... I highly recommend!
Natalie Hughes
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author and I was not disappointed. The storyline was good with some dark elements in Mea past. I felt the book flowed well and I loved Drake and Mea together.

Diana did really well with the dark elements, I was able to understand the terrible things that happened to Mea without the graphic detail which I thought was brilliant. I am looking forward to reading more of her books and maybe seeing more of the men from Drakes garage.
Liz Booker
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another 5⭐ read from this author!
Drake and Mea already had history so there was no "getting to know you" happening so we just jumped right into their relationship and got to watch it progress. They both had their issues and we got to experience the couple working through them, together and within themselves.
I highly recommend this author and this series!
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