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(Constellations #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  71 reviews
When U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Orion MacKinnon loses both his legs in the bloody sands of Afghanistan, he forsakes his soul along with them. After retiring to a remote location in the snowy mountains of Alaska with his Special Forces canine companion—a German Shepherd named Zeus—he becomes a recluse and vows never to wear the prosthetic legs he keeps buried out of sight…
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published November 6th 2017 by Raeah Wilding
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Alex ♈
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I couldn't click less than 4 stars, just couldn't.

Zeus - best dog ever. My true hero! 💖

The book was slightly confusing for me, so much happened. It started like a 'Mountain man' trope, than turned out to a suspense packed with action.
I didn't like everything and some things were slightly implausible, but overall an interesting story with heart.

Safe for me.
Hero was 100% virgin, the heroine wasn't 😉. They had feelings for each other when she lost her memory, but her reality included a bf, whom s
Um ok that was unexpected. In a good way!

So first I cannot start my review without mentioning the cover. Holy shit that man is hawt!!!! Aside from being incredibly brave, he is just plain smokin’!

Now the book. It was really good. It took awhile to get started but I was totally invested. Admittedly a little scared since I went in blind. There are a ton of details about what is going on inside Orion’s head trying to deal with PTSD and being a double amputee. Most of which is not pleasant. Zeus’ P
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

When I read the plot of Orion: A Constellations Novel #1 (Constellations #1)

by Raeah Wilding I was absolutely sure that I was going to love the story. It was so up my alley so it felt like a love at first sight with the Blurb.

But this being the first book of this author what I did not expect was that I had a really hard time to get into the writing style of the author. At times it felt like so opulent as if it came from the feather of an author that could write the next “gone with the wind” nove
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing, amazing!
I love both MC
I love Zeus, Orion's German shepherd.
This book has it all: faithful H, steam sex scenes, suspense, very good written.
I didn't like that some heroine's decisions. But I understand her. blog~
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Incredible story! 5 Stars to Orion by by author Raeah Wilding.

Just wow! This book had everything! Definitely all the feels. My emotions ranged from compassion to sadness, to fear and worry to relief. I smiled and cried. There were moments (many) that I felt my stomach drop to my feet. Was this book strictly romance? No! While it was about finding and trusting in love, it was also about healing and resolution. There was violence and suspense. God, I could just go on and on but I don't want to giv
Nov 24, 2018 added it
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Kathy Reader
I enjoyed this book. Love when the H is a virgin and how could you not love Zeus!

The epilogue was a bit weak and too short and it took until mid way thru the book for the H and h to get intimate so that's why it gets 3 stars.
Susann Husfloen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the first page that this book would be like nothing I've ever read. To be inside the head of a man who's lost both his heart and soul among his legs is devastating.
 When he saves Hope from an avalanche she suffers from amnesia. They are slowly starting to heal each other, and my heart is so filled with all the feelings.
And when the book turns to a thriller, I was racing through the pages with my heart in my throat!
 I was thinking through the whole read that this book should really h
Riann Miller
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Orion is an unforgettable journey that left me reeling!

Orion is a soldier left without his legs who's perfectly happy hiding from the world.

“I… hide because I’ve learned to survive like this. It’s kept me alive when everything else guaranteed death.”

His life was simple verging on boring until one day a woman literally crashes into his life. The two of them slowly form a friendship with the promise of more until reality comes crashing down on them leaving Orion with the decision to continu
Eleanore June
The first 75% of the book was an amazing 5 stars for me, but then the tone/genera of the book shifted and I didn't love it as much. Still good, but it didn't have the same spark.
The concept and ideas of this book is a five star read but the execution was only a three star. I've been going back and forth for my rating but ultimately the faults took me out of the story.

Some things to consider and possible triggers: Virgin hero, PTSD, amnesia, grief, death, suicide, murder, torture, animal torture, rape, abuse, amputation, and some another man "drama". This also has a spiritual element, not religious but dreams and a spirit type of connection.

For me the pacing was just o
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Outstanding novel!

While Orion and “Hope” meet under dire circumstances, it is clear early on that they share a unique connection. Two people couldn’t be more different. Orion is a recluse military veteran living alone on a mountain and suffering from severe PTSD and rehabilitative issues. Hope is, well, we don’t know who she is. She was rescued by Orion from a horrible avalanche. He nurses her back to health, only for her to wake with amnesia. Her dependence on him pushes him through his fears
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Raeah Wilding is back and What! a first read we have gotten under her new pen name. I adore all the previous books she has written under Allie Juliette Mousseau. Finding her writing to beautiful, deep and meaningful. And after a two year break you most definitely have not lost your passion when it comes to writing.

Orion was an emotional filled, captivating read. I was drawn in with Orion and Zeus right from the start. I was invested in their story, i loved that there was a little mystery to his
Brandy Roberts
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Orion it had my emotions all over the place there's happiness , sadness , anger , and heartbreak because damn these two characters have been through so much pain to were my heart broke for them to the point were tears are involved . First the blurb called to me then I saw the cover not only is it hotness overload but it draws you in to were you need to hear the heroes story . Orion and hope bring something into each others lives something that they have been missing , I adored bot ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a wild ride.

A story about a scarred soldier and the amnesiac woman he rescues from an avalanche. And so much more...

It's difficult to say anything without giving away any part of the crazy, elaborate path that lead to Hope and Orion's happily ever after.

I think it's safe to jump into this story without knowing much. All I knew going in was that Orion is a virgin, having had an abusive childhood and later losing his legs, Hope has (view spoiler) and
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who reads severely permanently disabled vets & their combat dog
This was an extraordinary book. The hero, Orion, suffers from severe PTSD and so does his spec. ops dog, Zeus. He is a double amputee who mostly uses a wheelchair instead of his prosthesis. Because of the extreme trauma both he and Zeus have suffered, Orion has decided to live a secluded life in a remote cabin at the base of a mountain in Alaska. His only human contact is the guy who brings him supplies every 3 months. He has no TV, phone, radio, or computer/internet.

One day, while outside, Zeu
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Orion is the first book in the Constellations series and to try and rate this book with just five stars is not enough, you would need a galaxy full of stars to give this story the adequate praise it deserves. This book is hard to classify as just a romance because as it is so much more than that. As you start the journey with Orion and Hope a range of emotions will bubble to the surface. You will experience heartache, love, anger and fear to name just a few. There will be times when your tears w ...more
Sandra Loves Reading
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding writing! Phenomenal story!
I have been completely blown away by this book!
Orion holed himself up in the Alaskan wilderness, along with Zeus, his dog, when he returned home having lost his legs and his heart and soul in the battlefields of Afghanistan.
He and Zeus rescue a young woman from an avalanche. Having no identification on her, he names her Hope.
This is an amazing story. My emotions went from one extreme to another and I found myself smiling and laughing and crying and totally
Sunny Shelly Reads
Orion was the first book I've read by Raeah Wilding, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The blurb pulled me in, but the story kept me turning pages. This book was so much more than a love story between an injure war vet suffering from PTSD and an amnesiac who has no idea who she is or why she was on his secluded Alaskan mountain.

The connection between Orion and Hope, as he calls the mysterious woman, was so sweet. She is literally the woman of his dreams -- which I first thought was slightly hokey
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book.... the romance, the action, the twist, the characters, and, of course, Zeus. 😊
This was my first time reading about a disability, such as Orion's, and was very well written. I felt like the author described him and his feelings/struggles very well. My heart broke for Orion as he described to Hope how he lost his legs.
I couldn't put the book down, except for when life got in the way. I was hooked from the beginning and satisfied with how it ended.
There's not much
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone needs a little helping hand…

Or paws. Orion’s story is a military romance that touched me with its emotion, taking me from the depths to highs in so many kindle pages…

Orion was hiding. Hiding from what he lost and from the harsh, punishing memories. When Hope is suddenly forced into his isolated existence, things changed dramatically for both of them. Coming together out of necessity turned out to be a saving grace for them both.

I loved how Hope’s recovery mirrored Orion’s. Wounded, hurt
L.A. Remenicky
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
When I read Orion by Raeah Wilding I was blown away. The story of Orion and his dog Zeus drew me in from the first page – his torment tore at my heart and didn’t let go. Reading about him overcoming his revulsion to rescue Hope from the avalanche, the emotion practically jumped off the page. I could go on and on about how much I loved this book but I’d end up spoiling the story so I’m stopping right here.
A definite 5-star must-read!

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5+ Stars!

When I read Orion by Raeah Wilding I was
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'It's f****ing madness.
It doesn't ever stop. They don't ever stop.
Even during a ceasfire- maybe especially during a ceasfire because it shreds you even more. Because then it's quiet. You can hear the ghosts whisper and the injured cry.
The innocent scream.
And you know you can never save them all.'

Have you ever read such stunning words, that are like a punch to the solar plexus? They are just a taste of the fierce and powerful display, from the devastating, emotive and aw
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**I absolutely loved this book and its well worth the 5 stars**

Orion is the first book in A Constellations series by Raeah Wilding. I really hope that there will be more in the series. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Wilding (A pen name) or by Allie Juliette Mousseau who write the Brothers of Ink and Steel series.

This book came recommended by one of my Facebook reader groups and as one review states how hot the model is and I'm in complete agreement. Yes, it took awhile to get Orion and
Jennifer - You Can't Resista Dirty Book
Orion, wow this was truly heartachingly beautiful story of two lost souls. Orion, named for the Hunter, is hiding from life. Secluded in the wilderness of Alaska, he does not know how to live his life in society after losing his legs as Marine. His only company is his ever-faithful partner and Special Forces dog, Zeus, who he has had by his side through thick and thin on every mission. The have celebrated and suffered together. Their last mission leaving them both traumatised. Until the day Orio ...more
Tiffany Readz
Excellent Adventure!

From the blurb, it seemed like Orion could go a number of ways. It's a heavy and almost too much story line, however Raeah Wilding did a fantastic job at bringing it all together. Orion was instantly put on my book boyfriend list. What a guy! And as a dog person, Zeus made the story that much better, they were a great team.

Even though he's been alone in the wilderness for quite a few years with only Zeus, his service dog for company, Orion has kept his wits about him. He and
Avery Kingston
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I had a really difficult time getting into this in the beginning, but I pressed on because I wanted to see what happened when Hope woke up. I had a hard time getting into her writing style. I found her overuse of exclamation points jarring from a reading perspective.

There were several things that bothered me, one being his inability to use his prosthetics. It didn't make much sense to me that he felt like "half a man" when wearing THEM, but not in his wheelchair. I read a lot of books about woun
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Orion is the first book by Raeah Wilding and as firsts go...I'm hooked. I do want to clarify that Raeah Wilding appears to be a pen name for another writer and this book has me curious about the other work that she writes.

Anyway, to say that I LOVED Orion is an understatement! There was so much to this story that I was completely entertained and sucked in. Depth is a good word for it.

I really had no idea what I was getting when I started this book. I was totally blindsided by the twists, which m
Karen Voitik
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
>Book Review – Orion

>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 1st in the Constellation series and ends in an HEA. Orion and his service dog, Zeus, both suffer from PTSD and live in seclusion in the Alskan wilderness. Orion lost both legs, but prefers the wheelchair to his prosthetic legs. He witnesses a woman in an avalanche and finally uses his legs to save her. When Hope awakens, she has no memory of who she is or why she was hiking alone in Alaska. Their romance is bittersweet as
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I really felt pulled into the emotions of these characters

This was my first book by this author (Allie Juliette Mousseau writing as Raeah Wilding) so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm a sucker for tortured hero stories; add in the dog and the blurb had me sold.

The characters here are complex and interesting and the author did a great job depicting their individual struggles. Orion has to deal with PTSD (both his own and Zeus's) plus adjusting to life as a double amputee while Hope is strug
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