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Bring Him Home

(Special Forces #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  44 reviews
"The ASIN B077H6L4FK has been moved to the latest edition.

A medal doesn't make you a hero...

Former soldier Nathan Wyatt had no choice but to leave his army buddy to die, a secret that's still tearing him apart.

Two years on, he's in Hollywood prostituting his war medal for work as a bodyguard to the stars when his best friend's widow drags him home to fulfil his neglected
Kindle Edition, 215 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Karina Bliss (first published June 1st 2012)
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3.5 stars
Nate has changed, its been eighteen months since the ambush that killed his best friends and he withdrew, left to become a bodyguard in Hollywood, live the surface life because that doesn't remind him of his past and then Claire comes back, Claire who reminds him of the past, of Steve.

Claire has been through a lot, losing her husband, her teenage son acting out and Nate leaving them but now she is ready to move on and needs Nate's signature. He acts like an ass at first not wanting to g
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
Wow. Warning: this is not a fluffy romance. It deals with grief and loss and uncomfortable truths about what men have to do in the military. But there is also joy and trust and celebration of life. It mixes all of that superbly.
Excellent book. I really liked both Nate and Claire. When he came back from Afghanistan, Nate couldn't deal with Claire's husband's death, so he left for the US and took a job as a bodyguard for a rocker. He avoided all contact with his old friends, ignoring all attempts to contact him. When Claire needed him to sign some papers, she finally had enough and flew to LA to get him. After confronting him at a celebrity party, she shamed him into returning with him. He agreed on the condition that no ...more
Molly O'keefe
this is my favorite Bliss book so far - I loved how she handled all the grief and secrets and loved how she handled the giant cast of characters - it was like going to a party with all your old friends. Great and sincere and honest - totally loved it.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
If you're looking for a lighthearted HP romance, look somewhere else. In this military romance, the survivor guilt and the emotional and physical hardship encountered by a military family when a loved one is away, takes center stage. The romance between ex member of special forces and a wife of one of the deceased friends builds very slowly. Neither of them wanted it as death of friend/husband looms over their relationship. ...more
Reviewed by DA 5/25/12

I've read Karina Bliss before and enjoyed them. They're good. But this one is better than good, it's great. The romance is slow in developing which completely fits the situation. The grief over lost husband/friend is well written and believable. The ending is a little abrupt which keeps it from being a 5 star, but this is good. Really, really good.
Mar 16, 2018 added it
I had real reservations about this story. The 'crotchless panties' references didn't help much - the items were being sold by Claire's mother-in-law (Ellie) who was portrayed as a woman who had spent her married life as 'a lady who lunches' with a workaholic husband who, on retirement, had put her to work typing his letter to various newspapers. ( It wasn't as if she had anything better to do. ) before she got a part-time job in a lingerie store. Then her husband had done her the favour of dropp ...more
Three and a half stars.

Continuing/ending the series following a group of New Zealand guys who were in the SAS. Five friends, but only three came home alive and each of them bear the emotional and physical scars of that final tour.

Nate hasn't been able to return to New Zealand since Luke's funeral. He can't face his friends, family, SAS team mates, especially Luke's widow and 13 year old son. he feels so guilty for not being able to save Luke and Lee and for Ross being so badly injured that he ca
Nicole Helm
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The next time someone tells me that romance is "trashy" I will buy them a copy of this book. ...more
Kentucky Bohemian (Grace)
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy smart, sweet romances with good plots
I don’t know where to start with this—I totally didn’t see this story coming. This is a new author for me, and I had no idea what to expect. To call it a pleasant surprise would be a dramatic understatement. I was captured. Pure and simple. Captured by Nathan on page one with his easy, elegant, intelligent grace. Fascinated by the walls he put up for everyone, but especially for those he seemed to have once considered his closest friends. Then I was ensnared by a strong, stubborn, scarred, and c ...more
Wow. I loved this book, and would have read it in a single sitting if I could--I just didn't want to put it down for anything. Out of the series so far, it's hands-down my favorite...but of course Lee's story is next, so who knows...

Both Claire and Nate were written amazingly well. I really appreciated that Claire had a good, solid first marriage, but that it wasn't perfect--and her new relationship (when she finally had one--it moved slowly, as it absolutely should, thank goodness) didn't once
Karen Wapinski
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Smart Bitches Trashy Books book club read for me, which I'm happy with because normally this cover would have caused me to ignore this book and that would have been a tragedy.
If you like romance even a little this is a book for you. There is so much here to love: Nate and Claire are both brilliant characters; fully complex and wonderfully realistic. Nate is drawn up with guilt over the death of one of his best friends and has shut everyone out. Claire, the widow, needs his physical pr
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read a huge number of Karina Bliss's books, but what I've come to expect are stories that feature multifaceted characters who have realistic concerns, assorted believable relationships, and maturity. This book fell right in line. It's the third in a series, and I've read the two preceding books, but while characters from those books appear, and events are alluded to, it's not necessary in my opinion. Those characters add some depth to the world of the protagonists but their stories are ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-own-it-kindle
4 stars. Really, really good. This book is much more intense than I expect from a Harlequin romance and actually has relatively little straight up romance in it, but it was a very emotional story of how the survivors cope with the loss of fallen soldiers and was very well done. Gotta admit I was as enamored of the dead husband as I was of the hero before it was all over. The book is part of a series but stands alone. I'm off to read the first two now.

Updated to say I just read Dear Author's rev
Melissa Cutler
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book and read it in two days. There's a piece of information the hero witholds from the heroine until the last ten pages, and it felt like author intrusion a little bit that the author chose to drop the bomb like that. And I wish there'd been one final scene showing the hero and heroine happy, but these are minor complaints. This was a wonderful book. The people who populated the pages felt real, their struggles and emotions realistic. I'd recommend this book to any fan of co ...more
What a great book , so angsty and emotional , couldn't stop reading ...more
Melanie S
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, arc, military, 2018
"...and the truth shall set you free"

I want to thank the folks at Hidden Gems for the ARC of this book. This review is my voluntary and independent opinion. I can't begin to how fantastic this story is! Military romance is a crowded genre, but Karina Bliss takes Bring Him Home to a whole new level with her exploration of the ways in which grief, regret, and guilt form a triad of unfinished business that will not allow survivors to move on from bereavement. Steve is killed in combat in Iraq. HIs
Jo-Ann Fitzgerald
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the 3rd book in the series.

If you want to read what the book is about, please read the information above the reviews.

The plot about killing your best friend and get rewarded for it, but needing to move on is one hell of a starting point. We found out a bit about the hero in the previous books, but now its his turn for us to learn the complete story. The wife, or now widow, is angry and upset at her husband for dying on her and not living up to his promise. This story is about how to wo
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have really mixed feelings about this one. In many ways it's my favorite of the series so far. Both Nate and Claire have a tremendous amount of issues. Claire's husband was killed in an ambush while in the military 18 months earlier. Nate was there when Claire's husband died, and essentially abandoned his friends and moved to California (ended up bodyguard/security for Zander). Nate's holding in a lot of guilt, while Claire has an incredible amount of anger at her dead husband.

I looked how th
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Nicole Normand
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from Hidden Gems; this is my honest review.
-Lots of angst, drama, and secrets revealed. Finally we know what happened during the bombing.
-Good lovable characters throughout. Nathan and Claire make a good team.
-Easy read. Clean sex scene. Good transition from friends to lovers.
-I'm hoping there's a next book. The story behind the main one still has some unfinished business... Do you think Ellie will marry again?
-This story, especially at the end, is the perfect example of "You'
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is emotional, heartbreaking, suspenseful and engrossing. Nate is stubborn, honorable, protective and sensitive. Claire is determined, confident and caring. Their affection for each other, and the love they shared for Claire's husband Steve should have brought Nate and Claire closer when he was killed, instead it drove Nate to shut everyone out. When Claire demands his attention, Nate has to fight his guilt and attraction. The two are very sympathetic, but Nate brings out a little extra symp ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. There was no instalove. Nate struggled with his demons. Claire struggled with hers. Their relationship developed over time.

You could be empathetic to both of their reactions to Steve's death. The sexual tension built slowly. Their friends were angry that Nate stepped out of their lives, and were supportive of his return and of Nate and Claire's relationship.

A steady paced read that keeps you fully engaged, and ultimately hits you with a twist or two. No worries. You get you
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2*
Claire needs Nathan to sort out the trustee situation for her & Lewis, after her husband Steve’s death in combat. Nate left & hasn’t returned since, Avoidance has been his coping mechanism but Lewis is struggling can claire succeed with her plans?
I have read stand in wife book 2 & definitely recommend this series, all standalone with true endings.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Dealing with the past
Elaine Swinney
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book and I voluntarily chose to review it. I almost stopped reading this one after the first few pages, but I stuck with it and I have to say I loved it. This is the second book of Karina Bliss and she gets better with each book. I have to say this one will tug at your heart strings. I don't do spoilers so that's all I will say. This one is worth your time and effort. This one is one of the better books I have read lately it touched me in ways others haven't. ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Well that last part of the book ripped my heart out and shocked me. Holy crap. I wish there was a way the author could have warned us that something highly upsetting was going to be revealed in the book.
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heartache and homecoming

Comradeship , loss, grief and healing are tackled with sensitivity and insight but there are many moments of smiles too as Claire and Nate find their path forward.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Realistic conflict and the relationship felt earned.
Fiona Tyler
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read in honor of 9/11. Enjoyable genre book. In memory of TH.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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New Zealander Karina Bliss has written a biography for a rock star, swapped identities with her twin, raised three orphaned children with her ex husband, worn a cow costume to a Bachelor and Spinster ball, considered marriage for the sake of a baby, and been mayor of a small town.

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