“Please, Jordan. It’s Emme.”
The last thing Major Jordan Grant expected was to be pulled off his unit’s deployment for a civilian mission. But when Titan calls, you answer — especially when the mission is to rescue the younger sister of your childhood best friend.
Moments away from death, NGO nurse Emme France could only pray for a miracle. The last person she expected to see in the smoke and dust was Jordan Grant, her teenage crush and litmus test of all the men she’d dated ever since.
Lying low at Titan’s exotic Abu Dhabi headquarters while the media furor around her rescue settles, Emme and Jordan explore a mutual attraction that is no longer young and innocent. Days in the desert paradise ignite desire and blur reality…until they return home, where Jordan rejoins his deployed unit and Emme is left alone to reevaluate her life and priorities.
Their passion was forged in the fires of combat. Will the home fires be enough to keep the burn alive?
I am a long-time fan of Cristin Harber’s Titan series, and I was excited to hear about the massive collaboration with ten authors to bring new adventures into the Titan world! Rescued Heart is an wonderful mesh of familiar characters in a new adventure. Emme and Jordan haven’t seen each other since childhood, but are reunited in a dangerous rescue mission worlds away from where they grew up. Emme, serving as a nurse in Mali, struggled with the culture shock that comes from treating teenage wives. Her clinic is attacked, she is abducted, and a ransom is demanded. Kudos to the author for not pulling any punches when bringing Emme’s ordeals to life: the young moms in Mali, the violent raid on her clinic, her physical and mental abuse in captivity, and her concern for others while facing death were powerfully depicted and very well written. The events that lead up to her rescue show the depth, strength, and resolve of Emme’s character.
Likewise, Jordan’s character is revealed in early memories with Emme, his aversion to leaving his unit when commissioned for a classified mission, and his heroic fortitude with saving Emme once he knew what was at stake. It was not a reunion the friends could have imagined: a nurse living in hell and the soldier who lifts her out of it. Jordan is charged with keeping Emme safe during her recovery while Team Titan get to the bottom of her abduction. There are many twists and turns as the truth is revealed.
Along the way, Emme and Jordan act on their mutual feelings, but their time together has a shelf life. He must return to active duty and she must find a new calling stateside. This is a great story of two intelligent, brave professionals finding love while honoring commitments to others. You can’t help but root for them to reconnect when timing is on their side. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military romance. You do not have to be familiar with the Titan series to follow the plot. If you have read the books, however, it is fun blending that world with the one Tarina Deaton creates in Rescued Heart.
In 2015, a friend challenged her to complete NaNoWriMo. She dusted off one of the many stories she had started over the years, threw it in the trash, and started all over.
Her debut novel, Stitched Up Heart, released in September 2016. She draws heavily from her own military experience to create authentic characters and personal challenges.
Tarina is still active duty and a single mom of four-year-old twins. Her favorite hobby is sleep. She has delusions of retiring from the military and being a stay-at-home mom.