By Kelly Bridgewater
Nikki Wright is desperate to help her brother, Bobby, who hasn’t been the same since escaping from a detainment camp run by terrorists in Colombia. Rumor has it that he betrayed his navy brothers and conspired with those who held him hostage, and both the press and the military are hounding him for
answers. All Nikki wants is to shield her brother so he has time to recover and heal.
But soon they realize the paparazzi are the least of their worries. When a group of men try to abduct Nikki and her brother, Bobby insists that Kade Wheaton, another former SEAL, can keep them out of harm’s way. But can Nikki trust Kade? After all, the man who broke her heart eight years ago is anything but safe…
Hiding out in a farmhouse on the Chesapeake Bay, Nikki finds her loyalties—and the remnants of her long-held faith—tested as she and Kade put aside their differences to keep Bobby’s increasingly erratic behavior under wraps. But when Bobby disappears, Nikki will have to trust Kade completely if she wants to uncover the truth about a rumored conspiracy. Nikki’s life—and the fate of the nation—depends on it.
I haven't come across a book by Christy Barritt that doesn't capture my attention. She does a good job at keeping the action moving across the page. The romance isn't cheesy. It actually flows pretty natural. With Barritt's stories, I have come to expect interesting characters with a shady past, high octane tension, and a mystery with depth. With Barritt's latest Disillusioned that is exactly what I received.
From the first chapter, Barritt tosses me into the action with Bob and Nikki running from bullets flying. The rest of the story is a non-stop thrill ride trying to figure out who wants to bring harm to Bob and Nikki. I had a hard time putting the book down. I wanted to read late into the night. The story centers around what is the truth. Either the truth the government and television is allowing to come across the airwaves or is it inside Bob, the ex-soldier who suffers from PTSD. I have read a number of stories that have showed the cause of PTSD, but in Disillusioned, Barritt pushes the envelope a little more and allows me to see what reactions the soldiers have. I really enjoyed this story even thought Barritt touched on a soft story, but I think it needs to be explored.
This original, yet unpredictable story does feature a romance, but it wasn't too hasty. I really enjoy romance stories where the couple had a past together. I liked to learn what made them fall out of love and then watch as they fall back in love in this novel. I believe in second chances and redemption so that is probably why I enjoyed watching Nikki and Kade fight for each other and their emotions.
This is a story that I believe anyone of any age could read. The parts with the affects of the PTSD on Bob would be a good lesson to teach young boys what kind of horror soldiers actually go through to allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Fans of Barritt's other writings will enjoy this novel.
I received a complimentary copy of Disillusioned from Waterfall Press and the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Do you think stories that deal with PTSD should be explored? Why or Why not?