Honor’s Refuge by Hallee Bridgeman is the third book in the Love and Honor series, but it can easily be read as standalone. That being said, book one, Honor Bound, was really good and in that story we get to meet Phil and it also tells the story of his injury, so I think it would add to this story if you read that one first!
I really enjoyed this story. The action was nicely paced and there were some twists and turns and shocking events that I never saw coming - like jaw dropping events! I really liked Melissa and what she decided to do with her life after her traumatic childhood. She was a great pairing for Phil who could be pretty grumpy and kinda negative. She was always upbeat and positive and when he was too grumpy she had no problem speaking her mind or standing up to him. I thought their personalities played nicely off of each other.
I did feel like both Phil and Melissa were a bit too casual about safety after two major things happen in the story and that was a bit frustrating to me. I also felt like the ending, while I see why it had to happen the way it did, was not fitting with our villain and how he would’ve acted based on his previous actions.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium. 4 stars.
When she was just five years old, Melissa Braxton watched her father take her mother's life. Separated from her sister, Lola, at that time, Melissa grew up with a strong desire to help those stuck in abusive relationships. It's why she became a family therapist and opened a domestic abuse shelter.
After losing a leg to a gunshot wound in the line of duty, Phil Osbourne has felt like a man without a purpose--until he hears Melissa's story and decides to use his Special Forces contacts to track down her missing sister. He knows what he discovers will break Melissa's heart. What he doesn't realize is that helping the women reunite will bring the cartel down on them like the Category 5 hurricane striking Miami.
Bruised yet not quite broken, Melissa and Phil battle the storm and the cartel, calling on strength they didn't know they had to escape death, save the innocent, and--just maybe--find healing in each other's arms.