“Some hearts are full of gratitude and joy, eager to make the earth a better place. My heart? It’s disfigured, and it can no longer be trusted.”
After I finished Jessica Ruben’s debut series Vincent & Eve, I had high hopes for Warrior Undone. I know the intelligent, compelling and emotionally driven story telling Jessica has produced in the past, but… wow…. I am literally speechless after this powerful, heart racing and breathtaking story. I first met Slade when reading Vincent & Eve and could not wait for his story, because I just knew his story would be well worth sharing. To say I was utterly consumed from start to finish would be stating the obvious; this book owned my heart and soul.
While I couldn’t wait for Slade’s book I was also a bit apprehensive about reading his story, but I absolutely fell head over heels in love with this beautifully broken and tragic man. While he is charming and oh so swoon worthy, he is also battling the inner demons he now possesses deep within himself. Slade sufferers from PTSD and the raw and vivid description of everything this beautiful man has been through seriously made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. The realism depicted was nothing short of poignant, powerful and thoughtfully sensitive.
“I’m so overwhelmed with this feeling, like she’s flowing into me. Clear as day, I know this woman has the power to give my life meaning but also to utterly destroy me.”
Lauren was perfect for Slade in every conceivable way; she challenged him when he needed it and she gave back as good as she got. The chemistry between the two was purely electrifying and the more layers that I uncovered, the more I was invested in the possibility of what could become of Slade and Lauren. The pain and the trauma were real and I was utterly devoted to the outcome.
We all know of stories about war veterans returning home and having difficulty assimilating back into day-to-day life. This is a real issue that affects many people, especially those with PTSD as Slade has. Jessica treats this issue with the respect it deserves. Her writing was on point; it was vivid and thoughtful, yet sensitive to this complex issue. Jessica didn’t attempt to glorify war, nor shy away from the harsh realities of it. This is the true mark of someone who understands their craft and takes the time to treat sensitive matters like this with the respect it deserves.
Warrior Undone was pure genius and this remarkable and all-consuming story deserves to be shared with the world. Jessica Ruben’s ability to tell a story is exceptional, from the thorough research, to the well-developed characters and engaging plot. I cannot recommend this story enough and I know it is one I will not forget.
About the Author:
Jessica Ruben lives and works in New York City, where she spends her days dominating in the court room as an attorney. Come nightfall, she writes romances centering on gorgeous alpha males and the intelligent women who love them.
Jessica is an insatiable reader, and will devour a few books a week without batting an eyelash. Books have always been her drug of choice, and she has no plans on detox anytime soon. She has three wildly delicious children and a husband who, for reasons unimaginable to her, loves her brand of crazy.