Just ask Aurora.
She’s dealt with it for the past two years. Effing car crash.
Resigned to live a mediocre life, she’s coped all on her own with only her friends Percocet and Xanax along for the ride. Broken and damaged, she doesn’t need anyone, thank you very much. Until she meets him.
Shy but smoking hot, Nate Johnson has a mouth as smart as hers, and can handle every ounce of sass she dishes out. Immediately, he’s hooked by Aurora’s sarcastic wit. A man on a mission, he wants to help her over her fear of cars. He needs to, if he’s ever going to have her as part of his world – a passion he’s kept hidden from her. As he succeeds with the impossible goal, he finds he’s curing more than just her PTSD, he’s healing her heart.
But when the unthinkable happens, it drives Aurora away.
From the best thing to ever happen to her.
Because sometimes love just isn’t enough.
However, Nate wants her back and he’s willing to give up everything he loves for her. Aurora refuses to have him sacrifice his passion because of her, and dreams up a risky plan to stop him. It’s dangerous. It’s foolish. And if it doesn’t kill her first, it could just save them both.
H. M. Shander is a new author to me, and I have to say, I’m really glad I checked this book out! The synopsis pulled me in immediately and from that moment, I knew I had to read this book. Duly Noted follows the story of Nate and Aurora. Aurora has been dealing with PTSD for the past 2 years. She’s broken, damaged, resigned to live her life alone and cope anyway that she can. What she didn’t plan on was Nate. Not only is Nate sexy, but he can dish it out and take it just as good as the next person. From the moment he meets Aurora, Nate is hooked on her and makes it his mission to help her out….And somewhere along the way, Nate not only manages to help Aurora get over her fears, but also manages to secure a place inside her heart. However, sometimes love just isn’t enough. Sometimes, secrets do more damage than you expect or anticipate. Just how far will Nate go to win Aurora’s love? What will he be willing to give up? Will Aurora ever find a HEA and live a normal life?
Duly Noted was a really enjoyable read for me. I was intrigued by the story-line and the characters. I am a sucker for broken and damaged characters, so this book was right up my alley. I think the author dealt with the tough issues pretty well and definitely had me wanting more. I really liked Aurora and Nate. Their story took me on one heck of a roller-coaster ride. It had my emotions going all over the place.
Overall, I enjoyed Duly Noted, from start to finish. It was well written and kept my interest the entire time. I thought it had just the right amount of angst, drama and romance. I’m looking forward to checking out more from this author in the future.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*