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** I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

The Blurb:  Phoenix /fēniks/: (in classical mythology) a unique bird inhabiting the Arabian Desert that burned itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.

This isn’t mythology, it’s war, and Hendy is left in the hands of Hell’s cruelest gatekeepers.

His team is killed before his very eyes, and despite his efforts to save them, he’s captured and subjected to merciless torture—losing virtually every piece of his identity but his pulse.

After his rescue, he returns home from Afghanistan, saddled with facing the daunting task of healing his physical scars as well as the invisible ones—his emotional demons.

Dr. Presley Cole isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Embarking on a new journey, she makes it her mission to prove to Hendy that his life isn’t over; that he’s worthy of love.

Because sometimes even a phoenix needs help to rise…

Out of the Ashes.

My Review:

Hendy’s story is one that I couldn’t wait to read. As I read Out of Love (Foster and Nicole’s story) and was introduced to this group of characters, I was excited and intrigued about how the author would handle the story of a Navy Seal lost, held captive and tortured by terrorists. I put in a request to join RC Boldt’s advanced readers because I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one.

Cristiano “Hendy” Hendrixson has been through hell and back. Covered with scars as a result of the unimaginable horrors he’s survived, he hides from life. Dr. Presley Cole is the chiropractor he turns to for help with the constant pain and agony he endures as his body heals.

As they get to know one another and Pres helps Hendy with pain management and healing, they begin to discover that they have more in common than a shared love of Jeopardy. Presley has endured a relationship that is severely lacking and quickly realizes after meeting Hendy how unfulfilling her life is. Hendy struggles with the physical, mental and emotional aspects of what he has endured. He doesn’t think anyone could ever love him as he is.

I truly enjoyed this moving story and getting to know Hendy and Presley. The story was well-written, handled beautifully and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it.