Two Hearts' Reconnaissance

Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 13

Romance - Suspense
260 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2021
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Two Hearts’ Reconnaissance (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 13) by Tamara Ferguson is a continuation of her fantastic romantic adventure series that centers around “wounded warriors”, returnees from war who are suffering from physical, mental, and emotional wounds in their service to the nation. The stories, based around Crystal Rock, the Dragonfly Pointe Inn, and FBI Agent Jake Loughlin are full of adventure, romance, and most importantly, hope. Thirteen-year-old Harry had been through a number of foster homes in his short lifetime, some good, some bad, and some positively evil. At present, he is with the Hamlins where his main task is to protect his six-year-old fellow foster child Amy from the Hamlins’ brutal and often violent treatment. When Harry realizes Ed Hamlin has discovered Harry’s secret -- a little dog, Millie, and her puppies -- he understands that Ed intends to drown the dog and her puppies in Crystal Lake. In desperation, Harry searches for a boat on the dock to rescue his beloved animals when he meets thirteen-year-old Eve, daughter of Tony and Danielle Loughlin, whose background and circumstances are eerily similar to Harry’s. It is apparent that a child-trafficking ring is still operating around Crystal Lake and Jake and his friend Gabe are determined to smash it once and for all, not to mention saving the lives of two little foster kids, Harry and Amy.

I’ve read a number of author Tamara Ferguson’s books both in this series and in other series. She is an author who has the wonderful knack of developing endearing, relatable characters and combining them in an exciting, often danger-packed adventure. The underlying thread of love, romance, and compassion runs through her stories, seamlessly and beautifully. Ferguson is a master of this genre. Two Hearts’ Reconnaissance (Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 13) is another winner that captures readers’ hearts from the very beginning. The horrific nature of child abuse and exploitation is handled with care and great skill without dwelling on the actual gory details, which makes this and other works of hers so readable by such a large audience. The romance, the teenage angst, and the longing for acceptance and a home where he feels loved are screaming from Harry in every line of this story. A recurring theme of many of Ferguson’s works is this desire for the character to “give back” in some way for everything they’ve received, as part of their rescue and rehabilitation from the horrors of their past. In many ways, it is this desire that makes her characters so likable and so easy to empathize with for a reader. Her stories flow beautifully and her conversational writing style means most of her books are easily read in one concentrated sitting, perhaps in front of the fire on a cold afternoon. I love this author’s work and can highly recommend this iteration of the Wounded Warrior series.

Susan Sewell

A dangerous situation unexpectedly brings a couple together after four years of separation in the heartwarming romance novel, Two Hearts' Reconnaissance (Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance: Book 13) by Tamara Ferguson. When Eve observes Harry trying to save his dog and her pups from his foster parent, she offers her assistance. While helping Harry rescue his dogs, Eve recognizes that he is in a bad situation. Bringing Harry's deplorable circumstances to her mother's attention, her mother takes action, and a loving couple adopts Harry and his foster sister, Amy. As the years progress, Harry and Eve forge a strong relationship. But as time passes and they each excel in their careers, they eventually lose touch. When a stalker threatens Eve, Harry's superiors order him to protect her. Both are shocked when they meet face-to-face for the first time in years, and the feelings they once held for each other flare. Is it possible for their relationship to pick up where they left off? Or has too much time gone by?

Two Hearts' Reconnaissance (Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance: Book 13) by Tamara Ferguson is an enchanting romance novel in which hope and desire unite to fulfill the dream of second chances. It is a stirring story with a compelling plot and endearing characters. Even though the gut-wrenching elements of child abuse and trafficking are touched on, giving the reader a small glimpse of the atrocities that occur in America, the story is light and inspiring. This novel is part of a delightful series, and some of the characters from previous books have principal roles in this story. To better understand them and their roles, I recommend reading the first books in the series. It is a superbly written novel that will delight and charm those who love soft romance novels.

Jennifer Ibiam

In the remote Crystal Rock area of Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Harry scrambled toward Jake’s boat. He had to rescue his dog and her pups that his foster father had dumped in the river. Near the bank, he met Jake’s daughter, Eve, and together, they rescued the dogs. That meeting became the bedrock of a connection that opened a can of worms and brought much joy. Eve and Harry had been to hell and back, with traumas to show. They were broken and navigating their ways toward healing. But what they shared couldn’t be denied, yet life happened. When life dared to split them, their resolve was tested. Can what they share stand the test of time? Find out in Two Hearts' Reconnaissance by Tamara Ferguson.

Two Hearts' Reconnaissance by Tamara Ferguson is a beautiful book that brought me to tears. It was a fantastic page-turner that drew me right in and held my interest until I scrolled to the last page. The plot was unique and had depth. It centered on themes like unconditional love, crime, trust, acceptance, bravery, and sacrifice. I wish every child was protected and never had to suffer like Harry, Amy, Eve, and other kids like them. The character development was incredible and consistent, my favorite of them being Harry. He was smart, sensitive, protective, intuitive, yet relatable. I loved the first-person narrative, which gave me glimpses into the speaker’s head. The dialogues also flowed effortlessly, making the story easy to follow. I’m interested in Amy’s story. This is a fantastic book, Tamara! Well done!