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I was really excited when Jennifer Willikin sent me an early copy of The Patriot to read. Wes is a 37 year old military veteran and heir to the family ranch. As the oldest of his siblings the ranch should be passed down to him and he wants nothing more than to run it. But an old family rule requires him to be married to take ownership of it. Wes doesn’t believe anyone could ever love him and the war-damaged demons he carries makes it hard for him to open up to people.
Dakota is a heart broken young woman who met Wes 5 years ago right after he returned from his last tour at a common friends house party. They had an intense one night connection and Wes was gone the next morning. She went on to have her heart broken by a married man which left her emotionally damaged and lost her mother to a brain aneurysm. But she continued to try and live a good life working for her father’s development company.
One project brings Wes and Dakota back together after 5 years of not hearing from one another and the connection there is still just as strong as ever. But can either of them open back up after all they’ve been through?
This story has been absolutely stunning! Every page makes my heart stutter for both of them and the slow burn of their connection is exactly what I’ve needed to read lately. I can’t wait to see what happens with Wes and Dakota!
I bragged about this book yesterday, but today is the official book birthday for The Patriot by Jennifer Millikin. It’s a beautiful love story, and I want to emphasize the love story part. This is a story about two people deeply fated to be together and intricately connected to one another. Time has not removed that from their equation.
This was a book I didn’t know I needed in my life until I started reading it. It puts hope and optimism in your heart and soul reminding you about all the good things in life. Even when life feels insurmountable, there are things worth fighting for.
So happy release day and check out this book!!
🌸 “𝙎𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙙 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙬. 𝙒𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙞𝙩 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣. 𝘼𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩’𝙨 𝙖 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚. 𝙄𝙩’𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙖 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙄 𝙛𝙚𝙡𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙥𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙚𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙩, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮.”🌸