Excerpt & Giveaway – The Courage to Heal by Hunter Frost

The_Courage_to_Heal_400x600The Courage to Heal
Published by JMS Books, LLC.

2015NewAbout the Book

Former U.S. Army Sergeant Wade Carter returned from Afghanistan a broken man. Permanently injured and weighed down with PTSD, his scars run deeper than flesh and bone. When his regular physical therapist is taken ill, the sexy replacement doctor has Wade wishing he’d touch much more of his body than his busted leg.

Dr. Jesse Okenah isn’t a beginner when it comes to working with veterans, but his new patient stirs up feelings that go beyond professional. It’s Wade’s wounded soul, more than his mangled leg, that needs TLC in order for him to live a healthy, fulfilling life again. Jesse just needs to figure out how to deliver that care to the stubborn vet without crossing a line — and losing his heart.

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He slid two long fingers over the inside of Wade’s wrist. Hmm, soft as velvet. Damn him again. The man may not have been handsome by traditional standards, but Wade found him striking. The sienna complexion and angular features that hinted at his Native American heritage also gave him an earthy sensuality — rugged and strong without the grit. He wanted to see all that long black hair free and flowing. He reminded Wade of some stoic warrior turned heavy metal god. Mercy. Since he couldn’t pick out any gray strands in the sleek ponytail, and the only wrinkles were those near the corners of his eyes, Wade guessed he was in his early thirties, a few years younger than himself. The doc looked comfortable in his own skin and Wade liked that. He leaned toward him, the scent of aloe and autumn leaves a refreshing contrast to the vile odor of the hospital.

“Your pulse is slightly high,” the doctor said, removing his fingers. “But that’s understandable when you’re agitated.”

Oh, he was agitated all right. But this kind of agitation fluttered in his stomach and tingled in his groin. “Will you let me know when you hear about Dr. Allen?” Wade asked, hoping to distract his body from going down that road.

Dr. Okenah smiled crookedly, and Wade held back a sigh. Oh brother, he had a problem. “Of course.”

Wade nodded.

“I’ll let her know you asked about her.”

“Sure, but she won’t believe it. I’ve never been the most considerate patient.”

The doc’s brow rose as if to say, “No, really?” but he remained silent as he tore open the Velcro of the blood pressure cuff.

“I’m not that bad,” Wade insisted.

“You get angry often?”

“Not too often,” Wade lied. He gazed down at the floor, shame creeping over him like the evening fog.

The doc moved on. “How about depression?”

Wade didn’t know why he bothered to ask. It was all laid out in his chart. Didn’t he know how embarrassing it was to talk about this shit? Naming those feelings only made him feel worse, as if somehow speaking them aloud gave them more power. Everyone already knew he was broken. Why beat a dead horse? Wade finally nodded, but the doc didn’t press the issue.

Instead, Dr, Okenah slid his hand under the sleeve of Wade’s t-shirt, pushing the material out of the way for the blood pressure cuff. Wade instinctively flexed his arm, his skin prickling with goosebumps at the touch. Knowing the doc couldn’t have missed that as he wrapped the cuff around his arm, Wade flushed again. Why had he stopped doing his push-ups? His arms weren’t as solid as they used to be. Hell, neither was the rest of him. But glancing up at the doc had Wade suddenly wishing for a lot of things — that he had trimmed his shaggy beard, put on a cleaner t-shirt, or even combed his unruly hair. The ache in his cock signaled his overriding wish.

The sound of the Velcro ripping open jolted him back to grim reality.

2015NewAbout the author

Hunter lost a bet at a blackjack table and begrudgingly traded temperate Southern California for the sweltering heat of Las Vegas. There she resides with an extremely tolerant boyfriend and two cats named after her favorite beverage, Latte and Java. When she’s not dreaming of returning to coastal living, Hunter works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from where she recently received her Master’s in British history. In order to appease her muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.




Hunter Frost will be giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card. For a chance to win simply leave a comment below. Giveaway ends at midnight Sunday, May 17th. Winner will be chosen by the author at random.


  1. Sounds interesting! Thanks for review, Charlie!

  2. Looks great!

  3. Looks like a great story!

  4. Beautiful cover! Congratulations on the new release! Looking forward to reading it!

  5. Congratulations on the release. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Congratulations on your new release the book sounds fabulous, I have just brought a copy and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  7. The cover to this looks stunning, Hunter, and the excerpt wins it for me. Looks a cracking read.

  8. Sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance

  9. Fantastic! Another book for me to buy! Thanks

  10. Would love a copy sounds good.

  11. Thanks for the post and excerpt! This book sounds really good.

  12. This sounds wonderful, can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  13. That sounds like a book that needs to go on my to read list!

  14. The Couage to Heal looks like an awesome book!
    I can’t wait to read it 😀
    If I win the gift card it will be the first item purchased with it.

  15. Looks great!

  16. Wow, thanx for the opportunity to enter this contest! Best wishes on the success of your new book.

  17. Nice!!! And the story sounds really good, also!!! LOL
    Looking forward to reading more….

  18. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway. This looks awesome!

  19. I need a new author in my life. Please count me in.

  20. Congrats! Looks like a book I would like.

  21. Great excerpt Hunter! Congrats on your new release 🙂

  22. Sounds good. I love romances with healing and medical professionals. And wounded soldiers. Yum.

  23. kimberly (aka DB)

    Oh, oh, oh….’The Courage to Heal” sounds beautiful. A damaged body and soul and someone who wants to heal him….and bonus, M/M. The brief synopsis already gives a glimpse at the passion these 2 will share. Not to mention all our men and women who have served/are serving deserve to have someone care for them. Definitely added to my MUST READ!

  24. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Hope not dup comment. Good excerpt. Congrats on your new release.

  26. Sounds great!

  27. Congrats on the upcoming release of The Courage to Heal.
    I love to read about broken/injured military men, and it looks like this book certainly has that. I love the blurb and excerpt and i have added on my TBR list. Thanks for the great giveaway 🙂

  28. I can’t wait to read this!

  29. Congrats on the upcoming release 🙂
    I love books about militairy men and books about disability, it looks like this one got both. I look forward to reading this and put it on my TBR list.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  30. Thanks to everyone who commented! I appreciate your support!

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