Guarding My Six
by K.J. Porter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Wade Hamilton is an ex-Army Ranger and an accomplished tattoo artist. Now, thanks to a gift that was bestowed upon him by a grateful mother during a trip to Alaska several years ago, he is also a protector; a guardian. His gift, which he uses sparingly, allows him to infuse his art with special qualities. When a shy, young, woman and her three college roommates, walk into his studio he senses there’s something unique about Tori. After the initial interview, he comes to understand she has suffered a devastating loss and keeps her grief buried deep inside. While working on the special tattoo she’d designed herself, Wade adds a little magic to the ink that will boost her courage and, perhaps, bring a little joy and excitement to her life. And then, she and her friends walk out of his studio and out of his life.
Three months later, Wade receives a call from an old Army buddy, Matthew Miller, whose baby sister is critically injured in a hit and run. Wade wastes no time heading to Savannah, Georgia to lend his support. Never having met Matt’s family, other than a brother and their father, Wade has no idea that Victoria Miller is the same woman who has been haunting his dreams since she walked out of his studio.
As Tori fights for her life, Wade refuses to leave her side, believing it was his magic that had put her in front of the car that nearly killed her. To further complicate matters, he finds himself falling hard for Tori. Knowing that nothing good can come from developing a relationship with her, Wade is terrified that his secret will only put Tori in more danger. A secret he’s kept buried since he was thirteen; he believes his abusive, alcoholic, father beat Wade’s younger brother, Davey, so badly it caused the boy permanent brain damage. It was also the first time the “red-rage” took over Wade, leaving him with no memory of the event and put his father in the hospital.
When Tori refuses to give up on a chance for happiness with Wade, he can no longer push her away. He realizes he must confront his demons and put them to rest before they can take the next step in their relationship. But, when an unknown, and very powerful, enemy from his parents’ past catches up with him, Tori could very well become collateral damage.
Kate Porter is an American writer based in South Georgia. She grew up on a small farm in central Indiana where she graduated from Owen Valley Community High School. Her first short story was published in the school newspaper when she was fifteen. Kate went on to study fiction writing at Greenville Technical College, appeared at numerous Comic Cons, book readings, author events and participated in author panels and has been featured as a guest author on a blog tour. In 2013 Kate was not only profiled in her hometown newspaper, Spencer Evening World, but she was also profiled in Woman’s Day magazine.
In 2014 Kate was the recipient of the NEW APPLE BOOK AWARD for the Mystery category for her novel, BLACK HARVEST, which also received FIVE STARS from Reader’s Favorite. Kate’s writing credits range from poetry to short stories to full-length books and manuscripts, and screenwriting. When she isn’t writing, or percolating her newest story ideas, she and her best friends are cracking each other up with their silly puns and holding entire conversations using GIFs.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5
Magic, ex-Military Special Forces, shifters, oh my!
Wade Hamilton had a rough life. He left home as soon as possible and joined the service. After leaving the service he opened a tattoo parlor in New Orleans and has a desire to help people when they are in trouble. After a trip with two buddies to Alaska, and Wade rescued a young girl from two men, Wade now has more of a desire to help those that need it. He also has some help with his penchant for stepping into danger from the mother of the young girl he rescued in Alaska. Wade does have a secret though and one chance meeting with a young woman that he can’t seem to get out of his head, it could all come crashing down around him.
Tori Miller has always been a daddy’s girl, always done what he has told her, and never stands up to her father. She wants to make him proud and do as he asks, he has enough on his mind when he and her two brothers are deployed overseas so much. She is now getting ready to graduate from college and wants to have a little more courage and strength. When she walks into Wade’s tattoo parlor with her two best friends, she already has an idea for her first tattoo. Although she knows her father may not be happy about it, the tattoo is her honor to her father and brothers. After meeting Wade and seeing his tattoos, Tori asks him to add a little extra to her tattoos to include courage.
I really enjoyed this book. It is full of great characters, a great story, danger, action, and finding the truth. Tori finds that she has a unique ability after she has a near death experience. Tori and Wade find that they have more of a connection than they expected. The truth about Wade’s family has a lot of twists and turns and when revealed to Wade, he will have to come to terms with his decision to leave years ago and how things have changed. I love how Ms. Porter showed that Wade was settled, mature, and a man that could be trusted and counted on. His two buddies that he was trying to help are so different and really needed to get a clue. The book was entertaining, and the pages turned quickly through this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I give this story a 5-star review and recommend it to readers that enjoy, paranormal, military, action, and stories with strong characters.