Hank Schatz is finally home. After 15 years in the military, he’s begun the process of transitioning back to civilian life. The process won’t be completely straightforward, but Hank is just happy to be with parents and younger sister again. When he meets his sister’s special education teacher, Reed Bayless, Hank finds himself drawn to the man’s gentle nature and natural compassion.
Reed’s focus has always been the children he teaches and giving them the care and support they need to be successful. Meeting Hank means a chance at love and something long lasting. But the military isn’t quite done with Hank and the realities of his job will challenge his budding relationship with Reed. Not to mention both men will have to work on their communication skills if they want to achieve their happily ever after.
Ranger Hank has its high points and low, but is ultimately a sweet and average love story about two men who truly care about the people in their lives.
Reed and Hank are both compelling characters. I wouldn’t call them completely developed, but they do have definition. They have a good on page chemistry and tend to work better as a couple than they do individuals. I would have liked a deeper exploration of Hank’s transition back into civilian life and his PTSD. I think this would have just added to his character and his growth throughout the book. It’s mentioned, but I don’t think it’s really given the time it deserves given the seriousness of the subject.
When I say that Ranger Hank is sweet, I mean sweet to the point it’s dripping saccharine. There were times it was just too wholesome and aw shucks for my tastes and only because it didn’t read as believable. Some readers are going to love the sweet factor, so I accept it might have been an issue for me alone. There’s also a side story involving Hank and his work in the military that is frankly bonkers. It doesn’t make much sense and, while I suspect it was added to give the story a bit of drama, it breaks up the otherwise strong pacing and grinds the story to a halt. I’m not sure it actually adds anything to Hank’s character or the overall plot beyond dropping some hints towards future books in the series.
Ranger Hank had two kind protagonists and several strong secondary characters and, as a romance, it works well enough. It does lean towards being a syrupy read and at times the main plot doesn’t always integrate well with the side story. But if you enjoy warm romances, this one might be worth checking out.