Fighting For Valor

Fighting For Valor

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Series: Away From Keyboard (#6)

Tropes: Damaged Hero, Brainwashing, Mental Health, Secret Identity, Government Cover-up, Found Family

val·orgreat bravery in the face of danger, especially in battle

I was trained to protect the innocent, free the oppressed. Then I lost everything. My team. My honor. Even my name. Six years of brainwashing and torture made me forget all of it.

But my team—my brothers—came back for me. Helped me remember who I was. Now I’m trying to rebuild something resembling a life from pieces too broken to fit back together. Until one night, a woman rescues me from a nightmare. A woman who gives me a shot at reclaiming who I was.

All it took was one overheard conversation to turn me from a nobody JSOC chef with a broken brain into a fugitive. If anyone recognizes me—or if Seattle’s black market for my meds dries up—I’m dead.

Then I find 
him. Deep-blue eyes. Gruff, but sweet. So haunted by his past, he can’t sleep unless he’s out in the open. Together, maybe we can fill the holes in each other’s souls. If my secrets don’t catch up with me—and tear everything apart.

WARNING: This book contains scenes of torture and implied sexual violence that may be disturbing to sensitive readers.


All books in the Away From Keyboard series are standalones, but past characters make appearances in later books!

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Kaitlyn Myers
Ripper & Cara May Be My Favorite Couple Yet!

Ripper and Cara form an instant connection, that helps both of them deal with anxiety and PTSD. But, their connection goes back farther than they think... When the truth comes out, can Ripper overcome his demons and help save Cara from men who are out to kill her? Can the two of them place trust in the rest of the Away From Keyboard characters to make it out alive?

Also, I have to give a minute for Charlie, the best German Shepard EVER! He is truly a main character in this story and I loved when Charlie tagged along for every mission.

Ripper is one of the most complex guys in the Away From Keyboard series. I loved living in his past at the start of the novel, and then watching him adjust back to life in the US. He interconnects flawlessly with Ryker and Dax, and their brotherhood is heartbreakingly beautiful. Which is what all of Patricia Eddy's characters represent; beautifully broken people!


I absolutely loved this book! It made me feel so many emotions. I cried a few times and was very happy when Ripper met Charlie the dog.

Ripper is a very beautifully broken man. He can’t cope after being for more than six years in hell. Until he meets Cara. She understands him like no other. He is ready to protect her no matter what. Cara is so understanding and considerate towards Rip. Their chemistry is so good. Charlie is the best dog ever.

Overall I loved this book very much. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense then you should definitely read this novel.

I just can't stop reading

Ok, I thought for sure no one in this series would take Ryker's place as my favorite...and yet in sweeps Ripper and Cara and their beautiful story. Once again the combination of world building, characters, action and a bit of spice I just can't stop reading this series.

Even though each book can stand on it's one, the connections from one book to the next and so much fun and make each story feel deeper and complete.

My heart was shattered and repaired with Rip’s story.

This book was awesome. My heart more than broke, it was shattered for Richard “Rip” Jackson. His story starts with Ryker (On His Six) and Dax (Second Sight) but takes a dramatic and heart-wrenching turn. I wept for his loss of self and everything else. I rooted for his salvation and retribution. I cheered when his team showed up for him and again when he and Cara met. Cara is a chef who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and heard the wrong people talking. She’s capable of surviving and taking care of herself but is running from those who can find her anywhere.

I loved how she and Dax met and got to know each other. I love the sense of family between the brothers-in-arms and their women. How they don’t give up on each other and show up when needed (even if not asked). I loved that Rip and Charle, the German Shepherd, found each other to help heal. I loved the twists and turns in this story and how it wove into the previous stories in this series. While you can read this as a stand-alone and love it. To truly get the deepest meaning you’ll want to read Ryker and Dax’s stories too. I was so caught up in the story, I could stop reading until I was done. Then, I wanted more of them. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I’m looking forward to more about these characters and others in this series.


Audiobook Review:

Aiden Snow as Ripper (and Ryker, and Dax) and Grace Grant as Cara truly brought this emotional journey to life.

I've read and loved this book several times, and it's so much more than Ripper's story - it's a story of the healing that he, Ry and Dax find in truly saving one another. Never backing down from the heartache. Finding beauty in what's broken.

These two narrators capture every moment of the suspense that Patricia Eddy writes so well, and I'd highly recommend letting yourself escape, not only into this book, but into the series as a whole. The steam, the action, and the love - within couples, yes, but within this tight-knit family of special forces and tech geniuses - is so uplifting and enchanting that you'll want to get lost time and time again.

Original review:

I am so emotionally spent right now. This book was so much more than I was expecting when we learned that Ripper was alive at the end of the last book. I was also pleasantly surprised that we saw other POVs in this story, because Ripper's redemption truly felt like it was so intertwined with Dax and Ry that we needed to see inside their heads too. (Plus, Ry's still my #1, so I'm always happy to see more of him!)

Every time a new book in this series is released, I go back and read them all from the beginning. Each time, I come away just utterly amazed at the flaws, strength and beauty woven into each of the characters Eddy creates. This book had me on the edge of my seat (and, admittedly in tears for a great deal of it) from start to finish, and I cannot wait for the next story she shares with us.