True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes, Book 1)

by Dee Henderson

Paperback, 2000



Call number



Multnomah Books (2000), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages

Original publication date



Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. HTML:Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of loving a warrior; she has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe "Bear" Baker can't ask her to accept that risk againā??even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband's death is back; closer than either of them realize. Kelly is in danger, and Joe may not get there in time. Uncommon Heroes: Welcome to a world where friendships go deep, loyalties stand strong, and uncommon heroes perform the toughest jobs in the world. Dee Henderson's military romance series provides a detailed passage into the world of the military and homeland heroes, and those they lo


Christy Awards (Nominee — Romance — 2001)


Original language



1576736202 / 9781576736203

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LibraryThing member love2readnovels
This was my first book by Dee Henderson and I am hooked. What a gift of writing she has. This story had it all. Romance, action, suspense and faith. She makes you feel like you are there. You fall in love with Joe and Kelly. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the other 3 in
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this series.
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LibraryThing member pkb
EXCELLENT BOOKS....I've read all four in this series.
LibraryThing member TammyPhillips
I read the first book in the O'Malley series and loved it. True Devotion is excellent as well, but it contained some romance angst that made me like it a little less. I very much enjoy suspense and this story had a lot of it. However, it almost had too much technical description for me. Overall,
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wonderful themes and I love the integration of Joe and Kelly's dependence on the promise of God's character throughout their trials. Dee Henderson has become one of my favorites!
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LibraryThing member Radella
Kelly is a SEAL widow, struggling to hold her life together in the years since her husband's death. She finds comfort in her friendship with Joe, another SEAL who knew her husband well. After a near-fatal accident, Joe and Kelly finally begin to grow as a couple, but fate has something else in
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store. Can their growing romance survive Joe's job and Kelly's fear?
Joe and Kelly are both hurting, and trying to overcome a shared grief in the death of Joe's friend and Kelly's husband. The overwhelming feelings, especially the guilt and anger and loss, are so vivid it's chilling. Joe and Kelly aren't perfect. They struggle with their choices and feelings, trying to do what's best but not always succeeding. How the bad guy is portrayed in a book says a lot about an author. Although I quickly realized who the bad guy was going to be, I found his humanity to be refreshing. He's more than just the stereotypical bad guy, there's more depth to his character. He was also a well planned, well written character, and that made for a refreshing read.
It is a Christian romance, but it's not in-your-face. The characters act on their faith, rather than just proselytizing. While their is some character struggle with the idea of faith and trusting in the Lord throughout hardship, it isn't the main focus of the story. It was almost incidental, and felt completely natural to the story.

A completely enjoyable diversion... I can't wait to read some more!
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LibraryThing member halo776
Kelly is a SEAL widow. Her husband, Nick, died on a "training mission" three years ago. Since then, Joe, Nick's best friend, has become her protector and best friend. Just as Kelly decides it might be time to start dating again--particularly dating Joe--things begin to happen which force her to
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decide whether the risk of being a military widow is worth the chance at love with her best friend. Joe puts his life at risk on a regular basis, but when an international criminal brings Kelly into the middle of a dangerous weapons deal, Kelly's life is the one at risk. As she puts her faith in God and Joe to save her, both Kelly and Joe must fight to put the past behind them.

This was a well-written novel with plenty of adventure and a sweet, tender romance. Dee Henderson takes the reader on a journey to a few SEAL missions that are both exciting and suspenseful and add an adventurous touch to the sweetness of the love story. Joe (aka "Bear") is a true military leader, and the men in his command have the utmost respect for him. Kelly gets to see a different side of his character, and the two halves combine to form a perfect male lead. He is strong and protective, but he's also respectful and patient. Joe and Kelly have a complicated relationship, but their solid foundation sends a message of hope to readers who may be facing their own seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This is a Christian romance done well. The message of hope is woven throughout the story in an easy, effortless style which avoids being "preachy" or awkward. A very enjoyable read!
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I'm almost sure I read this once before, but it must have been before I started an online bookshelf or else the information didn't transfer over from Shelfari. I've read three books in this series. I have to say this one was probably my least favorite of the three from what I remember.

This is a
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combination romance and suspense book. The romance is between Kelly, a widow, and Joe, who was the best friend of Kelly's late husband. The romance occurs 3 years after Kelly's husband's death. The suspense comes from a weapons thief and smuggler. Trying to retrieve something this man stole is when Kelly's husband was killed.

Much as I loved Joe's character, I did get frustrated with him when he decided to break up with Kelly by deciding he knew what was best for her, without ever asking for her input on what he'd decided. I felt they probably could have compromised if they'd just talked things out--and avoided the hurt and heartache that resulted from that process.

I liked that Kelly collected teddy bears to mark special occasions. It reminded me of one of my good friends who used to do the same thing.
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