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“Jacob is your son.” A thrilling new Top Secret Deliveries story Army ranger Kyle Benning never expected to live again…or have a family. When he was believed dead in an explosion, Nicole Shelton gave birth to Kyle’s baby. Now she’s a widow and a prime suspect in a murder case! Everything Kyle once knew is as dangerous as a war zone, but he battles trauma and a killer to “Jacob is your son.” A thrilling new Top Secret Deliveries story Army ranger Kyle Benning never expected to live again…or have a family. When he was believed dead in an explosion, Nicole Shelton gave birth to Kyle’s baby. Now she’s a widow and a prime suspect in a murder case! Everything Kyle once knew is as dangerous as a war zone, but he battles trauma and a killer to rescue the woman he still loves.


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“Jacob is your son.” A thrilling new Top Secret Deliveries story Army ranger Kyle Benning never expected to live again…or have a family. When he was believed dead in an explosion, Nicole Shelton gave birth to Kyle’s baby. Now she’s a widow and a prime suspect in a murder case! Everything Kyle once knew is as dangerous as a war zone, but he battles trauma and a killer to “Jacob is your son.” A thrilling new Top Secret Deliveries story Army ranger Kyle Benning never expected to live again…or have a family. When he was believed dead in an explosion, Nicole Shelton gave birth to Kyle’s baby. Now she’s a widow and a prime suspect in a murder case! Everything Kyle once knew is as dangerous as a war zone, but he battles trauma and a killer to rescue the woman he still loves.

30 review for The Texas Soldier's Son: A Military Romantic Suspense Novel (Top Secret Deliveries Book 7)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donna Repsher

    The blurb about this novel intrigued me, an injured vet with PTSD returning to his small hometown after one year in Afghanistan, hoping to reunite with the girl he left behind, the girl who promised to wait and that she'd love him forever, only to learn that not only is she married, she has a baby son too. What he doesn't know but soon learns is that due to a dog tag mix-up after the IED explosion that killed his friends and left him burned over 70% of his body, he's been presumed dead. While Ky The blurb about this novel intrigued me, an injured vet with PTSD returning to his small hometown after one year in Afghanistan, hoping to reunite with the girl he left behind, the girl who promised to wait and that she'd love him forever, only to learn that not only is she married, she has a baby son too. What he doesn't know but soon learns is that due to a dog tag mix-up after the IED explosion that killed his friends and left him burned over 70% of his body, he's been presumed dead. While Kyle spent months in a coma and more months in rehabilitation, the girl he left behind had her own crisis to face. After Kyle deployed, and after learning of his death, Nicole was devastated and also pregnant with his child. Her ultra-conservative, church-going and self-absorbed parents never liked Kyle to begin with, and when she announced her pregnancy they gave her an ultimatum--get kicked out onto the street with no money, no place to go and no parental support, or, since they didn't want her pregnancy to ruin their image and standing in the community, marry a man of their choice, a man who'd been obsessed with her since high school. Sadly, she chose the latter option, only to find herself married to a physically and emotionally abusive, controlling drunk and drug abuser, who kept her a virtual prisoner in her own home, and slowly but surely alienated her from her friends and family, only to use her as his own personal punching bag. Nicole had been ferreting away money to enable her to run away with her son. She's shocked when she gets a phone call telling her that her husband dropped dead at work, and even more shocked when she later finds out that the heart attack everyone thought he had wasn't the cause of death--his autopsy indicated that he'd been poisoned. His parents, especially his mother, blames Nicole, and she's high on the list of suspects. When Kyle shows up at her door, angry and feeling betrayed by her, she's thrilled to learn that he's alive, but the Kyle she loved a year ago is gone, and she barely recognized the angry, and betrayed ex-Ranger who shows up at her door. When she tells him that the baby is his son, he doesn't believe her, thinking she's a lying, cheating bitch, who only waited a month after his supposed death to marry someone else. What follows is quite an intense read about how these two former lovers try to deal with the situation they find themselves in, Kyle's doubts and his PTSD, and when a series of break-ins at Nicole's house and even a house fire meant to kill her and her infant son occur, the proverbial plot thickens. There are certainly plenty of suspects, and plenty of nasty allegations against Nicole by her in-laws, and it's certainly quite a whodunit. My issues with this book and the reason for giving it only a 3-star rating have to do with the set-up of facts in this novel. First, I was bothered by Kyle's aversion to seeking help for his PTSD--and his stating that Army Rangers do not get PTSD, and whatever he's dealing with he can fix it himself. PTSD isn't something anyone just gets over. How do I know? I've been married to a Vietnam veteran with PTSD for over 40 years, who wasn't officially diagnosed for the first 30 years of our marriage. But that was more than 40 years ago, and we know a lot more about PTSD and its dangers now, and we know that every single day, 22 veterans commit suicide, so dismissing it just seemed wrong to me. Something else kept bothering me as well. We've been told that Kyle suffered burns over 70% of his body, and with burns as severe as his, infection usually sets in, often resulting in death. So aside from his near miraculous survival, when Kyle and Nicole resume their sexual relationship, not one word is mentioned about Kyle's scars. We're told he had skin grafts, but even with skin grafts, his scars after such horrific burns would certainly have been extensive and clearly visible, and yet, as Nicole admires Kyle's body, she never says a word about them? That stretched my willing suspension of disbelief a bit too far. Further, as Kyle and Nicole give in to the chemistry between them and begin to resume their sexual relationship, no mention is made of birth control, and even though when Nicole discovers that her deceased husband was unfaithful and she mentions that she should be tested for STDs, the use of a condom for birth control and safe sex aren't even mentioned--another problem for this reader. While I liked this novel for being well-written, well-plotted, and for the issues it covered, i.e., domestic abuse, PTSD, a surprise baby, infidelity, and murder, the issues I mentioned kept cropping up and kept me from truly getting lost in this story. It's not a bad read, but it did have its flaws. I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    💋Meme Chanell Book Corner💋

    Kyle believed to be dead after a mixup with his dog tags. Nicole did the only thing she could for her unborn child marry an abusive man she did not love, and store away money to escape when she could. Nicole promised to wait for Kyle but she found herself pregnant, her fiancé dead and her parents threatened her to marry a man she did not care for. Kyle believed to be dead was in a coma after suffering an ied explosion. The thought of Nicole brought him through these had times. When he finally gets Kyle believed to be dead after a mixup with his dog tags. Nicole did the only thing she could for her unborn child marry an abusive man she did not love, and store away money to escape when she could. Nicole promised to wait for Kyle but she found herself pregnant, her fiancé dead and her parents threatened her to marry a man she did not care for. Kyle believed to be dead was in a coma after suffering an ied explosion. The thought of Nicole brought him through these had times. When he finally gets home and finds Nicole married to another man with a child. He believes she never really cared for him. Nicole’s parents truly did hate him and were very prominent in their church. When Kyle finds out he has a son he can’t trust Nicole but he wants to be in his sons life. When Nicole’s life is in danger he steps up to protect her even when he is battling his own demons with ptsd without any help. You feel for Nicole and Kyle. They both are having a hard time and Kyle realizes Nicole’s life was not as good as he thought it was. He still loves her and wanted a family with her a year ago, but he has changed and so has Nicole. This story you wonder whom is trying to harm Nicole is it her parents or is it her in laws or is it someone from her deceased husband’s secret life. Things are even worst since all of this is occurring in a small town with everyone in their business. I liked this story but I’d didn’t seem finished to me I so wanted an epilogue to follow up with what happened. I also wanted to know more about her parents and why they were so old fashioned in their views.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    This heartbreaking suspense had me constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Kyle was lucky to be alive after the horrific injuries he sustained in Afghanistan. When he finally came out of the coma and was well enough to go home, he couldn't wait to see his girlfriend, Nicole. She had promised to wait for him and love him forever. Thinking of her was the one thing that kept him going when he was at war. You can imagine how devastated he was when he got back, to find out she had gotten This heartbreaking suspense had me constantly wondering what was going to happen next. Kyle was lucky to be alive after the horrific injuries he sustained in Afghanistan. When he finally came out of the coma and was well enough to go home, he couldn't wait to see his girlfriend, Nicole. She had promised to wait for him and love him forever. Thinking of her was the one thing that kept him going when he was at war. You can imagine how devastated he was when he got back, to find out she had gotten married and had a baby! He eventually understood that she had been told he had died so, because she was pregnant, she had no choice but to marry a man she didn't love. Big mistake. He was abusive to her and not well liked by anyone. When that man was murdered, Nicole was the prime suspect. But there were so many others who didn't like him that the suspect list was pretty long. This story follows Kyle and Nicole through many difficult situations and gave us lots of questions. Who killed Nicole's husband, who was trying to kill her and why is her mother-in-law so nasty? While I enjoyed this book there were some things that bothered me. Such as the abuse Nicole put up with from her husband and Kyle's attitude toward his PTSD. Army Rangers don't get PTSD? Pulease. I was surprised there wasn't any mention about the burn scars Kyle had. Any woman would have noticed and commented on them My rating is 3.5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frankie

    Received an advanced copy for honest review. Unfortunately I loathed the pathetic & weak heroine so the story was ruined for me.... Heroine married someone else quickly after being told that the man she loved (Hero) had died in the war (only he didn't. He was badly hurt & in a coma for months). The stupid & weak heroine only married OM because she was pregnant with Hero's baby and didn't want to "shame" her family & because she was "broke". She felt that had she not married the dude, her family w Received an advanced copy for honest review. Unfortunately I loathed the pathetic & weak heroine so the story was ruined for me.... Heroine married someone else quickly after being told that the man she loved (Hero) had died in the war (only he didn't. He was badly hurt & in a coma for months). The stupid & weak heroine only married OM because she was pregnant with Hero's baby and didn't want to "shame" her family & because she was "broke". She felt that had she not married the dude, her family would force her to abort her baby, so the spineless idiot married him and he abused her and forced her to have sex anywhere & anytime he wanted. When he turns up dead, she is accused of his murder. Hero comes back to learn she married someone else & had a baby with him very quickly after he was presumed dead. It's later on that he finds out that the baby is his but he is hurt at her betrayal and on it went... I felt sorry for the poor Hero. He should have kicked the spineless heroine to the curb. Gave up at 15%. Story was just too boring for me...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Figueroa

    Kyle was deemed dead while on duty as a Army Ranger and was mistakenly thought a different person when his body was found and was in a coma recovering. Nicole is the women he left behind pregnant with his child. She's now married and when her husband is found dead she is suspect #1 and Kyle is now back from the dead that same day. While they try to find out who her killer is drama unfolds and Kyle is there to help her out while she gets everything in order. It's beyond me why I've come across neg Kyle was deemed dead while on duty as a Army Ranger and was mistakenly thought a different person when his body was found and was in a coma recovering. Nicole is the women he left behind pregnant with his child. She's now married and when her husband is found dead she is suspect #1 and Kyle is now back from the dead that same day. While they try to find out who her killer is drama unfolds and Kyle is there to help her out while she gets everything in order. It's beyond me why I've come across negative reviews about this book when it's actually pretty good. Don't let the reviews change your opinion of this book! I was a bit skeptical when I saw them myself. After getting into this book I just couldn't stop. I spent most of my morning binge reading this book. If you like a good old mystery, with loads of drama and small town gossip then you just might find yourself enjoying this book as much as I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The Texas Soldier's Son by Karen Whiddon. Top Secret Deliveries. Army Ranger Kyle Benning was shot while in the service. He was in a coma and then in rehab. He was gone over a year. He left his girlfriend, Nicole Shelton, at home. The town got word that Kyle was killed. Nicole was pregnant with Kyle's baby. Her parents would not help her. She married a man who was very rich. He new the child wasn't his. He was into drugs and had affairs and hit his wife after he has been drinking. He wouldn't to The Texas Soldier's Son by Karen Whiddon. Top Secret Deliveries. Army Ranger Kyle Benning was shot while in the service. He was in a coma and then in rehab. He was gone over a year. He left his girlfriend, Nicole Shelton, at home. The town got word that Kyle was killed. Nicole was pregnant with Kyle's baby. Her parents would not help her. She married a man who was very rich. He new the child wasn't his. He was into drugs and had affairs and hit his wife after he has been drinking. He wouldn't touch the baby. Someone ended up killing him. His parents want her out of the house and say she killed him. Kyle returns home and not happy Nicole married someone else and had his child. He finds out the truth. Kyle is having problems after being in the war. A very good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Part of the Top Secret Deliveries series, in which Nicole Shelton has one of several disasters befall her, some as part of her backstory, others that follow the poisoning death of her abusive husband. Is she the one who did him in? No, then who did? The first of many questions, including who takes a shot at her, who sets her house on fire? Why does her mother-in-law try to kidnap the baby fathered by Army ranger Kyle Benning, recently come to town after getting out of the hospital and ending his Part of the Top Secret Deliveries series, in which Nicole Shelton has one of several disasters befall her, some as part of her backstory, others that follow the poisoning death of her abusive husband. Is she the one who did him in? No, then who did? The first of many questions, including who takes a shot at her, who sets her house on fire? Why does her mother-in-law try to kidnap the baby fathered by Army ranger Kyle Benning, recently come to town after getting out of the hospital and ending his Army career? With all this going on, is it a wonder that Nicole deserves a happy ending? She gets it--finally--but not before all those questions are answered. Whew!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Debra Reeves

    The soldiers son I enjoyed reading about Kyle's and Nichol's life. She was told that he had got killed. When Kyle gets out of hospital he goes back home. Only to find out Nichol's married and has a don The soldiers son I enjoyed reading about Kyle's and Nichol's life. She was told that he had got killed. When Kyle gets out of hospital he goes back home. Only to find out Nichol's married and has a don

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    3.85

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Rupp

    Good story!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Coral

    Plot: 3/5 Characterisation: 3/5 Prose: 4/5 How much I enjoyed it: 3/5

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cindy E Watts

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Van Buskirk

  15. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Brookes

  17. 4 out of 5

    amber snyder

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  19. 4 out of 5

    rhonda estep

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Melling

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stephens

  23. 5 out of 5

    Linda Straub

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve Sisler

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Connie Richhary

  28. 4 out of 5

    elaine bucci

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Meh.... 2.5 stars. Found myself skimming pages because the relationship between the H/h and with other characters as well as the events/incidents that occur in the story were too simplistic. Conflicts appeared to be easily resolved, and investigative questions easily answered. I didn’t dislike the book, but......

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