Book Review: Drive Me Sane by Dena Rogers

Drive-Me-Sane-CoverUnable to perform her duties in the army after a twelve-month deployment to Afghanistan that leaves her with scars no one can see, Sera Cavins returns to her hometown hoping that some time alone will help her find her way back to being the girl everyone once knew. That is, until she finds herself sharing a house with the man who left her heartbroken merely weeks before her deployment.

Tyler Creech made it to Nashville and even earned a number one hit, but being a rising country music artist isn’t as easy as he thought. He’s back in Cobb City, Kentucky, looking for something to ease the stress of his next release. He discovers it standing on his mom’s and stepdad’s lawn when Sera, the girl he once planned to marry, shows up.

They’d been perfect for each other, until the strain of Sera’s deployment and pressure of Tyler’s career drove them apart. Now with neither of their lives going the way they anticipated, both are fighting different yet similar demons.

But change is good, and sometimes going a little crazy is too. Sometimes it’s what keeps you sane.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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Drive Me Sane is certainly not typical of your average ‘second chance romance’ trope. Both of the main characters are dealing with their fair share of problems but it’s the female protagonist, Sera, who is battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that really tugged on the heart strings. How easy it would have been for the author to largely ignore or skim over the lasting effects of this illness, but she didn’t. Dena Rogers tackles the subject beautifully, providing no ‘quick-fix’ or miraculous recovery. Drive Me Sane is realistic and does an exceptional job of highlighting how devastating PTSD can be.

The characters of Sera and Tyler are well developed and the chemistry they share is so much more than that of past lovers. Tyler really cares for Sera and his compassion toward her left tear streaks on my face.

“I never wanted it easy. Easy get’s boring.”

She looked down at her hands.

He continued. “You kept me on my toes. Every minute I ever spent with you was worth it. Yes, sometimes you can be a pain in the ass, but with you, I never for a moment doubted that you loved me.”

The love that they shared never faded and the road they take to rekindle what they once lost had me intrigued, wanting to know what would happen next. Sera is traumatized and, as such, she finds it difficult to communicate, however Tyler remains patient and sympathetic but he also has the career of his dreams to worry about – a career that will take him away from Sera.

As a debut novel, Dena Rogers has a lot to be proud of. Her vivid detail, sensitivity and stellar writing resulted in a book I thoroughly enjoyed. The outstanding storytelling mixed in with solid dialogue makes this review an easy one.

An Unequivocal 5/5

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