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Can love heal all wounds? Lucas Mitchell returned from Iraq a bitter, changed man, wracked with guilt over his friend's death. He buys an ancient mansion and deals with his injuries and grief by restoring his new home and rehabilitating retired racehorses. Joy Kovacs falls in love with Lucas at first sight. Descended from gypsies who are still influenced by the lingering eCan love heal all wounds? Lucas Mitchell returned from Iraq a bitter, changed man, wracked with guilt over his friend's death. He buys an ancient mansion and deals with his injuries and grief by restoring his new home and rehabilitating retired racehorses. Joy Kovacs falls in love with Lucas at first sight. Descended from gypsies who are still influenced by the lingering effects of the Holocaust, her family follows the traditional ways. A husband has already been selected for her, and her father insists she work at their ethnic restaurant. But Joy wants to use her talent and be an artist, and she wants no one but Lucas.How can Joy find a way to help Lucas break out of his prison of grief? Although they've committed their hearts to each other, can the growing love and passion between Lucas and Joy survive her family's insistence that she marry within her culture?...

Title : All the Right Reasons
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All the Right Reasons Reviews

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2019-05-22 01:47

    All The Right Reasons is book three in the Damaged Heroes series by Sandy James. This book is being re-released on May 9. Lucas Mitchell is home from Iraq but he is a changed man. Not only does he bear the scars on his body, but inside as well. He lost his best friend in the explosion and he suffers the guilt every single day. His brother Brian, and his friend Seth have helped him reacclimate back into society but he still suffers daily from PTSD. Lucas bought a huge older house that just seemed to call to him. It needs a lot of work but he can see the beauty just waiting to be revealed. The property has plenty of room for a big barn as well so he can start boarding and rehabilitating horses. Jozsa Kovacs or Joy is a Hungarian gypsy. Her family is strict with the traditions of their heritage and expect Joy to follow through with what is expected from her. They want her to marry someone of their own kind, someone they have already chosen, to keep the traditions alive. She and her brother work at a restaurant her parents own and are expected to take it over. Joy has other ideas for her life, though. First, she is a talented artist and wants nothing more than to pursue her art. Joy happened on the old house and felt it calling to her as well. She visited a nearby perch on a hill and did sketch after sketch of what she thought of as “her” house. Then, she saw Lucas, and she knew, it wasn’t her house, it was their house. He was her mate, the man she was destined to love, and to share this house with.“She could save him, would save him. Joy is life. Joy is home.”When Joy and Lucas finally meet, the attraction is immediate and intense. But Lucas knows he’s broken. That Joy deserves so much more. When she’s with him, though, he feels better, he feels happier, he just feels. He knows he should leave her alone, but he can’t. He needs her.“He had given her everything – body, heart, and soul. And in return, she had given him life.”This was such a lovely book. Joy was such a beautiful soul. Her gypsy heart knew that Lucas was the man she was destined to marry. But she was forced to carry such guilt for not following the plan her father had laid for her. She had her father’s stubbornness, though, and she held fast to what she knew was her destiny. Lucas was such a tortured soul. I loved watching him come back to life a little bit more every day with Joy at his side. I also loved getting lots of Seth and Katie from the first book. This is a story of how love, true love, has to overcome so many obstacles, but Joy’s gypsy heart knew that he was hers and she was his, and that they were destined to grow old together in “their” house.

  • Jen_C
    2019-05-07 00:42

    Former military man with PTSD & scars now involved with horse racing and an artist/gypsy who's family won't accept him because he is not one of their people. The romance was great but the rest of the story was boringly detailed about her culture and the horse cart racing stuff to me. Hated the language too.Sample quotes:“It’s all right, Szivem.” “What does that mean, Jozsa? You keep calling me Szivem. What does it mean?” She felt herself blush, but she stared up into his eyes and replied, “It’s Hungarian. It’s like saying ‘my love.’ The wind whispered that word to me the first time I saw you.” The gaze they shared was so intense, Joy was amazed the sensations weren’t visible, crackling between their bodies like lightning. Oh, yes. He feels it too. Lucas’s need of her suddenly rushed through her veins like lifeblood, and the fear and begging in his eyes tugged at her heart and soul. He wanted her. He needed her. And he would have her. Acceptance settled on her, giving her peace and courage. Lucas was hers. Always had been. Always would be. And she instinctively knew what he needed from her at that moment.“Go on. Leave, gadjo. No one wants you here.” Tamas gave Lucas a hard push between the shoulder blades. Lucas had more than reached his fill. With a loud snarl, he spun around, grabbed Tamas’s shirt in both hands, and slammed him against the wall, knocking over a small table full of magazines in the process. “I should beat the shit out of you for hurting Joy.” “She,” Tamas squeaked out. “I love her!” It was taking every ounce of Lucas’s self-control not to take a swing at him and take out all his pain and anger and frustration on a very deserving Tamas. “She could...never You’ve destroyed...her life. She can never marry a...a gadjo.” “I didn’t destroy her family. I didn’t make her father sick.” Gypsies had been hated and persecuted for who they were since the dawn of their race. Now, the gypsies of her family were the persecutors, hating Lucas just because of what he was. Or what he wasn’t. They’d become the people they had abhorred, and they were proud of it. Like“How dare you! How dare you try to choose what I do with my life!” Tamas had the temerity to speak. “I love you, Jozsa. Not him, me.” She hauled back and slapped his cheek with her open palm. “You hypocrite!” She spat the words. “You don’t know what love is. You thought nothing of trying to force yourself on me to show” “What?” Janos bellowed. “He what?” He took a threatening step toward Tamas who retreated one in response. “That’s what you were trying to tell me.” Janos’s eyes flashed lethal intentions. “You son of a—” “No!” Illona shouted. “No more. There will be no more.” She turned to her daughter. “Make your choice, Jozsa. Bela won’t allow you to marry outside the circle. Ever. God help us all, but you must make your choice.” Then Joy knew they would never understand. Never. “I already did. I chose the moment I met Lucas.” “He attacked Jozsa. Tried to force himself on her.” Their response was stoic silence. Not one of them moved to offer retribution for what Tamas had done to her. Just a damn wall of stubborn Hungarians. He’d seen enough. No wonder his baby sister had never shared any of her news with them or told them about her move to Lucas’s house and the baby she carried. “You should all be ashamed of yourselves. You drove her away.” Janos let his gaze settle on each of the family members, hoping they saw the condemnation in his eyes. “All of you. You and your goddamn Romungro nonsense drove her away.” “She chose against the family,” Jakob replied, sounding so much like Bela it almost made Janos wince. “She fell in love, you dumbass. All she did was fall in love.” He glared down Tamas who still sat on the floor. “You’d choose that pathetic piece of slime over your own sister?” He shifted his gaze back to his four older brothers. “You should all be ashamed. Your own sister. And you drove her away. I’m going with Jozsa. Keep your restaurant. Keep your pure bloodlines. Keep your goddamn pride. Until you accept her, until you accept that she loves Lucas, then I’m out of the circle too.”

  • Jeanie
    2019-04-28 23:01

    I just finished this last night and have so say I thouroughly enjoyed the characters of Lucas and Joy. They both were searching to "find" themselves in a way and escape their realities. I loved Joy's Gypsy background and strong sense of Family. When she sets eyes on Lucas, she knows he will be the ONE some day. With her Gypsy family Issues and Lucas' issues from Iraq they end up complimenting each other and helping to hear. I LOVED it! Thanks for making me a FIRST READ winner!

  • Angie H.
    2019-05-03 23:51

    Great book.

  • Delta
    2019-04-30 00:02

    Free 08-30-15 (Contemp Romance, soldier)

  • Val Pearson
    2019-05-12 01:04

    Lucas Mitchell was a complex character who had emotionally given up after losing his buddy on his tour in Iraq. Joy was the woman that could save him when no one else could. The relationship between Lucas and Joy was one unlike any I have read so far. Being a Gypsy, Joy could sense what Lucas needed. In subtle ways, Lucas would be able to sense what Joy wanted and needed. To add to this intriguing plot line, the Romungro culture is steeped in tradition and Joy's family would not let Lucas join their tight circle as he was not of full Romungro ancestry. Joy had to choose and one way or another, would let someone down. Would it be her closely knit family or the love of her life? The addition of the villain, Tamas, was priceless. I anxiously delved into this book anticipating the third book of the Damaged Hero's series. The other two books in the series were amazing and All the Right Reasons did not disappoint. I was in for a shock when I cracked open the book. It was extremely hard to put down. All the Right Reasons evoked unexpected emotions in me. I felt a part of Joy and Lucas' lives and the pain in my heart ached for Lucas and the issues he was dealing with. The guilt he was carrying around was almost suffocating at times. It was truly phenomenal how Ms. James was able to so accurately depict how a soldier would feel in such a situation. All the Right Reasons was a multilayered, emotionally gripping story of the guilt of a soldier, the love of family, and just trying find closure. All the Right Reasons is laced with humor and oh my gosh, you have got to read the bachelor party scene, I laughed so hard. Joy and Lucas are my favorite couple in this series so far. I know I say this after each and every book but the characters truly get better with each book.Ms. James has once again gone above and beyond and delivered an exceptional well written, well rounded, touching love story with deep meaning. I can't recommend this book enough. I can promise that anyone who is not a fan of Ms. James yet, will most certainly be by the end of this book. I am anxious to read the fourth book in the Damaged Hero's series, Faith of the Heart. I am listing all the books so far in this series because, trust me, you will want to read them all. Although they can all be read as a stand alone book, you WILL want to read the entire series.Murphys Law (Book 1)Free Falling (Book 2)All the Right Reasons (Book 3)Faith of the Heart (Book 4)

  • Kayla
    2019-05-08 00:36

    All The Right Reasons is Sandy James' 3rd book in her Damaged Heros series. The book tells the story of a man named Lucas who comes home from fighting in Iraq. The war has changed Lucas though. He comes home from fighting bitter and guilty over his friend's death in Iraq. In order to deal with his pain, Lucas decides to buy an old mansion and fix it up, as well as fix up a few retired racehorses. Now, what girl doesn't fall for a broken man? We all want to be the one who fixes them, right? Well, Joy must have had the same idea. She falls for Lucas, but is that a good thing? Joy's family is a very traditional group of gypsy desendents. Because of this, her family has chosen a husband for Joy, a man who is not Lucas. Being forced to not follow your own dreams and will doesn't really fit any girl's agenda, including Joy. Joy wants to help this man she has fallen for, and she wants him to help her right back. Help her to get out of her parent's marriage idea. The book was very cute and an overall good read! I will definetly be telling my friends about this book!

  • K.A. Jordan
    2019-05-16 21:57

    This book hit all my 'goodie' buttons. A gypsy girl, a wounded warrior, horses, a big old house and a disfunctional family! The conflict that Joy feels as she falls in love with an 'outsider' felt real to me. The icing was the fact that it's a well-written book, with few typos or formatting glitches. I like that the love scenes weren't graphic - and the characters had feelings for each other long before they ended up in the bedroom.While this book is the third in the series, it stands alone very well. The secondary characters make me want to get my hands on the rest of the series. I will put Sandy James on my wish list from now on.

  • Judith
    2019-05-21 00:42

    One of those wonderful tales that grabs your heart strings and won't let go. A very damaged Iraq veteran encounters a petite and winsome Gypsy named Joy, an artist who is "drawn" to an old Victorian mansion, one that is a reminder of the Money Pit kind of house. Their story is one of healing, of coming to terms with one's own destiny, about dealing with the claims others have on one's life, one the power of love to make someone whole. It is a wonderful love story but there is so much going on in this book. I couldn't put it down and it is one I will re-read often, I think.

  • Fina Kasea
    2019-05-18 00:53

    This was great read. Not only did it have the heart felt, romantic, sexual attraction between the hero and heroine. It dove into issues like PTSD, Survivors remorse, and racial preference in a couple. Joy is a great heroine smart and feisty and i loved Lucas bc he was just amount of badass but not an alpha to the point of being a dick- I loved how he chose to win her family over respectfully:) I could so relate

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-05-04 22:39

    I liked this a lot, this was mostly sweet (but still had a touch of steam) Joy was just the right person to help to heal the damaged Lucas. I loved both of these characters, and didn't mind the gentle pace of the story. This is actually book 3 (I think) and even thought there was a sense that several of the other pairs in the supporting cast had a story, it was no problem to start here.

  • NMNL7
    2019-04-24 01:55

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  • Jacqueline
    2019-05-21 00:39

    Loved it.

  • Barbara
    2019-04-22 01:45

    An intriguing look at internal turmoil and outside pressures.

  • Sharon Morris Marks
    2019-04-25 19:39

    I loved this book. the characters were believeable and had you laughing with them and crying too.

  • Charnel
    2019-05-13 01:55

    A really good read. I'm excited about reading book 1 & 2 in the series. The characters drew me in from the very beginning.

  • Mya
    2019-05-13 03:57

    4.5 really kinda long

  • Kim Mcjunkins
    2019-04-22 01:58

    Wow what a great story!

  • Marcie Oropeza
    2019-05-10 22:48

    What a sweet book! I learned quite a bit about Hungarian gypsy customs, certain types of horse racing and it had a great ending! What more could you ask for?

  • Victoria
    2019-05-14 03:40

    Is a great book to read

  • TJ
    2019-05-13 02:35

    Good book. Loved the unconventional heroine! She was a perfect march for a wounded hero! There isn't much history about gypsies and there were some enlightening moments within the story.

  • Mildred Bromberg
    2019-04-26 01:45

    I enjoyed this book. Not only is it a love story, but it has something to say about the young men returning from Iraq.

  • Diana
    2019-04-22 01:51

    Terrible almost 1300 pages of nothing.

  • Donna
    2019-05-14 01:56

    All I am going to say about this one is that it is a great read. I enjoyed it tremendously.

  • Rita
    2019-05-03 23:53

    This book was a slow starter and I was not sure I would finish it. I did however and I'm glad because I learned some interesting things about the Gypsy culture.

  • Amanda Chalifoux
    2019-04-27 23:36

    Love this book!

  • Jenni Shaw-olsen
    2019-04-25 03:43

    My Favorite of the Damaged Heroes series.

  • LilyElement
    2019-05-22 19:59

    All the Right Reasons is book three in the Damaged Heroes series. I've read the other two books in this series so far and love that this one had a diverse main character. I'm all for diversity in books, as long as they're not cliche. While this did have some of those cliche scenes of the family, the main character Joy was well done and I really enjoyed her story.Joy Kovacs works at her family's restaurant but longs to chase her dreams and be an artist. She's at a horse race selling her artwork when she meets Lucas Mitchell and his adorable niece. He commissions a piece for his sister's birthday present and during that time they get to know one another. There's an attraction apparent from the start and I was glad to see them taking it a bit slow. Lucas is dealing with PTSD from his tour in Iraq and really struggling. And while Joy knows Lucas is the right person for her, she's having to deal with the man her father is convinced she should marry (think arranged marriage) and her tight knit family not wanting her to date outside her race. It's an interesting combo, though I have to admit that Joy's family grated on my nerves at times. I was rooting for their relationship throughout the story and was so glad that Joy became friends with Lucas's sister as well as Katie (the main character in book one). It balanced the emotional support since her family wasn't backing her decision.All the Right Reasons is a lovely diverse contemporary romance. The main characters in this one really impressed me. Lucas is such a sweetheart, he's dealing with PTSD and Joy is so patient with him. I feel like a lot of people would expect him to tell his stories of when he was in Iraq or why he has scars and doesn't want to show them, but she lets him go at his own pace. It really felt like there was a good balance between them. Joy's family aspect on the other hand drove me a bit batty but I'm glad that wasn't the entire book. All in all, if you enjoy diverse Contemporary Romances I think you'd love this book.

  • Goddess Of Blah
    2019-05-20 20:00

    SO BORING I QUIT READING. DUMB SH*IT.However, going by what this author has previously written I can see she doesn't write the type of fiction I prefer. There were so many cringe-worthy moments that you will gag. The heroine, Joy, speaks to the elements (she's a gypsy so of course it's normal - all said with a straight face).YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME THICKAnd of course, she goes about making blithe and utterly insouciant comments regarding her wind communicating prowess so that we have "the wind told me you are my love" type of gagging moments (I was tempted to make jokes regarding the type of wind - but I shall be good).SO STUPID IT'S FUNNY.DUMB B*TCH.Lucas, is the type of damaged, annoying, dark and brooding "I'm so sad" hero with "scars on his body, but even deeper scars internally" whom no one can fix - although our heroine surely thinks she's up to the Herculean challenge because the elements told her so. These damaged hero types appear to be the a common theme in chick lit (I blame that 50 shades creep).Lucas is indifferent to her unless he sees her lips and can't resist kissing them. She gets close, and he locks up, she pursues him and they start kissing again. There are additionally, the usual annoying characters such as Seth Ramington. He's this tall, dark, handsome rich dude (playboy billionaire who's a changed man because he met A Girl and Got Married). Apparently, in the author's world, wealthy playboys are pinups for teenagers. Last time I checked it was Justin Beiber, the twilight characters and so forth. I wonder if teens/young women have posters of the Facebook founder? Do mags even create posters for people like that??SO STUPID. DUMB. DUMB. DUMB.There are some grammatical errors but nothing too distracting. I really did want to enjoy the novel as I was keen to read about a gypsy heroine (generally it's the dude who's the protagonist). Anyway, I got bored. It just wasn't for me.

  • LynnMarie
    2019-05-11 23:50

    Lena’s Review Lucas Mitchell is back, but he’s a different person. When he left years ago he was a young man anxious to travel and fight for his country. Yet, like all wars, it changes a person—in Lucas’s case dramatically. Now back in the States, he is trying to lead a normal life. What he doesn’t need is a woman like Joy Kovacs turning his life upside down. Something about Joy makes him want to be alive again but his past comes back to haunt him. As a soldier he knows how to maintain control but whenever he’s near Joy he wants her like a bee finding their honey. Joy is like a breath of fresh air for him and in a way it scares him. The war not only changed him but has made him run away from the past. A past that he knows will never leave him until he faces it again. Can he be the man Joy needs in her life?Joy Kovacs is a gypsy, and because she is one, she must maintain tradition. He father has already selected her betroth but she wants a life of her own. Working in the family restaurant she knows she can never find her real love but fate has made her mind for her. Meeting Lucas she feels that at last she has found her soul mate. She has dreams of him and knows he is the one fate has in store for her. The thing is, he is not a gypsy, but an outsider. Joy has never hurt her family before but something about Lucas makes her want to be with him more than anything. She knows that if she stays with Lucas she loses her loved ones. Yet Joy knows Lucas needs her more than ever to be alive again and find the peace he needs in his life. Can she just leave her family for a man she doesn’t know that much about except in dreams?Part 3 in the Damaged Heroes series is definitely one that will capture your heart. We lose many men in the war but Lucas Mitchell is a survivor who is dying inside each day. He has seen things in the war that have changed him dramatically. Now Sandy did a great job in creating a woman who is just what he needs in life and in his soul. I felt for Lucas for the pain he went through yet root for him in hoping he finds that peace again that he lost in life. The passion between them is bittersweet, yet tender in a way that Sandy did a beautiful job in creating between them. I loved how she brought in a culture that not many people know about, yet in a creative way that made it easier to understand. This is definitely a great book and I can’t wait for more of this series.5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!