Three knocks can change everything…"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.
I was scrolling through Netgalley new books and came across this cover. I was attracted to it and thought it was gorgeous so I clicked the link and loved the blurb. I was so excited when I got my copy that I read it right after it downloaded. I finished it in one day. Why?!
Because... It. Sucks. You. In.
I had opened the door to a fire, and it was poised to decimate my family.
I read that opening and was mesmorized. I was panicking inside like I was in the room. I felt everything! It was so powerful. It took me back to my Grandfather's funeral and I was 10 so I only remember parts, but I remember the gun shots and the folding of the flag, and the commander saying"on behalf of a grateful nation...". When it was all happening for the family, I felt the sadness and loss, I felt the shutting down, the fear of the future. It all swirled in me. It was beautifully tragic. I think the writing was wonderful. I love to beta read and review books so I read a lot. There is something special about Rebecca Yarros' writing.
The story itself was refreshingly new. It's a lot of newness and something I've never read before. The journey for this family and Ember specifically was touching and beautiful. I was sad that it ended and I fell in love with Josh. I thought he was a wonderful man. His secret wasn't exactly a surprise, but how it was handle and the emotions on both side got me.
I loved it. I would put Rebecca on a definite watch list for future books and I'd be in her fan club any day!
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ARC provided by Netgalley. Images are for fun only and are not mine.