Author: Rebecca Yarros
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
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 received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have a healthy respect for the military. I love our men and women in the various armed services and am incredibly thankful for their dedication to protecting this country I live in. Since it was quickly approaching Veteran's Day I wanted something with a little patriotism in it. Something that would make me remember what the people of the military have done over the year. When I read the synopsis I was immediately dragged in. Having to face the death of a parent who was overseas is something more and more people have had to deal with. So I picked up Rebecca Yarros's book and dove in.
December, "Ember", Howard had what she believed was the perfect life until that fateful day when the military men came to her door to announce her father having passed away. Instead of falling apart as the rest of her family did, Ember picked herself up and did what was best for those around her. She refused to let herself feel the hurt she was drowning under because she needed to be there for her siblings and mother. Throughout the course of the book, we watch Ember struggle. Internalizing all that pain and regret slowly eats away at her. That is, until Josh comes on the scene.
Josh comes in and completely captivates Ember. He is there for her when she needs him most and refuses to back down even when she tries to push him away. He is a well known playboy and Ember doesn't feel she has time to be just another notch on his bedpost. However, for whatever reason, Josh seems more smitten with Ember than she had thought. But even Josh has his secrets. Secrets that could end Ember's recovery and threaten to destroy her all over again.
I was enthralled by this book from page one to the very end. I ugly cried so much it became a public service to make sure I read it in the confines of my bedroom and away from those who had to witness my emotional breakdowns. I felt my heart break for Ember and I also felt anxious to drag Josh closer to her when she pushed him away. I found the characters relateable and absolutely perfect. The subject matter was absolutely devastating and made me even more thankful to the soldiers in reality who devote their lives to the service. Also, despite Ember being completely against military men after her father's death, the book made me long for my own man in blue. The uniform, ladies, the uniform. Delicious.