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.
This is actually a reread for me, but I pretty much feel the same way so I’m just going to copy and paste my review. Can’t wait to finally be finishing this series!! Also, check out Curly Carla’s review of this book here.
4.5 stars — well that was a whole lot of YES PLEASE!
I kind of forgot to reread the synopsis before setting out to read this book, and so imagine my surprise to find myself bawling my eyes out in the first chapter. And yet, despite that sneak attack (that wasn’t actually a sneak attack for, you know, normal people), I KNEW this book was going to be all that and a bag of chips. From that first moment when she runs into Josh at the grocery store, I knew I was going to be in love. Sometimes it was hard to reconcile the guy he was deep down from the reputation he’d earned through the years. I guess I couldn’t figure out why he went along with it all if he had that “better”ness inside him. (that would be one of those little niggles that had me rounding down instead of up). I LOVED the guy he was deep down…holy wow, do I want some Josh….
Ember was an interesting narrator. You felt her grief and struggles so deeply, and could really see how all of it was affecting her. It was interesting to take this tragedy and have it be a wake up call for her in so many ways — in the way she was living her life, or rather not living her life for herself. I loved how she was with her family, even when she was stressed and angry — it was all just so realistic and made her that much more genuine. One of my other round down niggles had to do with how she saw people in the military… I know that it was a lot of her grief talking, but at times she was sooooo opposed to it that it made it hard to reconcile the turn around in the end. But that might have been just me.
All in all, I LOVED reading this book and had so much <3 for it. I really only lost a little bit of love when I sat down to think it through. Sometimes I prefer to just go with my gut and ignore the little things….b/c then this would be a solid 5 star read, and most of those stars would be for Josh. Can’t wait to read Jagger’s story. 🙂