Coen Steele has spent the last five years serving his country. Now that he's back, he's finally ready to leave behind the chaos of the battlefield and pursue his lifelong dream. What he wasn't expecting was the feisty sister of one of his battle buddies—who has made it obvious that she wants nothing to do with him—to intrigue him in a way no woman has before.
Reagan Hudson's life changed in the blink of an eye six years ago when she found out she was pregnant and on her own. Since then, Reagan has vowed never to let another man into her life so that no one can walk out on her, or her son, again. But the more she runs into her brother's hot and mysterious friend, the more he sparks something in her that she promised herself she wouldn't feel again.
Can two people with everything to lose allow themselves to finally capture the love they both deserve?
ebook, 192 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by William Morrow Impulse
Source: received eArc from publisher in exchange for review
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Our Review---This is my first foray in to Molly McAdams and I really enjoyed it. I was a smidge nervous because Courtney told me that another series of McAdams completely shredded her and I wasn't sure I was up for that. Turns out that I was totally sucked in to this novel about 5 minutes after I started it and finished it within a day. It reads very quickly and there was never really a lull when I felt the need to do something else or scroll through too many details. My specific description of my previous Molly experience went a little like "Gutted me like a fish, and then drug me through the dirt." It was an incredible experience, for sure!
I think what I really related to was Reagan's fierce need to protect herself and her son from anyone who would hurt them. Her stubborn refusal to allow anyone close enough to hurt her/them was something I admired her for while also feeling saddened that she had to live so closed off. Her desire to be independent and to not burden anyone was strong and even though I've never been in her position, I 'got' it. I felt her discomfort at letting go of some of her control; I felt her fear; and I felt her anger and hurt when she felt let down. I think between her and Coen, I felt more connected to her. Coen was easy for me to like; he was a genuinely good guy..not trying to play games or cause drama. He's a good communicator (for the most part) and he knows exactly how to read Reagan and how to get her attention. He's not perfect..but he's perfect for her (as she is for him). That is so funny! I loved Coen more than Reagan!! Which is why we fit...anyways...I thought Coen was wonderful for calling her on her neurotic worries. She had merit for her worries, but he tried to gently, and sometimes not so gently show her that she could trust and take a chance on him. She had to risk herself to possibly find something great, but as you will see that is not very easy for her to do. After the prologue though, you will see why!
If this novel is any indication of her other work, I will definitely have to add some of her other novels to my TBR list. I think this is a good first book in this brand new series. Do it. Everyone...you must do it. Read more Molly McAdams books that is...I've met her and thought she was pretty dang awesome! :D
P.S. I am pretty sure this cover says novella, but I didn't really feel like it was a novella. It's wayyyy longer. Which was awesome, because we like long stories...but not a novella. So that was bizarre!
Shelley: 4 Stars
Courtney: 4 Stars
Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.
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