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Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Embrace, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: January 25th, 2015
I remember reading “Eyes Turned Skyward” by this author and being very impressed by how beautifully and empathetically it was written – and I’m pleased to say that skilful talent is showcased again in this addition to the series. In this case the main characters are Josh and Ember, high school sweethearts who are, at last, getting the chance to make their lives together. Needless to say, with this author, nothing is going to go smoothly for them!
It is a beguiling read with charismatic characters facing decisions that will impact on their own and others lives, choices that will determine whether they have a chance of achieving a HEA together or not. The story is full of difficult circumstances, turmoil and angst. It paints a dramatic picture of the impact of choosing a life in the armed services has on not just the service personnel but also those near and dear to them, especially when deployment is in hostile territory like Afghanistan. The conflict, loss of friends and injuries sustained have easily seen physical impacts but it is the hidden psychological trauma that can have far reaching, deleterious results on relationships.
Whilst striving to help loved ones achieve their full potential, sometimes misunderstandings and misinterpretation of expectations can actually cause more harm than good. This story is a true roller coaster ride, with so many emotional experiences woven into the story – sometimes you’ll feel like laughing alongside the characters only then to hit rock bottom and feel more like crying. It isn’t an easy story but there again, nor is real life, especially for members of the armed forces in scenarios like these. The ending is dramatic and the epilogue absolutely enchanting – I loved Quinn!!
In case that hasn’t made it clear, this is a great story from an amazing series that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys their romance with considerably more emotional depth than is usually prevalent in the genre.
This is another memorable, emotive and moving
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he has yearned for since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her schooling at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.
Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.
Flight school is over.
This is war.
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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they’re currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado>