Series: Flight & Glory #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Format: eARC, 301 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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.
After reading a book as incredible as Full Measures, I have to stop and ask myself why I don’t allow myself to give books more than five stars. This one, honestly, is deserving of no fewer than ten. One of my favorite new adult reads of 2014, I can’t recommend this one highly enough to anyone who wants to feel all the feels when they read.
Ember’s life is falling apart. Her father was killed overseas where he worked as a military doctor. Her mother is falling apart. Her sister is acting out and on a bad path. The only thing she has left are her plans for the future, her best friend and her boyfriend. Until the night she finds out she has none of those things anymore either. But, she finds what she does have is Josh, the guy she’s had a crush on forever, who has just walked back into her life and offers her the support and friendship she needs. Their friendship develops into something much more and everything is great, until Ember finds out Josh has been keeping a secret that threatens to ruin what they have.
I loved Ember. I felt sympathy for her because in the aftermath of her father’s death, *everything* was going wrong for her. The people who were supposed to be there for her weren’t. (Bad boyfriend, bad “friend.”) She was so busy taking care of everyone else, she had no one to take care of her. She was so strong, but she still needed someone to lean on. Enter Josh. A hockey player and former “bad boy,” he was an incredible friend to her when she needed someone most. He was sexy and swoony and so very supportive. The two of them were magical together. Their chemistry was intense. It about broke my heart when they started having trouble. They’d both been through so much and were so much better together than they were apart. I just needed them to see that. You know it’s a good book and you’ve connected to the characters when you want to reach into the pages and shake some sense into them!
Everything about this book was absolutely gorgeous. The writing, the characters and their development, it was all perfect. This was so much more than a romance. Sure, that was a huge part of it, but it was about hopes and dreams, family and friendships, love and loss and second chances. It was unputdownable from page one. I fell in love with the characters and I felt everything they were going through. So many emotions – good, bad, and everything in between. It was sometimes sweet, sometimes sad, sometimes sexy and entirely hopeful. I was completely exhausted at the end, but I still found myself wanting more of these characters.
“Live, baby. Laugh, cry, scream, and love. Realize that every moment you have is worth every drop of sweat and tears you can give it.”
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. All quotes come from the review copy and may differ from the final version.