How much can a man take before he breaks?
1,843 days. That's how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I'll do anything to get back to her.
Only Shelby Eubanks isn't the girl I left behind all those years ago. She's someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother's ambitions. But I won't give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.
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The book has an emotional start. Marine, Elijah (Eli) James has been through hell. Despite his circumstances and the hardships he endured, the woman he loves, Shelby Eubanks was what kept him going. Kept him wanting to survive. To return to her. And when he returns she is a shadow of the woman she was. The woman he always that she would come to be. Shelby and Eli are from different worlds, but their love didn’t know circumstance or social status. There are secrets and promises that deeply impact their story. Sacrifices made on both their parts that will be sure to have you turning the pages to understand just how their love came to be. But is love really enough? Do their memories run deep enough to get them back to what they once had?
I am a huge fan of military romances. Especially the ones that are a second chance romance. So when I saw the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. While it started off strong, I just never felt a deep connection to the characters or their story. I wanted to love them but their story just never resonated with me as deep as I needed it to. I felt that the author had the perfect recipe for a deeply moving story, but the execution fell a little flat for me. I can say that there are raw emotions in this book. I applaud the author for writing a story about these brave souls like Eli. Because freedom isn’t really free. Not without the sacrifice of the courageous men and women who give their lives to protect our freedoms. That was definitely clear in this book. Just because it fell short for me doesn’t mean that I won’t pick up another book by this author again. I certainly will. I also know that there are people that loved this book and I can definitely see why. If you are in to military second chance romance stories, then this could be the book for you!
About the Author
Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.
After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader's Choice Awards for 2014.
In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she'll do and naps she'll take when she ever gets spare time.
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Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.
Fate had a different plan.
I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.
My thoughts are power.
My words are weapons.
Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first… they tried to kill me.
They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.
He doesn’t lose.
He doesn’t compromise.
And most importantly, he doesn’t distract himself with mortal weakness.
Not until me.
Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.
Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.
I was really excited to read my first S.L. Jennings book and my first PNR! The cover called to me, it's fabulous. It's dark and mysterious and even if I didn't like the story I may still want it for my shelf. Plus I've been watching a lot of Supernatural on Netflix these days so I thought this book would be perfect for me.
I found the first 30% extremely interesting. The story of who Eden is and how she came to be. The mystery and allure of the Se7en fascinated me. I liked where the story of why they needed her was going. But then...it started to move so slow. Drawn out with not much happening. I waited and waited for the situation to blow up. I waited all the way until the 95% mark. 95?!?! That's not a good sign. How in the hell is this story going to wrap up that quickly? I liked where it was going when shit finally went down. I just wished it was resolved in this book. I'm all good with cliffy's, really I am, but I just don't have Patience for laggy stories that drag on. In that case, I'm not sure if I will read the next book to see how it unfolds. I don't see how Legion and Eden have enough to fill another entire book, unless it crosses into another characters relationship.
Maybe there is a different formula to the PNR process that I just don't get, I really have no idea. It was just too slow going for me. I needed something more in the middle to hold my attention. The writing was great, it was very readable and I'm sure if you are used to PNR you'll likely love this book. I think I'll try one her NON PNR books next.
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