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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