Sometimes you don’t know what you want until you have it
Genre: Military Romance
Book Length (Est.): 204 Pages
Just one gorgeous weekend away from reality. Then they can go on like it never happened…
Riley Fisher doesn’t have time to chase after men. As a single mother working two jobs, she barely has time to eat or sleep. But a girl has needs. So when handsome veteran Sam Brooks asks her out, she decides she deserves some R&R. She doesn’t expect anything else from him—after all, he’s hardly the type to get serious.
Sam came back from Afghanistan lucky to be alive, despite PTSD that hits whenever he lets down his guard. His therapist told him to forget about relationships. When he meets Riley, he’s not planning on breaking the rules. She’s cute, petite, and a total smartass—not even his type. But she’s hard to forget. Especially once he runs into Riley and her toddler on a rustic mountain getaway and sees what he’s missing. Her kid makes him laugh all day. And Riley makes him burn all night.
Too bad a relationship is impossible. But they can enjoy the attraction. It’s not like they’re going to fall in love…
*I received an ARC of this book free from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Sam is ex-military with PTSD. Between his nightmares and jumpiness a relationship is the last thing he needs or wants…especially with a woman who has a kid. He goes back and forth a lot about what he wants and what he doesn’t. One minute he’ll be ready to step up and literally the next he’s ready to run and vice versa.
Riley has an ex she’d just assume be out of her and her son’s lives. He’s not the kind of father she wants for son and he proves is time and time again. She also doesn’t want her son to get attached to someone who isn’t going to stay around, and she knows Sam isn’t the type of man to be in a relationship let alone one for the long haul. Of course when it comes to what she wants she’s just as flip floppy as Sam. One minute she wants to confess her feelings and the next she’s pushing him away.
They both learn how to let the other one into their lives without sacrificing anything. There’s a lot of ups and downs, but when it comes down to it the way Sam is with Luca is completely heart warming.
The storyline jumps a lot. One paragraph they’re in the hospital, next they’re at home, and I had to re-read it to see if I missed them actually going home. Things like that. Sometimes it was short periods of time, like an hour, and others it could be days. Because of this I felt disconnected from the characters. It was strange because I knew them, and I liked them and the storyline, but I just couldn’t submerse myself in either. The sad part is that the storyline had great premise, it just fell flat on the follow through.
My Favorite Moment: There’s a moment when Sam and Luca surprise Riley. It was a pretty perfect moment; complete with ties and all.
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