January 25, 2016

Review - Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros



New Military Romance!  
Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is
Now Available!

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There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved 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 college 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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My 5 Star Review

I fell into this series on accident, but from the first book I read I have been hooked. I love this group of pilots and their girls. This is one of those series I am always happy to read more of, but I won’t lie anytime an author creates another book for a couple that is already happy in my mind I get scared. See we first met Josh and Ember in Full Measure and I immediately fell in love with Josh.

Josh and Ember went to high school together. But Josh was the older, hot bad boy and Ember was the quite girl with a crush. So they didn’t really know each other then, but they definitely knew of each other. So in Full Measure we read about them falling in love and it’s emotional, beautiful and completely captivating. 

I cannot imagine a future where you’re not mine, because I’m yours in every sense of the word.

So you can imagine where my fear is coming from, these two are my favorite couple. The two people who have survived a long distance relationship, heartache and growing up. They have made it past all of this, so Hallowed Ground terrified me!

I had a good reason to be nervous/scared/terrified, this book absolutely broke me. I was on the edge of my seat and reading at a super fast pace, eager to see what would happen next. Then, I was an emotional wreck. This book had me balling my eyes out. I am not even sure if this is rationale, well no I know it’s not. Regardless, after I looked for a friend to talk to who had read the book and messaged her, while waiting for her response I thought about messaging Rebecca on Facebook. Yes, like a psycho! The good news is, my friend responded quickly enough I talked myself off the ledge. 

As you can imagine I stayed up and finished this book in one night and I didn’t love all the parts of the story. Some parts were hard to swallow, some parts broke my heart, and some parts made me wish I could have lived in my fairytale HEA I had created in my mind. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, I am such a baby. 

You change me every day, make me want to be a better man for you.

So when I was deciding how to rate this book I had to think about all the parts. I had to think about how true to real life Rebecca’s stories are and how I love how I can feel all the emotions as I read the story. I had to consider how real life isn’t always pretty. I grew up with a father in the military, moving constantly, always knowing I wouldn’t be at a school or city/state for very long. When I consider how this story completely captured what I know of a military life and knowing how Josh and Ember will move forward I have to give credit where it’s due. 

If you have read this entire review, which I appreciate because it’s long and rambling, but if you did you know this book deserves at least 5 stars. It’s an original, heart wrenching, emotional and beautiful story about true love. Unconditional, sacrificing, true love!

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

I pulled her onto my lap, gently squeezing the sweet curves of her hips.
“Behave,” she whispered into my ear, but ran her tongue along the edge.
My fingers flexed, teasing under the edges of the black skirt that had slid higher on her thighs as she sat. I couldn’t help it—her skin was a magnet for my hands. “You like it better when I don’t,” I answered.
She locked those blue eyes on mine, and for that second, I wanted everyone to go the fuck away so I could get my remarkable girlfriend out of her clothes. Not a girlfriend for long. Not if I found the perfect moment for that little velvet box hidden upstairs.
Mrs. Walker. December-fucking-Walker. Sounded perfect to me.
“Earth to Josh and Ember,” Jagger called, waving his hand like he’d been at it a while.
“Yeah, yeah, a toast,” Ember said, wiggling against my now-hard lap. I locked her down with my hands, and she threw me a smug grin, well aware of what she’d done.
Jagger raised his beer. “To friends. Hell, that doesn’t even cut it. You guys, all of you...I wouldn’t be here”—he looked over to Paisley—“or even the man I am, without you. So more than friends...to family.”
We glanced around the fire at the family we’d made, and I felt it—one of those moments you can’t forget, the kind that stay with you when it’s long past, so you try to memorize everything. It was a deep peace, a contentment laced with the silent knowledge that we wouldn’t be together again for far too long.
“To family,” we all said in scattered rhythm, and I kissed the underside of Ember’s jaw.

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About the Author

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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. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.
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