Coen Steele has spent the last five years serving his country. Now that he's back, he's finally ready to leave behind the chaos of the battlefield and pursue his lifelong dream. What he wasn't expecting was the feisty sister of one of his battle buddies-who has made it obvious that she wants nothing to do with him-to intrigue him in a way no woman has before. Reagan Hudson's life changed in the blink of an eye six years ago when she found out she was pregnant and on her own. Since then, Reagan has vowed never to let another man into her life so that no one can walk out on her, or her son, again. But the more she runs into her brother's hot and mysterious friend, the more he sparks something in her that she promised herself she wouldn't feel again. Can two people with everything to lose allow themselves to finally capture the love they both deserve? (From Edelweiss)
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book when I first started reading. I felt like it could be just the same old story with this theme and not set apart with its differences or it could be different, totally engaging. I'm happy to say it was the latter. This story really reached out and grabbed me from the very beginning and wouldn't let me go until the last word. I love reading stories with the theme of the tortured (by memories) vet trying to find his place in the civilian world; there's just something about the theme that appeals to me. And Coen Steele was so tortured not just by his experiences in the war but by what he perceived as his guilt in what happened over there. How he deals with all of that is kind of unique and very interesting. But despite his experiences in the war, he is sincerely just a decent guy looking for his place in the world, carving it out with his talent for taking pictures, and really, just needing to be loved. Then along comes Reagan and his world is changed forever. Okay, there were some things about Reagan that kind of turned me off - like her stand on men, for instance. There were times when I thought she was a little over the top with her view on them and her insistence on doing everything herself and not letting one in. I thought, at times, she was doing more harm to her son by shutting them out than by allowing the possibility of letting one in. Frankly, sometimes I wondered why Coen tried so hard to get her. Still, when she started to lighten up, she was much better. When Coen and Reagan get together, they just work, somehow, and they fit together, and this allows for a very beautiful, very sweet love story not just between them, but between Coen and her son Parker and the three of them as a whole. I just love how Coen interacted with Parker, it was just so sweet. Allin all, this was a beautiful, engaging, totally hot love story.