Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Oooh I enjoyed this book! Give me a sexy Marine any day!
Sam was a great heroine. She makes such a great transformation in this book; I was so impressed. I felt extremely bad for her, even two years after her husband’s death. If I was her, I would have felt so suffocated after his death but she took it all like a champ. And it definitely helped when Gray came along! :)
It’s no secret that I love Marines and Gray was no exception. He was thoughtful, loyal, sexy and all-around a great guy. He didn’t push at all, given this situation. He was named after a romance book hero, which was really fitting to me! I adore his name!
I’ve read books about widows and books about Marines before and I have to say, I loved them smushed together! Sam and Gray’s chemistry was completely off the charts! I was fanning myself multiple times during this book.
The secondary characters were great and I have to go back and read Noah’s and Bo’s book. I loved them, and their ladies, a lot!
Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: When his mouth molded against mine, it felt like bliss – as if my whole cold body had been submerged into a warm bath. If I had thought I had been engulfed before it was it was nothing like I felt at that moment. My entire world – my thoughts, my feelings, my senses – were full of him.
Rating: 4/5 Tar Heels!