Jessa has always harbored a secret crush on Kit, her older brother Riley’s best friend. When Kit finally noticed Jessa had grown up, he knew better than to make a move on Riley’s little sister. But when Kit and Riley, Marines in the same unit, are home on leave before their next deployment, the attraction between Jessa and Kit ignites and both are shocked at the intensity of their feelings. Anticipating Kit’s military discharge the following year, they start planning a life together, but a routine security assignment in Afghanistan leaves one of the boys dead, and the fallout from the tragedy exposes devastating family secrets. Veteran author Gray knows her audience and delivers smoking hot sexual encounters and serious life issues such as PTSD in equally effective measure. Though the characters can feel stock at times and the ending will surprise no one, Jessa and Kit are easy to like, and the pages almost turn themselves. Recommended for collections with high demand for romance and realistic fiction. (Booklist November 1, 2015)
Gray’s new adult debut is a passionate and forbidden romance between an active duty Marine home on leave and his best friend’s little sister. Gray pulls at readers’ heartstrings in just a matter of pages with the prologue, leaving emotions running high and readers begging for the answer to one question: Who died? This highly emotional military-themed romance is filled with fleeting moments, stolen kisses, heartbreak and plenty of steaminess interwoven with themes of family, second chances and the fight for love.
Jessa Kingsley has been in love with Kit Ryan for years, but he has always been off-limits. Her father, a strict military type, would never approve of them being together, and neither would her brother, Kit’s best friend. While home on leave, they finally declare their feelings for each other, keeping their relationship a secret from her family. But their time together is short-lived, with Kit’s leave only a few weeks long. The dangerous nature of Kit’s job has them both concerned, and leaves them wondering whether Kit will come back and whether Jessa will wait for him. (SIMON PULSE, Dec., 352 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781481439657, HC, 16 & Up)
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Jessa has had a crush on herbrother Riley’s best friend for years. Kit is a player and trouble maker,despised by Jessa’s strict father. Now Riley and Kit are enlisted marines, and Kithas been secretly obsessing about Jessa for the past two years while on a mission.When Riley and Kit come home on a three-month furlough in time for Jessa’s eighteenthbirthday, the sparks start to fly. Though they try to keep it a secret, it causesa conflagration when Riley and Jessa’s father finds out just before the youngmen are posted to Afghanistan. Family secrets, war casualties, andpost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) must be overcome before the lovers canfind their happy ending.
Told in thefirst-person present tense by both Jessa and Kit in alternating chapters, thissteamy romance keeps a tight focus on the romantic relationship, with backgroundcharacters and serious issues, such as PTSD, addressed largely for the purposesof the plot. In keeping with romance genre conventions, the young couple’ssexual relationship is the playground through which their emotional andpersonal growth issues are addressed. The profanity casually used by bothcharacters seems more in keeping with Kit’s character than Jessa’s. Problems are resolved unrealistically easily but also in keeping withromance novel conventions. Older teens and new adults who are fans of sensuousromance novels will enjoy reading about a contemporary couple their own age.—ElizabethMatson. (VOYA February 2016)