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Cross My Heart (The Heart Falls Heroes Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked the realness of the story. A young man who has had a crush and his best friend’s sister since he was a child. always protecting her and being there for her. He doesn’t realize it is love until he is older and been through alot-war and back. He comes back more damaged and he has guilt. He feels unworthy of anything and anyone and is having hard time adjusting and horrible nightmares. Pete is a sweet caring guy. Used to be easy going and kind but his temper was there. His temper though only really flared when protecting Cara.
Cara is his best friends sister. She has always liked Pete but he only saw her as his best friend’s sister. They had a easy friendship. when he goes away, they grow apart. years later after war has beaten him he comes home and it is Cara who helps him. She takes him in and they get close again. she helps him keep the demons away. But he is trying to honor his friendship with her brother and it makes for a rocky road.
Add in the jealousy when Cara starts to have a friend show interest. When this emotion comes into play we have craziness occurs and they grow apart again. Pete begins to drink and lose perspective and Cara gets hurt. They are both lost in the emotion and the confusion. Such a real book in terms of emotions and what soldiers experiences are when coming home from war. they are angry, lost, confused and trying to find their way. sometimes to drown out the demons they drink as we see with Pete.
They both love each other but are afraid of the emotion. When they finally realize their feelings, the brother takes a whack at this and it gets messy again. We see so much confliction and pain but with this comes some wonderful themes. We see loyalty to friends and the conflict of this against our feeling of love and connection with someone special. We see where love helps us to want to change so we can be what the other needs. We see love being supportive and unconditional as well. Pete needs this from Cara to come back from the dark place he is in. Their journey is rocky but beatiful as Cara shows patience and kindness but also tough love as she helps Pete come back from the darkness and find meaning in himself and love.
Each character is powerful and has purpose in the book and affects the others in the book as well. the emotions and the situations are real in their occurrence and help create a powerful love story on acceptance, support and showing what one goes through when coming back from war. The warring emotions are powerful and poignant throughout this tale of love. You root for Pete to come back from the darkness and for him and Cara to grow closer and become a couple who are there for one another no matter what and how ones love helps one become a better version of themselves.
A truly wonderful powerfully written love story of the journey of Pete to conquer his demons and the coming together of him and Cara as soulmates.
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We meet Pete, John and Cara at a party where Cara is with her boyfriend. Pete and John stop by to make sure she’s not doing anything stupid and that is when Pete finds her making out with the boyfriend and she's drunk. Pete loses it completely! It is clear they have feelings for one another but Cara is young and even though they share a steamy kiss Pete won't cross that line. They end up having a huge fight and Pete leaves for the Marines the next day without even saying good-bye.
Fat-forward six years, Pete has been discharged from the Marines due to his injuries and is returning back to civilian life. One that he is not looking forward to. He is supposed to move into his mom’s house but as fate steps in and he has to move in with Cara. Which then leaves both of them fighting their attraction, their sexual tension and their feelings.
He’d called her a dozen times during his first year at the base, staying on the line long enough to hear her sweet voice. After her second hello, he’d hang up, stifled by fear of rejection and ashamed about what he had allowed to happen at the senior party. They hadn’t simply drifted apart. They had sprinted in different directions. Far enough away from each other, he doubted they would ever find a way back to one another.
There were times that I really wanted to slap Pete! Honestly there were! He is dealing with a lot his past, drinking, PTSD, not to mention the real effects that some soldiers returning home have. Add attraction and emotional feelings toward Cara into the mix and he is on a roller coaster. He does try so hard to not to hurt her and he doesn't think he is worthy enough. It takes a while but once we finally got to see the real Pete, he was amazing. You get glances, especially in the beginning when you can see that he is honorable enough to try to do the right thing.
Cara is a strong woman and she would have to be to put up with everything that Pete dishes out. She stands up for herself though and tells him what will happen if he is going to be with her. She doesn't give up on him and that is the important thing. She put up with way more than most women would and yet she didn't lose herself in any of it.
“I’m not going anywhere. You hear me? You can push me away, yell at the top of your lungs, and insult me with every derogative term in your vocabulary, but I’m staying
right here. I will always be here, because I love you.” She held his face tight, not letting his eyes stray from hers. “You hear that, Pete Cross? I. Love. You.”
The entire story is great and very heartfelt. This is a series that I have added to my watch list so that I can read the next book that comes out and I really hope to see more Cara's brother John. He is the comedy in the book although I got the feeling that he avoided the whole my best friend and sister thing because that is what brothers do. They just can't believe it sometimes.
And it is a great story. It’s all about love, missed chances, and coming to terms with yourself.
I give this story 4 out of 5 cloudss.
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