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There's a lot of angst in the this book.
Two broken people coming together and healing each other is one of my favorite romance tropes, and this story, told in alternating POV that reveals just how romantic and emotional Cayden is, was deliciously easy to drop into. The story blatantly deals with only the juicy bits; first dates on a geocaching trip, getting through Ren's fear of bugs in a nightime skinny-dip, Cayden visiting a friend in the hospital and coincidentally seeing Ren for some break-room nookie.
Two niggling things kept this from 5 star status for me (although I did devour the book in like two sittings. Excellent beach read!); Ren's super-easy "healing" from her rape trauma PTSD and Cayden's somewhat over-melodramatic framing of normal, inescapable events as his own failures. I understand his overwhelming need not to let his father or anyone else down, but when he says he failed because of not being able to protect his mom from cancer...that was a tad too much at times.
Dealing with rape is not an easy issue, and it has so many sticky layers of places to go wrong in the romantic context, although alot of potential for some excellent, heart-depth breaking open and healing as well. Ren had to struggle a bit at the start of the relationship, but I felt like she never had to deal with it afterwards (she has another secret she struggled with instead) in terms of physical relationship with Cayden. So...your mileage may vary. That's a very personalized issue and probably something that won't bother a lot of other people.
And like I said, I did devour this in two sittings and enjoyed the side characters as well. (who, I see many have their own book so yay). The steam level is hot, but not outside the bounds of conventional positions.
Ren Daniels is a maternity nurse who loves her job. She loves her family and friends. She’s come a long way from being assaulted, but she’s afraid of what her future holds. Deep down, she’s afraid that love and true happiness won’t find her.
Cayden Sinclair is a hero through and through. He’s dedicated his life to helping people. First, as a Marine and now as a police officer. Since his father’s death, he’s been looking after his mom. He’s so focused on his career and his mother that he doesn’t think he has time for a woman in his life. But when he pulls over a speeding motorist, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind. As fate would have it, he ends up seeing Ren again at their friends’ wedding. This time he decides to not let this chance encounter pass him by.
Cayden and Ren were both characters I liked immediately. Ren is fun, caring, and compassionate. Cayden is all of those things as well. He’s one of those guys who says the right things that just leaves your heart melting. Over the course of the story, Ren let's Cayden into a part of her life that very few people know about. He responds with his caring and supporting nature. “I never want to be the reason for your tears, but I want to be the one to catch them when they fall.” But he only knows half of the story. Ren’s secret can and will change the way he views the future he’s always wanted.
In the midst of their budding relationship, these two are hit with a tragedy. Instead of pushing them apart, it brings them close together. But it also shows the cracks in their budding relationship.
I loved Long Road Home for the flirty playfulness of the characters and the emotional strings it pulled. These two have a passionate relationship that’s built on trust. I loved the message that you can overcome the dark times in your life and be a stronger person. I loved the message of taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. That family isn't those people who share our blood, but those people we choose to share our lives with.
Marie Meyer has written a wonderful story. Be prepared to laugh and cry and fall in love as you root for these two to find the strength, courage, and determination to go after what they want and fall in love.
**Received a copy from the publisher and reviewed voluntarily.**
While in a rush to make it to work on time Ren Daniels lets her lead foot get the best of her and she finds herself being pulled over by a cop... a very sexy cop that stirs up some long buried butterflies in her belly. It's been a long time since someone has had that kind of an effect on her, and one side of her has her wanting to run from it, and the other wants her to embrace it. Her past has left her a wounded soul, and everyday she struggles to overcome all that she endured, so maybe, just maybe this new change in her life means she is moving in the right direction. And she'd really like to moving in the same direction of a certain sexy police officer...
This was my first time reading a book by Ms. Meyer, and I have to say her moving story made a very memorable first impression, it is definitely one of the best books that I have settled down with this year! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this emotionally charged book, I went from moments of having my heart in my throat and blinking back tears, to blushing and smiling from ear to ear. I connected to characters in this story almost immediately, I'm quite certain that they will be lingering with me for a while! I highly recommend you give this one a chance, it is one of those books that will take you on a emotional roller coaster, so my advice is just hold on and enjoy!!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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