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When Lee wakes one morning, he finds a girl laying next to him and he has no memory of their night together. He doesn't even know who it is because he's so quick to get rid of her that he doesn't bother to look. Little does he know, he just spent the evening with the one girl he's always wanted. And by carelessly shoving her away, he made the biggest mistake of his life. But before he can fix it, tragedy strikes and Lee is left shaken to his core and reevaluating his life choices, leading him to enlist in the Navy.
Izzy doesn't have time to rejoice the fact that her dream of being with the guy she's pined for has finally come true. She has a funeral to attend and then Lee disappears, altogether. But it isn't until she finds out that she is expecting his baby that her world finally crashes down. And when Lee finds out, they each have some tough choices to make about their futures.
This book had several great moments and even a few gut-wrenching ones. The pacing started out quick but was slower, overall. There was a nice amount of character development but not very much face time between our couple. They spend over half of the book apart. I would have liked to see them struggle to become a couple more than just witnessing their decision to be together. The romance was good, though, when they finally did come face to face and there was plenty of conflict to keep things interesting in the meantime.
As prior military, myself, I am always wary of books with military characters. Why? Because no matter how much research an author does, they always seem to get something wrong in regards to terminology or procedures. This is one of those themes in which you really have to live it to know it. And as prior Navy, myself, I always seem to notice any discrepancies.
In this case, it was clear that the author knew what she was talking about. I even took a peek at her biography and saw that she, too, was a veteran. This definitely showed in her writing as the details about boot camp graduation stood out to me. Even the bit about getting a custom omelet made me smile. That was always my favorite part of galley breakfast. P.S. I always got my omelets with just cheese. *chuckle*
I did have a few mild issues with the way the story was told. For one, I am used to dual POV books and those usually pick up where the other leaves off, giving us a real-time experience throughout the story. This one followed its own rules and sometimes continued on but other times backtracked and actually repeated snippets of the story. The repetition became annoying. Yes, there are two sides of the story but we don't really need to see every single moment from both sides.
The other thing I noticed was how the story included literally just about every waking moment. In detail. I don't mind some downtime. It's necessary to keep a story from becoming too jumbled and it gives a reader time to breathe. But needing to know every single move that a character makes, from their meals to their showers, over and over... It becomes tedious to read all of the mundane daily tasks.
A pretty good read with likable characters. 3.5 suns!
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I'm used to reading Beverly's paranormal stories and found this very refreshing and a great little tale.
It's about a young man - Lee, growing up hard after the loss of a friend, having to make new life choices for the better of himself and those around him.
It's also about Isobelle - her crush and eventual brief encounter before he leaves. Lee has always fancied her as well, but behaved himself given her age prior to the party where they come together.
The story tells of their parting, her finding herself pregnant and how each deals with the changes in their lives before they can make a go of it together. Both have staunch family on their backs as well as supporters. It was a well told story and I loved it.
I am voluntarily reviewing this book gifted to me by the author with no obligation. I always enjoy her writing and look forward to reading more in the future.
Lee's family is sick of his screw ups. One strike too many, so he is shipped off to join the military and ends up in the Navy.
Izzy, his sister's best friend, finally caught Lee's eye on the night of her 18th birthday. She loved every second of their night together. Lee only remember bits and pieces.
Low and behold, she finds out she's pregnant. These two need to beat the odds and make it work for them and their baby.
I really liked this story. The chapters had different perspectives but we'd get the same incidents from both people which was fun. The characters were down to earth and easy to relate to. Would have been nice if the Spanish was translated in a glossary of some kind as not understanding some words/phrases leaves the reader feeling out of the loop a little, but otherwise, 4 stars!
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