He was in for a big surpise.
All Brody McBride wanted was to have Rain Evans, the love of his life, the one that he left years ago back in his life. He was ready to beg, to grovel, to whine, he was ready to do for just about anything. What he didn’t expect was to find the biggest surprise of his life when he went to see her.
I admire strong and independent women, those women who can stand in their own feet, doesn’t need men in their lives, and can do just about anything. I most especially admire mothers, who will do just about anything for their children. And I admired and loved Rain Evans. She was strong, steadfast, and did everything for her children. She’s a forgiving soul, and despite the fact that Brody did something unforgivable to her, she did something that had astonished me – she gave up her future for her girls. She made another one, a future that included them. Her heart was big, and despite the fact that it wasn’t necessary to raise both girls on her own, she did that and considered them equal in her eyes. She allowed them to know their father, gave them bits and pieces of him when they asked, and introduced them when he came home. Despite her fear of him coming back for them, she allowed him in their lives.
Brody was young, and confused, and only wanting what he thought was best for Rain – only he didn’t expect that it would shatter her more rather than help her. Because Rain forgave him, I did to – he regretted everything he did and tried to make up for every single day he was missing from their lives. Now, if he can only protect them not just from imminent danger, but from himself as well. You see, he came home a different man from the war. He has nightmares, and flashbacks. He has PTSD. He didn’t want to hurt his girls, and admire him for it. Rain stood by him. She shook him out from his stupor and held his hands, tried to goad him back into the real world. She understood, she never judged, she stayed. She’s a superwoman!!!!
There’s Owen – he’s an amazing brother who was there for him when he returned, and stayed with his girls. He became their uncle, and he helped Rain when times get tough. I’m looking forward for his story as well!
I enjoyed reading Brody and Rain’s journey towards their second chance at love. Brody is indeed lucky to have Rain who had a generous heart that can easily forgive. Rain, the bravest girl I have ever known, deserves her HEA. I laughed, swooned, bit my nails in anticipation and yes, cried a little over that ‘talk’ they had over the cabin (which was my favorite part in the series) and spent my afternoon laying in bed savoring the pages. It was worth my time, and would gladly recommend this one to friends!
★Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★
JENNIFER RYAN, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.
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