14 February 2016

Book Review | Matt & Zoe by Charles Sheehan-Miles (@CSheehanMiles)

When Army Sergeant Zoe Welch learns of the tragic death of her parents in a car accident, she has one concern: the care of her eight-year-old sister Jasmine. Once discharged from the Army, Zoe travels home from Tokyo to a life she never planned on.

Matt Paladino is Jasmine's 3rd grade teacher. Handsome and athletic, Matt's deeply concerned about Jasmine's welfare. But Matt has secrets, hidden in the dark three-ring circus of his past.

When Matt and Zoe's lives collide, they seem made for each other. But will the pasts that haunt them both keep them apart?

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Zoe Welch didn’t think that she’d quit the army because she had to go home to take care of her eight-year old sister, Jasmine after her parents got into a car accident that have taken their lives. Now, at her early twenties, she travelled from Tokyo all the way back to US to take a whole set of responsibility she never planned on. She didn’t even know where or how to begin.

Matt Paladino is her sister’s 3rd grade teacher who isn’t afraid to take an extra mile for the kids or for the people he is fighting for at work. He’s handsome, athletic and knows a thing (or trick) or two about riding horses. They both care about Jasmine, and it’s the reason that has brought them together.

Both of them have secrets in their past they weren’t comfortable in sharing. Both have their hearts and trusts broken by other people – and to once again risk it would be a big task for the both of them. Will they allow themselves to risk and fall? Or would allow their past to dictate their future?

Why I love Charles Sheehan-Miles?
·         He writes the most unexpected things that will surprise you.
·         He makes it more than just romance, but still has that sweet, romantic thing going on that can still make you swoon.
·         He writes about social issues that some writers don’t want to dwell on.
·         He raises awareness to his readers with his books (entertainment + information = must-read!)

This was more than just another romantic story, this has more to it. Despite the fact that it’s less action than the Thompson sisters I still found it great and interesting. With both of their pasts being laid down before us, we understand what they had went through, what’s going on and why are both of them reacting that way in the present. Their struggles are real, anyone can relate to it, especially those at the service, and those who have lost people they love. There are moments in this book that was beautiful and overwhelming, it almost brought me to tears.  

It’s a story about family. It’s about love. It’s about losing someone, and finding someone. It’s about grief – accepting and overcoming it. It’s about facing your fears and being brave enough to face the inevitable even though you are nowhere ready for it.

Rating: 4 Stars

Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of more than a dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future. He is a member of The Authors Guild and the Association of Independent Authors.

Charles and his partner Andrea Randall live and write together in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

I write about things I’m passionate about: love, romance, war; addiction, remorse, guilt. I write about the things that terrify me and give me joy. I write about life.


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