Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Full Measures @RebeccaYarros Ultimate Indulgence #REVIEW @EPEmbrace

Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros is a new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint.

Three knocks can change everything…

"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

Full Measures punched me in the gut within the first few pages. The initial impact was cushioned by a handsome man who has become one of my favorite heroes. This was such a tender love story surrounded by secrets and sorrow, strength and healing. It was so emotional that tears flowed during a few scenes and I didn't even care because I had to keep reading. I wanted to come to the end, to see how this family -and this girl- healed from their tragedy and moved forward.

One of the best parts of the book is that it felt authentic. There were no easy answers or perfect ending. It was just real, two people finding love through a tragedy which played a pivotal role in the story. The author vividly described the world of a military family. Readers feel as if they are standing at the funeral, listening to the twenty-one gun salute, feeling the family's anguish. My understanding for military families grew immensely as the author ensured that the details mattered.

And the author rung out every possible emotion using strong secondary characters with important roles. Nothing seemed to happen without a reason. Watching this family cope and grieve demonstrated just how individualistic the process of coming to terms with the loss of a loved one is. That's a powerful message. Readers will cheer the young heroine on as she works through the her grief during an already challenging time in her life.

I cannot recommend this enough, especially for readers who enjoy military romances. Though its not technically a military romance, the components are so similar. This goes on my favorites shelf.

5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.
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