New Military Romance!
Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is
There are some debts you can’t repay.
Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he’s craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.
Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.
Flight school is over.
This is war.
I pushed my chair out and reached for her, lifting her tiny, curved frame into my lap. Her head tucked beneath my chin, and she curled into me, fitting right where she was always meant to be. My arms closed around her. “We have a month.”
“It’s not long enough.” Her fingers gripped my shirt like she could keep me here if she just held on tight enough. God, what I wouldn’t have given to stay with her.
“Forever isn’t long enough for us, December, but that’s what we’re going to have. You and I have never chosen the easy path. This is just another hurdle.” I rubbed my chin over her soft hair and tried to soak in every detail of holding her—the sweet way she smelled, the smooth texture of her skin beneath my hands.
She leaned back in my arms and cupped my face. “I can’t lose you.” Her voice broke, and tears pooled in her eyes.
I’d never hated myself more than I did in that moment. She’d made it through a nightmare no one should have to face, and I was about to ask her to chance that fire again. My breath hitched, barely passing the lump in my throat. “You won’t. It would take something a hell of a lot stronger than a war to keep me from you.”
I sealed that promise with a kiss, tasting her fear and desperation as she responded. She opened underneath me, and I fused my mouth to hers, surrendering to the heat between us to pull us through this moment. There was nothing hotter or sweeter in this world than kissing December, feeling her go soft and pliant.
We’d fought so fucking hard to get here, to be together. This wasn’t fair, and we both knew it. But we also both knew it didn’t matter. Fair wasn’t exactly in the U.S. Army vocabulary.
I retreated just enough to whisper against her lips, “I’ll come home. I swear it.”
I first fell in love with this series the moment I picked up Full Measures. The book sounded good, a military story that had hockey included so I was instantly sold but man did that book just WOW me. It totally blew me away with how much I loved it and how I totally didn’t expect it to WOW me nor to love it so much, it was such a wonderful unexpected surprise. I then loved that we got Jagger’s and Grayson’s story in the next two books. They were so good too but it just didn’t have the punch of Full Measures. So going into Hallowed Grounds, I knew I wanted to read the rest of Ember and Josh’s story but I didn’t know what to expect. I can honestly say that Rebecca Yarrows has truly once again WOW’d me with this amazing conclusion to their story, it took me on such an amazing journey with these two, an absolute emotional roller coaster and I loved every minute of it.
Ember and Josh, after two years of travelling back and forth, have now come together to live under the same roof and start the next chapter of their lives together. But all that quickly changes when Josh gets his orders and must deploy to Afghanistan, the country where he was once almost killed but saved by a wonderful doctor, Ember’s father. This was what he has trained for, what he loves to do but seeing the hurt and heartache in her eyes when he has to say goodbye to her for 9 months near breaks him. From that moment what they are faced with will truly test their love and their relationship.
This book, how do I truly put into words all the feels this book gave me. This book took me on an amazing emotional roller coaster. It gave me all the feels I felt when I first met these two in Full Measures. This book had me smiling and laughing, it had me crying, like really snot filled ugly cry, it had my stomach tied in knots not sure I wanted to continue to read and know what would happen, it made me melt at the love these two shared but then made me want to totally throttle these two to make them see the love they shared was truly one meant for all of time. I first read Full Measures almost two years ago and still two years and hundreds of books later, I still remember every bit of their story. All those feels have come back and now that I am finished this book, I don’t want it to be over, I am not ready to say goodbye to such a great cast of characters, especially Josh and Ember.
Ember was such an amazingly strong character. What she’s already been through with her father’s death in the first book and now to be faced with Josh going back, knowing he almost didn’t make it home his first time, knowing the chances he take being a medevac pilot, the chance he might not come home alive this time is quite likely. But she kisses him goodbye and loves him for who he is, and this is who he is. She’s lived a military life all of her life, but that doesn’t mean it makes it any easier for her and she is so strong for both her and Josh.
Josh, as imperfect and at times messed up he is, he will always be so very perfect to me. He loves Ember with everything he has. He would do anything for her, except not go back, and he would do anything to take her hurt away. All he ever wants is to love her, be there for her, be her everything, but knowing what he does and the decisions he makes are only ending up hurting her, he is willing stop that hurt the only way he knows how, walking away.
These two together again were truly phenomenal. You couldn’t help but feel every emotion and every ounce of love they shared and felt for each other. Josh and Ember shared an amazing love that we all dream of. But what they were faced with and how they dealt with it, as a couple but also as individuals just truly touched me in every way, at times giving me chills and goosebumps as I read. And I must add, the heat between these two when they came together definitely didn’t diminish, if anything it seriously heated up.
I truly can’t do this book justice by putting what I thought into words. This book was definitely a top read for this year and now hours later after finishing I can help but still feel everything still. This book, just like Full Measures will be one that will stay with me for some time, and will be a definite book I must re-read in time, when I can take the time to slowly read it and not inhale it due to my heart being in my throat, on the edge of my seat not knowing what will happen next. I want to take my time and take it all in. This author has totally blew me with the emotion she has put into this book, making me feel every bit of it, and brining me so many times to tears. Her writing and her creativeness with this story is absolutely amazing and beautiful and she has once again shown me why I don’t even bother to read synopsis before I one click anything this lady has written. No matter what this lady writes, I already know I will love it and for that she will always be a definite one click for me!
About the Author
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She’s a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she’s not writing, she’s tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.