Brody is a Navy SEAL who comes home after two years on a top-secret assignment. He is ready to be home, but the unfinished business of the mission causes him to worry that his family may be in danger.
At 21 years old, Devyn, was married and mother of twin 2 week old preemie girls when Brody left for deployment. Now that he has returned home, she has to figure out if she is still in love with him or in love with the idea of him.
This was one of the more somber, serious romances that I have read in a long time. It is a military romance that does not glamorize what being married to a SEAL in active duty must feel like. While I do not usually prefer books told in the first person, this one works well because I felt like Brody and Devyn were telling me their story.
The young couple is dealing with several issues
- Two year separation
- Being parents as a couple
- Post-traumatic stress
Brody has secrets from the mission that torment him but he cannot reveal what is worrying him. Devyn worries that his reticent behavior means that he does not love her as he used to do.
“What if…he came back different and didn’t love me anymore?” Devyn
It is some consolation that it is obvious to the reader that they still love each other.
“She owned my soul since the first moment I saw her.” Brody
“His kiss sent a relentless ache though straight to my core.” Devyn
However, it is difficult for them to verbalize their insecurities to each other. As a reader, I wanted them to openly communicate but I understood what was holding them back since these were not trivial issues. While the physical aspect of their relationship never lost its heat, the misinterpretation of nonverbal cues from the other person caused additional distress.
Should you buy? Yes. There is action and suspense, but the book’s main focus is the dynamic of a military couple who have to figure how to save their marriage. They learn how to reconnect and re-calibrate their relationship.
Book details from Goodreads
ebook, 250 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Soaring Phoenix Press
series Lucky Thirteen #1