For Jake Landry, Erin Shaw was always off-limits--too young, too innocent, and his kid sister's best friend. Home now after a decade of military service, Jake finds Erin all grown up--but she's still off-limits. War has left him with scars invisible to anyone but him, and a relationship is the last thing he's looking for.
As a teenager, Erin had a hopeless crush on her friend's big brother. Now that she's an adult, she thinks she's put all that behind her. But when she sees Jake again, she discovers her old feelings are alive and well--and blossoming into something new.
Jake doesn't believe in happily-ever-after. And since he can't give Erin what she deserves, he tries to stay away from her. But when the attraction between them turns explosive, his resistance starts to crumble. Will Erin find a way past Jake's armor, all the way to his heart?
I loved this book! Sweet, funny, sometimes tearful look at love.
Erin Shaw is an independent, strong young woman who has endured a lack of love but has not become cynical. Jake Landry, on the other hand, grew up in a house full of love but a decade of war in deplorable conditions, losing friends he loved, Jake is now not only cynical but suffers from PTSD.
One of the things that I loved was that Abigail Strom made you feel as if you really were Erin. She took me right into Erin's thoughts so that you could imagine every sigh or eye roll as the case may be. There is a period of maturation of both characters and you experience this growth right along with Erin and Jake.
After giving into the chemistry between the two of them, Erin discovers she is pregnant. I really loved her thought process that this could only happen to her. She has sex one time and ends up pregnant. Fear keeps her from telling Jake, but once he finds out, it is hands on one hundred percent. I think what I really loved about the story the most, is that it takes a serious issue, and a great mom's advice, for Jake to see that he truly does love Erin, maybe always has just as she has always loved him.
Can't wait to see what is next from Abigail Strom.