by Mila Gray
Published by Simon Pulse
Release Date: December 3rd 2019
Genres: Romance, YA
Format Read: ARC, eBook
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From the author of Come Back to Me comes a striking new novel about a young woman— desperately trying to protect her family from their violent father—who finds safety, and a passionate romance, with an ex-Marine.
Ever since Zoey was a kid she’s been caring for her mom and her little sister, defending them from her violent father. She’s been the strong one, the responsible one as she sacrificed her wants and dreams to keep her family together.
Now the life they’ve built for themselves in California is about to be upended. Her father, just released from prison, has discovered where they’re hiding and has come looking for them.
Enter Tristan. A former Marine and now member of the Coast Guard, Tristian promises his best friend, and Zoey’s Marine brother, that he will take care of Zoey and her family. Protect them, watch over them, and be the rock they need in their lives.
And as Tristan starts to help Zoey deal with the emotional fall out of her childhood, their relationship turns from protector to something more. The two grow closer as a romance blooms into a heart-pounding and powerful relationship that Zoey hopes will be strong enough to fight off the damage her father has done to her and her family.
But not everyone can be kept safe forever, and when Zoey’s father does show up, a confrontation ensues that will change Zoey’s world forever.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Book CW: Domestic abuse.
Probably what I can highlight the most about this book was the dynamic between the family. Seeing how this situation affected each of them in a different way, how they all grew individually and as a family as well… it was very inspiring and heartwarming. The little brother had me very conflicted and I praise the author for developing these characters and their feelings so well.
The romance was incredibly sweet and I really liked those two characters and the connection they had. You know I’m a sucker for stories where the couple has known each other their entire lives.
The plot was kinda predictable, somewhat cliché, but still very, very enjoyable. I think this is a good start if someone wants to get into romantic suspense. And if you like sweet romances with a strong important theme in the story, I highly recommend reading this book.
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