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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

5* #Review #Giveaway Hallowed Ground by @RebeccaYarros



New Military Romance!  
Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is
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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.

Review - 5 Stars
5 amazing stars!!!

This story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that took me a few days to get over. When I finished this story, I kept thinking about Josh and December. I think that this one hit closer to home with me because I am a military spouse and could relate to so much that this couple had to go through. I am so glad that Rebecca Yarros uses her experiences as a military spouse in her novels. This gives the story so much more feeling and you feel like you are the one actually going through these situations with the characters. Her writing is unmatched in this area!

Josh is a pilot and is facing another deployment. With this deployment lurking in their future, December and Josh try to take advantage of every moment they can while Josh is still around. December is in school and trying to finish up her degree. She has moved in with Josh and this causes her to have a longer commute to school, but they both think that it is worth it! With Josh having been injured in his previous deployment, the risk is always in the back of his mind. December lost her father in the war and continually worries about Josh, especially after he got hurt last time.

When deployment day finally comes for them, they both have to pull themselves together and be strong for each other. Neither one of them are looking forward to the next few months. December makes up her mind that she is only going to give herself a day to cry, but after that she has to pick up and move on. With December being in school, there is an opportunity that presents itself for her to go on a dig in Turkey. Josh is pushing for her to go, but she is not sure what she wants to do yet. Josh being deployed during the time of the dig does help a little though. At least they will not be away from each other because of her trip. 

When December and her friend Paisley, her best friend and also a military spouse that lives next door to her, get greeted with the dreaded visit from men in suits, they both long for their significant other and pray that it is not theirs that has been injured/killed. When they get the news that both of their significant others has been injured, they immediately jump into action and get plane tickets to check on their loved ones. Seeing the emotions that both Josh and December go through while Josh is healing makes you realize what soldiers and their families go through when soldiers get injured. It doesn't end when they are healed. The emotional damage that is done lasts a lot longer.

I love that this story is told in dual POV. We get to see what each character is going through with all the situations and see both sides of the story. I loved being able to see how December felt about a situation and then getting Josh's take on it as well. I don't want to give the whole book away with my review, but I must say that this is a HAVE to read book. I could not put it down until I was done with it. Rebecca Yarros truly knows how to keep your attention in a story and not loose it! There were no lulls in the story for me at all. I honestly am excited to see what is next for this amazing author. I hope that she continues with the military romance theme because she does it so well!
*Reviewed by Melanie H 

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I pulled her onto my lap, gently squeezing the sweet curves of her hips.
“Behave,” she whispered into my ear, but ran her tongue along the edge.
My fingers flexed, teasing under the edges of the black skirt that had slid higher on her thighs as she sat. I couldn’t help it—her skin was a magnet for my hands. “You like it better when I don’t,” I answered.
She locked those blue eyes on mine, and for that second, I wanted everyone to go the fuck away so I could get my remarkable girlfriend out of her clothes. Not a girlfriend for long. Not if I found the perfect moment for that little velvet box hidden upstairs.
Mrs. Walker. December-fucking-Walker. Sounded perfect to me.
“Earth to Josh and Ember,” Jagger called, waving his hand like he’d been at it a while.
“Yeah, yeah, a toast,” Ember said, wiggling against my now-hard lap. I locked her down with my hands, and she threw me a smug grin, well aware of what she’d done.
Jagger raised his beer. “To friends. Hell, that doesn’t even cut it. You guys, all of you...I wouldn’t be here”—he looked over to Paisley—“or even the man I am, without you. So more than friends...to family.”
We glanced around the fire at the family we’d made, and I felt it—one of those moments you can’t forget, the kind that stay with you when it’s long past, so you try to memorize everything. It was a deep peace, a contentment laced with the silent knowledge that we wouldn’t be together again for far too long.
“To family,” we all said in scattered rhythm, and I kissed the underside of Ember’s jaw.

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About the Author

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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.
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