He came home a hero and lost the only woman he’s ever loved…
I have no idea how to survive without my beloved Ava. She had no choice but to move on with her life during my six-year deployment and has now married Eric. I hate him for taking her from me. I’d prefer to wallow in my depression and heartbreak, but the whole damned world wants a piece of the SEAL Team leader who helped capture the world’s most-wanted terrorist. I need help handling the relentless requests, and when Ava sends her new sister-in-law to manage the media circus for me, I’m prepared to hate her on principle. Her brother took my Ava. What else do I need to know about her?
It takes five seconds to realize Ava’s ex is going to be the most complicated and difficult client I’ve ever had, but the opportunity to represent the most celebrated man in the world could make my career. I’m determined to do the job, even if I dislike John from the moment I meet him. And I like everyone. So much so that my brothers worry about me being exploited by those who would take advantage of my unwavering love for others. But John…. He’s in a class by himself, and his bitterness is a festering wound that I begin to wish I could somehow fix for him. The more time we spend together, the more our mutual disdain morphs into something that feels an awful lot like desire. There’s no way I can want this man, or so I tell myself, and when Eric finds out I’ve developed feelings for the man causing trouble in his new marriage, well….
That’s going to be a hot mess.
Rating: Narration: A-; Content: B+
One Year Home is a direct sequel to Five Years Gone – which should be listened to first – and there are spoilers for that book in this review.
In Five Years Gone, Marie Force told the story of Ava Lucas, who was left heartbroken and bewildered when her boyfriend of two years, naval officer John West, was deployed and never returned. Unable to find out what had happened to him, Ava decided that she’d wait for five years and if the situation remained unchanged at the end of it, she’d move back to New York and move on with her life. Even though it was a difficult road, strewn with guilt, anger and heartbreak, she fell in love again and became engaged to be married. But then the world learned the truth about John and his team of Navy SEALs; following the terrorist attack on a cruise ship that killed four thousand people, they had been deployed in order to hunt down those behind the atrocity. Having taken out America’s most wanted man, lost part of his leg and survived a serious infection that almost killed him, John is alive and still very much in love with Ava, so learning she’s engaged to be married to another man is a huge blow. And learning that John is still alive is a massive shock for Ava, too, but by the end of the book, she and Eric are married, and she’s agreed to remain in touch with John, who is, needless to say, not in a good place as he struggles to cope with the loss of Ava as well as the deaths of two close friends and learning to deal with his physical limitations.
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