I can’t tell you guys how excited I am about this book! It’s the first book I’ve read from Cole Gibson, but let me tell you, I’m hooked! This book was full of one super sexy veteran and a beautiful rockabilly, greaser type woman who’s ready to take him on. I hope you guys enjoy my review and be sure to read all the way to the bottom for the giveaway!!
Seared on My Soul
by Cole Gibsen
Publication Date: June 27, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Entangled Embrace, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: She’s so young, so full of life…
I couldn’t let her die…
Even if she made the world’s worst coffee.
Emily Garret never asked to be rescued, let alone by a walking JCrew ad whose idea of fun is probably managing his stock portfolio and watching the nightly news. Then again, she never thought she would wind upside-down in a ditch after a night having a little too much fun.
Reece Montgomery never planned on being anyone’s hero, especially the foul-mouthed, bleach-blonde barista from the local coffee shop. He thinks there’s more to Emily than her tattoos, and lip ring, but getting close means letting her into his past and meeting his ghosts.
And he’s not sure she’s ready for that battlefield.
** I received this Ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in anyway. **
Reece and Emily’s relationship starts off with a bang and doesn’t slow down one iota throughout the entire story. From the beginning, I felt like Emily was someone who flew through life by the seat of her pants but was still unsure about the bigger things in life, only wanting to drink and chase away her sorrows sleeping with questionable men. Reece is one of those ex-military being chased by his war demons and PTSD and doesn’t know how to fix it.
Thanks to a bad decision and a fiery car crash, Reece and Emily’s lives are forever changed when Reece steps in to save Emily’s life. They never thought it would be the start of their relationship. I loved every minute of their rocky and hot relationship. Reece needed someone who could help him through his flashbacks and Emily needed someone who would be able to show her that she had the ability to be more than a simple barista. Reece was troubled, but he genuinely cared for Emily and was always looking out for her.
Reece was a great character and I enjoyed that he was a teacher. I also enjoyed reading about his times in the military and about Chad. Military PTSD isn’t something to be taken lightly and I feel that it was well represented in this book. As was Emily’s need for alcohol and it’s ability to numb the senses. This book was great!
I gave this book 5 stars!
“You know, Reece, you’re not as stuffy and uptight as I thought you were.”
I chuckle. “Thanks? You’re not as loud and obnoxious as I thought you were.”
She laughs before falling quiet. After a brief silence she says, “I’m glad we did this. It was bizarre, awkward, and I thought we might be going to jail for a minute there. Still, I had fun.”
“Me, too.” Though, I’m not sure fun is the right word to describe it. Last night, when I held her in my arms, a piece of myself I thought was dead and gone returned to life.
“Promise me one thing, Reece?” She tilts her head to the side.
“Don’t be a stranger, okay? Maybe we can exchange numbers?”
I nod, even as I study every line of her body, trying to commit it to memory. I want to remember how she is in this moment—messy hair, no makeup, and smelling of sugar. I want to remember her, because I, the Boy Scout, lied. I won’t be dropping by her apartment, and I won’t be calling. As amazing as she is, she’s too dangerous to be around.
In the military, we’re trained to survive. Last night, this woman found a way through to my humanity, but I’ll be damned if I let her into my heart—whatever little there is left of it.
ABOUT COLE GIBSEN
At seventeen Cole found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own lives.
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