“Do you plan on catching me when I fall, Troy?” I flirt, although there is way more meaning behind my words than either one of us can comprehend right now. “Only if you do the same.” His stern look scares me because I want more than anything to believe what he is saying, but I still don’t know if I can.
Evelyn Montgomery does two things really well: suspense and sex. During the entire novel, you’re constantly on edge, questioning whether or not Troy is going to make the right decision. And even when you think he has finally made a decision, he just as quickly changes his mind. I’m like get it together, man!! We need you! And then…omg…the sex. Holy cannoli it is mind-blowing. Jo and Troy have rockin’ chemistry and Montgomery knows how to dish it out. Sex, for our two leads, is a way to speak to each other without having to actually use their voices. Troy is afraid, almost the entire time, that if he finally gives in to Jo, and admits that he loves her, he might lose her. So he show her how he feels through their love-making and it’s deliciously perfect.
Troy is a Navy Seal. I think we can all gather enough information from that fact to understand that he’s probably been through the crapper. He watched his twin brother die in combat, and he blames himself. Then he witnessed another horrific death that has lead him to lead a detached, loveless life. Jo, a woman he met ten years prior to our story, is the only person he feels alive with. He loves her without knowing it for many years. He is so conflicted in himself, that he’s constantly pushing Jo away, only to run back to her shortly after. Back and forth and back and forth. Jo waits for him, holds her heart for him, even when he tells her not to.
“Losing someone you never really had hurts more than I ever wanted to know.”
Our story begins five years after the last time Jo and Troy saw each other. Jo was married, divorced, and had a daughter during those five years. When Troy waltzes back into her life, it’s almost like no time had passed at all. They are still desperate for each other. She cannot resist him. We get insight into both of their minds through their different perspectives (you guys know how much I love that), and it is so refreshing. We experience Troy’s battles with his PTSD and the constant internal conflict he struggles with in terms of his feelings for Jo and her daughter, Anna May. We also watch as Jo grows stronger and stronger in regards to what she and Anna May deserve. She will not let Troy destroy her daughters heart like he has hers many times over.
A lot happens in this novel. Jo has some demons from her past that come back to haunt her and almost destroy everything she’s ever loved. Be ready with a box of tissues and maybe a shot of something strong…Troy experienced some pretty horrific things that he recounts in his nightmares. It’s difficult to watch him battle with his past. I devoured this tale in about four hours tonight; I couldn’t put it down. Do yourself a favor and give Evelyn Montgomery a try. I sure am glad that I did.
“I’ll take her with me, always.”