Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

Nicky Jayne
Release Date:  December 2013
~ Synopsis ~
Standing by she watches her father leave board the huge grey beast. Taking him to who knows where. As a young girl, her mother raised her whilst her father was away at war. A single mother of sorts.

She saw familiar faces come and go, Flags wave in the breeze, Engines growl as they shut down. Each time the faces grew less and less.

Tragedy struck, leaving Riley and her mother to fend for themselves. Life was not easy. His memory covered the walls. The flag still hangs proud from the stark white walls.

She vowed she would never fall in love with a military man, she purposely steered clear of their nightly haunts. Until one day,

He came crashing into her life literally. Was it love at first sight, can she overcome the fear that comes with living the military life?

~ Excerpt ~ 
“He left me. Over and over again, promising he would come home and I waited. We both did and then one day he didn’t come back, instead they brought him back as he lays today and I cannot put myself through that again. You say it is your last time, but what do you mean it’s your last? How do you know? How could you know? I may be young but I am anything but naïve, I know the life. I’m fully aware of the threats involved with what you do. There will be a day that you are called away from me again, and that may be the last time. Do you understand? Do you really understand that I cannot let someone who I love walk away from me again and never return.”

~Links to Buy ~
Amazon ** Amazon UK
Amazon CA ** Barnes & Noble

~ Review ~
This book blew me away. It was full of real emotion and brought me to tears after just reading the prologue. 

"You are my strength, I will wait for you, I will smile for you.  I will think of you always.  Visit me in my dreams daddy. I love you."  ~ Riley

If that didn't just get your attention then I don't know what will.  I knew from this cover that this book was going to be AMAZING and I am happy to say that it was just that. 

My heart broke for Riley and the sense of loss she carried with her.  Riley has made an informed decision that she will not follow the path of her mother and leave herself open to more pain and loss.  But the heart wants what the heart wants and Riley's wants and needs Tanner.

Tanner comes from a military family as well and his father and Riley's family have history.  When they meet sparks fly.  I was swooning right along with Riley at the hotness we shall call Tanner.  

Although their time together is brief the feelings are overwhelming.  They are drawn to one another and Tanner wants nothing more than to take away Riley's pain.  But Tanner is "broken" too and doesn't think that he deserves someone like Riley.

"I just couldn't leave things the way I did last time. I needed you to know I have thought of you, but you need to understand I am not the man for you.  I am broken Riley."  ~ Tanner

The push and pull of emotion throughout the story had me on the edge of my seat with tears streaming down my face.  I was looking for the silver lining in the cloud, hoping against all hopes that Tanner and Riley could find happiness....maybe even together.

"Do you really understand that I cannot let someone who I love walk away from me again and never return. ~ RIley

"Wait for me Riley" ~ Tanner

Commence more tears.....this story just tore my heart out but put the pieces back together nicely.  I will do you all a favor and advise that you should have a box of tissues handy.  I am a huge fan of Nicky's writing and to me she knocked it out of the park on this one. 

Do yourself a favor and grab this may have puffy eyes when you are done but Riley and Tanner's story will leave "Footprints" on your heart.

Note: I received an ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review ~ Rating ~

~ About the Author ~
Nicky Jayne was born and raised in England but now resides in Las Vegas with her Husband and two boys. When she is not writing, she has her nose firmly placed in a book. She released her first series in September 2013. The Embrace Series, Embracing Life and Embracing Love. 

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