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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.
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.
Book four is not only the conclusion to the Flight and Glory series but it is also the follow up to the first book and centers on Ember's and Josh's relationship. Obviously with this being a follow up to book one you really need to read that book prior to reading this one in order to get a feel for these characters but books two and three are not a must. The relationship that Josh and Ember have is hard work and now more than ever their love will be put to the test.
December Howard is finishing up her last semester of college and finally moved in with Josh deciding a one hour commute to school was feasible as long as she spent every night in Josh's arms. She is loving the co-mingling of all their belongings and working out the logistics of chores and dinner until Josh gets the news of an unexpected deployment and sets Ember's world off kilter. They have lived in bliss for less than a week before it all came to a sudden halt with the orders for deployment.
Josh Walker is now a medevac helicopter pilot after his first go round in the military was to take lives almost ended up with him dead, this time he is choosing to save them instead. Josh barely made it out of Afghanistan alive last time and that is where they want to send him back on deployment and for at least nine months too. After two long years of stolen time with December he finally has her in his arms but now he has to depart in a month for duty. While overseas Josh's life changes forever in the blink of an eye and now he has to live with the lasting effects of that forever.
This book pulled all the emotions from you and had you cheering for all the couples to find their HEAs. Such a great, heartfelt story that shows that even the "normal" couple has a very rocky road to navigate before they can claim any type of victory. Great addition to an already amazing series :)
~ REVIEWED BY JILL ~
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About the Author
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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