Synopsis: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.
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An Excerpt from Hallowed Ground
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.
If you have been a fan of the Flight & Glory series like I have you will know that reading more about Josh & Ember is truly a blessing! These two have fought through so much to be together and knowing their story wasn’t complete yet made me happy… That was until I read the book, which ripped me apart in a way that I never could have prepared for. Now. Don’t get me wrong this ripped me apart in a good way and I am so thankful that I got to read and review this book! Rebecca has a gift with words and I’m truly blessed that a good friend recommended that I read the first book in this series because I quickly became addicted to Rebecca’s beautiful, yet tragic stories. Her AMAZING BBFs and her heroines that every woman want to befriend.
Through the last few books in the series we got to see glimpses of Josh and Ember’s story unfold, we know that both of them have been burning the candle at two ends. Trying to keep their relationship going being in two separate states and having different lives. But in Hallowed Ground, they are finally going to get to be together in one location. But the news of Josh’s deployment is a setback they knew was possible but didn’t see coming so quickly. I truly felt for Ember in this book. She’s lost her father to war, and now her future husband is going to be sent off to the same place that her father was taken from her. It’s devastating and beautiful at the same time. The love that these two share is the beautiful side. Josh is so tender and loving and absolutely sweet knowing everything that Ember is feeling. Their love is a love that is built to stand the test of time.
I can’t honestly say too much more or I would literally give you the whole plot. But I will leave you with this. I WAS BLOWN AWAY LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. You will have to read it to understand why. I soaked a pillow, my sleep shirt, and had a snot filled ugly cry at least twice. If you want emotional characters, sticky situations, soldiers dealing with military life at it’s best and it’s worst. This book is for you! I couldn’t have asked for a better second book for Josh & Ember! This one will own your soul….
I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for the entire Flight & Glory crew and I’m truly sad to see this series end! But I’m super excited to see what Rebecca has in store for us next.