Loving You Is Easy: A Novel

Loving You Is Easy: A Novel

by Wendy S. Marcus

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Overview

She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
 
Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.
 
When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.
 
Praise for Loving You Is Easy
 
“A fresh story, memorable characters, and breathtaking romance . . . You must read this book!”New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst

“Wendy S. Marcus writes believable characters and tons of emotion.”USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan
 
Loving You Is Easy is a pleasing blend of sexiness and emotionally charged conflict that kept me turning the pages. Wendy S. Marcus doesn’t shy away from tough subject matter; she embraces it in a real, visceral way that tugs on the reader’s emotions and has you rooting for the characters not just to succeed but to heal, physically and emotionally. The story is unique, the characters flawed but wonderful. Fantastic!”New York Times bestselling author Donna Alward

“A unique story with emotional twists and turns on the road to happily ever after.”New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips

Loving You Is Easy is a super sexy yet incredibly tender love story that’ll leave you wishing for just a few more pages . . . and then a few more after that.”—Laura Drewry, USA Today bestselling author of Prima Donna
 
Loving You Is Easy drew me in on the first page and held me until the last. A great read.”—Claudia Connor, author of Worth the Fall

“This is a fabulous read I know I will reread in the future. Wendy S. Marcus is a total treat!”—Rakes of Romance
 
“I highly recommend this read for all fans of romance. . . . [Loving You Is Easy has] drama, passion, intrigue and one of the most beautifully written endings I have read in a long time.”—Contemporary Romance Reviews
 
“Incredible . . . Loving You Is Easy is a truly unique story with complex characters, unexpected emotional twists, and a burst of realism that convincingly illustrates just how completely opposites can attract and grow together.”—Fic Central
 
“With a bit of grouch and a whole lot of classy, Wendy’s newest release gives a good read!”—Maldivian Book Reviewer’s Realm of Romance
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553391237
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Series: Loving You Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 459,481
File size: 758 KB

About the Author

Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a master’s of science in health care administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good, as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives, creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog, Buddy, and blogging, emailing, tweeting, and Facebooking with her online friends.

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Loving You Is Easy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
I really like the concept of this book, and I like the length of this book; there's not a whole bunch of BS, and it was a quick read for me; that kept me interested until the end. I think Brooke and Shane were sweet together, and I commend Brooke for how she dealt with Shane. I wasn't to sure about Shane at the beginning of the book; mainly with Brooke and Shane's first meeting, Shane's character was a bit odd for me and he seemed as if he was a bit of an A-hole, but as the story progressed he started to grow on me, and Brooke definitely helped smooth out some of his rough edges. I liked most of the side characters, and I'm looking forward; hopefully, to Neve's story, and hopefully some more glimpse of Brooke and Shane. This story is a sweet romance, which I really enjoyed reading.
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
Romantic! Refreshing! Emotional! 5 stars I won this book Loving You is Easy and I didn't know what to expect, since the author, Wendy S. Marcus, is new to me! What a beautiful surprise! Charming introduction to her Loving You series. I really enjoyed the emotional story of two lovable persons, Brooke and Shane, who each have their flaws and come from two completely different background. Their story is romantic but complex! Brooke, is a politician's daughter, a math teacher and a sweet and caring person, while Shane, is a beautiful soldier suffering, emotionally and physically, but still needs to protect the woman he loves! Their relationship started as they started to correspond as pen pals while he was deployed in Afghanistan. They finally meet in person, as soon as they meet, they feel the attraction. Shane finally returns from his short stay to war, while Brooke's privacy is invaded and gets her into trouble. Will she know what really happened? Who had betrayed her? Will they get a second chance? I'm so glad to have discovered Ms. Marcus's books and it won't be my last one. I love her style of writing, the intrigue is well developed and her characters simply charming and lovable. I'm looking forward to read next All I need is You, Rory and Neve's own story.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I received Loving You Is Easy in a giveaway. What a heartwarming read about a teacher becoming a soldier’s pen pal. Many emails later they met there was a closeness which only you get from getting to know someone from writing. Brooke is a wonderful character always putting others first. She always takes care of others but doesn’t stand up for herself. Some might find this weakness which is not the case she is a very strong woman willing to fight for those she loves. With her father in politics she has to be careful what she does when she just wants to be a normal woman with normal feelings doing normal things. When a picture gets put on the internet things gets out of hand. She finds she is about to lose everything she has worked for along with her new found friend who could maybe be more. Shane is the normal soldier a normal man who is flirty and does all he can do to get Brooke to walk a little on the wild side. Going through all that he has with seeing things people shouldn’t, dealing with death of friends and love ones, feeling guilty for not having died in a war that is still going on he comes home. He never thought he was good enough for Brooke with his background, now with his injures it just enforces what he thought he know all along he just isn’t the man she deserves. With the picture on the internet things get out of control and all hell breaks loose he knows he must go fix it. Now he finds his self trying to protect her not only from the new hounds but from his self. Some things are easier said than done as he is about to find out. I loved the chemistry between these two it is not hard to believe on first meeting that sex becomes an issue. I loved the way the author dealt with that why keeping the strong chemistry going. When the books starts out you see the first of the letters they write which are very sweet. I really liked how the author touched on things they had written to each other through the book without showing pages and pages of emails between them. I thought this added to the read and make it a much better read. The author gave a compelling story on PTSD how it effect a solider from their mood swings to their nightmares. The author made this a very believable story from the PTSD to military telling things to a stranger who they most likely will never see just because they need to get it off their chest. She gives you a wonderful love story with passion, anger, hurt where two people have to find a new beginning and get over their past pains and insecurities. She touches on some very major issues for both Shane and Brook that I felt she did in style why getting her message across. My heart went out to Shane and all our soldiers who come home trying to fit in when life has changed so much for them. I love the supporting characters from Shane’s sister to his mother. Each character has so much to learn to be able to grow and learn important things. The author does an amazing job of how things can get out of control fast as each character must learn how to deal with the issues at hand. I found this story to be a very touching loving read that the author put a lot of thought into. Being a military pen pal myself and dealing with soldiers I found this story to be very believable and right on the money. This is the first I have read from this author it will not be the last. I can hardly wait for book 2 “All I Need Is You” to come out it looks to be as interesting and a wonderful read as Loving You Is Easy has been.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a real easy read. Tending made me cry and I never do that. Soooooooooooo. I loved the book. The writer didn't just fill the page with words.
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loved this book - wish there was a sequel
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This book should've been named "Loving you is hard"! Didn't like the hero.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Returning wounded soldier stories are always a wild ride for me. The highs of those battlefield victories are quickly countered/obliterated by the lows of returning home feeling...lesser than when they'd left. The physical disabilities coupled with horrific memories makes the soldier appear unstable. They aren't. They're just trying to adjust to civilian life with what is their "new normal", as Shane so nicely put it. Brooke wore the girl-next-door facade very well. Too well, it initially seemed. I kept waiting for the mask to come off, for a bitter, spiteful, selfish woman to appear. It didn't because it wasn't a facade. That sweet, trusting, innocence she projected was genuine, and I found it hard not to like someone who was as open and honest as she was. The accusations she faced at the beginning of the story made me numb; the reactions from people in the community left me breathless. It was amazing how quickly people turned against her. Was she hurting? Absolutely, but she had an amazing support team behind her the whole way. Her family by choice, not her family by relation, stood by her, protected her, and kept her up to date on the investigation after she left her home. Nate and Neve were stellar examples of how family by choice steps up to fill those spaces family by relation should be standing in. Shane was another matter. The soldier who'd seen too much death and gore returned home a different man. Disabled and feeling like less than a man because of it, he was a frustrating character to like. But I understood why. She thought of him, took his injuries and disabilities into account, tried to help him with small things like untying his shoes, but all he read into those actions was how inadequate he was for her. He was incredibly negative throughout most of this story, and he wore those dark moments well. Unfiltered, uncouth, uncivilized. He lashed out without thinking, doing his best in those moments of "weakness" to drive her away. Did she leave? No. *smiles* And I was so damn proud of Brooke each time she stood her ground instead of running off. I love how Brooke and Shane eventually faced their pasts, together. Did you get that? With Shane, it took Brooke leaving for him to see how her actions didn't emasculate him, but showed how much she loved and cared for him. She willingly put herself in danger to protect him, not because she didn't think he could do but because she knew he didn't, and shouldn't, have to do it alone. Brooke's shining moment was more toward the end of the story, when she told her parents the truth of the night she was raped. The conversation and reactions that followed were intense and heartbreaking, but so worth reading. If Brooke hadn't proved already how strong she really was, those moments with her parents certainly did. Ms. Marcus did a wonderful job telling Shane and Brooke's story with well thought out characters, a constantly moving storyline, and tons of emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed their romance and hope to read Neve's next. 4.5* ***Received from NetGalley via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading at night is what I do.Could not put the book down. Very interestlng. THANKS TO ALL WHO SERVE AND PROTECT THIS COUNTRY THANKS AGAIN!!!!!
TMSNY More than 1 year ago
I had been waiting months for this book to come out…the wait was worth it. Brooke and Shane were great characters, great together. Two people who could not have been more different, supporting one another, overcoming obstacles, fighting for each other, and at times needing to forgive – a fantastic love story. More than that, I was emotionally engaged from the start. I cried, and I got mad for the characters, I was happy for them, rooting for them – so yes, I loved the book. I really need to add, I have tremendous respect for our military and the people who serve or have served. Thank you! But, I came away from this book with a new appreciation for the sacrifices they give in serving and protecting us.
chatnoir More than 1 year ago
This book pretty much draws you in right away, and I loved that! Very rarely do I pick up a book and feel drawn in from the first couple pages. You have a politician's daughter part of a soldier pen pal program, and she begins to write a blue collar soldier. He immediately warns her that he's not looking for a relationship, but she falls for him quickly. I feel like the author should have added more of the couples letters to each other in the book. We meet them, see them interact, and they care for each other. I couldn't figure out what drew them to each other. We don't get to see or feel them fall in love, so the love they share isn't necessarily believable to me. Shane is also an injured war veteran, has PTSD, and lashes out a lot at Brooke. He is quite angsty and I was wondered how Brooke was even attracted to him. He didn't want her, but didn't seem to want anyone else to have her. Brooke has easily likable and I could relate to her because I have a strained relationship with my parents as well. Her world really gets turned around in this book, and I hate that she has to go through what she has to go through. She trusted Shane and for that, she ended up suffering. In the end, she does get her happily ever after. I easily fell into this book and couldn't stop reading. This author can draw you in and that's miraculous. I have to say that I don't like Shane, and wanted to smack him several times. His sister was also a piece of work, and he failed to protect her against her wrath. There are my pros and cons. I have to say that I think this author has a ton of potential and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
amygarrett1825 More than 1 year ago
brooke and shane are believable and likeable characters. the plot flows quite well and is a generally good read. It is such a realistic plot so it is easy to follow! There is a lot of emotion in the book, so be prepared! i was able to put it down to go to sleep...which is why i didn't give it 5 stars...i save the 5 stars for the books i am up till 3am reading lol. it was really good though, and having a soldier in the story hit close to home, which made it even more emotional for me (my hubby and i are both veterans). this is a great read though and i highly reccomend it!!!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Wendy Marcus is a new author for me, and this will not be my last book by her. She gabbed me in the first page and did not let go till the last, even then I did not want to see it end. The story of Shane and Brooke is a believable story of two people trying to help each other out. They met through a pen pal program for armed services, even though Shane is not looking for a girlfriend. a wounded warrior and cyber bullying, such an excellent read. I highly recommend this book!
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Wonderful love story!  Shane could have been easy to hate, if he wasn't so easy to love.  At first we only see sweet Shane, but adjusting to life with his new disabilities makes him act like an jerk.  Luckily for him, Brooke does not give up on him so easily.  Brooke is stronger that she thinks, and with Shane's support, she finally stands up for herself and for the life she wants.  I loved the letters in the beginning and would have liked to have seen more of them.  I think it would have been a nice way to see their relationship develop.  I really enjoyed the book and hope we get Neve and Rory's story next! eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
Shane is a blue collar soldier who ends up being pen pals with Brooke, a teacher from a politically prominent family, while he's deployed in Afghanistan. When Shane returns to the states he's facing many challenges. And due to circumstances out of his control, so is Brooke. Together they build on their fledgling relationship and learn to trust in themselves and each other. I stayed up all night reading this book because I didn't want to put it down. Wounded warriors are my favorite kind of hero and the struggles facing many returning servicemen was realistically portrayed. This is a very emotional story that had me in tears several times. I can't recommend it enough! I'm also looking forward to another book, hopefully featuring Brooke's friend Neve, and Shane's fellow soldier, Mic.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim Prepare to lose yourself in Loving You is Easy. Wendy S. Marcus is a relatively new author to me. This story marks the second time I’ve read a book from her. As with the first book, this book had me from page one. Loving You is Easy is the story of Brooke Ellstein and Shane Develen. Brooke is a twenty-five-year-old math teacher who happens to be the daughter of potentially the next governor of the state of New York. Shane is a twenty-six-year-old career Army soldier with blue collar roots from New Jersey. In a perfect world, these two would never have met. But the world isn’t perfect. For the past eight years, Shane has been overseas fighting for his country. Brooke is overseeing the Support Our Troops pen pal initiative for the state of New York. The two start to communicate when an error is made adding Shane to the list although he isn’t a resident of the state. After months of communication, the two become really good friends. Things for these two are going really well until an ambush and RPG tear both of their lives apart. I say this a lot, but Loving You is Easy was so much more than I anticipated it would be. I wasn’t prepared for the the feelings these two gain for each other without spending physical time together. I wasn’t prepared for the social messages in the book. And, I was definitely blindsided by some events in the story. Wendy has written two characters who are each vulnerable and yet very, very strong in their own rights. The love and support that Brooke and Shane have for each other oozes through the pages. Wendy has succeeded in writing characters who are real with real issues. Not only has she managed to write a strong hero and heroine, the secondary characters are just as strong and some just as likeable. The story leaves room for an additional story to be told on a couple of the secondary characters. All I can really say is that Loving You is Easy is the perfect title for this book. Brooke and Shane make it so easy to love each of them and their story. Loving You is Easy simply put is a captivating story of friendship, love and determination. **Received a copy from Random House - Loveswept in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus, is a well-written military romance with characters that will make you smile while pulling at your heartstrings. So you may want to keep some tissues handy because you will definitely need them from time to time. I requested this book because I read some excellent early reviews from bloggers that I respect and hold in very high esteem. At first I was very disappointed, because I felt the author created an extremely ignorant heroine, whose actions at the beginning of the book were just beyond stupid. Especially for a woman who was smart, educated and well respected by her fellow teachers and community. However, with each chapter, I got to know Brooke and understand how her mind works. She is a people pleaser and protector. Nonetheless, her nice little neat life is no longer her own. Ms. Marcus does a wonderful job of evolving Brooke's emotional strength, and I applauded Brooke's ability to stand up to her overbearing mother when she was finally ready to do so. Brooke and Shane are pen-pals and they fall for each other via Skype, emails and letters. After a few deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Shane returns home an injured man, both mentally and physically. Not able to go back to his old life and unable to begin a new one, establishing a new normal is proving to be very difficult. Shane has trouble coping, due to the constant nightmares and imagery that has taken over his mind. He is cranky at times and Brooke's affection helps him deal with his stress. Even though he is damaged, Ms. Marcus never lets his sexiness, dominance or stature dissipate. Brooke and Shane have a nice attraction and their differences are what make them a great couple. I found Shane's mom to the voice of reason with an uncanny ability to read people. Her character provided a calming effect that added a lot depth to the story. Overall, this is an engaging book about triumph, acceptance and pride. Ms. Marcus has created a down to earth story with realistic characters and situations that kept my attention from beginning to end. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This contemporary romance is the story of Brooke and Shane, pen-pals whose friendship grows over time, until his return stateside as a wounded soldier. Brooke has developed strong feelings for Shane but he is determined to keep his distance, feeling like his roots are no match for her upbringing. But when her reputation is threatened, he steps in to help and in the process discovers his emotional commitment to Brooke is far greater than he expected. I really liked how this story began, and truthfully I felt a bit let down that we didn't see more of the long distance relationship between them through their letters, and more of a sense of the buildup of Brooke's feelings for Shane. To keep this review spoiler free, I'll just say that the situation they find themselves in when he has returned from his overseas posting was a challenging one for them to deal with, but works in terms of putting two people with nothing in common in a situation where they have to help each other. Both of them have difficult family members to deal with, another draw to strengthen their relationship. I thought the portrayal of Shane as a wounded soldier suffering from his injuries both physically and emotionally was quite accurate - everything doesn't magically get better just because you are with someone who cares about you, and his gruff and sometimes abrasive nature, complete with mood swings make for a difficult hero to like. Brooke understands him though, and her patient and caring nature makes her a good match for him. There is some definite chemistry between the two characters and the love scenes between them were well written. Overall I enjoyed the story, and look forward to secondary characters getting stories of their own. A solid 3 stars.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! This is a truly great read. I found the story unique and fresh, and the characters of Shane and Brooke incredibly endearing. They meet through a pen pal program to support the troops. Although Shane makes it clear from the beginning he is not looking for a girlfriend, over the months of getting to know him Brooke can't help but lose her heart to him. Now to change his mind. Now he's back and through a series of horrid events, Brooke is in trouble and needs his help. Will he be able to resist her? I recommend you grab this book and find out. It's fantastic.
PrincessFiona More than 1 year ago
I really loved this romance between Brooke Ellstein and Shane Develen. They are everything that's wrong for each other. She's a posh Jewish daughter of a rising politician. He's a blue collar Catholic boy from Jersey whose been in the army for eight years and is little rough around the edges. Not that he's shows too much of that in the penpal letters they've been sending each other for months when she scores the overflow soldier in a supporting the troops initiative. When they finally meet, it's not what either of them expect, though there may have been some secret hopes. But it's not until he returns to active duty, that everything falls apart. Unbeknownst to Brooke, Shane is injured and next thing, the risque photo she gave him is posted on Facebook and goes viral, drawing unwelcome attention. When things spiral out of control, risking her job and her reputation, Shane is forced to come out of hiding and face his responsibility to get her through the minefield her life has become. In many ways this is a realistic view of what can happen to a couple faced with the rigours and dangers of a war time romance. Shane has a lot to deal with just getting through the day and he has too much pride to accept help gladly. In a way, this is a major theme of the book, both Brooke and Shane learning that together they can be stronger. But both of them think it's better to be stronger by themselves, even when it leads to failure. Overall I loved the developing relationship between Brooke and Shane. It didn't bother me when he was a jerk because I understood what he was facing in terms of pain, grief and even withdrawal from strong painkillers. It makes a man tetchy. Brooke was a little harder to delve into. I think this is because she grew up repressing emotion so she works hard at keeping the perfect public image in place. Her character got a little preachy at times which lowered the score for me. I can appreciate the issues but I don't need them spelled out to me. Overall, a great read and I'm looking forward to the follow up book.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I hate to admit it, but it has been years since I read a Loveswept novel.  I didn't stop reading them because of a problem with the publisher. Some of my favorite authors and series where part of the Loveswept line. It was more that I was focusing on the new genres of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for a while. By the time I started coming back toward contemporary romance, Loveswept had gotten a major make-over as an e-format only imprint. Apparently I missed that memo. LOL. However I am glad to have found them once again. This makes my second one in the past month. This story was a study in contrasts.  Teacher to Soldier, Good Girl to Bad Boy, White Collar to Blue Collar, Pearls to Tattoos, Jew to Christian. This was truly an opposites attract book. We are introduced to Brook and Shane originally in their first letters to each other. Then their first face to face meeting when Shane gets leave to come home for a short stay.  But the story truly begins several months later, when some sexy pictures that Brooke gave to Shane ends up on Facebook. I liked Brooke and Shane's story. There was some good dialogue and I really enjoyed the characters, especially Brooke's best friend Neve. I didn't really connect as well with Brooke, but her best friend was a hoot.  I did think that the message about the dangers of social media might have been played a bit heavy handed. But then again, I'm old enough to thank God regularly that when I was in my stupid younger years that MySpace and Facebook wasn't around. (Okay, yes that just totally dated me, hush.) And the information about wounded veterans was something we all need to hear more often.  I would not mind seeing more from this world.  3 stars.
LoriC5 More than 1 year ago
This book was fairly captivating. It actually turned out to be a lot more intense than I expected.  First of all, one of the main plot points of this book is incredibly poignant. It bring into the light the true dangers of social media and how it can ruin someone’s life in a split second. Brooke and Shane start out as pen pals while he is serving another tour of duty. She quickly falls for him despite his adamant stance against having a girlfriend. However, he doesn’t help the situation by badgering her for sexy pictures and telling her about fantasies of her. While on leave, they are finally able to meet and the sparks are real. Again, Shane expects more from her and I was pretty surprised that he thought he could talk her into no-strings sex. She stays true to her conviction that she won’t sleep with him unless he is her boyfriend. However, she does surprise him with some tasteful boudoir pictures.  Shortly after Shane returns to duty he is injured and medivacked to a hospital. When his stuff is packed up, the pictures end up in the wrong hands and one of them gets posted on Facebook. As the daughter of a politician, she is under far more scrutiny. Not to mention the fact that her mother is the bride of Satan! But, she is also a middle school a middle school teacher. Through a chain of Facebook “friends” one of her students comes across the picture. In either a miscommunication or the bragging of a boy trying to be cooler, a student states that Brooke slept with his 15 year old brother.  This is where life spirals out of control. As I said, it brings the dangers of social media into the spot light. One comment ignites a wild fire and a life is destroyed. She is suspended from the school, and under police investigation. The teachers and parent assume the worst despite her stellar reputation. The press hounds her and she is caught up in hell. Shane has been severely wounded and like so many injured vets. He refuses to admit that he has PTSD and has let his limitations define him. Especially when it comes to Brooke. He completely gives up and has no intention of ever contacting her again until he learns what has happened. In a move that shows he hasn’t gone too far over the deep end, he shows up to help her, determined to fix the situation. To keep her out of the limelight, he takes her home to stay with his family. However despite the good thing right in front of him, he lets his insecurities and obscured ideas of what she needs keep him from admitting that they belong together.  Brooke is a very strong heroine. My favorite part about her is that she doesn’t take the bait when Shane lashes out at her. He doesn’t expect her to stay calm and not be insulted by the things he says. She tries to help everyone around her without much thought to herself. Unfortunately, Shane sees her caring as pity and coddling. He’s a real jacka$$ for a lot of the story. His denial about his PTSD and his relationship with Brooke gets old eventually.  I would have for the book to have had a few more breaks from the intensity of the story. There were times when I almost put it down to get a rest from the angst. All in all though, it’s a great read. I give props to the author for writing about topics that can be very touchy, and doing an excellent job. The ending was great, I finished the last page with a smile. You should look forward to the moment when Brook and Shane visit her parent’s house. But, that’s all I’ll leave it at that.  I highly recommend the book. Enjoy! An ARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review
chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Brooke Ellstein is too sweet, too trusting and is too good. She's one of those people who seems to be perfect, and can't do any harm to anyone, until THAT incident happened. She got the press off her back by living a simple and uncomplicated life, until a picture that was supposed to be private fell into the wrong hands and had a catastrophic consequences. It's cyber-bullying, and trial by publicity at it's finest. One wrong move, and all her hardwork, her good deeds, her years of having an almost-perfect reputation were forgotten. She had no choice but to lie low for the mean time, with Shane, the person whom she entrusted the picture to. They communicated via email and letters, but nothing had prepared Shane in meeting Brooke. He wasn't ready for any relationships, but he was willing to give it a shot the next time they met, until something happened to him, and the pictures, which he kept (not safely though) went viral. He knew he had to explain his side, and to finally man up and face Brooke. He was no longer the soldier she once met. He was wounded, both physically and mentally - would she still want him? He's hot, and then he's cold. He can be sweet and infuriating. I think Brooke is like Mother Theresa - sweet and kind, and OMG, I wanted her to throw something at Shane when he has his fits just to make sure she still feels irritated. But no, this girl is amazingly composed and patient, and most of the times, unable to stand up for herself. Shane, okay, he has been through a lot and I know how hard it was for him to get back into the "normal" side of life. But he was willing to set things right, starting by having her with him... Would he finally realize that she will have him no matter what? Or would he be stubborn enough to up his walls when it comes to her? I like the complexity of the characters, and the way they make me feel. I loved them, I hated them, I get frustrated at times, but at the end, you can't help but love them and their imperfections. The story line was great as well, the pacing was just perfect, no boring moments in between, and the sex? Ah, it was worth the wait. The anticipation build up was pretty intense. Over-all, it was a nice read.