Sequel to Can't Live Without You
Forever Yours: Book Two
Friends since they met in school, Ashton and Brighton soon become much more. Ash and his aunt are Brighton's haven away from his mess of a family, and when Ash enlists in the Army, Brighton learns to endure his long absences and eagerly awaits his return from missions.
Until one day Ash doesn't come back, and Brighton thinks his greatest fear has come true.
Months pass and Brighton grieves for Ash, not knowing that a terrible misunderstanding sent Ash running, unable to cope when he thought Brighton had betrayed him. Even after an emotional reunion, their relationship isn't the same--Brighton is now responsible for his young niece, and he's having a hard time rediscovering the trust he once had in Ash. Ash must still tend to his mental health, but before he can, he'll have to deal with a past secret that puts all their lives at risk. With so many forces determined to tear them apart, can Brighton and Ash hold on to each other and never let go?
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4.05 ~> Wounded POW and Single Dad Reconnect ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third-person Ash was a POW and is now a medically discharged soldier looking to get back to the one man that kept him fighting for his freedom but when he returns home, he sees Brighton with another man and flees. Brighton was led to believe that Ash was killed on that last mission and he still grieves for the loss. Only having his cousin as a roommate and, now, the responsibility of raising his niece, as his dying sister wished, has kept him from spiraling too far. But even still, he has no desire to put himself out there again. Ash returns to their little town when his elderly aunt, the woman that raised and loved him as her own, needs assistance. When the two men meet again and the spark reignites, they have to decide if life has changed them too much or if they still want the same things as they had years ago. Other than a cameo from the characters from CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT YOU and they were loosely connected to a secondary character, the cast primarily seemed to be immediate family and Rose, the owner of the diner they like to frequent. This story CAN stand on its own quite well. The plot was good; steady but without any dynamic twists or fun surprises. It flowed smoothly; almost sedately. There were times that I'd hope something would happen in the plot to add a touch of excitement, but the opportunity was lost as the story continued on at a standard-fare contemporary pace. The only place where predictability was present was throughout the final chapter and epilogue, which featured a solid HEA for Brighton and Ash. Overall, it was a well-written story with a small-town vibe and pace and likable characters. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.05 ~ Stars: 4 Possible Triggers: PTSD with flashbacks and nightmares of time in captivity are mentioned without great or graphic detail. ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from RBTL Promotions and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐