The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That's exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news-Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.
In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties-The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.
New beginnings are only an illusion...
The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel's past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets-even to his brother's widow. It's only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel's tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.
Mimi is sure she'll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens...
Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret-this one too terrible to forgive.
In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.
No matter what.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Newly married Mimi Marcus learns that her worst fear has been realized when she receives notice that her US Marine husband has been captured and killed by the enemy in Afghanistan. She knew going into the relationship that it was always a possibility given the line of work he chose, but nothing could have prepared her for this moment. She has never known a pain like she is suffering now, and feels the only way she can fully move on and finally let him rest in peace is to go stateside and spend some time on the family ranch he loved so much. But soon after arriving things begin to take a turn she never expected and what started as a goodbye, ends with an introduction to a man she never truly knew... The minute his brother's widow shows up on his doorstep Austin Marcus can sense that trouble is about to hit, she is here to learn more about the husband she just lost, but Austin can't bare to share secrets that aren't his to share. Soon he finds himself falling for Mimi, and an affair ensues, but before things can ever really get going, his dead brother makes a return home, and he knows it's just a matter of time before he loses the woman he loves...to a man she never really knew! This stunning debut grabbed my attention from the get-go and had me flying through the pages for some much needed answers, and boy oh boy did I find them and so much more! After reading the synopsis for this one I thought I knew where the story was going, but I received the shock of my life when things went in an direction I never saw coming! This story had it all, spine-tingling suspense, steamy romance, and a gut wrenching emotion that hits at the core!! If your looking for something that will give you the feels and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through, then look no further, this is the perfect read for you!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Limitless Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
If I’m honest I was expecting a run of the mill romance from this book. The cover belies what is within. I’m astonished tihs is Christina’s debut novel because it is so in-depth, pulls at the heartstrings and has an overwhelming amount of information. I felt as though I was listening to a Military wife at times. The story centres around Mimi and Joel initially but then involves his brother Austin. Mimi is so desperately in love but her world is shattered when Joel is deployed to Afghanistan. The tension mounts throughout the book, so many twists and the author isn’t afraid to shy away from the inevitable happy endings .. I found that rather refreshing. I really enjoyed the descriptive writing .. I have been to Yosemite and could feel myself transported back there during that scene. The recap about 9/11 hits home and its so true everyone remembers where they were. A variety of characters keep the whole story flowing and each brings a distinct image to mind. Yes there is a love triangle but once some secrets are exposed you are drawn towards one brother over the other. I really enjoyed this and look forward to more books by Christina. I was fortunate to be given a copy by Tasty Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion.
Dear Cristina, I could not put your book down. At first I was in love with Joel!! Like seriously, a HOT Southern boy turned US Marine, whats not to love?!?! Then you broke my heart and I was crying, ALL BEFORE PAGE 50!! Then I fell in love again with a Cowboy, Austin. Not only did I fall in love with him, but I started to really hate Joel for getting in the way. Austin is the caring and give everything for others vs Joel the selfish 'if i don't share it, it never happened' jerk face! Then you broke my heart AGAIN with a HUGE TRAGEDY!! Like seriously I shouted NO and people looked at me like I was crazy!! Mimi Mimi, the whole time she is being pulled in every which direction!! Should she go with Joel or leave him for his brother Austin??? So much love and heartbreak in one book!! MAY have to re-read it!! Love, An in love but heartbroken Reader
This book isn’t what I expected. And I don’t mean that in a mean way. The beginning was a little bumpy, but over all, it was all there and pretty cohesive. For an author debut, this book tugged at my heartstrings. I can’t imagine what goes on in the head of a military spouse and their significant other. It cannot be easy. Getting into Mimi’s head and witnessing the shock, the pain, the anguish or losing her husband and also the pain and confusion she feels when she learns later that he was after all alive was intense. My heart felt heavy for her. Then add on top, the chilling fact that her husband is not the stand up man she thought he was. That was pretty mind-boggling and alarming. Teaser 2 Till Death AND, since that Mimi has now moved on from her husband and is dating his brother-- after reaching out to the latter, believing that her hubby was deceased—and therefore embarking on a relationship with that other. It was pretty up and up to see how everything unfolded. In some ways, I feel that this book was about finding your inner strength, finding your center and standing on your own two feet when you feel your world crumbling down. It was about love, friendship, forgiveness, rediscovery, and ultimate sacrifice. The ending, wah, that was definitely not how I thought it would end. It was unexpected. Certainly, not your typical book ending, that’s for sure!