I gave my heart to a Navy SEAL.
He took it with him to his grave.
Eleven years later, ignoring the yawning void is as automatic as breathing. Working brutal hours, dating a comfortably commitment-phobic guy, hanging with my best friends. Anything until exhaustion—or an extra glass of wine—claims my consciousness.
My neighbor's handsome, enigmatic son invades my comfort zone.
He says he's a tattoo artist. But Anderson Hawkins' piercing green eyes, mastery of the short answer, weird schedule, and military ink tell a different story.
His touch ignites a long-dead flame inside me. A flame I'm afraid to examine too closely, even as I'm drawn to its heat.
I retired from Delta Force
Now I work at a high-intelligence security agency
But working undercover isn't the adrenaline rush it used to be.
For one thing, my Mom's illness shifted my priorities to finding a way to save her. For another, her neighbor next door, whose prickly defenses belie the unflinchingly caring heart underneath, has slipped under my skin. Now my mission is to convince her it's safe to unlock her heart. Because I'm ready to give her mine.
Note: This contemporary romance contains a wary, overworked doctor who's a military widow in every way but name, an ex-military hero accustomed to treading dangerous ground, brought together by a few unexpected twists and turns—and maybe the machinations of a cute dog.
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About the Author
She now lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he's the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Aspens wallowing in grief gets close to being too much but Anderson more than makes up for it. The mom relationships and the healing of rifts makes this a 'hard to put down' that I'll read again
You know you're going to cry. I knew I was going to. Accept it, carry tissues, and one click. It's that simple. What isn't simple is the emotional upheaval that the author insists on inflicting on poor (un)suspecting readers! No lie I was a slobbering mess at least twice in this book. I will not cop to any other instances because my book buddies already tease me. What I will share is the fear...I have always had the irrational but highly normal fear of losing my love. It is this terrifying fear that grips my heart and is made worse any time I read a book like Until I Fall. It plagues my nightmares and I can sympathize with Aspen. She lived or tries to live through my fear. Fear can be healthy but it can also be a hindrance. In Aspen's case, she is hiding behind her fears and using them as a shield to avoid life. But not everyone is ok with Aspen's hiding, no, one man is determined to find the real Aspen. He's determined to unearth the real woman hiding behind fake smiles and walls. Anderson can't explain why he likes her or even wants to spend time with her. He just knows she makes him lighter in every way. Although it would be sweet to say that she fell for his charming smile, it would be a lie. Aspen isn't giving up emotion, her walls, or her hiding without a fight. Is Anderson ready or even willing to break through her walls? Neither one is looking for anything, yet, they gravitate towards each other. But denial can go a long way especially when you feed it your fears... I told you I cried but I didn't tell you how much I loved it. I love the stories that make you feel. The characters that give you hope and make you long for more. This book has them in spades. I have to look and see if any of my favorites star in other books by the author. Regardless, I will be keeping an eye out for future books from Ms. Burgoa. reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
Really enjoyed the story and would love to see more about the supporting characters!
I loved the characters with their faults and never give up attitude.
I enjoyed this book. I would love to read all the books in the series!
This story absolutely captured my heart from the first chapter. Aspen's character was so well written and I felt everything she was feeling like I was right there with her in the story. And Hawk -- I need him in real life. He was strong yet tender and I loved reading about his personal growth and realizing he wanted what he never knew he wanted. I was left emotionally raw at times and then Claudia and her writing style put me back together through this beautiful story. There are so many life lessons in this book and amazing quotes reminding you to live each day to its fullest -- this book will be staying with me forever. Absolutely recommend to everyone
What a heartbreaking story of love and loss. My heart broke over and over for Aspen and the loss she has had during her life. Not only losing people in death, but those close to her that pull away as well. This story was about letting go of the past and learning to move on. Learning to live again. I loved Anderson and how he made Aspen want to fight to get past her issues. There is always something scary about loving so much that your world could fall apart if you lose them. Aspen is so afraid to feel and live because she has lost so much. This book was definitely one you will need tissues for. I thought the story was a good one, I just got hung up on how much loss and sadness Aspen has gone through. It just seemed to drag a little bit for me, but the overall story I really enjoyed and I loved watching her take a chance with Anderson to really live again. Grab some tissues and read this one.
This story swallowed me whole and wouldn't let go even days after I finished reading it. I was enthralled with Aspen and Andersons' tale from the very first word. Aspen is smart, brave and caring, but she has never gotten over the heartbreak of losing her fiance eleven years ago. She keeps busy trying to help others in the ER and at the free clinic. She isn't ready to open her heart and take the chance of losing it again. She has been through so much hardship in her life and is determined to keep herself safe and away from change. Anderson is the mysterious, sexy tattoo artist whose mother lives next door to Aspen. Aspen and her friends have grown close to their aging neighbor and are happy to look after her when Anderson leaves for work, sometimes weeks at a time. But when he is home, he is determined to break down Aspen's walls and make her let go of all her fears. They are the perfect match for each other because they are both fighters. Anderson has also faced so much in his life and Aspen has become a source of strength for him and has shown him another path to love. Aspen is surprised at how safe she feels with Anderson. But is it worth the pain and heartache when secrets are revealed and danger is at your front door? Ms Burgoa is brilliant at creating intriguing and poignant tales with multifaceted characters that make you experience every emotion. This story is fast paced with twists and turns that are suspenseful, raw, and emotional. But through it all, there is a connection between Anderson and Aspen that is pure and healing. This story made me feel so many intense emotions of love and loss, loyalty and betrayal, passion and heartache and I loved every word of it. It makes me excited to read more about the fun and compelling friends involved in this story. I highly recommend this book!