“I’m going to fight for my family and I’ll do it dirty if I have to…
I’m going to prove that you’re still madly in love with me…”
HOLYYYYY SHIT!!!!! I read both Here With Me and Choose Me back-to-back because I quite literally COULD. NOT. PUT. THEM. DOWN!!!! Together they tell a complete story and IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! OMG. My heart!!! Gah!!! The feels!!! I was glued to the page from start to finish and just couldn’t turn those pages fast enough. If you’re looking for a unique, well written, roller coaster of a story that will keep your heart racing the whole way through to fall in love with, I’d HIGHLY recommend these books!!
This is a review of both books because together they tell one story.
The story is about Evan Archer, a Navy SEAL, who fell in love with a girl when they were in high school. They built and planned a life together. He was sent away on a mission that ended up going wrong. It was supposed to be a quick in and out but they ended up away for six years. Ryley was told he was dead. A body was sent home. She buried the man she loved and was forced to move on. Her life fell apart and Evan’s twin brother Nate Archer was there to help her pick up the pieces, and help her raise her son. Until the day Evan came home, with no idea that she didn’t know he was alive… and found her engaged to Nate.
You should know that I’m NOT a fan of love triangles but I’m still loved this series! Here’s why: There were no “teams” for me here. Not even for a single moment. I was never once “torn” between the two guys. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them both, but there was absolutely no doubt in my mind who she should be with and I checked the ending of the second book before I even started them (don’t judge me) to be sure that he was in fact the one. Honestly, I wouldn’t have reviewed these if they’d ended any other way, so basically… Without spoilers, I’ll just say that if you’re worried about anything in them, don’t be! Just enjoy the ride! It’s a wild one that’ll tug all your heart strings in the best possibly way. ❤
The cool thing is that these are actually “romantic suspense” books. The suspense comes from the fact that, remember how Evan’s mission took six years? Well, it wasn’t supposed to. There was a cover up… and a whole mystery there over what the hell happened to their team. It added an ‘edgy’ feeling to the story that I really loved. I needed answers!!! I was just an invested in this part as I was in the romance.
Anyways, when you start the first book you’ll see that you’re hit with the feels right from the start. There’s no ‘easing you in’. You just hit the ground running! I actually love that. I love instantly just being immersed into the story. It’s also one of those stories where I started it, got sucked right in, and suddenly I looked down and I was at 25% … then 60%… then 90% … — it just kinda takes over your life.
It’s honestly hard for me to talk about this any more than this without giving spoilers so I’m just going to stop and hope that you’re intrigued enough to give them a shot because it’s an awesome series!
By the way, I have a ton of quotes highlighted but… every time I look through them, I can see how they *could* be taken as a spoiler so that’s the only reason I decided not to include any here.
These two books tell a complete story. The ending is fully resolved on all accounts and the third book in the series will be a standalone about a completely different guy. His story sounds crazy cool though so I’m excited for it. But that’s separate. Consider these as their own 2-book series within a larger series.
PS: or those of you who (like me) neeeeeeed to know for sure who she ends up with, here’s the spoiler:
Dual rating: 4.5+ stars! Contemporary romantic suspense.
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