A pleasant afternoon party with some of her coworkers allows Anita fans a bit of a break from the normally chaotic scenarios she is usually in the mid...moreA pleasant afternoon party with some of her coworkers allows Anita fans a bit of a break from the normally chaotic scenarios she is usually in the middle of.
The ending scene where the children dance with one another was both sweet and cute but when the adults took their turn on the floor it was pure sigh worthy romantic.(less)
Book Info Kindle Edition, 214 pages Published June 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens original title Something Like Normal ASIN B007N6JE6K edition lang...moreBook Info Kindle Edition, 214 pages Published June 19th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens original title Something Like Normal ASIN B007N6JE6K edition language English URL characters Travis Stephenson, Harper Gray setting Florida (United States) Fort Meyer, California (United States) other editions (3) Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library
When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother's stolen his girlfriend and car, and the nightmares of his best friend getting killed keep him completely spooked. But when he runs into Harper, a girl who despises him for rumors Travis started back in middle school, life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he falls deeper in love with her and begins to find his way through the family meltdown, the post-traumatic stress and the possibility of a interesting future. His sense of humor, sense of his own strength and incredible sense of honor make Travis an irresistible and eminently lovable hero in this fantastic and timely debut novel.
For anyone who has a loved one in the military this intense look at how one young Marine finds himself dealing with the aftereffects of the death of his best friend in the Corp when he goes home from Afghanistan for a month's leave. This story delivers a hard punch to the gut, especially for those who have served themselves as it will bring back memories maybe best forgotten.
Travis Stephenson is only looking for a bit of "normal" after being in country fighting in Afghanistan, however that is not something easy to find or even define at this point in time.
Harper Gray is the girl in school that Travis most wanted to connect with, however in an ill fated decision on his part that ended in disaster when he was a teenager of 14.
All these years later now both Harper and Travis have graduated from their Florida High School, he is in the Marine Corp and Harper works at the local Waffle House as a waitress trying to stack up some cash before going to Maine to go to college to study Marine Biology.
While at home for the first time in a year on leave Travis finds himself struggling to adjust, Harper just happens to make that easier and as they slowly get past the mistakes of youth the pair find themselves finally establishing a friendship which turns into a relationship in no time.
The different characters whose personalities we get a glimpse of all have one thing in common, they help Travis stay grounded and even in many ways help him stay on a course that could eventually prove able to provide a way to cope if not heal from his mental wounds the realities of war have inflicted upon him.
By the end of this short book my heart felt so many conflicting feelings on behalf of Travis as well as his fellow Marines, both dead and alive.
Book Info Publication Date: August 22, 2014 Print Length: 300 pages Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00MXHN244 URL series Lo...moreBook Info Publication Date: August 22, 2014 Print Length: 300 pages Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN: B00MXHN244 URL series Love, Power & Sin #2 other editions None found Source:Kindle copy from author
Allyson Roberts has risen from the ashes. She now has a career, a relationship, and a purpose in life. But as a new assignment comes along, Jake Morrissey, the man who helped her rebuild her life and has been her rock ever since might now become too dangerous for her to love. Will Ally and Jake find a way to be together, or will their ties burn them?
Delilah Jones has always been the odd one out with a wayward past. Now, she has a chance to shine by completing an undercover assignment that has her colleagues at a standstill. But what if getting a lead will cost Delilah her only chance for true love? Will she have to choose between her heart and career, or will she find a way to have both?
What is most enjoyable about reading a book by an author whose works you have found satisfying in the past is when your expectations are met again and again with each new tale.
For me the best part of reading something written by Marie Astor is her ability to combine smart with sexy in both her male and female characters, that and the bad guys always get what is coming to them!
Being this was the second book in a series one would expect to be able to pick right up where the last book left off, you can and best of all you really do not have to read the previous story to follow along with this one although it is always a good idea to do so just for the sake of continuity with the characters past actions.
The main plot deals with uncovering corporate espionage and it is married with the difficulties that face Ally and Jake as they find this particular covert assignment testing the strength of their relationship and even more interesting it allows Delilah a chance to prove herself to the agency as well as perhaps finally find romance for herself!
Suspense, corporate espionage, secrets, lies and deception mixed with some new direction in character growth combine to create another good reading experience.
[Kindle copy from author in exchange for honest review]