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Here with Me

(The Archer Brothers #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  7,290 ratings  ·  857 reviews
Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military
Kindle Edition, 226 pages
Published October 23rd 2014
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Aestas Book Blog
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

HOLYYYYY SHIT!!!!! I read 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
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Mixed rating – 2 stars and 5 stars


Well this is one of those times where I don’t know how to rate a book. I adored the writing – it was evocative, fluent, and brilliant. I highlighted like crazy and I had to pause a couple of times because it was painful to read. The military subject matter was also weaved nicely into the story, adding an edgy, suspenseful tone. However, the way the book is styled did a big injustice to one of the characters and as a result, it lead me to resent the
Amy | Foxy Blogs
Here With Me could be the love child of the movie Castaway and the TV show The Client List. Even though those two shows don’t have anything to do with the military they have elements that are in this book. The premises are similar but the settings are different.

”Time doesn’t heal anything. It just prolongs the hurt and pain."
The plot line is one of intrigue and heartbreak. Evan was deployed on a secret mission for 6 years. SIX YEARS! He left behind a pregnant fiancee along with a twin bro
✰ Liz ✰

"She’s mine. She always has been and always will be."-Evan


Here with Me is both heartbreaking and beautiful. The stage is set for lives to be changed forever. The scenario these characters were placed in challenges what we think is right and wrong. It questions commitment in times of war and peace. What is more important- loyalty or love? Here with Me is set in the present time but the past is revealed piece by piece as the story progresses.

The story begins in a therapists office. Ryley is brok
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
*4.5 Stars*

”Everything I knew I had, everything that I thought was waiting for me, isn’t.”

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Well, well, well Heidi McLaughlin I stayed up way too late and read this book in one sitting. The story line and the writing grabbed me from the very first chapter. What a heartbreaking mess Ryley finds herself in. I just feel terrible for all the characters involved. It all starts when Ryley’s dead fiancée shows up at her doorstep six years after she buried him.

This story is told in alter
Sophie's Reading Corner
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-anticipated
>>>FREE!! AMAZON <<<

4.5 LifeIsUnfair stars

When I had read the blurb for this, I thought "Wow, this sounds very intriguing. I really need to check this out!"

Was I disappointed when it finally came to my hands?

The writing is EPIC! I enjoyed so much how the first part of the book was written in alternative POVs, while attending therapist's sessions! I haven't met something like that before, so I devoured it. I could already imagine this as a movie in my mind and it worked, for me, at least. Esp
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The blurb was better than the book.

Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it

4-4.5 Stars


That quote says it all. This book was intense. Heartbreaking and full of emotional distress. I can't even imagine being in this situation. Here with Me is a fast-paced, romantic suspense that had my heart beating fast. My main issue, I would have preferred Evan and Nate to have been friends, instead of twins, but I still really enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward getting some answers and finding out who will get the girl...It better be Evan. I love that man <3
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
4-4.5 StArS

Review Posted 20th April'15

I don't want to give away 1 mile of this road you'll be travelling with Ryley Archer except to say...

WHAT WOULD YOU DO, if this happened to you...

Ryley has grieved for her husband Evan Archer for six long years, declared dead when he went on a mission and never returned.

Evan's twin Nate, over time slipped into his own twin's life....loving the women and child he's brother had left behind.

Then one day, all their worlds are rocked.....when Evan returns hom
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT A FREAKING BOOK!!!! Review coming once I've gathered my thoughts... WOW! Let me just say that this author has earned a fangirl over here.... My God. Angsty perfection.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

It was a very interesting book with a really riveting topic.

My problem with it is that I don't see the pieces matching together well.

- I found very strange the general behavior of the characters in each situation, just plain odd.

- The story had difficulties moving along. The characters had very repetitive thoughts and they didn't seem to bring them to a real define place. There was little advance to the story, thus it seemed like a really short book. Fortunately all thr
Toski Covey
I went into this book blind. I didn't read the synop or any teasers beforehand, I wanted to really FEEL this story. Boy did I ever.

Ryley Clarke loses her fiancé, Evan Archer in an accident while he's serving as a Navy Seal. She knew this was a risk as she grew up in a military family, but no amount of knowledge could have prepared her for that pain. After burying the love of her life, Evan's brother Nate becomes her "knight in shining armor" so to speak. He helps her mourn, heal, and eventually
Kim Bailey
4.5 Stars

Swoon! Laugh! Cry!
This book had my emotions all over the place. I truly loved it.

What would you do if the love of your life died? Only, he didn’t actually die? And you had moved on … with his brother?!
This story of first love found & lost … oh my goodness! So sweet, so romantic! Evan and Ryley melted my heart with their tale.

I enjoyed the writing style - having the majority of the story told through therapy appointments worked really well. Getting both main character’s pov’s cemented
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh hell no. I'm diving straight into the next book !!!!! ...more
Caisey Quinn
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was one of those books where I finished and immediately messaged the author! I need the second book in this series YESTERDAY!!!
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I was the firework. I was the butterfly.
I was every analogy you could think of.
I didn’t see stars. I became the star.
My first kiss was everything it was meant to be


I need to start the next book ASAP!!!!
Art Liberty
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loyal Heidi fans are going to be blown away by Here with Me. The characters are well-developed and the heartache they face because of forces beyond their control will keep you biting your nails throughout. You will take Ryley into your hearts from the very beginning and suffer with Evan as he discovers what has happened to the woman he loves and son he never met during his six-year absence. And what to do about his twin brother? Believe me, you will NOT be disappointed!Heidi McLaughlin ...more
Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty
3 Stars


Well, I have to say, I expected more than what I got. The blurb definitely intrigued me.I did end up liking the story, however. Just not as much as I thought I would.


The story starts out with Ryley and Evan retelling certain parts of their lives to a counselor, separately. At this point, Evan has returned back to the states after being deployed on a mission in the SEALS for 6 years (kinda hard to believe, if you ask me, but you're not so my opinion is moot). Evan left Ryley when she
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

This book!!

what happens when a girl meets the guy of her dreams...
Then he goes to the Navy and she is told he is dead...




BHAM!! She is engaged to her brothers twin when he is "back from the dead"? only he was never dead....

Loving the Archer Brothers? not so simple...

so says the cliffy...

lets see what happens....

who will she choose?

....To be continued....
Jac K
**I purchased these years ago, but looks like they are currently in KU**

I been working on this one for a long time. I originally picked it up months ago, and couldn’t get through it. (the first ½ is SLOW going) I decided to try again on Monday, and the fact that I was still working on it Thursday…is telling. I literally did anything (Sims, Alias marathon, Crikey! It’s the Irwins) rather than pick this up. With all that said, the ingredients are prime for an angsty angst-fest, so others might enj
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
2.5 Stars

I tend to avoid love triangles; however, this one has a twist. Evan, a Navy SEAL, leaves his pregnant fiancé, Ryley, when deployed on a special mission. When he’s “killed” in the line of duty, Evan’s twin brother, Nate, is there to help Ryley pick up the pieces. Six years later, Evan returns home to find that Ryley and Nate are engaged and his son calls his brother, “Dad.” The premise sounds intriguing. The problem with this story is in its execution.

There isn’t any chemistry between Ev
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-top-fave
OMG!!!!!! devoured this book in one day...I NEED more! full review to come!!!!

*edited 11/23
So this book gave me the chills from the moment I read the first page and I could not put it down...I devoured this book in ONE DAY! When I picked up Here With Me, I was in a book funk, not having had any luck in the previous couple of books that I had read, so this came at just the perfect time. From the opening page, I was suspicious, intrigued and coupled with the mystery and romance that I knew was bou
Jennifer Wolfel
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is hands down Heidi's best yet. Coupled with her ability to weave an intricate tale such as this with loveable and relatable characters such as Evan and Ryley sets this book apart from the rest. Heidi holds your attention with lies, mystery and a timeless love story that will grip your heart and leave you begging for more. Evan will melt your heart and Ryley's plight will pull it apart. This is a book you don't want to miss. The roller coaster of emotions is worth the ride! ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. This wasn't a bad book, I just didn't think much of it. It didn't bring out any emotion and I was kind of bored listening to the audio. Some of the main characters seemed kind of dumb and the situation just didn't make sense. ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.
DNF @ 92%

I can't believe I DNF this book so close to the end... what a disappointment !!!
I just don't care how it is going to end... anyway said end is written in the stars since the very start.
(and by the way, thaks to reviews of the second book : you confirmed to me that I was just right in my predictions!!!)

My major issue with this book was the fickleness of the writing. I had the impression this book was written by multiple authors who didn't speak to each other. That was really d
Erika Ashby
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. I loved all the detail that was put into the back-story and the suspense it brought. I loved the angst, the love, the longing...the questioning of everything that's taking place. And I loved that it left me wanting more--like now!! #EvanisMine ...more
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing

One of the toughest reviews I have had to write since I started this site. Not because of how horrible the book was, on the contrary you can tell that it was the opposite by just looking at the amount of trees I gave it. It's because of that exactly why I took hours and not minutes to reflect on what I felt. Here With Me was amazing. The story itself, the characters, the setting, the voices, the background, everything about this novel just fell into this perfect synchroniz
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, romantic, soldier, duet
3 stars

This book has been on my TBR since its release years ago. The synopsis grabbed my interest immediately and though I’m not usually a fan of love triangles, I was intrigued to see how this one was going to play out.

Evan Archer is a marine who went away for a mission, leaving his pregnant fiancée, Ryley, at home and expecting to return to her quickly. It’s six years later when he finally makes it back, and it is to the realisation that everybody at home thought he and his colleagues had die
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“I’m here because six years ago I lost the love of my life, but now he’s back from the dead, and in a few weeks I’m set to marry my best friend. His brother.”

Every love triangle is painful and confusing for all parties. It wouldn't be called a triangle if the decision of who to choose is easy, right? Take into account an additional facet to the already complicated situation like it's an unintentional triangle involving twin brothers, unexpected because one of them was thought to be dead.. then i
Jesey ~ Schmexy GIrl~
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
What would you do if the love of your life died and then six years later walked back into your life as if nothing had happened?! Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin is THAT story, the one that will shock you, break your heart while melting it at the same time.

Ryley has moved on with her life, she had to, Evan was gone and she was shattered…there was no other option. She mourned her loss, raised her son, and is ready to get married.

“I’m here because six years ago I lost the love of my life, but now
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Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of The Beaumont Series, The Boys of Summer, and The Archers.

Originally, from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband, two daughters, and their three dogs.

In 2012, Heidi turned her passion for reading into a full-fledged literary career, writing over twenty novels, inclu

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