Author: Devon Youngblood
Publisher by: Independent
Genres: New Adult Romance
Maura is a twenty-three year old who is still coping with her parents' sudden death two years ago. She recently graduated from college and now has her own catering business. A best friend-roommate who has been there through it all and helps make life manageable.
Until her first love Pierson Hammer comes walking back into her life.
Pierson has demons of his own, after serving in the military for five years. Tormented from his past and present. he comes home hoping to make amends with Maura.
Can Maura forgive Pierson for leaving her all those years ago? Can she trust him with her future? Will she open herself up completely?
**Warning: Contains strong language, and sexual situations.***
Maura and Pierson dated for 3 ½ years in high school. Pierson joins the Marines and breaks up with Maura, saying it’s not the life for her. Maura gets hit with a lot of obstacles while he away but in the end comes through. She has her own business and trying to build herself a life with her friend, Ruby.
Pierson returns from the Marines and back into Maura’s life. His return is where the fun begins, well kinda 🙂 Okay maybe not so much fun but they do reunite. Unfortunately, Pierson comes back from war suffering from PTSD. The story of Pierson’s struggles is heartbreaking and mind-blowing. I felt his pain as I read his struggles and fell in love with all things Pierson.
I was not too fond of Maura 🙁 She handles Pierson’s PTSD in an immature fashion and overreacts to things that happen in the story. Any woman would want to learn everything she could about the love of her life’s struggle. To understand how to help and be with him. Instead, her and her friend Ruby act like immature and uninformed idiots that is over the top.
I enjoyed the overall storyline. Some of the characters could have been further developed so the reader could gain an idea of who they really were. The writing was a little stiff in places and it felt more like a telegraph being received then a constant flow of words. This book ends in a HEA even though it will be part of a series.
I know this is the authors first published work and feel that the minor issues I had with the story will be worked out as she continues writing and grows as an author. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.