Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin
Series: The Archer Brothers #1
Release Date: October 23, 2014
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 for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
Review [possible spoilers]:
I couldn’t resist to read this book after reading the blurb and seeing some reviews on blogs I follow. Two SEALS fighting for one woman’s love is a pretty good incentive but a presumably dead SEAL coming home? That’s like Christmas wrapped up in one book. I thought I would enjoy it so I bought it on Kobo, but guess what? I didn’t just enjoy it, I fell madly, truly, deeply in love with this story! The minute I read the last page, I went and bought the second book, because I couldn’t wait another second to continue reading Ryley and Evan’s story. That’s right. I wasn’t really caring much about Nate at this point, because I love Evan. It’s impossible not to.
So, Evan returns home after a 6 year mission with no welcome party. He gets home only to find out his life is gone, because everyone thought he was dead, and Ryley is engaged to another man. His brother, Nate. Ryley buried the love of her life 6 years ago and can’t believe her eyes when she sees him waiting for her in their house’s porch. This scene broke my heart. It was emotionally powerful and beautifully written, gut-wrenching, I might add.
The way the book starts is perfect, because both Evan and Ryley talk about their relationship (in alternating POV’s, of course) while they try to deal with all that’s happened to them and figure out how their future is going to be.
I loved both of the characters, the way they pour their emotions and open up to each other is passionate and striking. It’s hard for Ryley because she is trapped between the love of her life and the man that helped her heal and love again. It’s even harder for Evan because he feels like he’s in an alternative reality where everything is upside down. Like I said, it’s impossible not to love Evan but Ryley proved to be one hell of a character too.
I really don’t want to give away much because I think spoilers will ruin the deep emotional ride that this story offers the readers. And it’s so worth it.
I haven’t read any other books by Heidi McLaughlin but she definitely burst into my list of authors to watch and read.