Cross My Heart by K. D. Friedrich
Release Date: January 19, 2015
Pete Cross is struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, the last thing he needs is to find himself attracted to the one woman he shouldn’t want … his best friend’s sister. K.D. Friedrich is pleased to present Book 1 of her new series, The Heart Falls Heroes. Cross My Heart takes you on a poignant journey of loyalty, love, and above all, the healing power of second chances.
Struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, Marine Pete Cross returns to his hometown, Heart Falls, New York, bitter and broken. The last person he wants to see is the stubborn tomboy from his past, Cara Sands. The guy code of ethics demands he keep his hands to himself where his best friend’s sister is concerned, but Cara never got that memo. Apparently, neither did Pete’s libido, because his desire for her is stronger than ever. Cara has no clue where the man she loves went, but she’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back. Pete tries to push Cara away with bitterness and anger, but she yanks him right back with understanding and patience. Her persistence drags them closer to an outcome that might destroy them both or show him, once and for all, the power of second chances.
Review [possible spoilers]:
John and Pete are best friends and Cara is John’s little sister. So, Pete and Cara are in love with each other since they were kids but, bro code and all, Pete fights his feelings for her out of respect for her father and of course for his best friend. He also tries to resist her because he thinks he’s not good enough for her, but he can’t help to protect her from everything, especially from other guys. Cara doesn’t understand he’s struggling to avoid crossing a line that goes way beyond friendship. They have a huge fight, in the beginning of the book, and in the next day Pete leaves to join the Marines without saying goodbye.
6 years later, Pete gets back home from a tour, injured and John asks Cara to pick him up from the airport. Even though Pete kept in touch with John, he never contacted Cara, so there’s still tension between them and the chemistry is off the charts. Pete returns a different man, suffering from PTSD, having nightmares, dealing with survivor guilt and on top of that he has to deal with the fact that even after 6 years, he still has strong feelings for Cara.
Cara is a sweet, virginal, independent woman who couldn’t forget Pete while he was away and now that he’s back, she has to deal with the fact that he isn’t the same Pete anymore. I really liked how Cara was tough enough to help Pete, I was actually doubting she could deal with this new Pete but she proved me wrong!
There’s a lot of angst in this book, jealousy, passion, sizzling chemistry, tears, drama, fights, you name it! It’s a roller coaster ride and it’s totally worth it.
I received a copy of this book from Enchanted Book Promotions.