Tuesday 26 January 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory #4) by Rebecca Yarros

New Military Romance! 
Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros is 
Now Available!

Book Description:

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over. 

This is war.

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I pulled her onto my lap, gently squeezing the sweet curves of her hips.
“Behave,” she whispered into my ear, but ran her tongue along the edge.
My fingers flexed, teasing under the edges of the black skirt that had slid higher on her thighs as she sat. I couldn’t help it—her skin was a magnet for my hands. “You like it better when I don’t,” I answered.
She locked those blue eyes on mine, and for that second, I wanted everyone to go the fuck away so I could get my remarkable girlfriend out of her clothes. Not a girlfriend for long. Not if I found the perfect moment for that little velvet box hidden upstairs.
Mrs. Walker. December-fucking-Walker. Sounded perfect to me.
“Earth to Josh and Ember,” Jagger called, waving his hand like he’d been at it a while.
“Yeah, yeah, a toast,” Ember said, wiggling against my now-hard lap. I locked her down with my hands, and she threw me a smug grin, well aware of what she’d done.
Jagger raised his beer. “To friends. Hell, that doesn’t even cut it. You guys, all of you...I wouldn’t be here”—he looked over to Paisley—“or even the man I am, without you. So more than friends...to family.”
We glanced around the fire at the family we’d made, and I felt it—one of those moments you can’t forget, the kind that stay with you when it’s long past, so you try to memorize everything. It was a deep peace, a contentment laced with the silent knowledge that we wouldn’t be together again for far too long.
“To family,” we all said in scattered rhythm, and I kissed the underside of Ember’s jaw.


Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
(Although I signed up for blog tour I didn't receive an ARC so I downloaded on release day)

“War kills the people we love, either in body or soul, but they’re both equally devastating.”

So, this is the conclusion to the Flight and Glory series and we spend this book reconnecting with Josh and Ember from Full Measures which was the first book in this series. We catch up with these two when they have been together for two years. Josh is now a medevac pilot in the army and Amber is just about to graduate after studying Archaeology. They have just moved in together and Josh is about to deploy. It seems just as they are getting their lives sorted they have to be apart once again. But absence makes the heart grow fonder…

There is no denying the connection that these two have, they are the couple that their friends look up too with a love so strong it was enviable. One thing I never disputed while reading this book was just how much these two loved each other. It was tangible and made this book all the much harder to read.

“When it comes to you, to how much I love you, Josh, I have no morals. No honor. I would lie, cheat, murder, steal, dishonour everything I hold dear if it meant spending my life with you. No measure of duty, or God, or country could ever make up for losing you.”

With any relationship where the forces are involved it is always that fear that this will be the last kiss, the last goodbye, the last cuddle and the separation anxiety that Ember always went through really tore at my heart strings. Knowing that she comes from a military background and had already been through the dreaded officers visit before with regards to her father really brought that fear to a reality for her and it was one experience that she never wanted to go through again. But Ember and Josh both knew the risks involved for both of them and when a love was that strong the reward would always be worth more.

This is a journey for both of them. It is fraught with obstacles and insecurities but what a journey. Josh always wanted what was best for Ember, or at least what he thought was best for Ember and most of the time Ember would disagree but he always made his choices with her at the forefront of his decision making process, even if he was an ass at times…but his heart was in the right place.

“But if it was the right thing to do, why does it feel so wrong.”

Ember always put Josh first, she knew that he needed to be untroubled when he was on duty and did everything that she could to ensure that he always went out into battle with a clear head and a full heart. She was willing to sacrifice everything for him but sometimes those sacrifices were unwanted and this did cause problems for this couple. But it was all a learning curve, they are still young being in their mid-twenties and this was the first really serious relationship for both of them.

“A month ago I was a different man. A month ago, I never would have let her go. But this me? Yeah, well, maybe she was better off running.”

Rebecca Yarros really delivered an emotional and realistic military romance with Hallowed Ground, although I am not experienced, after reading I feel like I have lived it and I now know for sure I couldn’t ever live that life and I admire every single woman whose husband/boyfriend is currently serving. This was emotional, had a fair dose of angst but really brought home the sacrifices that our soldiers and their loved ones make every single day. I loved it.

About the Author:

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.

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