The diagnosis of a chronic stomach condition leaves thirty-two-year-old Sergeant Jed Cooper with little choice but to call time on his Army career. Then on the dusty streets of Kirkuk, an ambush gone tragically wrong decimates his team, and he returns to the US with a shattered leg and the memory of his best friend dying in his arms.
Life in his sleepy hometown proves intolerable until he finds solace in a lakeside cabin with vivacious young carpenter, Max O’Dair. In the shadow of the epilepsy that periodically plagues Max, he and Jed form an unspoken bond. After a late night episode, Jed realizes how much Max means to him, and life has taught him not to waste time.
But the lines between contentment and complacency are blurred. Things left hidden resurface to tear through their world, and before they can repair the damage, death comes to call again. Faces, past and present, rally around them to weather the storm, but before long, they are left with only love.
I really enjoyed this story. Jed and Max have a very iffy relationship to start. Still, the author did a good job of showing us their building feelings. Once they did get together, the chemistry between them flowed off the page
I gave this only 4 stars because I found myself skipping the flashback scenes from Jed. I understand the author wanted us to know more about Jed and why he is the way he is, but as a veteran I found them a little too hard to read.
I fell in love with both characters. I found the family dynamics very realistic between siblings. The relationship that Max & Jed have with their nieces is heart warming and very admirable.
The ending seemed a bit lacking for me. Like something was missing. I see that the author has planned more for these guys, and I look forward to reading it. Maybe it will fill in the blanks for me.
Overall, I’d recommend this read.