Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Shannon Hayes’ husband David was killed in Iraq nearly a year ago, and now she must face her first holiday season without him. With a toddler in tow, she travels to the Vermont farm where the rest of the family has gathered for the holidays. There she comes face to face with the man who was with him when he died, and her destiny, his older brother Ryan.
For the first time in years, Ryan returns home to keep a promise he made to David—to take care of Shannon and their daughter. It’s a pledge Ryan is reluctant to keep because he’s been secretly in love with Shannon since first setting eyes on her. Their attraction to each other is instant, intense and soon the promise isn’t the only thing between them.
Tory Richards wrote a story that had you believing in holiday magic. Shannon had lost her husband in the Iraq war and he left behind his wife and little girl who needed to pick up their lives and start to live again. And what better time then Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The Hayes family pulls together in Vermont with snow and all the holiday festivities for the first holiday without David, Shannon needed to feel the family togetherness to get over the mourning of David. What she didn't expect is Ryan coming to the vacation. He had not been home in so long that everyone had given up on him to come home and heal. But being wounded and coming home to his family was what Ryan needed.
Tory brings a sizzling story that has two people with their own insecurities coming out and finding a way to reach out to each other and find love again. Ryan's guilt could cause him the love of his life while Shannon feels her own guilt over not mourning David enough.
Going through the Holiday season with this strong family has you reading every word and wanting more and more for the story to never end. It was written where you cry and laugh and have holiday hope for a brighter and greater future after a horrendous war. Shannon and Ryan's sexual tension needed a release and when it comes to head you are cheering them on.
Great story and I will enjoy reading it again closer to Christmas as a favorite.
5 Tea Cups!