Friday, June 17, 2016

Full Measures (Flight & Glory, #1) by Rebecca Yarros ~ Review

Source:  Purchased audiobook

A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Three knocks can change everything…

"She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead."

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.


I really enjoyed this book and a lot of that had to do with the strong emotions it evoked in me.  I usually avoid books where I know death will play a roll.  It's just too real and books are my escape.  Something about this one had me reading it despite the death the blurb makes clear.  I'm very glad I made that choice.

I did listen to this book and I wouldn't really recommend that.  The narrator wasn't awful but she didn't add to the story either.  I tolerated the reader because I wanted to know what happened to Josh and Ember.

Stripped bare from the pain of her fathers death was just the beginning of the struggle that faces Ember.  She holds her family together and turns her own life upside down while dealing with one blow after another.  The shining star was Josh.  She only felt relief in his arms.  Of course Josh has a secret that rips any healing Ember makes apart.  This one is an emotional read.

I love both these characters.  Ember is strong and determine in the face of the overwhelming mess that is her life.  She doesn't want to start a relationship with Josh on the heels of the mess that is her life.  He's too special to her for that.  But resisting him is impossible.  Josh is amazing.  He's a player but the boy has had more than his fair share of problems.  His choices have been honorable.  I loved his relationship with Ember's little brother.  Josh is a great guy and I really cheered for him to get the girl. 

It's always interesting reading a book that's set in the same state you live.  I recognized so much and wondered about a few things.  The writing was well done and the story stayed strong though it was a little long. 

Once I realized what was coming, I struggled to read on but then I just read it straight through because I had to find hope.  And there is hope.  A beautiful, peaceful hope in this story of love and how special it really is.  I really enjoyed the ending.  

A great read, this one will tug at all your emotions right to the very last page.


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