Military romance usually isn't my first choice when I pick up a new book. I'm always wary that it will be all romance and no story. I enjoyed this one however for several reasons. First, I liked the characters. I liked who they were as human beings struggling through a time when each of them felt alone and scared, not knowing if there was a future ahead of them. Clearly, no one who hasn't been in these types of situations can ever know what it is really like, but I felt like the author did her research and gave a fairly realistic picture of what it might be like. Second, it was engaging. Many romances can tend to be a bit overbearing in the romance department but I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Unfortunately, I was sick so I was forced to put it aside for a couple of days but as soon as I felt better, I was right back to it so that I could finish.
Favorite character? Definitely Tahk. He's not really Emme's older brother, only her guard, but he represents the big brother every girl without one wishes they had. He is the ultimate good guy. In my opinion, he was the glue that held the entire story together. Sure, the developing relationship between Raven and Emme was fun too, but Tahk was the character I enjoyed the most.
There is definitely a bit of violence and gore in the book as the author tries to give the reader an idea of how horrific it must be in a combat zone but Emme represents all of the strong, courageous women we have in our armed forces. I found my heart breaking for her several times in the story but also hoping for her happiness.
The book isn't overly lengthy so it would make a great weekend book. I would completely recommend it. Enjoy!