Riley Callahan had been planning that the next time he's home from overseas, he'd tell his best friend, Paige, that he loves her, but an IED explosion leaves him short a leg, and now he fears he will never be enough for her. However, his new plan to distance himself from her never gets a chance to take off, since his family arranged it so he ends up spending his recovery at Paige's house. Will Riley find the healing--both inner and outer--that he needs? And will Paige ever fall for him in turn?
I think this book is enhanced having read the first two in the series first--Paige and Riley have a lot of history, and while it's explained well in this one, the anticipation and build-up are so much greater after reading the whole series. The same goes for Aunt Trudy and the sheriff; we finally get to know the rest of their history and why Trudy has held a grudge against him for so many years!
I really like that the author was bold enough to make Riley an amputee; it's a direction that few authors are willing to go, since if one is going to do it, it has to be done right. And I think she succeeds. PTSD is much more common now in fiction than it used to be (and it only makes sense that Riley has it), but the complication of losing a limb adds another dimension.
Between Riley's pain and Paige's feelings of abandonment, this one invokes quite a number of tears! Overall, it's a sweet romance with an uplifting message.
Thank you Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing an e-book to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.
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2. The Goodbye Bride
3. Just a Kiss
Sunset Cove by Colleen Coble (related romantic suspense series with cross-over characters)
1. The Inn at Ocean's Edge
2. Mermaid Moon
3. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens