Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She'll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah - a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.
Noah Warren doesn't know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he's go
A simple arrangement turns into something neither of them can deny. And a war that neither of them can forget could destroy them both.
I can safely say I have never read a book like this! Wow. Just wow! Beth is a young college student struggling to study, earn a wage and care for her injured veteran father. Noah is a young former soldier who has survived tours in Iraq and Afghanistan but comes out far from unscathed and is adjusting to civilian life.
Beth is nominated as Noah's stats tutor and what follows is a beautiful and harrowing love story. Both these young people are hurting in their own ways and need to find their saviour but don't know it. I loved reading this story and seeing Beth being won around by Noah and finally starting to let him in. It was so beautiful to read and see unfold.
There's a scene in the book where Noah shows Beth the scares he bares from the war and I was in tears reading it, you can tell he is opening his soul to her and trusting her implicitly. The scene really left a mark on me and I loved that he trusted her enough to show her that. Beth is also hiding her true life from Noah and when she lets him see her real home (in the beginning she has him dropping her off at a different address) you can tell how hard it is for her to do that. Like I said before these two needed their saviours and they found them in one another.
I loved Noah from the beginning, he was so lovely and you can tell, since the book is told from both POV's, how much he's hurting. It broke my heart to read and it made me appreciate the men and women who fight for our freedom even more than I do already. You really see the struggles you don't often see reading this. You can tell that Jessica is in the army because this was so well written. You can tell she's seen these things and knows the affect they have on soldiers. That makes the book even more impacting.
I mentioned earlier that the book is told from both Beth and Noah's POV's and I loved that. It was one of my favourite things about the book. I usually don't like books where the swap happens in a chapter but it works with this book and makes it that much better.
I can't sign off without mentioning the chemistry these two share. It was all consuming and the sex scenes they share? Yea... I'll leave it at that because I have no words to adequately describe them! There's one in a locked room in a library that just killed me!
This book is definitely an emotional roller coaster and I couldn't put it down! I read it in an afternoon and had to know if these two saved each other and found their way back to one another.
She's also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.
She's pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.