Monday, January 25, 2016

Blog Tour: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros



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There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.
This is war.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Josh Walker and December Howard have fought to keep their relationship alive. After losing her father over in Afghanistan, Ember swore not to get involved with anyone serving in the military. But Josh stole her heart and as hard as their separations have been, each is determined to make this work. They have the support of their close friends; Jagger and Paisley, Grayson and Sam and even Will, Paisley's ex. They are a family and have each others' backs. 

"Forever isn't long enough for us, December, but that's what we're going to have." 

Josh was going to make the Army his career, but he's sworn to Ember he will do the time he's required to and no more. But he has a deployment of nine months coming up and this will be their longest separation. But after that they can start their lives together as husband and wife. 

Ember is set to graduate and has been offered a chance to study in excavation in Turkey. She isn't sure if she wants to go, even though only good things can come from it. She keeps pushing it off to the back burner. About 3 months into Josh's deployment, things get very interesting and there will be life changing repercussions. Neither Ember nor Josh will ever be the same and life may never return to the way it once was for them. 

"You will never lose me. It's impossible. I'm coming home to you. I'm going to marry you."

But this new Josh is not the one that Ember knew and she's left reeling with questions the he won't answer. 

I'd come to Germany twenty-four hours ago to help heal Josh, and instead he'd inadvertently broken me. 

These two will have to work hard if they want to be together. Josh focuses on his guilt and makes poor choices. Ember is finally realizing that she needs to stand on her own and think about her future. She can't count on Josh to put her dreams first-it may break her heart but she must carve a path out for her destiny. These are the moments that broke my heart. Two people so much in love and yet so distant from where the once had been. 

I loved the growth that these characters showed during the course of this story. I have devoured each and every one of the Flight and Glory books and this one comes full circle, right back to the original Full Measure. Josh and December's story was the benchmark for the rest of the series, and it's only fitting that their story ends it. 

"You are my dream now, December Howard. You are everything to me. My heart beats for you; my soul is only whole when you're near. You're my home, my shelter, my wildest fantasy, and I cannot imagine a future where you're not mine, because I'm yours in every sense of the word." 

I pushed my chair out and reached for her, lifting her tiny, curved frame into my lap. Her head tucked beneath my chin, and she curled into me, fitting right where she was always meant to be. My arms closed around her. “We have a month.”
“It’s not long enough.” Her fingers gripped my shirt like she could keep me here if she just held on tight enough. God, what I wouldn’t have given to stay with her.
“Forever isn’t long enough for us, December, but that’s what we’re going to have. You and I have never chosen the easy path. This is just another hurdle.” I rubbed my chin over her soft hair and tried to soak in every detail of holding her—the sweet way she smelled, the smooth texture of her skin beneath my hands.
She leaned back in my arms and cupped my face. “I can’t lose you.” Her voice broke, and tears pooled in her eyes.
I’d never hated myself more than I did in that moment. She’d made it through a nightmare no one should have to face, and I was about to ask her to chance that fire again. My breath hitched, barely passing the lump in my throat. “You won’t. It would take something a hell of a lot stronger than a war to keep me from you.”
I sealed that promise with a kiss, tasting her fear and desperation as she responded. She opened underneath me, and I fused my mouth to hers, surrendering to the heat between us to pull us through this moment. There was nothing hotter or sweeter in this world than kissing December, feeling her go soft and pliant.
We’d fought so fucking hard to get here, to be together. This wasn’t fair, and we both knew it. But we also both knew it didn’t matter. Fair wasn’t exactly in the U.S. Army vocabulary.
I retreated just enough to whisper against her lips, “I’ll come home. I swear it.”

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About the Author

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.
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