(Woodlands - Book #3)
by Jen Frederick
Kindle Edition, 272 Pages
Source: Ebook - Own
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From the USA Today best selling Author of Unspoken comes a sexy new love story.
Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
Samantha married her high school sweetheart. Then Will joined the army and was shipped off. Samantha and Will were not married long but because they were together for a long time Will's family became her family before they were even married. Sam loves Will's family and is really close to all of the Anderson's. But then tragedy struck and Sam was a widow at 19.
No other man has stirred the emotions in Sam that Will had until Gray walks into her bar.
Gray is on an extended leave from the military. Gray has some decisions to make, re-enlist or get out. Gray decides to spend his vacation with Noah and Bo who were in the marines with him. These three saw a lot of combat together and are really close friends. As Gray and the boys go to the local bar he meets a bartender Sam who knocks his socks off. There's some heavy kissing, some body stroking and then a big misunderstanding.
Sam and Gray even though they had a huge misunderstanding cannot stop thinking about each other. Finally they both decide to take a chance on a relationship.
I feel like this story has a lot of trying to find themselves for both characters. Sam with realizing she needed to move on from Will's death and stop holding onto just a memory and live life. And Gray with figuring out if he was truly a happy marine or just serving his country to follow in his grandfather and fathers footsteps.
Sam figures out how to move forward with Gray as part of her life and takes a leap of faith with love. And Gray figures out where he belongs and what he is willing to give up to be with Sam.
RATING: 4 STARS