Release Date: July 19, 2012
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero. - Goodreads.com
I have to agree with the last sentence in the Goodreads.com summary. Travis was just an amazing hero. I love military guys, first, but second, I just loved Travis in general. I loved getting to watch from inside Travis' head as he tries to come to grips with what he saw in Afghanistan, what has happened at home while he's been gone, and then the possibilities of what can happen for him while he's home. I love stories told from the male perspective, and being in Travis' head was alternately uncomfortable, sweet, sexy, and brave all at once. You really felt like you knew him so well, and although he has flaws, there is so much great about him that you just can't help but fall in love.
Harper seemed like the perfect thing for Travis. She was strong and tough but also light-hearted and caring. I think she was exactly the right thing for him at exactly the right time. I loved watching this relationship develop. It was sweet, sexy, and progressed at just the right times.
Some of my favorite scenes in the book involved Travis' Marine friends. These guys were great, and it was amazing to watch the rapport they had. It was really awesome getting a chance to see into the comraderie that our military guys must have together. It was one of my favorite aspects of the story.
There were a couple parts in the story that really get to you, but they were great. All in all, this story was just one of those simple, but perfect, stories that you're glad you got to read. The authors writing was direct, simple, but beautiful at the same time. Before I knew it, the story was over. This book was definitely worth the read and is one of my favorites of the summer.