By Rebecca Yarros
She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead. Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart. Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction. Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.
On her 20th birthday, December’s world is shattered when she learns that her father has been killed in Afghanistan. Her mother shuts down and, being the oldest of three children, she is forced to take control of the family and handle everything in relation to her father’s death. Her self-involved boyfriend is of absolutely no help and her sister starts rebelling, which only add to the strain. And on what is the darkest day of her life, the reappearance of her high school crush, Josh, and the feelings he awakens are confusing and not what she needs to deal with right now.
December and Josh are a beautiful couple. December is a very strong and selfless young woman, even when she doesn’t want to be. She wants to break down. She wants to grieve. But she’s the glue keeping her family together, so what she wants will have to wait. While everyone in this book suffers a loss of some sort, December is dealt with more than anyone else and it’s amazing how much she takes without breaking. Josh is an absolute sweetheart but he’s no pushover. He’s kind and patient, and he steps in to help however he can, even when she swears she doesn’t need him.
This is not the first time I’ve read FULL MEASURES but it still had me crying, so having tissues nearby is a must. It was good reading this again because certain comments made by Josh throughout the book made a lot more sense the second time around. If you’re looking for a read that will grip your heart within the first few pages and not let go, FULL MEASURES is for you.
Full Measures (Flight & Glory # 1)
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