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Impossible Choice by Sybil Bartel
Series: Unchecked #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
After her parents were murdered, Layna Blair spent three years on the run—until Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson stepped in and saved her. With him, Layna knew safety for the first time…but two weeks after shipping out for another tour in Afghanistan, Blaze comes home early.
When Layna sees the jagged wounds covering his body, every truth she thought she knew is destroyed. Blaze is distant and angry and though her heart is shattered, Layna desperately tries to keep their relationship together in the face of another tragedy. When the tenuous bonds holding them together are ripped apart by a revenge-hungry maniac, Layna must trust her survival instinct and bury her past for good.
But the enemy is two steps ahead, and before she can take action, Layna’s hand is forced by his deadly demands—save herself or save the man who risked his life for her freedom. Blaze saved her once. This time it’s her turn to protect him.
Impossible Choice picks up shortly after Blaze deploys to Afghanistan, leaving Layna lonely and lost without him. One of the things that I love the most is that there isn’t any sort of sugar coating feelings in this book. Every emotion possible gets felt by the characters which, in my opinion makes them all the more real. Things are not always storybook, picture perfect but life isn’t always that way either.
Layna is both easy and difficult to connect with. Sitting by the pool in a ritzy house is not really something I can relate to but hey, a girl can dream. However having that deep emotional connection was easy for me. She has such an uncertainty about her place in the world along with such a sense of loneliness that my heart just went out to her.
Talon and Layna have always had an attraction and it is very easy to see that he is a good man not to mention gorgeous but this isn’t about the heroine choosing the sexy man because he treats well or is great in the sack. No because Layna chooses Blaze and that is important. I can relate to Layna’s fear as Blaze is off fighting and wanting him to be done with the Marines. I grew up in the military lifestyle and have lived it so I know first hand how the family suffers back home.
One of the best things about Impossible Choice is that it is about both Layna and Blaze being lost together and finding their way home not only to each other but with each other. That is the one thing that made this book utterly brilliant in my opinion. The struggle is real for both Layna and Blaze, so real that I can easily name two or three couples that I know who this book could be about.