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Cross My Heart by K. D. Friedrich
Series: The Heart Falls Heroes #1
Genres: Military Romance
Pete Cross is struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, the last thing he needs is to find himself attracted to the one woman he shouldn’t want … his best friend’s sister. K.D. Friedrich is pleased to present Book 1 of her new series, The Heart Falls Heroes. Cross My Heart takes you on a poignant journey of loyalty, love, and above all, the healing power of second chances.
Struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, Marine Pete Cross returns to his hometown, Heart Falls, New York, bitter and broken. The last person he wants to see is the stubborn tomboy from his past, Cara Sands. The guy code of ethics demands he keep his hands to himself where his best friend’s sister is concerned, but Cara never got that memo. Apparently, neither did Pete’s libido, because his desire for her is stronger than ever.
Cara has no clue where the man she loves went, but she’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back. Pete tries to push Cara away with bitterness and anger, but she yanks him right back with understanding and patience. Her persistence drags them closer to an outcome that might destroy them both or show him, once and for all, the power of second chances.
Content Notes: Spicy, Contemporary, Uniformed Heroes
We meet Pete, John and Cara at a party where Cara is with her boyfriend. Pete and John stop by to make sure she’s not doing anything stupid and that is when Pete finds her making out with the boyfriend and she’s drunk. Pete loses it completely! It is clear they have feelings for one another but Cara is young and even though they share a steamy kiss Pete won’t cross that line. They end up having a huge fight and Pete leaves for the Marines the next day without even saying good-bye.
Fat-forward six years, Pete has been discharged from the Marines due to his injuries and is returning back to civilian life. One that he is not looking forward to. He is supposed to move into his mom’s house but as fate steps in and he has to move in with Cara. Which then leaves both of them fighting their attraction, their sexual tension and their feelings.
He’d called her a dozen times during his first year at the base, staying on the line long enough to hear her sweet voice. After her second hello, he’d hang up, stifled by fear of rejection and ashamed about what he had allowed to happen at the senior party. They hadn’t simply drifted apart. They had sprinted in different directions. Far enough away from each other, he doubted they would ever find a way back to one another.
There were times that I really wanted to slap Pete! Honestly there were! He is dealing with a lot his past, drinking, PTSD, not to mention the real effects that some soldiers returning home have. Add attraction and emotional feelings toward Cara into the mix and he is on a roller coaster. He does try so hard to not to hurt her and he doesn’t think he is worthy enough. It takes a while but once we finally got to see the real Pete, he was amazing. You get glances, especially in the beginning when you can see that he is honorable enough to try to do the right thing.
Cara is a strong woman and she would have to be to put up with everything that Pete dishes out. She stands up for herself though and tells him what will happen if he is going to be with her. She doesn’t give up on him and that is the important thing. She put up with way more than most women would and yet she didn’t lose herself in any of it.
“I’m not going anywhere. You hear me? You can push me away, yell at the top of your lungs, and insult me with every derogative term in your vocabulary, but I’m staying
right here. I will always be here, because I love you.” She held his face tight, not letting his eyes stray from hers. “You hear that, Pete Cross? I. Love. You.”
The entire story is great and very heartfelt. This is a series that I have added to my watch list so that I can read the next book that comes out and I really hope to see more Cara’s brother John. He is the comedy in the book although I got the feeling that he avoided the whole my best friend and sister thing because that is what brothers do. They just can’t believe it sometimes.