They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.
They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.
But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.
”The importance of a lost romantic vision should not be underestimated. In such a vision is power as well as joy. In it is meaning. Life is flat, barren, zestless, if one can find one’s lost vision nowhere.” – Sarah Patton Boyle –
It’s amazing what you do for your family even if that means going on holiday with your cousin as his wingman because he thinks he met the one woman. Bummer is that you have to put up with the tag along friend who doesn’t like the word no. Matt McKinney is in exactly that position. On leave from being a Navy SEAL not by his choice, standing at the crossroads trying to make a choice isn’t an easy task. Matt has had enough of hot, easy and a pain in the arse. Matt wants something that has more depth to it. A family, a big family with laughter, tears and the good with the bad.
Fate or Karma or what you want to call it has a way of intercepting even if it is a football. Matt sees something he wants.
Abby has four kids and one on the way. Her husband died 6 months ago not that he was actually around a lot to begin with. Annie is seven, Jack is five, Gracie is three, Charlie is two and Abby has left all her life so her initial reaction is to push everyone away. She was supposed to be on holiday with her only friend Angie and her family. I loved Angie she is a riot. If there is one word/sentence Abby used until I couldn’t heat any more than it is fine.
“You have no choice but to go through life and take whatever comes. Good or bad. You’ve had so much bad, honey. I don’t want to see you run away from something that could be good.”
Angie has some words of wisdom well at the best of times anyway. Like the Bro Code I think she should get her own book.
”That’s kinda deep Ang.” “Don’t make fun of me I’m having a smart moment. Most of my brain cells were fried during childbirth.”
Matt was so patient and they just clicked together it was as if they had been together for a long time. Matt took to the children and the children to him like ducks to water. Imagine sandcastles on the beach, a human jungle gym, swimming in the ocean, bedtime tuck-ins, playing catch and never wanting to miss those moments in life.
Matt was so patient that I wanted to name him St. Matthew instead and a SEAL. Sometime I felt that he begged but if you know what you want then you go after it. “I don’t want to hurt you, baby, I swear, but please don’t ask me to let you go. Give us a chance. Give me a chance.”
There were a lot of emotions in this book and it was like a rollercoaster ride for me but in a good sense. But I also found Abby really frustrating. I’ll get to that in a moment. I get the whole you know I’ve been left and in the system. It was also pretty tough when Matt had to make a choice and everybody in Abby’s life had left her. As Matt was doing as well. At one point though they both pushed too far.
“Abby, look at me. I’m coming back. Do you think I could walk away from this? That I won’t be running back to you as fast as I can?”
Matt had survivor’s guilt in dealing with the death of his best friend Teddy. As well as making a life or death choice that there is no correct answer to. I would probably made the same choice. I laughed and secretly cried all the characters were so in depth and Ms. Connor built an amazing family although Matt’s Mum got on my shit list but Abby was strong. I will continue the series but I would have liked to have met Stephan to get a feel for him.