HOMETOWN HEARTLESS by Carrie Aarons
Release Date: January 23
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One year ago, the boy next door was captured as a prisoner of war.
The boy whose window faces mine.
The backyard buddy who bandaged up my skinned knees.
The childhood crush that kept me up at night, wondering if he’d ever be my boyfriend.
The town hero I wrote endless letters to after he shipped out.
The green-eyed charmer who promised me a kiss the day I turned eighteen.
And now, he’s home.
But he didn’t come back as the boy I once knew.
He’s a man now, one with demons I can’t comprehend.
The damaged soldier keeps telling me I’m not his anymore.
That the war took him, turned him into someone unrecognizable.
What he hasn’t considered is that it took me, too.
He swears there is nothing left between us, that his heart died overseas. But with each look through our windows, we both know his lies are just that. With each fated meeting, the truth only becomes more evident.
Everett Brock occupies the shadows now.
And as much as I try to pull him into the light, it seems the switch is permanent.
What he doesn’t realize is that I’m willing to follow him into the darkness.
About the Author:
Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.
When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter and furry son.
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|Hometown heartless is not the first book I read by Carrie Aarons – but I think so far it is the best. I might not be able to go all the way with giving it “only” 4 out of 5 stars, but believe me when I say I have pretty high personal demands before I will give away this 5th Star
Checking my reading history with this author I have to say it is a 50/50 hit and miss – I’ve had everything from dislike to love – and that actually can speaks in favor of an author because it either means the writing is inconsistent (which is NOT the case) or it’s simply because of the different book types that have been released (that sounds more like it)
Anyway – reading a lot of novels featuring damaged soldiers – I think Everett is by far the youngest damaged soldier. Which is also what makes this book so different. Because just like the Blurb said “One year ago, the boy next door was captured as a prisoner of war.” – I cannot remember ever reading a book where a soldier this young returns and is faced with a life that is centered around others that still haven’t finished High school.
He really is a Boy in so many aspects of life – where in vital others he is far older, has seen and endured far more than many other people in their whole life.
This setting makes this book stand out. It also leaves me wondering … my mind going in all political directions – even if it is said you should never discuss religion and politics – reading this book it simply cannot be helped. At least not in my mind. In some countries Everett would not have been old enough to even drink alcohol legally but he was old enough to be send into danger….. Sorry I just had to say it once what was going on in my mind constantly while reading this.
We have a boy that is considered man on one hand – and still treated like a child in many other ways As I said I read many books on broken/damaged soldiers and this one mixes the reactions of these soldiers perfectly with what I would expect a teenager to react when exposed to this situation. And if you think that might be a mess of whole new proportions – you are absolutely right – because it is a mess.
A Mess that made this a very interesting ride and there wasn’t much missing for this to be a 5 star read.