Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros
Three knocks can change everything…
“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.
Ember’s life was perfect. She had a wonderful family, great boyfriend and her life was all planned out. When her father in the army died, all of that unraveled pretty quickly. Josh – her brother’s hockey coach and her high school crush – comes into the picture to help her and be whatever she needs while she puts her and her family’s lives back together.
I have to admit that Full Measures tore my heart out a little bit. Rebecca Yarros had me in tears in the first chapter, and that wasn’t the only time I cried.
What made this book so good was definitely the beginning and the ending. They were so touching, heartbreaking, and amazing. If I were to just judge the beginning and the end it would be an easy 5 stars. But, I found the middle a little bit clichéd. Josh was far too perfect for someone known as known as a major player. And plus, I did get a little bit bored in the middle in some places (that might be because I have read too much of this genre recently). However, I am willing to overlook this and still give it 4 stars because I did truthfully like it.
I admired the protagonist Ember a lot. She wasn’t a pathetic character, she did have strength. When her dad died she carried her family as her mother was not in a good place. She put aside her own grief to help her mum and her siblings often. Because of this I found her very respectable. What made me like her was that she was real. Despite toughening up to help her family, she wasn’t a robot and her feelings came through.
So, yeah. This book was great, I would definitely recommend that people give it a go.