Series: Flight & Glory, #1
Published by Macmillan on February 10th 2014
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Romance, New Adult, Military, General, Coming of Age, Contemporary
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
A new adult novel from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
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.
“Just let me love you, December, because I can’t stop anyways. I’ve been at your mercy since I was eighteen.”
Ember Howard has a difficult time when she learners her father was KIA in Afghanistan. Trying to help hold her family together, she learns to find herself again, and gets the chance at romance with an old high school crush, Josh. Josh Walker was three years ahead of Ember, but he definitely recognizes the sassy redhead. As her brother Gus’ hockey coach, Ember and Josh’s paths keep crossing. However, falling for the boy next door couldn’t happen at the worst time. Can Ember accept happiness when she’s grieving for her father?
I really loved Rebecca Yarros’ writing! She manages to capture a beautiful, heart-wrenching love story in the midst of so much grief. Her scenes of what life in the military are like were really fascinating, and I loved the military at home backdrop for the story. I’ve recently been reading a lot of military romances, and it was nice to read one away from a war zone. What Ember’s family goes through in the shadow of her father’s death had me tear up a time or two. Yet, I also found beauty in their grief.
“That was the moment I fell in love with Josh Walker. Everything clicked into place, mending the broken parts of my soul enough to finally breathe freely, to soak in everything about him, and the beauty of what we were together.”
My favorite aspect of the story, of course, was the development of Josh and Ember’s relationship. I always love it when a pair has prior history, and Yarros develops their love slowly. I thought this was great, because it was realistic, and didn’t make Mr. Howard’s death insignificant. Another aspect of their story I enjoyed was how everything doesn’t fall into place automatically. Under the circumstances, the decisions Josh and Amber made were true to who Yarros wrote them to be. Usually, a lot of drama can seem really overdone, but Yarros handled it beautifully in Full Measures.
I ended up reading this book because I have an ARC for the fourth book in this series, but I’m glad I did. Reading Full Measures allowed me to get invested in Josh and Ember’s relationship in a way I might not have had I just read Hallowed Ground. Having said that, I still haven’t read the second and third book in the series. I want to, but didn’t need to in order to read Hallowed Ground. While I believe readers may be able to jump into this series, I think it would be better to begin at the beginning. The characters carry over across the other books in the series, and riders may miss out on some backstory.