I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros
Series: Flight & Glory, #4
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, War & Military
Source: Entangled Publishing
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
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Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl's dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he has yearned for since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they've fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her schooling at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they're moving on-and in-together.
Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates-even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn't temper Ember's fear, and if there's one thing she's learned from her father's death, it's that there are some obstacles even love can't conquer.
Flight school is over.
This is war.
Author Rebecca Yarros brings Josh Walker and December Howard back for the fourth entry in her Flight & Glory series. I read the first novel to learn about their backstory, but didn’t read the second and third books. Where we left off with these two lovebirds in Full Measures, was with the pair deciding to give their love a try despite Ember living the military life she never wanted. Now, two years later, these two have endured the death of Ember’s father, and Josh being stationed in another state. Luckily, the tide has turned, and fate has found these two in a position to finally be together. Until the unthinkable happens and Josh is sent back to Afghanistan.
This book was harder to read than Full Measures. True, the death of a parent can make tears fall, but I found myself crying more during Hallowed Ground. Josh and Ember are made for each other, but that didn’t mean they were without their problems. Everything they go through in this book is in keeping with the world Yarros has created, and with these characters we’ve come to know. That’s actually what made this novel a tear jerker. I’m so invested in these characters that I wanted things to end a certain way, and worried they wouldn’t.
I really enjoyed reading about the other characters as well. Sam, Ember’s best friend, was back a bit, and so was Jagger. Since I haven’t read the second and third books, the other characters from Josh’s flight school weren’t known to me. However, I’m interested in them enough to want to go back and read their stories. Everyone was really well-developed, and Hallowed Ground made me fall even more in love with Rebecca Yarros’ writing.
I’m not sure if this novel is the final novel in the series, or if Yarros will revisit the other characters again. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I would recommend this book for fans of romance without love at first sight. These two cheaters have known each other since high school. Even though they didn’t get together until Ember was in college, their history really fleshed out the story. I would also recommend this novel to readers looking for a romance that feels earned, and has two really great cheaters to root for. Both Josh and Ember are likable, and when they would fight I found it hard to pick sides. I also found all of the other characters to be really likable, which is unusual for me. If you’re new to this series, I recommend starting from the beginning. You probably could jump in with Hallowed Ground, but reading Josh and Ember’s love from the beginning will be worth it.