Summary: 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.
Review: This is the reason why I read New Adult. This book reminded me why I have this unwavering faith with the genre, even though I can’t count how many times I was badly burnt. But Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros rekindled the fire within me. I really loved it. It wasn’t steady reading for me, there were lows. Extreme lows. But once I surpassed it, the story escalated in a territory I didn’t anticipate. It was worth holding on. I loved the ending. I loved how the family and romance aspects played equally in the story.
The knocks on the door changed the lives of Ember’s family. Her family starting to fall apart with the loss of her father. Her mom was too sad and unable to hold their family together. Her sister is coping in her own way. And her little brother needs someone in this time of their lives. It was up to her to stop her family from completely falling apart. Not only is she worrying about her family, she also finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her and it’s been going on for a year. This is too much, even for her. So maybe Josh can help her. The guy she had crush on in high school. The guy all girls want and now seem to have taken notice of her. But is she ready? But what if Josh isn’t the person she thought she knew? Will she take the risk of losing someone again?
I didn’t expect a lot with this book, if you don’t mind me being blunt about it. I have already had a fair share of family drama with romance story and most of ‘em didn’t mesh well. But somehow it really works with me this time. Maybe I know December felt when she lost her dad. I knew the feeling very well when you found out that someone was taken from you in a snap. And you can see how it affected your family. That’s why Ember became a very effective narrator to me. I can relate to her in an emotional level. I almost cried, I sort of shed a tear and not because it was lonely. Because it was a touching scene. When she was reading her dad’s note, I don’t know, it just tugs my heart. Sometimes the subtle scenes are the most effective to me. I don’t usually cry on heavy dramatic moments, those light but emotional are the ones that truly speak to me the most.
I absolutely loved the romance. At first I wasn’t super keen on how she quickly jumped from Riley (her ex) to Josh in a matter of minutes. But it wasn’t a case of instalove since she was already has feeling for him before. But the boys were different. I can feel the sincerity and eagerness of Josh to be with her. But I do understand why Ember hesitated before. She was broken. She wanted to enter in a relationship with herself intact and not bring her partner down with her problems. But I was relieved that they somehow—finally met in the middle and worked things out. But there was twist in there that I didn’t expect at all.
Her mom gave her the best advice. At the end she finally took the risk. I think it was worth it and she knew. She really knew they are worth it. Gaaah, I really loved the ending. It’s not perfect…it was just right. I absolutely loved it. And Ms. Yarros, I’m waiting for another book.
Preview Quote: “The love that filled this room was the stuff of movies and legends. It was the happy ending of every fairy tale, the epilogue of an epic love story. Epic love stories needed epic loves.” — Ember