By Rebecca Yarros
"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.
- Published February 10th 2014 by Entangled Publishing - ISBN: 1622664345 / ISBN13: 9781622664344
What I say: I decided to read Full Measures after several bloggers had recommended it to me - I'm really glad I made the time! From the very beginning Full Measures is really sad, we are instantly introduced to the potential tragedy of war. December 'Ember' Howard's Dad is killed working as a US army doctor.
The heartache of the Howard's loss is so convincing and well written I was engrossed in Ember's story and wasn't surprised to find Rebecca Yarros is an army wife. For a lot of the book Ember is on autopilot and is left with the responsibility of caring for her mother and younger siblings. There's one scene in particular involving a mishap with a birthday cake which was particularly devastating and showed how Ember always puts the needs of others before her own.
Ember's little brother Gus's hockey coach turns out to be the swoon-tastic Josh. Josh happened to be Ember's high school obsession. He's a wonderful character, who helps bring Ember back, helping her find her way after losing her dad.
I worked out Josh's big secret fairly early on but was still surprised out how things played out. I really wanted Ember to see sense and work out what was best for her, but I guess she needed to discover things for herself. I do think Josh should have explained things to her earlier but I understood his reasoning; he is genuinely trying to do what's best for Ember.
Don't get me started on Riley and her Uni friends (I use the word 'friends' lightly because they were horrible), he really was a terrible boyfriend.
The secondary characters, mainly, her little brother Gus, sister April and Josh's best friend Jagger were great. I'd like to see Jagger or April get their own books (Jagger in particular) as I think there is definite more story to be told there.
I would have liked to see Josh and Ember have more time together without the drama and see them develop further as a couple, but I was happy with the ending.
4 Stars in my Sky!