26 January 2016

Tour & Review - Hallowed Ground

Hallowed Ground ( Flight & Glory #4)
by Rebecca Yarros

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New Military Romance

There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved 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 college 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.


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I was a huge fan of Ember and Josh when we first met them in Full Measures back in 2014 but I have to admit I did approach Hallowed Ground with more than a hint of trepidation. We've seen them suffer through heartache, distance and drama, so I wasn't sure where Rebecca Yarros could take their story. I'm not going to lie, there is a lot of angst and pain - I won't be reading one of her books before bedtime again as I spent the entire night sniffing. BUT there is also a whole lotta love, positivity and hope leaping off the pages to make you smile.

I cannot claim to know anything about Military life but Yarros does a marvellous job portraying the difficult choices and truths faced by members of the armed forces and their families. Amber knows the life but even she isn't prepared for the impact certain events have on Josh and their life together.

Ember finds herself torn between new and old dreams. At times she struggles to make sense of it all and to know how to help Josh. 

Josh is living in his own personal hell and wants to protect Ember from everything, even himself. I did find myself getting a little miffed when they kept repeating certain arguments and dramas but I still loved them. I feel as though Josh needed time to heal and Ember needed to support him by supporting herself. I did for one horrible moment think something unforgivable was coming, but thankfully Hallowed Ground isn't that sort of story...

The story is gut wrenching, emotional and honest. Their friends and family suffer right along with them, but also celebrate in their triumphs. It's a dramatic end to an interesting Military romance - oh the feels!!
4 Stars in my Sky!


I pushed my chair out and reached for her, lifting her tiny, curved frame into my lap. Her head tucked beneath my chin, and she curled into me, fitting right where she was always meant to be. My arms closed around her. “We have a month.”
“It’s not long enough.” Her fingers gripped my shirt like she could keep me here if she just held on tight enough. God, what I wouldn’t have given to stay with her.
“Forever isn’t long enough for us, December, but that’s what we’re going to have. You and I have never chosen the easy path. This is just another hurdle.” I rubbed my chin over her soft hair and tried to soak in every detail of holding her—the sweet way she smelled, the smooth texture of her skin beneath my hands.
She leaned back in my arms and cupped my face. “I can’t lose you.” Her voice broke, and tears pooled in her eyes.
I’d never hated myself more than I did in that moment. She’d made it through a nightmare no one should have to face, and I was about to ask her to chance that fire again. My breath hitched, barely passing the lump in my throat. “You won’t. It would take something a hell of a lot stronger than a war to keep me from you.”
I sealed that promise with a kiss, tasting her fear and desperation as she responded. She opened underneath me, and I fused my mouth to hers, surrendering to the heat between us to pull us through this moment. There was nothing hotter or sweeter in this world than kissing December, feeling her go soft and pliant.
We’d fought so fucking hard to get here, to be together. This wasn’t fair, and we both knew it. But we also both knew it didn’t matter. Fair wasn’t exactly in the U.S. Army vocabulary.
I retreated just enough to whisper against her lips, “I’ll come home. I swear it.”

Author Spotlight:

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.
When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.


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