on October 23, 2014
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Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.
After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
So this book gave me the chills from the moment I read the first page and I could not put it down…I devoured this book in ONE DAY! When I picked up Here With Me, I was in a book funk, not having had any luck in the previous couple of books that I had read, so this came at just the perfect time. From the opening page, I was suspicious, intrigued and coupled with the mystery and romance that I knew was bound to be present, I knew that I was in for a tumultuous ride.
From the blurb, you know that Evan Archer returns home after being gone for 6 long years, to a life that he no longer has. His fiance being engaged to his twin brother and his son thinking that he is dead. THIS alone broke me and I cried tears for the lost years for this couple who had so much love, who were soul mates; always destined to be together.
Written in alternating POV’s in Ryley and Evan’s voices while meeting with their therapist trying to figure out a way to move forward, I adored learning their history of how they met and their lives and thoughts throughout their years both together and separated. How they first met put a smile on my face; that love at first sight feeling when your heart beats rapidly in your chest and you know you have experienced magic happening.
Heidi really did this so well as their emotions, their feelings were also mine. The story was so heartfelt and beautiful because THIS is a true love story and even a week later writing this review, I can’t get them out of my mind or heart.
As I was reading Here With Me, I couldn’t help but begin to question whether these situations really happen in real life. That something so devastating could happen that could tear a family apart; wondering who had their best interests at heart as I also felt their anger, betrayal and of course the mistrust because I didn’t know or understand who could do this to someone.
I’ll be honest and say that yes there is a cliffhanger and there is more to this story as I was left with an OMG how could it end here feeling!! But I will leave you with this….
- Knowing that Ryley loves Evan and his brother Nate, I don’t know how she can make this decision on who to be with when her heart and mind love both men so differently. How do you choose between your soul mate vs. the man who saved you and built you back up again?
- I’m almost afraid to pick up the next book when it releases because I’m afraid to learn the truth behind what happened, who knew and what the ultimate outcome could be…just thinking about it again gives me the CHILLS!!!
- THIS BOOK is Heidi’s BEST WORK to date…powerful, heartbreaking, emotional and SO realistic, I really did genuinely cry for a lot of this book because Heidi masterfully wrote an epic love story that has embedded in my heart and I KNOW it will for you too! <3
Enter for a chance to win an ARC of book 2, Choose Me, where we will get Nate’s POV!! *dies* Good luck!!!