★★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★★
This is a companion novel to Crazy Good and so this review will contain spoilers.
For Morganna Sterns, she thought she had her happy ever after, but when life deals her a cruel hand, she is left with a huge whole in her heart that she is unable to fill.
She has been friends with Steve Warner since she was 12 years old, they were best friends right up until Morganna met Steve’s Navy SEAL team-mate Stone and married him. Quite rightly so, she put her husband first, but Steve was always a part of their life, and was present when Stone took his last breaths on a mission that changed all of their lives forever.
It’s been a few years since Stone was taken from her, and her and Steve have got into a routine where he helps her out around the house, and spend a lot of time together. If Morganna needs anything, Steve is there to help.
When Steve is home from a mission, he is either with Morganna or having a booty call with one of his three girlfriends. He hates to be alone and since he lost his chance for love when he was a young man, he figures he only needs a casual relationship to fulfil his needs. His team-mates however feel it’s time to face reality.
“Alpha up, you pussy.
You’ve known her longer than anyone.
If anyone knows what you need to do to seal that deal, it’s you.”
Morganna is realising that her love for her best friend is turning into something else, but she is scared that she is attracted to him because of his similarities to Stone and she also is petrified of losing another person close to her.
“Is it because he reminds me of Stone?
Or is is real? I’m not quite ready to analyze the latter.
Nor is my heart.”
This is a story of a woman brave enough to put her heart out there again and a man who has come to the realisation that fate has finally given him the woman of his dreams.
I really did enjoy this for the most part, Steve was a bit of a goof, he liked to make jokes, constantly. But he was also a typical alpha male that you would expect in a SEAL, so was sexy and serious when he needed to be.
We got flashbacks to the past, when he and Morganna were kids, and also when he was on missions with Stone which really added to the background of the story.
The reason I didn’t rate this book a full 4 stars or more, was for the simple fact that we also got flashbacks of Morganna and Steve. I understand that some of the scenes were necessary but I didn’t really want to experience the love and sex between the couple.
This was Steve and Morganna’s story and I found myself skimming those bits because I wasn’t interested. I already knew how much they loved each other and were well suited because I had read it in Crazy Good. IF you were to read this as a stand-alone, then those moments may be beneficial.
This was quite an emotional story, it’s quite clear that Steve has had feelings for Morganna for a long time and when she keeps pushing him away and insisting that she wears the trousers in their relationship, it was extremely frustrating and I really felt a lot sympathy for Steve.
The epilogue was so beautiful though, it made me cry and it was a wonderful conclusion to their long journey together.
Told in dual POV, I would recommend reading Crazy Good first.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review