Date read: February 20, 2016
3. Unraveled - Paperback | Kindle
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Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.Thoughts on Unraveled: Man, I felt for Sam. She's caught between her past love and a potential future and she doesn't quite know how to navigate the fine line between them. Wait. It's not so much she doesn't know how to as she doesn't want to cause any waves. She goes to a monthly brunch she hates with her dead husband's parents because it's easier than telling them she needs a little space. She doesn't put her own needs first for ANYTHING from what I could tell until Gray crosses her path.
Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?
And then she's full of doubts and guilt as she deals with her attraction to a man who isn't her dead husband. It's a minefield of emotions and it hurts a little, but in a good way.
Then there's Gray. He's caught between his own two opposing forces and he doesn't know what he wants to do next. Which is pretty much me every day when I wake up. So, I get him. I ADORED what he tried to do after he screwed things up. His big gesture was sweet and utterly adorable and I totally mentally high-fived him for doing it.
As always, the Woodlands crew is fun and sometimes ridiculous and the bantering between the guys kills me dead. Plus, Bo giving relationship advice is awesome. He should totally do it all the time.
Next up: Finn!