As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she’s made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She’s never been able to stand up for herself, but she’ll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It’s not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.
A former Marine, Scott “Trex” Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he’d felt at peace–Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.
The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he’s dangerous. There’s no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn’t telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby’s ex-fiancé shows he isn’t so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don’t know absolutely can hurt you.
*I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL COPY OF THE BOOK FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY HONEST OPINION*
I literally have no words to describe how much I loved this book.
When I first heard about its release, I was about a month or two behind and requested to review it after it’d been published (this is why we double check things, folks). But the publisher was kind enough to send me a finished copy of the book anyway, which has now led to my utter appreciation for the author and this beautiful, amazing book.
Jamie McGuire has become a new favorite author of mine. I want to say this novel could be classified under Adult romance and contemporary. Which, may I remind everyone, is very rare for me to be interested in and actually read.
However, this book turned tables for me. With every page I turned, I was becoming more and more immersed. I binge read this on a school night (in which I had a very important test the next day, that I don’t think I did very well on, BUT OH WELL)!
Throughout this book, it’s apparent that our female MC Darby has escaped an abusive relationship—pregnant, at that—and is still afraid that her ex-fiance will find her. However, with our male MC Trex, there has been nothing but consent and I absolutely love that.
At one point in time, Trex asked if he could kiss Darby. He asked her. Before he kissed her. That is something that’s really important to see in this day and age. As we all know, sometimes, people just don’t feel comfortable or don’t want to be kissed. Yet, McGuire incorporated that one sentence and completely demolished my fangirl meter.
I absolutely love this quote. It goes to show that, no matter what, second chances can happen. And McGuire made sure to show that.
There were a lot of hardships and tests throughout the chapters, and I absolutely loved that. She captured a realistic relationship between the two characters. She made it seem like these people were real and we were just watching a reality TV show of their life.
That was something special to me, and I can’t applaud the author hard enough for that.
So, to wrap this up; the plot flowed splendidly, and the characters all developed beyond what I’d expect. The only problem I had with this novel was the ending and how it was kind of foreseen/anticlimactic.
For that, I rate this book 4 stars. I do highly suggest this, and I also highly suggest adding Jamie’s other books onto your TBR as well.
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with the international bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel, Walking Disaster, debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists in all four categories. Beautiful Oblivion, book one of the Maddox Brothers series, also topped the New York Times bestseller list, debuting at #1. In 2015, books two and three of the Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption and Beautiful Sacrifice, respectively, also topped the New York Times, as well as a Beautiful series novella, Something Beautiful. In 2016, Beautiful Burn made an appearance on the New York Times and USA Today, and was also named iBooks’ Romance Book of the Year. The same year, A Beautiful Funeral also topped the New York Times bestseller list.
Novels also written by Jamie McGuire include: apocalyptic thriller and 2014 UtopYA Best Dystopian Book of the Year, Red Hill; the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy; Apolonia, a dark sci-fi romance; and several novellas, including A Beautiful Wedding, Among Monsters, Happenstance: A Novella Series, and Sins of the Innocent.
Jamie is the first indie author in history to strike a print deal with retail giant Wal-Mart. Her self-published novel, Beautiful Redemption hit Wal-Mart shelves in September 2015.
Jamie lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with her husband, Jeff, and their three children.
Find Jamie at www.jamiemcguire.com.