She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.
Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.
Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.
Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.
My rating: 5 glittering stars
“Just let me love you, December, because I can’t stop anyways. I’ve been at your mercy since I was eighteen.”
Full Measures is a little gem. It’s a book that stirs in you so many emotions, that it’s difficult to keep them inside and not want to share them. When you finish the story, you want to call all your friends and tell them to read it, so that they can experience the beauty of December and Josh’s love story.
As it often happens when I come across books that are so good, I find it difficult to put my thoughts into a review, and this is also the case of Full Measures. Yes, because Rebecca Yarros wove an incredible story — a story about sacrifice, hope, life – altering choices and unconditional love.
“Three knocks can change everything”: this is one of the lines that describe this book and it couldn’t be more apt, because Ember’s life changes completely right at the beginning of the book, due to those three knocks on her house’s door. The question is: how will Ember be able to overcome this? Can love change our views and help us find the strength to stand on our two feet?
In my opinion, Ember Howard is one of the best female characters ever created — her inner strength is impressive and the way she chooses to face up to tragedy is of great inspiration. She decides to fight, to care for her loved ones and not to let herself drown…
Josh Walker is…Well, I have no words to describe how amazing this character is. First off, he’s an irresistible and sexy hockey coach that charms girls with just one wave of his hand. He enters Ember’s life right in the moment she needs someone like him…Or maybe he’s always been there? We find out that Josh was waiting for Ember for a long time…But Ember doesn’t feel ready yet and he wants to be her “whatever”, as he calls it, till Ember will feel right to be with him.
“You’re so busy taking care of everyone else, you can’t see that someone needs to take care of you. So tell me what you need and I’ll be that for you.”
Josh won’t have to wait long, because Ember soon falls head over heels in love with him and I can’t blame her. Their chemistry is undeniable and the words he says to her as well as his actions prove how strong his love for her is. But there’s something that Josh hasn’t told Ember, and this is when Ember will have to make a choice…
“Please fight for this, Ember. We are worth the fight. I love you, and that’s something I’ve never said to any girl.”
Believe me when I’ll tell you that you’ll cry tears of joy. That’s what I did, because this story affected me deeply. It has a lot of heat, a lot of passion and at the same time it’s a story that shows the reality of war, seen from a family’s perspective. But love is stronger than war, and this is exactly what this novel conveys.
Rebecca Yarros is an incredibly talented writer who keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. You’ll devour this book in one sitting and you won’t be able to put it down till you’ll have reached the very end which, for all those who love happily ever afters, is indeed a HEA.
I highly recommend you put this book on your TBR list. It’s definitely one of my best books of 2014.
More beautiful passages:
“You are this miracle, something I never thought I was worthy of touching, let alone calling you mine. I’ve wanted you since I was eighteen, but I was never good enough, not for someone like you.”
“That’s the thing, though. Plans change, you adjust the sails and go with it.”
“The fire you have withing you is impossible to kill. The first breath you take when you’re free of all this, it will come roaring back. That’s what so impossibly beautiful about you.”