NEVER LET GO

NEVER LET GO                               ALLISON B. HANSON

Just one gorgeous weekend away from reality. Then they can go on like it never happened…
Riley Fisher doesn't have time to chase after men. As a single mother working two jobs, she barely has time to eat or sleep. But a girl has needs. So when handsome veteran Sam Brooks asks her out, she decides she deserves some R&R. She doesn’t expect anything else from him—after all, he’s hardly the type to get serious.

Sam came back from Afghanistan lucky to be alive, despite PTSD that hits whenever he lets down his guard. His therapist told him to forget about relationships. When he meets Riley, he’s not planning on breaking the rules. She’s cute, petite, and a total smartass—not even his type. But she’s hard to forget. Especially once he runs into Riley and her toddler on a rustic mountain getaway and sees what he’s missing. Her kid makes him laugh all day. And Riley makes him burn all night.

Too bad a relationship is impossible. But they can enjoy the attraction. It’s not like they’re going to fall in love…

MY REVIEW:
     When Riley Fisher married Evan she thought it would be forever.  Boy was she wrong.  After dropping out of college to help him finish his degree by working and when she ended she would go back.  Well before that could happen she got pregnant and it seemed it was for the best.  She figured that she would go back once he was established.  But not the way it worked out.
     Three months after giving birth and although she had noticed a change in his personality she never saw it coming.  Evan came to her and said he had found someone else, when Luca their son, was three months old.  As if that wasn’t bad enough he says not only did he find someone else, but that this new girlfriend was pregnant.  He said he was sorry and then cried as if that somehow made it better.  She tried to care, to feel something, but all she could think of was her son.  That this was not what she wanted for him a broken home like she grew up in.  
     Now fast forward two years and she is working two jobs to make ends meet. Evan's own mother is helping her because she knows her own son is not meeting his responsibilities to his ex or his son. They had to garnish his wages so that she could get child support and he has asked her many a time to get that stopped as well as gone to court to ask the same. His mom feels such a sense of shame for how he has turned out and wishes she could help out more but Riley is just grateful she babysits for free.
     Then one day this handsome olive skin, green eyed, and a body to die for guy came into the jewelry store she worked in.  A mutual friend had sent him to get a piece of jewelry made for his niece.  His niece was graduating from high school.  On his return trip to pick up the item he thought she didn’t charge enough for the beautiful item she had created from the keep sake pieces and asked her out to dinner to repay her.  Surprising her and himself.
     You see Sam Brooks was an ex-Marine who had three tours of Afghanistan.  His last tour being the hardest.  He lost all of his men as well as getting shot himself and receiving a Purple Heart.  He just could resolve that in his heart and mind that he made it and not them especially the ones that had families.  He was a severe case of PTSD which had been treated upon arriving back home but it had been 7 years and he was still having the nightmares.
     For the most part he had been able to keep it in check but the first therapist had made the statement that he should never have a relationship.  For no woman should have to deal with his nightmares.  So Sam stayed far away from them.  One nightstands were his thing.  Not by choice but by orders really.
But his dinner with Riley was causing feelings, things he tried not have and avoid at all cost.  Their overnighter hit a glitch when her baby daddy brought her son, Luca, home early from his weekend with her ex.  The son Sam knew nothing about and why would he she planned only for a one night stand also.  “No hits, no runs, no errors.”  Which freaked him out.  Which Riley called him out on since she said you were going to find a graceful way to exit and never call again and don’t act like you weren’t. Bam! 
     See if this couple are able to master an ongoing fling or will their pasts be a little too much to make it more?  Will it be worth a shot or did they just shoot their own feet?  It is funny and it is sad all rolled into one but with a HEA.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 

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