ADAM: OF THE ARCHERS #1

ADAM: OF THE ARCHERS                         LENA BOURNE

**Full length and standalone new adult romance novel.** 

One week spent together in a secluded cabin. Two people scarred by their pasts. Can a chance encounter lead to love? Or is it just a moment in time, insignificant once it passes. 

Taylor has just returned from a romantic vacation with her boyfriend. But instead of an “I miss you!” text from him, she gets one that’s clearly meant for another woman. Which is the only reason she lets a hot stranger kiss her on the sidewalk. It’s the one and only time they’ll ever see each other, so why not? 
Adam is used to living life on his own terms, from leaving home at 16 to join the military, to returning now, eight years later, to take care of his mother. After that, he’s packing up and leaving again. The last thing he planned on was falling in love with a girl at first sight. But there she was, and now Taylor’s all he can think of. 

They may be perfect for each other, but they both have pasts that will not stay buried, no matter how much they want them to. And when Adam’s dark past comes crashing between them, one week seems like a very short time. Even if it is a week of love, pleasure, and belonging like neither of them has known before. 

Genre: BBW Romance, Military romance, New Adult Romance,

MY REVIEW:
          This was an interesting story of a very conflicted young man who had been forced into the military at sixteen years old.  There had been a questionable accident to cause the townspeople to dislike him.  Since the family as a whole was hate his father felt it was best he left.
     Now, he’s out of the service after all of his men but one died during their last mission.  He also at the same time, had gotten the call that his mother was ill, so the SOS call was issued.  She was worse and they need his help.  So, he came home.  That he finally just snapped.  He ended up with a dishonorable discharge.
     Yet, after writing to someone he respected and outranked him and who he had served under he found out he might be able to get squared with the military.  First, he needed to lose the anger.  The anger also came from seeing his mother being beaten by his father as well as he and his siblings.  Not just by his father but by his older brother he was beaten, Theo.  Mountain people were mean but his family was the meanest.
     While he’s back home a buddy from the Marines asks to meet for drinks at a bar.  Turns out his youngest brother, Jesse, is playing there with his band.  Of course, he has been dodging his calls.  So, they fight and he gets kicked out it’s not a total loss.  Out on the sidewalk, a girl he has never seen before is about to change his life forever. 
     Taylor is there with her sister and their best friend.  After just flying back from France she really doesn’t want to be there since she still hasn’t heard from her fiancé who she left there after a month stay.  Yet, she is having uneasy feelings since she’s just returned and is getting the feeling something is just not right.  The whole thing seems off.  He’s not called her to see if she got home safe or anything. 
     She has been feeling odd for a while but now looking from afar the whole time she was there they never kissed really or made love while she was there.  He said it was because he was busy writing his book and all.  But something feels off.  When she gets a sexy cute text clearly not meant for her she feels the hair on the back of her neck stand up.  At first, he won’t respond and then he plays it off like he has no idea what she is talking about.  Then he starts yelling at her saying she is calling him a liar and a cheater. 
     That’s when she accuses him of having an affair.  The bickering goes on for a while until especially when she thinks she hears a woman’s voice.  It continues until it doesn’t.  Then, she hangs up on him.  She meets Adam and then she just Kisses him until her sister comes screeching at her.  Then she leaves.  Never to see Adam again.  So, she thinks.  Neither can think of anything other than that kiss and each other.  She decides to get away and go to the family’s cabin and work on her book.  When she gets there the plumbing burst and she needs to call a plumber.  Adam shows up for his uncle.  Just to check until his uncle can come into town.
     This is a fast-moving story.  Interesting dynamics yet the resolution seemed like it came to quick.  So, a little-disappointed there.  Still worth reading, though.  I wish Taylor would have stood up to Henry even if it would have been with Adam next to her.  It just seemed like he thinks he can still be condescending to anyone but women for sure.  I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by amazon.  Follow us at:
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