I was born and bred to be the man I am today. My father and his father were both graduates from The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Both went on to become helicopter pilots. Both had seen plenty of action. Both had met and caused devastation. Both men, who I respect more above all, had served and protected the United States and her people honorably for decades.
My best friend, William Cruz, who attended the academy with me, had flown beside me, had lived the same life as I had and shared the same ambitions in life, was gone now. This was not part of the plan. Will and I were supposed to have each other’s backs, support each other and never let anything supersede our bond.
I sat on Norfolk Beach needing to feel close to him on the anniversary of his death. It was a beautiful day in May and I was cutting class. I had done the same every year since he passed.
Jaxson Irons was only supposed to be in Pensacola for a year. But now three years later I still hadn't heard from him. I saw a man running down the beach and I knew immediately who it was.
Jaxson didn't respond the way I had dreamed he would. He told me we would catch up someday soon. I stood and watched until he was gone.
Thump, thump. I placed my hand on my chest as I felt my heart beat again for what felt like the first time in three years. Thump, thump. I felt the blood moving quickly through my body. It’s heat once again present. Thump, thump. I looked up at the sky and let out a breath. A breath that I had been holding forever. Thump, thump.
I felt tears fall down my face as I raised my hands in the air and laughed out loud. Just then the clouds parted for the first time in forever. I saw the sun smiling down on me.
|This book really has many different parts to it. First, you have Jax, or Jaxson Irons, Navy pilot, and friend to William Cruz. They went to the Naval Academy together but really have been best friends’ way before that because Jaxson parents were never around because his father was into politics. Now William is killed in a helicopter crash and the day of the funeral his sister Francesca decides to let Jax know that she has been in love with him for years. Just turned 18 and shocking Jax she does it again by kissing him. He drives away on his bike. Three years later they met again and this time they end up in bed together and after this, it is like Jax can’t decide whether he wants to be with her or not. On top of their romps in the sack, you have someone who is threatening him and then ends up threatening Francesca. They decide to marry to end whatever threat to her might be, but after the marriage he, Jax is in a helicopter crash himself and now, of course, he cannot remember being married, and someone stole the record of the marriage out of the county office they were married from. When you think the book is going to come back and there can’t be anything else his father is killed, or it at least appears that way. Now that he remembers he married Francesca they decide to do it again. You will be surprised who is behind all of this and the reasons. Jax can be a jerk at times worse than some of the author's other characters, but having all of the different characters help this story move along and especially Shadow his character was really good. Many hot bedroom scenes, politics, and a mystery that for some reason actually works, overall a good book. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|