Posted:  June 3, 2014

Duty Bound by Samantha Chase I used to think I could be a hero, but one deadly night destroyed that delusion. So I’ve come home defeated. My military career, my best friend, my purpose—all of it is lost.
What I find is her.
She’s my best friend’s sister, and she’s everything I shouldn’t want. She’s on a hopeless quest for answers about her brother’s death, but those are secrets that can never come to light. She’s always been a fighter, and she desperately wants the truth.
I desperately want her.
Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won’t let me keep her safe. I have to do it anyway, even if she doesn’t trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what’s precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own. So she becomes my purpose.
I’ll become a hero for her.
     When we are young we find our forever friends sometimes and well that’s what Levi found in Gavin.  The played together, got in trouble together, went to war together but they didn’t die together.  Which was just tearing up Levi to no end thinking he did something wrong and it should have been him.  Gavin was the nicest guy you ever met, always wanting to check to make sure things were safe for you and always willing to give you the clothes off his back. 
     This time though it cost him because Levi was supposed to go in first and instead Gavin did.  He was killed as a result of that decision.  Now haunting Levi.   Levi and 3 other guys that were Gavin’s brothers from the Marines Boot Camp came to the funeral.  They all had stuck together until now.  They all had planned to be lifers in the Marines so this mission that killed Gavin had injured all of them to the point where none of them could continue serving.  It had been years since Levi had seen his second family, Gavin’s family, Charles and Darlene and their daughter Harper.  Boy, had there been a noticeable change in Harper. 
     Harper was no longer the whinny bratty little sister that use to chase after them.  She was a knock out grown woman.  As Levi finally got the courage to speak to the family and he got in front of Harper he smiled in the surprise to see her, out of nervousness, he says how sorry he is.  She steps on her tippy toes and says quietly into his ear so nobody else can hear, “You son of a bitch.  Why couldn’t it have been you?”  Clearly she had different memories of their past that was effecting the present.  All the more reason for Harper to feel angry. 
     You see Harper works for the local newspaper and was calling a press conferences due to the fact that no one from the military was giving her answers on how Gavin was killed.
Once she started with all of the articles and conferences she started getting notice that she needed to watch her back but not out right at first so the police did not take it as anything and either did Harper but Levi sure did.
     The first thing was the slashed tires which was a red flag to Levi but then when he found out about the hateful letter then that was not right.  Come along for the ins and outs of this story to see what there is to see and hear in this romance mystery.  Levi’s plan to protect Harper does not work well in her plan to stay far away from Levi and his bossiness pisses her off.  He feels it’s his duty on behalf of Gavin to watch over his sister or is it?
     I give this 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com

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