Series: Everyday Heroes, #1
Author: K. Bromberg
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2017
“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”
Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.
Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.
But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.
What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?
I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.
That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.
Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.
I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.
I have read several K. Bromberg books before and I have yet to be disappointed! I absolutely LOVED Cuffed so much that I Amazon Prime’d Combust (book #2) halfway through reading it!
The Story. The story opens up with a heartbreaking prologue, which I was prepared for because K. Bromberg doesn’t hold back any punches when it comes to her stories. Fast forward twenty years, and Officer Grant Malone is working a crowd with his partner when he runs into his childhood best friend, Emerson aka Emmy. He hasn’t seen her since she walked out of their second grade classroom after he told her secret to the teacher, and she never came back. Emerson feels like she was hit by a Mack truck when she comes face to face with Grant Malone, the boy who brings up painful memories from a past that she would rather stayed buried. She moved to Sunnyville, California, to put down some roots…not to run into Grant Malone again…right?? Right. All Grant wants to do is to know that Em is happy and to be a part of her life again, but will he be able to set aside his hero complex in order to do what is best for her? Emerson wants nothing to do with the feelings that Grant evokes in her because the more she feels…the more she remembers past memories, especially memories her brain has been protecting her from for over twenty years. Will she be able to weather the storm Grant brings into her life or will she drown in the memories until she can’t take it anymore?
This was such a fantastic childhood friends to lovers romance. It was heartbreaking, but it was so full of strength. I loved reading how the backstories unfolded and how the tentative relationship between Emerson and Grant progressed. This was so well written and had an amazing plot. I loved all of the secondary characters that were brought into this book because they brought so much to the story. One of my favorite things about this book though was the parallel made between a current side story and what was going on twenty years ago. I felt that that was such a brilliant, poignant storyline to add in order to help each of the main characters grow. Another of my favorite parts of the story were the flashbacks to childhood they each experienced to get the whole story as well as show the strong friendship Grant and Emerson shared once upon a time.
Emerson. Head Up. Wings Out. My heart ached so hard for both the little girl she was and the strong woman she has become. Emerson is a feisty, independent, adrenaline junkie, but also vulnerable, full of doubt, and has a hard time trusting people. This woman has more strength in her pinkie finger than many have in their whole bodies, even when she doesn’t feel so strong. Emerson was a gypsy who was finally wanting to put down roots in the only town where the only family she ever felt like she belonged lived. I was so happy for her and her desire to chase her dreams to the fullest, despite the uphill battle. Emerson was the character who shined the brightest for me in this book.
Grant. I really liked this man. He has a protective streak a mile wide, but he never intends to hurt people with that protective streak. Grant has always had a hero complex and wanted to protect and serve his entire life. However, when he fails to save Emmy all those years ago, his eight year old self takes the blame, and strives to make sure no little girl is ever hurt like that again. He agonizes over breaking her trust when they were children, and he wants nothing more than to gain that trust back. He knows he will never let the only girl he has ever loved walk away from him again no matter what storms they have to work through. Grant has to figure out how to let the past go and see Emmy as the woman she is today and not the little girl she was. All he knows is that he is determined to give all he has to the girl who stole his heart because that is what she deserves.
I highly recommend this story to those who love: romance, deep stories, broken and healing heroines, and a hero who is a true hero through and through.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★
Emily’s Review (Coming soon!)