REVIEW: Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros

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“I would never love a man whose love could destroy me.”

Back of the book blurb:

She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead. Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart. Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction. Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

Publication Date: February 10, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Pages: 374
ISBN: 9781495303425

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My rating:

Good lord. If you’re looking for an emotional book, LOOK NO FURTHER, because I promise this will make you cry. I probably cried for, like, half of the book, if not more. I just finished it an hour or so ago and I’m still reeling. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. STOP!!! I need to take a break and come back to this. The feelings are too raw. I’m not even joking, okay, bye.

So, I’m back. It’s been a few hours and I think I’m ready to write this damn thing. THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK, UGH!!!! And one teensy thing I didn’t like, but I feel like I need to bring it up.

I guess I’ll start with how much angst was in this book, just because I loved it so much. You begin the book and you’re instantly in the scene where Ember, our protagonist, gets the news that her father has died while overseas in the army. Obviously, I’m already sobbing at this scene because the way Rebecca Yarros writes it is so incredibly beautiful and so incredibly heartbreaking. You don’t even know Ember yet, but you already sympathize with her. And the most heartbreaking part of it all is that she feels she has to carry her family on her shoulders, so she barely gives herself any time to grieve and she just keeps going like life is normal, even though everything has changed for her. There’s a part that involves her brother and wanting cake and ice cream (I don’t want to give too much away) but it is seriously so sad. There are several emotionally charged scenes in this book that will just make you weep for days. There’s this scene with Ember and her best friend Sam and Ember just found out something devastating about Josh and Josh is trying to get Ember to talk to her, but Sam has to defer him and they’re just sitting at the table eating while Josh is pounding on the door and I don’t know why I found that scene so incredibly sad, but I did. I could just see everyone’s faces so clearly in my head and I was crying so hard. Rebecca Yarros seriously has such a great gift because she can write these emotional scenes and they just hit you so hard.

December Howard—Ember for short and our wonderful protagonist—was this fiery woman who took no one’s shit and really found herself in the months following her father’s death. I felt so honored to be able to go on Ember’s journey with her. It was very emotional, raw, and real and it was just a phenomenal journey to go on. Ember was as funny as she was sad and I love that about her. I love how real she was. That’s one of the reasons why I absolutely love reading because you find little things about yourself in the characters you read and there’s something magical about that.

Josh Walker—the love interest and I feel like a criminal “reducing” him to that because he’s SO MUCH MORE. He’s so much more. He helps Ember move on from the sadness that has overtaken her, even if she doesn’t want to believe it. He’s a beautiful soul. He was so sweet and so caring towards Ember. Their scenes together were full of heart and full of heat. I could physically feel the sexual tension between them.

The entire subplot with Ember and her mom was amazing, as well. The scene where Ember is angry with her mother and is finally articulating her anger had me, of course, crying. I’m just emotional, okay?! It added another layer of complexity to Ember and her relationship with her mother that just made their relationship and Ember as a character even more real and I appreciated that a lot.

Okay, here’s the one thing that bugged me in this book. Sometimes the characters would say these romantic things or these epic things and they came off super cheesy. They would say them in dialogue, too. I feel like a lot of authors want their characters to say these incredible things and have everyone quoting them, but they just don’t work out really well. I’d rather read characters that are more relatable and mess up their words and don’t always say these extremely eloquent things. And not everyone talks poetically. There are so many things that characters say in books that I wonder if anyone would actually be able to say them out loud with a straight face. But that’s just me. Maybe I just hang around people who aren’t poetic. I’m not sure.

Also, and this isn’t just in this book, but there seems to be a fascination with NA authors writing playboy men and having them take their “true love” to bed and the true love gets upset because they’ve probably had so many other people in their bed and the guy is like “oh no, you’re the only one that’s been in my bed.” I don’t know, I just find it frustrating that SO MANY authors have used this. It’s lost its appeal. I need something fresh.

Regardless, this book had me captivated from the beginning. I’m so excited to continue the series. And they all have to deal with military men/situations and that excites me because I’ve never been too familiar with the military.

Happy reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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