If I Return – book review

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If I Return
by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date:  October 24, 2013
Publisher:  Big Dog Books, LLC
One of the 12 NA’s of Christmas novellas
Number of pages:  83
Kindle Edition
Source:  Amazon Purchase
Contemporary Romance/Holidays M/F
Rating: NC-17
Read 12/10/18 – 12/11/18

Would you wait?

College student, Hope Camden, is relentlessly serious, awkwardly shy and in complete need of taking a walk on the wilder side. At least, that’s what her sister tells her when she drags her off for an impromptu Christmas getaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Hope’s plans to keep her nose in a book the entire vacation are thwarted when she meets Jack Freeman, the gorgeous and enigmatic Army helicopter pilot staying at the same resort. What was supposed to be a quiet Christmas holiday turns into a life changing event for Hope and Jack. The only problem? Jack is headed off to war, and there is no guarantee he will come back.

If you’re a fan of Sawyer Bennett, this short novella is worth the read.  If you’ve never experienced this author before, it’s also a great introduction to her work.  It’s steamy and sexy but also has all the heart I have come to expect from Ms. Bennett’s stories.

Hope and Jack fit together perfectly.  Although they don’t mind having fun with others, they prefer a bit more quiet and solitude than their friends.  Neither of them feel like they’re missing out by spending time alone together rather than with the other raucous people at the inn for a wedding they’re both attending.  This time alone gives them ample opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper, more personal, level.

As the wedding week festivities wind down and their time comes to an end, my heart is just broken for them.  Neither Jack nor Hope are naïve so they are aware of the many things that can come in the way of them taking things to the next step in a relationship.  That makes the heart-break all the more intense in my mind.

This is a wonderful, feel-good story that is just perfect for this busy time of year.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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