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Breaking a Legend (#1) -- Kame
A local boy, Miles Kydd, returns to his hometown, Slipwick, Pennsylvania, after eight years in the Marines. His best friend from childhood and brother-in-arms, Tobin, returns also, each with the burden of what they saw and what they did. Myles saved Tobin's life, but a tragedy occurred that he can't get past. They each react to being home very differently.
Zoe Brooks grew up in Slipwick and remembers her crush on quarterback Miles very well. She is divorced from an abusive man and trying to find her way. Zoe is hired to be Walter Kydd's hospice nurse; he is dying of stage four lymphoma, has given up treatments and just wants to be comfortable. She loves him like a father, and does her best to make whatever time he has left peaceful and pain free. She is so happy for him when Miles returns, but he is nothing like the young man she knew. Bigger, harder, with an anger he can barely control. He drinks too much, parties too much, but is always there for his Dad. Somehow, Zoe's calm gentle nature has crawled under his skin, and she actually doesn't treat him like the monster he feels he is.
Zoe is also feeling the need to try and comfort Miles, to get him to talk to her or find someone he can talk to. Little by little this attraction turns into more and frightens them both.
This is a contemporary romance with a lot of serious topics. PTSD, cancer, abused women and the impact of war. The characters are real, passionate, and feel like they could be someone I know. Despite their differences, they are a very believable couple and the romance is hot! A very enjoyable read.
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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
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Thanks for the review, Pat! :) It does sound like a good, if emotional, read.
Until Next Time,
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