Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: A Man to Hold On To by Marilyn Pappano

Therese Matheson doesn't know if she'll ever get over losing her husband in Afghanistan. Surviving Paul's death has been hard, but raising his sullen son and his thirteen-going-on-thirty daughter alone has been even harder. All they need is a fresh start, and Tallgrass, Oklahoma, could be the perfect new beginning . . . especially when Therese meets Sergeant Keegan Logan. The sexy combat medic and single dad soon awakens a desire she'd thought long buried.

Keegan always wanted to be a father . . . someday. So when his ex-girlfriend disappears, leaving her daughter in his care, Keegan's hands are tied. He has to find the girl's father. His search leads him to Tallgrass and to a beautiful brunette widow who has no idea her husband was ever unfaithful. What begins as a friendship soon ignites into something far more and gives him the courage to be the kind of man-and father-he always dreamt he could be. But his secret still stands between them. Can Keegan reveal the truth and convince Therese they share something too special to lose-a love that can bring two families together? [Goodreads]

My thoughts:

A Man to Hold on To is the second book in Marilyn Pappano's Tallgrass series. I haven't read the first yet and had no difficulty or confusion while reading this one. 

As a military wife of 11+ years you would think I would want to read about something besides cute men in uniforms and life on base, but that isn't the case. With that said, rarely do I pick up a novel that actually does this life I love (and sometimes loathe) justice. Most books are riddled with inaccuracies and stereotypes. A Man to Hold on To was amazingly accurate right down to locations (including my old stomping grounds of Fort Polk). I kind of loved that about this book.

I fell in immediate love with both Keegan and Therese. Their story is one that made my heart both ache and flutter. The author did an amazing job of making these characters feel real, and giving them a story they deserved. The pacing and plot couldn't have been more perfect. She weaved a tale that made me want keep reading and reading (and reading). I loved sitting back watching this bittersweet story unfold. I need to read more from this very talented author. And soon!


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