For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.
Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.
This is a mature New Adult book. I see that it is classified as YA - not sure how to change that - but I wanted to be clear that it has explicit love scenes in the story.
I felt Noah's body heat behind mine. He wasn't going anywhere. But I could ignore him.
But a clearly tipsy Lana and an every drunker Amy were coming down the stairs as I reached the first landing. Jack was nowhere to be seen. New plan.
"You two ready to go?" I asked. Lana was wide-eyed and mouthed, "He's right behind you" to me. Correction--Lana wasn't tipsy. She was drunk.
"I know," I said, "and you aren't invisible to him. I'm sure he can see you."
"Yup," Noah affirmed.
"Oh no!" Lana said "What about your cure?"
"Are you sick?" Noah asked, coming up to the landing to look at me intently.
"Not that kind of cure, silly," Lana said before I could open my mouth. She was feeling no pain. She stumbled down the stairs dragging Amy behind her. "Cure for heartache." Thanks Lana, I thought, as if I hadn't been humiliated enough before.
"I'll drive y'all home," Noah said. "My truck is out front."
"You can't park on the street," Lana said, poking one long fingernail into his chest. When her poke found no purchase, she began patting. "Wow, this is like marble. Amy," Lana turned and held up their joined hands, "feel this." At which point both girls proceeded to pat Noah's apparently very hard chest.
He, at least, had the grace to look embarrassed by this. I had to hustle Lana out before her drunken state revealed something even more embarrassing, although at this point, I wasn't sure what that could be.
Grace’s Fun Facts about Noah
1. He's going to own the world someday.
2. He is more vulnerable than he lets on.
3. He has an answer for everything.
4. He looks sexy with his clothes on and off.
5. He likes country music and hard metal rock. He says it is the steel guitar that strings them together.
6. He wears boots almost exclusively but not cowboy boots.
7. He has very nice penmanship.
8. He smells awesome. I think his cologne is made by forest nymphs. It smells like pine and fresh turned soil at spring
9. He has a plan for the zombie apocalypse.
10. His favorite channel is not ESPN. It is CNBC. (I read romances while he watches the financial news).
Noah's top ten list of things you should know about Grace
1. She is super loyal. She'll never allow anyone to say a bad word about someone she loves.
2. Every inch of her body is sexy. Grace thinks that there are parts of her body that aren't attractive, but she'd be wrong.
3. She takes awesome photographs. Grace's confidence on this subject is a little whack but I'm working on her.
4. Her worldview is totally unique. See #3. If you've seen Grace's photographs, I wouldn't even have to list this. It's just an obvious truth.
5. She has a great sense of humor. It's sly and quiet, kind of like her, but she's still got it and you can't be with someone who you can't laugh with.
6. She walks kind of slow. She says this isn't true and that I walk too fast. I'm trying to slow down, in all things.
7. She gets embarrassed watching a dirty movie with me.
8. She wants me to go dancing with her. I tried to tell her the only dancing I do is in a metal cage, avoiding the fists and feet of other fighters. Someday this excuse won't work for me anymore.
9. She once sent me nail polish and a book. Guess which one I liked better?
10. I love her name. With Grace, I'm free.