As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she’s made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She’s never been able to stand up for herself, but she’ll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It’s not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.
A former Marine, Scott “Trex” Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he’d felt at peace–Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.
The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he’s dangerous. There’s no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn’t telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby’s ex-fiancé shows he isn’t so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don’t know absolutely can hurt you.
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From Here to You
(Crash & Burn #1)
By Jamie McGuire
Jamie has been on fire this year! First with All the Little Lights (review can be found here) and now From Here to You, the first in the brand spankin’ new Crash & Burn series. If you’ve read All the Little Lights then know From Here to You is completely different but still great in its own way. This book pulled me in and kept me on edge the entire time. I was anxious and scared, but also swooning so hard. I’m tellin’ ya’ll now…this book had me up in so many feelings!!! This, for me, was a second-chance romance in the way that sometimes we just don’t get it right the first time, and that everything happens for a reason. It was intense and so, so addicting.
We meet Darby in a church bathroom just minutes before she’s set to marry a man who is beyond abusive, condescending, and manipulative. Up until this point Darby didn’t respect herself enough to leave, but when she finds that she’s pregnant, things change. She wants better for her child and she knows in order to achieve that, she had to leave. So that’s exactly what happened; with the help of a close friend she hopped a bus to Colorado Springs with nothing but borrowed money and the wedding dress she had on.
Darby’s character fascinated me. She was relatable in many ways and tried to be a realist in most of what she did after she left. She craved independence and was one hell of a strong woman to have upped and left. The picture Jamie created with her and the past she was running from was amazingly well-written and scarily vivid.
Trex has always had this perfect girl in mind and has told everyone he knows that when he sees her he’ll know that it’s her. He’s also had a very complicated life that hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine either. He’s ex-marine, ex-FBI and is now working for a government so classified that he cannot tell anyone about it. He’s the epitome of what Darby is trying to stay away from….military men and people who can’t tell the whole truth. I loved how this character was a hopeless romantic even though he’s lived a rough life. He isn’t jaded and when he first meets Darby, he fell right away and fell hard.
The insta-love for Trex may throw some off, but I think Jamie wrote it in a believable way. Unlike Trex, Darby is jaded and suspicious of love. She’s very serious about doing right by her child and that made me love her all the more.
The plot itself was good; the pace was kind of slow in some areas, but all-in-all it kept me intrigued and wanting to find out what happens. I knew that she wasn’t finished with her ex (women never are when it comes to scumbags like the one she left) but I just didn’t know how it was all going to play out, and that is what kept me going. Also, for those of you who loved the Maddox brothers you’ll get your chance to see some in this story so that was fun and endearing to witness.
Overall, I loved this story. It had just the right amount of suspense and romance. Jamie blended the two perfectly and created this heart-warming and alluring story of second-chances and true love. It was beautiful.