“She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.”
Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.
Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.
Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.
There’s so much that I want to say about this book. First, it was off the charts amazing. Second, it was so entirely heartbreaking. And third, can I please go back in time and reread it again? Or can there just be a second book? I want more! Holy crap…I am in LOVE with Rebecca Yarros’ writing style. This lady has TALENT! I normally am not the biggest fan of New Adult books, but I read every. single. word. of this one.
I’m not one to cry in books, but I was fighting back the tears within the first couple chapters of Full Measures. The writing style and the concept of the book was so raw and real. I would lay in bed at night and keep periodically holding my breath to make sure that my mom was still breathing in the next room. The loss that this poor family felt over the death of their husband/father was shattering to me in more ways that one. I actually did end up crying toward the very end of the book. I guess I can add this to the very small list of books that have made me cry.
When it comes to NA books, I typically can’t stand the female leads. That was so not the case with Full Measures. I absolutely adored Ember from the very beginning. She was such a strong female lead, and I loved being in her head. Most of all, I loved watching her step up for her family and not take any crap from anyone. She was so brave. So powerful. So strong. I loved her. I could just stay in her head all day.
As much as I loved Ember, no one was as brilliant as Josh. He was, by far, the star of this book. I think that I may actually have a new book boyfriend to add to my list. This man radiated hotness in every single scene he was in. Hell, even when he wasn’t in a scene, I was still drooling thinking of him! My GOD…I LOVED him! I need more time with this man.
In most ways, Full Measures follows the typical outline of an NA book. It starts out with some background, goes into a full out romance, and then there’s a fight and a make up at the end. I’m not spoiling anything for anyone. That is the typical outline of an NA book. However, Full Measures managed to take it one step further and actually blindside me with a twist. I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t. I was not prepared for what happened at ALL. This is the first NA book that has actually managed to make me reread what happened and still be like WHAT?! Major kudos to Rebecca Yarros.
Throughout most of Full Measures, I had rated it a solid 5 stars. However, I docked it one star due to the slight decline during the last 75-100 pages. After the shocking twist happens it’s still good, but loses a little heat. I did still really enjoy the book, but I just wanted a little more from it. I also would have liked a few more sexy scenes thrown in, as well as a few more cute scenes. So, the book was amazing, but it just needed a little more to make it perfection.
Overall, I loved it. I would totally recommend this one! If you’re a fan of J. Lynn…..well….then this book is right up your alley!
Publication Date: February 10th, 2014
Rating: [rating: 4]