on January 25, 2016
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult
Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.
Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.
Flight school is over.
This is war.
Not many series end on a high note…yes, I really said that out loud or rather in print. Hallowed Ground is a prime example of how a series should end. It brought us back to the couple we fell in love with as well as Rebecca Yarros and showed us why we love her writing.
It’s been two years since we’ve met Ember and Josh. Since that time, they’ve gone through college, flight school, and distance. With Ember’s college career coming to an end and a possible job opportunity, Josh is faced with deploying again.
“Forever isn’t long enough for us, December, but that’s what we’re going to have.”
I’m going to be honest and say that I was worried where this story was going to take us. I knew that we were going to be in for an emotional roller coaster. We are met with two characters who have grown so much in the past two years but care so deeply about each other. But can it honestly survive Afghanistan? Would it destroy everything they’d fought for these past two years?
I was met with all sorts of different emotions while reading this book. There were certain things that made me want to throw my Kindle. There were times I wanted to yell at Josh and Ember and then there were times I wanted them to just see what what was in front of them (I’m talking to you Josh)!!
“I’ll make this life worth it to you, Ember, I swear.”
But I think the most important part of the book was how Ember and Josh forged on with their lives while navigating the hockey pucks that life threw at them. Their love for each other was definitely the most important part of this story. You wanted to do nothing less but fight along with Ember and Josh for the love they so much deserved.
Like I said above, Hallowed Ground was the ultimate ending to such a fantastic series. I remember mentioning in my review to Full Measures that I wish there was a an epilogue that was a bit further in the future. Well, I feel like Rebecca obviously must’ve listen to me (LOL) and the epilogue we get in Hallowed Ground will make all of the Josh and Ember fans completely swoon.
I was thankful to have found this series very early on and have loved each and every book ever since. If you have not read this series yet, I highly recommend you do!
I pulled her onto my lap, gently squeezing the sweet curves of her hips.
“Behave,” she whispered into my ear, but ran her tongue along the edge.
My fingers flexed, teasing under the edges of the black skirt that had slid higher on her thighs as she sat. I couldn’t help it—her skin was a magnet for my hands. “You like it better when I don’t,” I answered.
She locked those blue eyes on mine, and for that second, I wanted everyone to go the fuck away so I could get my remarkable girlfriend out of her clothes. Not a girlfriend for long. Not if I found the perfect moment for that little velvet box hidden upstairs.
Mrs. Walker. December-fucking-Walker. Sounded perfect to me.
“Earth to Josh and Ember,” Jagger called, waving his hand like he’d been at it a while.
“Yeah, yeah, a toast,” Ember said, wiggling against my now-hard lap. I locked her down with my hands, and she threw me a smug grin, well aware of what she’d done.
Jagger raised his beer. “To friends. Hell, that doesn’t even cut it. You guys, all of you…I wouldn’t be here”—he looked over to Paisley—“or even the man I am, without you. So more than friends…to family.”
We glanced around the fire at the family we’d made, and I felt it—one of those moments you can’t forget, the kind that stay with you when it’s long past, so you try to memorize everything. It was a deep peace, a contentment laced with the silent knowledge that we wouldn’t be together again for far too long. “To family,” we all said in scattered rhythm, and I kissed the underside of Ember’s jaw.