Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and she knew that came with some risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own. Even though she had asked her husband, Chad, for a trial separation the week before his death because she found out about an affair he was having, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing.
As a fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother was killed. Several other firefighters had to hold him back to keep him from going after his brother in the collapsing building. The last year has been difficult for Matt. He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion on several occasions. His one saving grace has come in the form of his sister-in-law, Gracelyn. Her friendship has pulled him through time and time again.
With the year anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt turn to each for support and comfort. What they didn’t expect was to realize that their feelings for each other may go well beyond the solid friendship they share. Can they overcome the guilt and the scrutiny of their family and friends to find love together?
Chad & Gracelyn are at the one year anniversary of his brother/her husband’s death and realizing that they have very strong feelings for each other. This is best enjoyed by those who are looking for more sex and less story development, especially at the beginning. In some respects, it was actually fairly low angst, which was nice.
I love Joe Arden & Samantha Cook as narrators and for the most part they were excellent. The issue is one of continuity. Arden pronounces “Gracelyn” as two words, “Grace Lyn” and Cook as a singular fluid word. Considering how many times her name is in the book, this is pretty noticeable.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.