Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive... until Evan's twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces. After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable - the love of his life, Ryley Clarke - engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
Here With Me could be the love child of the movie Castawayand the TV show The Client List. Even though those two shows don’t have anything to do with the military they have elements that are in this book. The premises are similar but the settings are different.
”Time doesn’t heal anything. It just prolongs the hurt and pain.”
The plot line is one of intrigue and heartbreak. Evan was deployed on a secret mission for 6 years. SIX YEARS! He left behind a pregnant fiancee along with a twin brother, and his parents. When he returns his fiancee, Riley had moved on because she was informed by the military he was dead. SIX YEARS! I know, I already pointed out how long he was gone for but I want to emphasize that is a long time to think someone is dead. A lot of pain and confusion ensues when your dead lover shows up after six years.
”It’s messy. Our family life is complicated. … This family needs help!!!!”
Poor, Riley! Gah, I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. In that six years since she’s buried Evan her life has moved on. Which is a normal part of life … it’s the fact it’s with his twin brother, Nate, that makes me cringe. WHAT NOW?! Nate’s deployed on a mission when Evan shows up thinking he’s coming home to his waiting fiancee and son. He had no idea his family thought he was dead. Something was botched with Evan’s secret military mission! Is the military covering up their mistake? Did Nate know Evan was alive all these year? I need answers!!!
”It would be so easy to fall back into a routine with Evan, and I wish that I could without consequences.”
From their meet cute when they were teenagers until now Riley has always loved Evan. But now she’s promised herself to his brother! How can this end good? Whose heart is going to be broken? Whose ring will she wear?
Eenie meenie miney mo!
I choose no one . . . actually I’m totally rooting for Evan BUT I haven’t heard Nate’s side of the story. I’m sure after I read the next book with Nate’s pov I will be totally confused on who should get the girl.