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In a matter of seconds, my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.

In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I'd find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.

I didn't expect him to write back. I wasn't prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn't ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I'd never known before.

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn't: He put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.

But now that I'm whole, I have a decision to make: Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?

©2015 KL. Grayson and BT Urruela (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lee
  • 05-09-2016

Good but not fabulous

This is a sweet love story, but Katie almost killed me in the beginning. whining, crying, pleading, spazing out and totally clueless about the Wyatt issue. I kept listening and Katie earns her Woman Card after all. Devinn is a dream come true. Good listen if you enjoy happily ever after.

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  • 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹
  • 17-07-2016

THE ENDURANCE OF TRUE LOVE.. & THE PRICE OF WAR

Their connection began on the first day of First Grade... it didn't start off well - Devin stole Katie's Barbie pencil then, by the second day, they were tossing each other to the ground and, by the age of 15 Katie knew she loved Devin completely. The Prologue starts as the two lovers declare their love for each other at the tender age of 16 and let their passions take over... making the physical connection between them as real as their soul connection. However, the promises given, the tender words spoken and the sweet dreams talked about were shattered because by the next day Devin was gone. And it would be 10 long years before these two soul-mates would see each other again.

Their love story is a difficult one to listen to because at times you're just so sad about certain events that played out in their pasts that kept them apart, then your euphoric when, against all the odds, they find each other again and reconnect, forgive and fall in love all over again. But you can't breathe easy because by this time Devin is a soldier and is deployed fighting in Iraq and, by the many brutal, tense and descriptive scenes, you know that a HEA is not necessarily guaranteed here. So your heart is either in your mouth as you try to hold back tears over what their lives could have been... or your heart's soaring at the rightness of these two lovers finding their way back to each other. However, the sucker-punch that these Authors so skilfully and cruelly weave into the storyline had me shattered, shocked and left me devastated praying for miracles.

No matter what your feeling are on War - this story has brought home the tragedy, the courage, the heartbreak, the loss, the heroism and the mental and physical toll that War inflicts on people. And I'd like to take this opportunity of personally thanking each and every member of the Armed Forces... and their families, friends and loved ones too for what they have all selflessly endured.

Worth a credit? Yes, this is an emotional second chance love story that was sweet, romantic, heartfelt, tender and with a few sexy times between two soul mates who, for a while, lost each other then miraculously found each other again against all the odds - but it was during the traumatic, dangerous and devastating backdrop of War. Dual POV's and the narrators were great at bringing heartbeats, emotions and setting the mood for each and every Chapter.

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  • Indigo
  • 06-09-2017

Slow start

It was a slow start but gradually things started to get better, even till the end. Great performance.

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  • Lia
  • 17-08-2016

3.5 Stars I Should Have Known!

I hate stories about love triangles so I should have steered clear. I am also not a fan of endless internal dialogue. But all the rave reviews convinced me!

Minor spoilers

I'm going to be the odd listener out here......

Okay before I get into why I didn't like this book lets start with what I did like....

The Author has the ability to pull out someones emotions.

I have relatives in the military and I like how accurate her military reference were...

Lastly, I liked how she showed the ugly of the military and not just the sexed up version...

Okay the reason I couldn't finish this book.....

The book starts out with a flashback of a young Devin and Katie who are best friends who are in love. He has to leave because of his mother....

10 years later Katie wakes up from a car accident

she is now with Wyatt... .7 years

Katie is depressed and angry....

Katie's shrink thinks she should get a pen pal in the Military.

Guess who she finds on the list? Devin

Okay this is where I should have stopped the book because I knew where this was going.

After writing the letter to Dev, she comes to the realization that she has never loved Wyatt, or she wasn't in love with him now....

She decides to break it off with Wyatt.......
The way Katie did it was just wrong..... She didn't even try to fix her 7 year relationship

The book will go on and on how Devin has nothing to with her break up with Wyatt

What put the icing on the cake is when she asked Devin *with an edge to her voice* he has loved anyone....

Really you were in love with WYATT!

I didn't finish the book. I just couldn't. DNF 80%

I gave the book 3.5 stars because the writing is good it is just not the type of story that I like.

Erin Mallon , Max Bellmore were good with the delivery of the story

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  • 21-07-2016

5 Lover Stars


I am an audio nut I admit it. So when I watched a clip of one of the authors read a bit of this book I got intrigued. No not because of what he read but the feel of the book. And to find out I could get the audio… BOUGHT. ;)

Heck I am glad I did what a story of love and faith. Now that might seem weird given the nature of the story and how it all unfolded but I looked a little deeper.
You have a couple who are torn apart because of circumstance, only to be brought back together because of circumstance. A fluke? Or fate? Which I personally believe. I love a good second chance romance.

The struggle Katie goes through, it’s an emotional roller coaster to listen to/read. You can’t help but want to comfort the girl. But what I loved was that even in her pit of despair and anger she fought her way out of it, and didn’t even know she was doing it. She didn’t want to be that person she was turning into. Her best friend is pretty awesome too.

Sergeant Devin, well I won’t tell you what I thought of him in the beginning of the book… But he was a kid I get it. So I gave him a second chance and wow, he became one heck of a character. I don’t think he will leave my brain for a long time to come. His strength and struggles is admirable. You really get in his head and feel what he is feeling. You see his love shining in almost everything he did or wrote to Katie.

His inner self was totally a softy, but his outer shell had to be this tough hard guy well because of his job and to protect him from his past. But the love of a good woman can melt even the hardest of shells to get to the soft gooey goodness inside.

The narration both of them were outstanding, especially in the emotional parts you feel what the characters were going through. Heck I cried, yes I did, and it’s a testament to the authors and the narration to bring that out in an audiobook. Because not all narrators can portray that kind of emotion and make us the readers feel it.

I hope to see more of these authors in audio I will be one of the first ones in line to buy.

*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-08-2018

Solid romantically tragic story with hope and human spirit. Trigger Warnings.

Overall, I think the story was excellent, if not true-to-life heartbreaking. The main characters and supporting characters are interesting, flawed and occasionally irritating. In the beginning the h’s character is somewhat unlikeable. Others around her are hurting, grieving & struggling but she can only focus on her issues. That improves throughout the tale, but she never becomes super endearing, until the close of the story. Her treatment of others/disregard and immaturity as a working professional seem at odds with some minor plot points. However, this story will stay with me, and it’s worth a re-read/listen. May be too realistic for some seeking escapism.
The Audible narrations were fantastic.

Trigger Warnings: auto accidents, DUI, death, military life, combat/war details, hospitals.

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  • brockie
  • 26-08-2018

Haven't cried in a long time...

Wish I had the proper words to express how much I enjoyed this story. The collaboration between Grayson and Urruela was impeccable. Frankly, knowing the history behind Mr. Urruela as being a soldier and witness to the inhumanities of people and war itself, his writing is moving and simply unforgettable. I don't believe there could have been a better choice than Urruela, learning, first-hand what it is to be an amputee. Well done!

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  • Don Langley
  • 23-02-2018

AMAZING!!!

This book was so beyond amazing! It captivated me and made me fall in love with the characters and the story. What a great love story!

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  • KJKM
  • 04-01-2018

What a beautiful chance at love again

WOW what a beautiful book. This is truly what second chances is all about. Grieving, healing and loving all over. Katie and Devin learn that words can heal hearts, minds and souls.

BUT this EPILOGUE gutted me, AMAZING!

See the rest of my review on my YouTube Channel ~ A Day With Ethel

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  • Cyndi Becker
  • 28-12-2017

Amazing all around!

This story absolutely killed me. This is an emotion packed read/listen and i'm at a loss for words ( can hardly see my screen through the tears...)

okay, now that I pulled myself together, I can only say this is one of my favorite audio books ever. The narrators do such an amazing job with both their "own" voices and when they affect the "others" dialogue. I listened to this on my daily morning walk, in 45ish minute increments and I found myself extending these walks to take in more. Kudos to Erin and Max - will look for more books narrated by these two.

The story - how is this the first "soldier" themed story that I've actually started and completed ? The authors set the bar pretty high. I found the descriptions of time in Iraq exactly as I would picture (having no personal experience I can only rely on my imagination, movies and now this book). I could just so easily see everything.

Also noting I listened to this in prep for the 1001 dark nights cruise (2018) where I will meet K.L. Grayson. I see myself falling at her feet in adoration. Thank you for this beautiful love story where loss and fate, hope, courage, and joy are at the forefront. The ending is simply perfect. *Sir, yes sir*