Imperfect by Cherry Shephard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love and a drowning man…
Sergeant Ethan Stone had felt compelled to join the army, to fight for his country and the citizens in it. When he returned home years later he was a broken man, living one bottle at a time. When Shannon returns home it is to escape a different kind of hell, to regroup, to rebuild. When the two meet, sparks fly right away but they both resist the attraction and each other. Is love worth this fight?
“And maybe his kiss did leave me breathless, with a none-too-unpleasant tingling. But there is absolutely no way I’m attracted to him.
Shannon and Ethan are both grieving though definitely in different ways. Ethan can’t see past the bottom of the bottle while Shannon is trying to keep it all together by being as responsible as she can. I couldn’t help but feel for these two lost souls who were obviously damaged by their experiences but still trying to get through each day. With their mutual friend Keets running interference between them, he provides a supportive, caring buffer that guides them both together and to healing.
“Do you have any idea what you fucking do to me?”
If the personal issues these two are dealing with aren’t enough, there is even more drama and hardship to come. To say things come out of left field to challenge them is an understatement and dealing with them is either going to push them harder into their shells or help break them out of it. The plot twists were interesting but the story seemed to stretch a bit thin in spots as so much was happening at once.
The story was engaging with interesting characters and plot turns that has me looking forward to more in the series.
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