Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Review: Capturing Peace by Molly McAdams

Capturing Peace by Molly McAdams
April 8, 2014
192 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: language, sex
Source: Personal purchase

 Coen Steele has spent the last five years serving his country. Now that he's back, he's finally ready to leave behind the chaos of the battlefield and pursue his lifelong dream. What he wasn't expecting was the feisty sister of one of his battle buddies—who has made it obvious that she wants nothing to do with him—to intrigue him in a way no woman has before.

Reagan Hudson's life changed in the blink of an eye six years ago when she found out she was pregnant and on her own. Since then, Reagan has vowed never to let another man into her life so that no one can walk out on her, or her son, again. But the more she runs into her brother's hot and mysterious friend, the more he sparks something in her that she promised herself she wouldn't feel again.

Can two people with everything to lose allow themselves to finally capture the love they both deserve?

This was my first Molly McAdams book. This is mostly because I tend to avoid love triangles, and she tends to write them. But this book/novella caught my attention because it's not a love triangle, and I love inter-racial relationships. Add in a strong Asian male, and I was sold. Too bad we don't get much of his background outside the military "incident." I would have loved more cultural things in there. But I loved Coen. He was a great character. Funny and sensitive, sexy and compassionate, and those scenes with Parker were the sweetest.

This was a heartfelt story with some trauma references, but not delved into too deeply to make this a dark read. It's light and lovely. The single mom story with the adorable son was great. Reagan has dealt with a lot, but I loved how supportive her family was of her and how much they encouraged her. Parker, her son, was nearly perfect, which made him slightly unrealistic (I have three sons, so I should know), but he was so adorable that I forgave it.

The romance was super sweet. It was pretty quick, but I guess with a novella, I expected it. But Coen and Reagan were really great together, so I really enjoyed their romance. The way they understood each other, were there for each other, and improved with each other, was heartfelt. Then add in the family aspect of Coen with Reagan's son, Parker, forming a terrific trio, and I couldn't help but root for these two.

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