He feared no one…but himself.
Recovering from a past shaped by violence, Matt Holloway has sworn to live a different life than his parents did. Matt has found a purpose that keeps his lingering pain and fear at bay: helping others to heal. Yet the nightmares continue to haunt him.
Grace has lived a life of luxury, sheltered by her family’s money and connections. When a betrayal forces her to question everything, she leaves her family and accepts an ambitious position in a career for which she may not be ready.
When the two first meet, they cannot deny their instant, intense attraction. While Grace is willing to take another risk with her heart, Matt remains chained by his past and struggles to trust their future together. Fighting to save the children they’ve pledged to help, Matt and Grace must learn to overcome the pain in their past and find their true courage.
I stumbled across this novel because the author’s name kept popping up in my Twitter feed as one to read if you like romance. Of course I had to try one of her books! So glad I picked this one. Here’s why:
What I liked:
What didn’t I like? I loved the plot. I loved that you have an already reformed “bad boy” who loves Jesus all by himself and doesn’t need the love of some “good girl” to save him.
I love that the “good girl” already had a relationship with Christ so that they were not necessarily two broken people trying to figure out life, but two whole people who already had purpose and goals.
I loved the romance. Generally speaking, I don’t like men who waffle (he didn’t waffle long), but for some reason I loved Matt almost from the first page. Most likely due to his relationship with Christ, I felt like I could trust him, even when he messed up. Because I knew when he messed up he would make it right. I loved the way Matt was there for Grace, the way he took care of Grace, and the way that his love for her was more action and less talk. In regards to Grace, I liked that she was bold. She liked Matt and she wasn’t afraid to show it. Together their romance just worked for me. I’ll be honest, as much as I love romance, as a single woman in her late 20s I read these romance novels with a skeptical eye. This book, for me, made me forget skepticism and just enjoy the love. In the words of book bloggers, I shipped this couple hard (comes from the phrase ‘I will do down with this ship’).
Now, Grace. I liked that she was so wealthy and raised in such a sheltered life and yet still wanted to pour out her energy and love into a community that desperately needed it. No, I was not raised nearly as wealthy as she, but I could completely relate to her and the decisions she made.
Spiritually, there is a theme that faith is a journey that takes time and it’s okay that you might not get set free from everything right away, but you keep on going in Christ.
What didn’t I like:
For a moment, Grace got all secretive with Matt. While I could see the pitfalls ahead with keeping secrets and it did bother me, to a certain degree, in real life maybe you wouldn’t confess all to a guy you just met…and thankfully, she doesn’t keep her secrets too long.
Romantic scale: 10
Overall, I just loved this book. While there was a genuine plot in this novel, it was also pure romance and I did not want to leave their world. Definitely a favorite of mine this year!