Series: Covington Cove, book 1
Author: Kelly Moran
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 3, 2015 by Berkley
With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been…
Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted—including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what’s waiting for him…
At the urging of Cole’s sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family’s coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn’t have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She’ll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for.
Military romances are a big love for me. My step dad is in the army and has done tours in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Sometimes, the mental injuries far outweigh the physical. PTSD is so common for soldiers and it makes my heart bleed. I have a big respect for people in the forces, our heroes.
Return to Me is a great book; from the first page I was hooked, right up until the last. Moran has a way with words, she catapults us straight into the story with her characters. Her writing is truly amazing and she is, and always will be one of my favourite authors.
Cole is so much more than he seems and I love how we get the past woven in with the present. It helps to understand the reasoning behind their emotions and just pulls us in all the more. Personally, I think his scars just add to his beauty; both physical and mental. The guilt he’s carried for 10 years has only festered and grew. Watching him learn to deal with it and forgive himself is something special. I just loved him, even though at times he deserved a smack to the head.
Mia spent 10 years of her life hating Cole, believing he’d thrown her out like yesterday’s trash. For her to agree to the job as his private nurse, whatever the reasoning was brave and smart. I really liked her character. She’s beautiful inside and out. Her profession suits her perfectly and she does her job well.
For those of you who haven’t read any of Kelly Moran’s work I can’t recommend them enough. The Dysfunctional Test and her phantoms series are both in my favourite pile. Don’t miss out on all the juicy goodness she has to offer!!