Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Giving It All

Author: Arianna Hart
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61922-889-4
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Release Date: 09-01-2015

Ten years ago Grant Anderson left his hometown, engaged to his high school sweetheart and headed to Navy Seals training. Now because of his father’s illness, he’s finally coming home to Dale, Georgia.  Grant’s going home a changed man—divorced and without a lower leg after an IED explosion in Afghanistan. One of the first people he sees is Ellie, the skinny girl who lived next door. Grant can’t stop thinking about her but knows she deserves someone without his baggage or nightmares.

Ellie’s had a crush on Grant since she was a kid and now if she can convince him that she can handle his scars and baggage, they might have a chance at a relationship. They still have to work together trying to figure out what going on at Grant’s family business. The inventory is a mess, the accounting figures don’t add up and Grant’s cousin is acting odd. Something is definitely wrong and it’s up to Grant to save the business and protect Ellie from danger.

Giving It All isn’t considered part of a series but occurs in Dale, Georgia with some of the same characters from Son of a Preacher Man. Arianna Hart is a new author for me so I was pleased with her ability to pull me into the story. I admit that prologues aren’t usually something I enjoy but this one sets up the story nicely. Add in the good imagery, and steady pace and Ms. Hart had me hooked. I’ll likely be reading another book by her in the future.

There’s much about the plot that’s similar to other stories, in that they mimic the real world with soldiers coming home from a war. Here, Grant has lasting injuries and lots of emotional baggage. The author deals with these issues skillfully, and with tact and sensitivity. She also fully develops Grant’s personality, making him into a guy I liked. Then there’s Ellie—a wonderful, sweet girl-next-door who truly cares about everyone in her life. There isn’t anything about her to dislike. 

Their past as kids and their concern for his parents and the family business is a great way to bring this couple together. It’s nicely balanced against other things in the story. I’ll admit the plot’s easy to follow and there aren’t many surprises. That didn’t mean seeing this couple get together, or how the ‘funny’ goings-on at the family business worked out in the end isn’t fun or entertaining. Read and enjoy. 

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