Release Date: May 15th 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Dates Read: August 12, 2012 - April 21, 2013 (I took like a 6 month break from reading this.)
How Acquired: Won
Description: She's always been off-limits...
Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.
...but now she's all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time... (Taken from Goodreads.com)
My Review: I started this book like 7 months ago, I guess maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read it when I started it, so I put it down for a while. I remembered it late last week and decided to pick it up again. And I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great story. Alyssa's mom passed away when she was younger and her father became an abusive alcoholic. Her older brother Brady and his best friend, Marco took care of her until she graduated high school and went off to college. (At which point Brady and Marco went into the military.) In the story, Marco is back from war with both physical and emotional scars and Alyssa has come back to town and gotten a job at the bar where Marco works so she can be close to him. The push and pull of their relationship leaves you cheering them on and hoping they can overcome the problems that they have. Marco's loyalty to Brady, as well as his emotional scars from war, have him pushing Alyssa away. Alyssa secretly knows about Marco's emotional problems and wants to help him. Their relationship made for a great read. Plus, Marco sounds hott. You know, he's never been at the top of my radar, but for some reason I pictured Marco looking like Jason O'Mara. And I was pretty pleased with that idea. ;-)