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BEYOND WHAT IS GIVEN
Flight & Glory #3
Rebecca Yarros
Releasing Sept 28th, 2015
Entangled Embrace


Lt. Grayson Masters is focused on graduating the Apache helicopter course, and the last thing he needs is his gorgeous new roommate Samantha Fitzgerald distracting him. While her smart mouth and free spirit are irresistibly irritating, he can’t deny their off-the-charts chemistry, no matter how hard he tries.

Having just been expelled from college, Sam has no business digging for Grayson’s secrets while she’s hiding her own, but that doesn’t stop her from trying to tear down his walls. Each barrier she busts through drops one of her own, though, and she’s not prepared for the truth: another woman laid claim to Grayson’s heart long ago.

Falling in love is something neither Grayson nor Sam can afford, and when that line is crossed and secrets are exposed, they’ll learn that sometimes it’s the answered prayers that will put you through hell.


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Excerpt


I shrieked as the mixer whirred a shrill pitch
and batter exploded, hitting the walls, the cabinets, my face...everything. I sputtered as some landed in my mouth, and slammed my hand against the lever to turn it off.
This was going to be a bitch to clean up.
“Are you okay?” Grayson ran in, hair damp from the shower. His eyes widened as he took in the state of his precious kitchen. “You weren’t kidding about the mess.”
“Oh this?” I smiled. “It’s a new aeration technique. I totally meant to do this.” My awesome excuse died as a glob of brownie mix fell off the tip of my nose.
“Is that so?” he asked, walking over to me slowly, consuming my vision. My breath hitched as he swiped his finger across my cheek, and then licked the brownie mix off the digit. Holy hot. “Hmm... I think there’s something to be said for this method. Maybe a little more air in the batter?”
My mouth popped open. “Are you making fun of me?”
He smirked, which must have had a direct link to my panties, because they unanimously voted to drop. Now. There was sexy, and there was Grayson’s tongue sweeping across his lower lip, which was a step beyond hedonistic. His eyes took on a mischievous glint but kept the same signature intensity that held me captive, unable to look anywhere else as he lowered his face toward mine. What...what was he
doing?
Do you even care? Nope. Not one bit.
“Maybe another taste to be sure?” he asked, his voice low as his lips skimmed across my jawline. “Mmm. Definitely more.” Shivers coursed down my body. Holy shit. His mouth was actually on me, and I was awake.
He flipped the switch on the mixer and chocolate flew.
“You did not!” I let my knees buckle so I slipped to the floor, leaving Grayson to be splattered by the flying confection.
“I most certainly did!” He lifted me up like I weighed nothing, and batter smacked the back of my tank top. “Man, you’re slippery.” He mock-dropped me.
I yelped, locking my ankles around his waist and my hands around his neck. He turned off the mixer and chuckled low in his throat. “You can laugh?” I asked, yanking my head back to look at him.
“I have been known to on occasion,” he answered, that stupid, crazy-sexy smirk in play despite the chocolate on his cheeks and forehead. How the hell could someone look so hot while literally dripping brownie batter?
“I like it,” I admitted.
His smirk disappeared, and his grip tightened on my bare thighs as his gaze dropped to my lips. They parted as if he’d freaking asked them to. We weren’t just stepping out of the friend-zone here, we were on a damn missile into let- me-jump-you-ville.
“I do, too,” he whispered.
 



Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they're currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.

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Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Entangled
Genre: NA Military Romance
Part 3 in an ongoing series


My Beyond What is Given Review . . .

Oh! Grayson Masters, since you first appeared you have intrigued me.  I knew there was going to be a story behind your stiff ways, but what a story it was.  Of course, once the story got going elements were a bit predictable but others we not.

" . . . One mistake doesn't define your life."

Samantha is the firecracker with the big heart.  She's made some bad mistakes but haven't we all.  However, Samantha takes her mistakes to heart.

"There are broken people in the world, Samantha.  But you're not one of them.  Dinged-up maybe, but not broken, and definitely not beyond repair."

With both of their pasts, it has caused them to see things differently, causing them both to have the 'woe is me, you deserve better' moments.


I quite liked this story, but I'm not a big fan of martyrs and runners, and unfortunately this element filled up a lot of the story.  Thankfully the other elements made up for it.

"You need to let him explain. Don't jump to conclusions. Don't be that girl who freaks out over a miscommunication.  Just give him a chance."  (Great advice, too bad it wasn't taken)


No.  I could do this myself.  (Said every strong heroine. Not)

Now let's talk about Grayson's sister, Parker.


Wow! She was quite the little trouble maker and I gotta admit the reason why, I totally did not see coming.

Grayson's Dad.  Let me tell you he did NOT win father of the year.  Thankfully the rest of his family made up for the bad apples.


Both Samantha and Grayson have had trying pasts but it's what you chose in the present that makes all the difference.  These two have many obstacles to face to even have a chance to be together, and so many things blocking their way.  But fate can be fickle, and sometimes we just have to read the signs, even though they aren't always clear.

Even though Gray's torn in two from past and future, he's also loyal and sweet.

" . . . This is not a temporary thing between us.  There is no deadline. I. Am. Always. Yours."


"So go ahead and fall.  I've gotten really good at catching you."

Did I like this story?  Yes, minus the martyr and running moments.  Do I like this series?  Very much.  All of them so far have been quite the emotional journeys.  Is my review vague?  Yes, because I don't want to give too much away, as there are many heart wrenching turns that need to be experienced without knowing ahead of time.  If there is more from this series, will I continue?  Yes, in a heart beat.

4 Grayson Loving Thumbs up!

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Lauren









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