Sacrifice by Adriana Locke
Adriana Locke certainly knows what I want when it comes to the men in my books, because she dished up Crew Gentry and he is just my kind of man!!
He isn’t your average man, no, this guy is everything you never knew you either needed or wanted. He is a real man in every sense of the word and I loved him.
The story swept through my heart and on its way it nailed its colours to the mast, it had me bang to rights with absolutely no means of escape – not that I would want to because it was one of the best stories I have read in a very long time and one that will stay with me for much longer.
Life has been tough on both Crew and Julia, in some ways it was if they have each had to struggle and fight from almost their first breath and it is a fight that unfortunately is far from over. In fact in some respects the stakes have just pushed their fight to a whole new level.
They may have had their differences and Julia has a lot to get over when it comes to the part that Crew played in the death of her husband Gage- no matter how accidental that may have been but Crew carries that guilt with him on a daily basis and it shakes him to the core to know that he is responsible for the pain that Julia and her daughter – his niece Everleigh are going through.
But it is a fight for him to get Julia to let him in, to let him help her and Everleigh out and to let him start to right the wrongs of the past.
He loved her once – hell he still does but what he wants and needs doesn’t even register on his radar, it is all about the girls and what he can do to give them the life they deserve.
I adored the way he was with Everleigh – she really was the glue that held him together, the connection with his brother that can never be broken.
But when life kicks the pair of them again – the true metal that he has running through his veins, the true love that he has for both Julia and Everleigh , take him to a level that he would have never have considered himself capable of, it is not a case of standing up and being counted – for Crew it is a case of at all costs, he will leave nothing of himself behind in his charge to do the right thing.
Can he prove to Julia that he can be the man she needs and that he will be by her side no matter what?
The book and story are as real as you could possible want or need in a work of fiction, it is about love, loss and fortitude, the human spirit and the inner strength that each and every one of us has, in some cases hiding, dormant inside us – until that one thing happens that wakes that need up and shows us exactly what is worth fighting for.
The book is quite literally immense.
It was thought provoking, gloriously emotional charged and spectacularly beautiful.
It took my breath away in as much as it encourage me to take a good hard look at not only what I have but who I am.
It encourages you to appreciate the little things and to understand that it can all be lost in the blink of an eye.
My favourite quote in the book – one that I think I will have emblazed in my mind every day because of this book (my new motto!)
"She is a fighter. Take fucking notes."