by K.K. Hendin.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military.
Publication: August 17th 2014.
Everyone thought we’d be the ones who made it through high school. The ones who’d get married and stay married forever. The example of how young love can work.
We thought so, too.
Too bad life had other plans.
It’s been three years since Hayley and Nate broke each other’s hearts. Three years, and a lot has changed. Hayley’s a freshman in Bushwick University, and the only things keeping her sane are stress baking, and her a cappella group, Twelve Beats in a Bar.
Nate’s a Marine, stationed in Afghanistan. The only thing that’s keeping him sane is the last picture he has of him and Hayley, and the hope that maybe when the hell of deployment is over, he can find her again and apologize.
One explosion will change everything.
When a bomb kills all of Nate’s unit, leaving him missing a leg and eyesight in one eye, he’s sent back home to Texas. Texas, where he loved Hayley more than he could possibly imagine ever loving anyone else.
With seemingly endless amounts of free time and needing something to distract himself, Nate starts making YouTube videos, imploring Hayley to come back to him, and come back to Texas.
Hayley’s life is wrapped around the Beats, making sure she doesn’t flunk out of biology class, and babysitting Ohio’s smallest monster, Brandon. She doesn't want to admit it, but she misses Nate more than anything.
It’s too bad she doesn’t know just how much he misses her, too…
Thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Hayley and Nate are two souls who seem to need each other no matter the time, the hurt, or the stupid mistakes they both made. It is about second chances and it is about healing and righting the wrongs you make as teenagers.
Hayley lives in a small town in Texas. She lives in a trailer home. She is quiet and kind. One day, Nate moves in the house next door. When Nate and Hayley meet they forge a strong bond. But Nate is not from a loving family and when the only relative that was left who kind of loved him died, a part of Nate died too and he didn’t know how to handle it.
Nate enlists in the Marines and Hayley gets out of Texas to go to college. Hayley tries to move on for three years
without anything from Nate. She is part of an Acepella band of girls and they are everything to Hayley. But they notice she isn’t happy about something and eventually they get out of her what is wrong and that she is missing Nate terribly.
Nate is also missing Hayley, something fierce, and wants her back. But he is in Afghanistan and when he is the lone survivor from his unit after an explosion he slowly comes back to life without part of his leg and one eye that sort of works. He has carried with him a picture of the two of them throughout Afghanistan. As he goes through rehab, he starts making you tube videos that he hopes Hayley would see. They become very popular but Hayley doesn’t yet see them. He puts out there reasons she should come home to Texas. He interviews various people (asking them why she should come back to Texas) that range from rehab to a homeless man on the street and he posts their answers. Dang, that is sooooooo sweet and what girl wouldn’t want someone doing all that for her!??
As time moves toward Christmas where Hayley will go home and when Nate may get to go home too, what will they do?
I am so glad she wrote a follow up of their story (which I just found out while posting this). Because it would really be hard to just move on with your life after all Nate has been through. And K K Hendin wrote...
So, when I first started writing COME BACK TO TEXAS, I had no intention of writing a sequel. It was going to be one book, and that was it. But the more I wrote, the more I realized that Hayley and Nate's story couldn't possibly fit into just one book.
And then I curled up in a corner and cried because direct sequels are scary, man. They are super scary.
But I love Hayley and Nate, and I love their story, and so off I went to finish their story. Which involves a bit more heartbreak and drama, because Happily Ever After is never as simple as we want it to be, is it?
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