13 April 2015

Set in Stone by Rachel Robinson

Set in Stone
by Rachel Robinson.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Military.
Publication: April 9th 2015.
There is something all too vague about second chances. What happens when your utterly perfect, first chance never really ends? What if it’s stolen?

Bull-nosed attorney Morganna Sterns knows what she wants. Self assured, powerful, and independent, she finds herself struggling to find balance between honoring what has been stolen, and deciding if her second chance is going to end just as tragically.

Steven Warner is a Navy SEAL with nothing to lose. His overt humor and charm paired with his lethal skill set make him a perfect catch--for the right type of woman. His world is littered with relationships, but only one stands the test of time. Competing with a ghost is hard. Especially when that ghost is a teammate: his brother at arms.

It’s not, “it is what it is.” It’s what you make it. What you, and only you decide it should be. Navy SEALs never make the same mistake twice.

Will Morganna?

*Due to sexual content and graphic language this book is intended for readers 18+*

Reviewed by Kelly

I am not sure which way to go with this book. I liked it and I didn’t like it. Let me explain…

Morganna- She is definitely one who likes control and order in her life. She is a Type A person. She can be a real witch with a B. She is just like me. Gah! I didn’t like reading a book about a person like me. It is difficult to give them love and let them lose themselves in someone in return. That is why I read books to live vicariously. I wanted to slap her silly sometimes. Give it up girl! LOL! She is a divorce lawyer with the thought that nothing is forever. She loved her husband, Stone, unconditionally. He died. Now his Navy Seal brothers watch over her.

Yeah, it’s a lot to forgive, but if I waited another second to tell him, I’d self-combust with pent up emotions. Selfish should be my middle name. I’m well aware. Sometimes people do things they aren’t proud of in the name of sanity. This is one of those times. I couldn’t even explain it to him, which made it seem like that much more horrible. I’m in love with you, but I can’t be with you. It doesn’t even make sense to me. Now? I miss him…..

Steven introduced Stone and Morganna. The poor guy has known and loved Morganna since they were kids. He played the friend card because he didn’t want to lose her friendship. Morganna has always loved him too but Stone stepped up to the plate and married her. On a dime, Stone is gone. And what kind of man would Steven be if he didn't check on her daily? Steven is also a manwhore with three girlfriends at his beck and call. It's a relationship of booty call only. He is also a joker.

The humor is what always reeled me toward Steven. Who doesn’t want to laugh? A better question is who doesn’t want to laugh after their husband dies? His comic relief is always welcome in the dark corners of my world. “

Steven is the most patient person ever to hold on to his love for her through the years.

That’s not me Morg. I lived for a reason and, by God, I’m not giving that to chance---I’m owning it. It’s not, ‘it is what it is’. It’s what you make it. I’m making the most of this with you. Maybe I’m selfish and unworthy of the brotherhood for admitting this, but it’s the honest truth. We’re different. We truly are. I know sometimes you look at me or listen to me and you see him, but that’s just because you’re drawn to similar men.” He sighs long and hard, wrapping his hands behind his head. His gaze floats to the ceiling. “It’s just coincidence that Stone and I have the same occupation. You can’t dwell if we’re going to move forward. Focus on the differences. Focus on the present. The future.” It’s the very first time he’s said something like this.

The other Navy Seals see Steven’s dilemma and Cody tells him to get rid of the girlfriends and go after her if he really wants her.

The story goes back and forth in time. It is in multiple persons POV.

What I really didn’t like was having Stone and Morganna’s life and sex for us to read. I guess I can see how it shows how much Morganna loved him and how hard it is for Morganna to move forward. But it was hard to see the love she had for Stone. I don’t know if I could have gone forward if I was Morganna.

Get the tissue out for the ending!!! There are a few surprises there.

So to wrap it up- there is some really graphic sex and language way more than I wanted to read. But I fell for Steven anyway.

Swallow life whole

Rachel Robinson grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

Crazy Good, her contemporary romance novel, is an International Amazon bestseller.

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