Ryan Porter considers himself married to the military. After losing his father and brother at a young age and witnessing the subsequent downfall of his mother, Ryan has sworn off any semblance of love.
After Ryan helps Haylee out of a sticky situation, the two find themselves growing closer, but with Ryan's impending deployment and Haylee's trust issues, they vow to never let it become something more.
However, Ryan quickly finds himself falling for Haylee, and Haylee is unable to deny that Ryan makes her happier than she's been in a long time. Will the two of them be able to overcome their pasts and open their hearts? Or will they always be determined to keep everyone at a safe distance?
Obviously I am a sucker when it comes to a military romance book. My husband was in the military so sometimes I feel a strange connection to the characters and I always want to love these types of books because who doesn’t love a strong military hero who sweeps the heroine off her feet?
Safe Distance was a hard book for me to get into at first. We all can guess that something happened to Haylee fairly quickly because of not just how she is with Ryan but with everyone in her life. You feel sympathetic towards her but at the same time at least for me after a while she rubbed me wrong. The way she would just freeze Ryan out made me like her character less to be honest. Now don’t take me as being unsympathetic to what happened to make her the way she is, because I did cry for her and her past but eventually I just couldn’t care any more.
Ryan was deploying and just wanted a friend, it turned into more for him but even knowing he may lose her for wanting more he just wanted her friendship the most. Maybe it is because I am a wife of a previous military member and know exactly the stresses and uncertainty they feel when preparing for a deployment that made me on Ryan’s side more, or maybe it was just because from the start Ryan held a place in my heart that I wanted more for him. Was he always perfect? No he wasn’t because at times he could be an asshole but there is a very emotional reason for it, and I wanted to beat the living hell out of Haylee for her adding to his pain at one point.
There are things that happen that will make you cry ugly tears, and trust me you will cry, but there are also moments that will make you laugh out loud. Just know that Safe Distance will make you feel all sorts of emotions. I don’t know if the author is going to make a series or not out of this because Ryan and Haylee’s ending is a HEA, but I would like to see other books with some of the secondary characters, one in particular who deserves a HEA of their own.
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Megan lives in northern Utah with her husband, Adam, and incredibly spoiled dog, Tucker. She spends far too much time reading anything and everything she can get her hands on. Safe Distance is her debut novel.
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