REASON TO BELIEVE by Rebecca Yarros Release Date: April 26th
“I’ll take them!”
That’s what I tell the social worker when my pre-k student and his baby brother need an emergency foster placement. I’ll do anything to keep the brothers from being split up. But my apartment’s flooded and there’s only one house I can take them to on such short notice…his.
Knox Daniels, my older brother’s best friend, offers his new place without hesitation. He’s not moving back to our tiny town until next month—that’s when all our hotshot firefighters are returning for their one and only chance to rebuild our fathers’ fallen, iconic crew.
It doesn’t matter that I’ve been silently in love with Knox since we were kids. It can’t matter that we pretend that reckless prom night kiss never happened. It won’t matter that my feelings for him could destroy his lifelong friendship with my brother and threaten the certification of their hotshot crew. Because I’ll be out of his house long before he gets back.
Except Knox just walked in…a month early. And the icing on this awkward cake? He’s gorgeous as always and I’m covered in baby puke. He takes one look at the boys and tells me we can make this work— We can temporarily fake a relationship to keep them from being separated by the system. Suddenly, everything matters.
There is so much I could say about Knox and Harper, about their story, the relationship, the situation they find themselves in and the things that happen in it, but all of them feel like ways to spoil what is a beautifully developed and emotional story. So, I will give my feelings on all of these things, without telling you what happens.
The relationship is strong, and the foundation that the reader gets for the relationship and why it is how it is both works and also makes you feel for the characters, as they feel a compelling attraction but also have reasons that would keep them from acting on them. I thought the resolution of this, and the way it was handled both strengthened the relationship and the characters themselves.
There is a lot going on externally for the characters as well, as they are thrown together in order for them to be able to remain as temporary guardians for a couple of kids who have nowhere else to go. You connect with the characters, with the kids to a degree, and to the situation.
There was a lot of emotional angst in this one, and the characters definitely go on a journey, but it never feels too heavy that it makes you want to stop and the balance is there to allow each of the characters the chance to get to the other side and find their happy ending.
I enjoyed and recommend this title.
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About the Author:
Rebecca Yarros is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including Great and Precious Things and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series. Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for almost twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all. Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit www.oneoctober.org. To catch up on Rebecca’s latest releases and upcoming novels, including The Things We Leave Unfinished, which just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, visit www.RebeccaYarros.com.
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