Book Title: This I Promise You: A La For & Men of Phoenix Novel
Author: ML Rodriguez
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Cover Design: SK Designs
Photographs: Skyline Photography & Winter’s Splendor Photography
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
Through perseverance, dedication, and holding onto a dream, he struggles to better himself and give his daughter the world.
Despite his love for his daughter, Jake is disillusioned by love and bitter from betrayal after Rylee’s mother abandons them.
That is, until the moment he sees her—Faith Castellano—and everything seems to fall into place. He begins to believe in crazy things, such as “love at first sight.”
As Faith sweeps him off his feet, they live life, make promises to each other, and experience the beautifulness of love and adventure, Jake comes to discover that nothing is as it seems and sometimes your dreams are the reason those promises you make are broken.
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. 5/5 (Exceptional)
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Whew, this book was a rollercoaster of emotions. This is a semi-familiar story we have read about parts of Jake’s journey in Faith and Julia’s story, there is so much more to this book than those pieces though. This is Jake’s journey from the start of adulthood. This is a story of love and loss and heartbreak and all that it entails. It’s a beautifully told story from start to finish.
The author definitely tugs at your heartstrings on this one. There is a resounding feeling of dread and heartache that doesn’t go away. If you’ve read Faith and Julia’s story, you have an idea what is going to happen. There are moments of laughter and love is felt from the first chapter. The words paint a picture as you read the story and make it exceptionally easy to visualize the events of the story.
One thing I feel I must mention about this book, since it covers items in Faith and Julia’s stories, this is a book about Jake’s life, his trials and his triumphs. While some of the details are the same, they are written in Jake’s POV. They are not copied directly from the other books, they are different. You will get details you didn’t have before and it should give you kind of an “ahha” moment while you read.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story, and that is putting my love for this story mildy. I expected some heavy heartfelt moments and they were plenty. I expected some heartache and devastation which was also definitely there. The extra details that were provided about his life that we didn’t gather from the other books were a nice touch and definitely make Jake’s story his own. If you’re a fan of this series and this author, you’ll definitely want to get your hand on a copy of this story! If you’ve not read any of this authors previous works, you’ll want to read book 1 and book 2 first, or it will ruin the first two. You’ll be happy you read these books.
© 2015/2016 by ML Rodriguez
One, one thousand.
Two, one thousand.
Three, one thousand.
Four, one thousand . . .
My body jerks as my parachute opens, and it is time to maneuver myself to my landing destination.
Soon, I’ll hit the ground and the real ‘fun’ will begin. No problems are expected, but there is always the chance that something may go wrong.
In the seconds prior to landing, a whole lot of things go through your mind. Because you know that once your feet hit the ground, there isn’t a guarantee you’ll go home alive. You may never see your children grow or hold your wife’s hand as it wrinkles next to yours. So many things you never did and should have done go through your mind, and you have to push them back because you have to focus on what’s to come.
It’s times like these you become a praying man. You pray the mission goes well and you can get your men out alive. That even if you go home with a bullet in you, at least you go home alive.
You remember why you carry a gun and fight this fight. Not for yourself, but for something greater. You fight for your country, for your loved ones and their safety, and for honor. For something more than yourself.
Because nothing makes a man greater than what he’s willing to do and sacrifice for the betterment of those he loves.
Despite all my praying, something tells me that this time will be different than the times before. I am not afraid to die, per say, but I am afraid to die without telling my wife and daughter I love them one last time.
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