Here and Now by Cheryl Etchison
American Valor #2
Lucky James is just out of the Army Rangers and going back to school for his medical degree has been harder than he expected. Being almost a decade older than his fellow students and starting back over at the bottom of the hospital food chain has been rough. But finding a friend in nurse Rachel Dellinger has been his saving grace. Rachel has finally pushed out her sleazy ex-boyfriend, found her own place to live, and is finally doing things on her own; having Lucky as a friend and confidant has been amazing. But when an unexpected encounter late one night leads to more, both Lucky and Rachel are shaken by their change in status. As they navigate their new relationship their in for a few bumps along the way.
This is my second book by Cheryl Etchison and though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one, it was still amazing! I thought it was wonderful to have Lucky and Rachel be friends first; and real friends, not just people who have the hots for each other but hide it. Though they each find the other attractive, their friendship is real and builds naturally as it progresses into something more. I also loved the scene when Lucky admits his feelings to Rachel because he makes things very clear. Thank god for a man who can admit his feelings!
Lucky is hands down a great hero and I loved reading about him. We’re told many times that Lucky is a genuinely nice guy and then Etchison backs it up by showing just how nice Lucky is. It was very refreshing to have a sweet guy as a hero who really knows how to treat Rachel like the most important person in his life.
Rachel was really trying to get her life on track and is certainly put through the ringer in this book. In the beginning Rachel is a really messed up woman; she doesn’t really come across that way in her work or thoughts but when the reader gets more information about her past relationships it really becomes clear that she struggles with what a healthy relationship should look like. I was happy that Lucky could show her how things should be between two people who care about each other. Occasionally Rachel would drive me crazy. In reality she was acting the way a regular person in her shoes would act, so I can’t really blame her. However, sometimes I wanted her to just trust Lucky and go for it.
4 out of 5 stars
Former Ranger Medic Lucky James feels right at home working long night shifts in the ER, but less so during the day, when his college classes are filled with flirtatious co-eds. When his 19-year-old chem lab partner shows up at his work with dinner for “her Lucky,” he quickly enlists the help of Rachel Dellinger, a nurse and fellow third shift “vampire”.
Rachel is a people pleaser at heart, but she’s finally decided enough is enough when it comes to her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When Lucky begs Rachel to help him ward off the advances of his teenager pursuer, she blackmails him into helping move her things out of the apartment she shared with her ex into a place all her own.
From there a friendship is born between two people just trying to make it through the night. Neither are living in the past or planning for the future. Until one day changes everything.
Published by Avon on July 26, 2016
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