Fractured Honor (Crimson Point #1) by Kaylea Cross
An elite warrior struggling to find his place in the civilian world.
Weary from his years on the battlefield, SF Captain Beckett Hollister has returned home to Crimson Point to take over the family business for his dying father. But adjusting to life outside the military is harder than he imagined, and being back home forces him to confront things he’d rather not face. Including the one woman he shouldn’t want and can’t have—his best friend’s little sister.
A love that was always meant to be.
Town vet Sierra Buchanan has known Beckett her entire life. She’s crushed on him for years, but because of his relationship with her family, the stubborn man refuses to see her as more than the girl he grew up with. As tragedy brings them together, neither of them realizes that the sins of Beckett’s past have come home to haunt him. When Sierra becomes the target of his unforeseen enemy, Beckett must vanquish his demons to save her.
Fractured Honor by Kaylea Cross
Crimson Point #1
Contemporary Romance (Light Suspense)
Special Forces Captain Beckett Hollister has left the military and returned home to care for his father after a diagnoses of cancer. While Beckett is happy to be home he’s struggling to let go of the atrocities he witnessed overseas. On top of that, Beckett is trying to avoid his long time friend, Sierra Buchanan, who he can’t stop thinking about. Not only is Sierra too sweet for Beckett’s jaded heart but she’s also his best friend’s sister and he would never do anything to jeopardize his relationship with his second “family”.
Fractured Honor was my first book by Kaylea Cross and I really enjoyed it! The writing was smooth and well done and after an initially slow beginning, the story really starts to pick up. While I felt the first half was more like a contemporary romance the second half brings in more of the suspense elements.
I loved Sierra from the very beginning; she’s incredibly compassionate and caring to her friends and family and she’d do anything to help them. She’s crushed on Beckett for a long time but now that he’s home he’s been avoiding her. Sierra can’t figure out what she might have done wrong so when she confronts Beckett she’s stunned to find he has feelings for her as well. But Beckett is used to controlling himself and he makes a valiant effort to stay away from Sierra. As Beckett’s father’s health deteriorates he finds himself leaning on Sierra for support and he can’t deny his feelings anymore. I loved that once Beckett admits out loud how he really feels for Sierra he goes all in on being with her.
Kaylea Cross spends a lot of time setting up characters related to our MCs and while I enjoyed getting to know them I also felt that they sometimes took over the story. Since this is my first book by the author I’m not sure if this is a regular trademark of hers but I would have preferred a little more time with Sierra and Beckett as a couple. Most of the first third is centered on day to day events that draw in the other characters and their backstories. This means that Sierra and Beckett don’t really become a couple until the second half so I would have enjoyed a little more development for them. I’ll definitely be checking out the next in this series as well as going through Kaylea Cross’s back list for more reads!
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About the Author
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and has been nominated multiple times for the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.
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