Melody Ashford has only loved one man her entire life, Vinny Banks. While Vinny is a bad boy, he has a heart in the right place and makes Melody wait until she is 18 to sleep with him. But when she does, he won’t let her go, even though he knows he should. He loves her for a summer then leaves for boot camp, never letting her go. He comes back to town whenever he can, which most times is few and far between. Melody endures the looks of pity and immerses herself in her job, family and friends.
But it has gone on too long and Melody wants more than the occasional visit with passionate sex. She wants him to commit, but he has committed all he can with his course in the military. It’s tearing him up inside to leave her, but he can’t let her move on without him and he can’t give up the military.
The one problem with this book is that once you get to going and understand why Vinny doesn’t stick around, the story is over. Just really quick and I didn’t feel there was a resolution to satisfy either person.
But I felt the anguish both characters were feeling. Melody feeling abandoned, but always waiting and hoping. Vinny loving Melody, but serving his country. I think every military person can feel what Vinny does and know the anguish and pain of leaving the one good thing in your life.
I recommend this for a heartfelt look at what serving your country, falling in love and striving to be a better person is like. There is angry sex, but there is also love so enduring between these two that I hope they make it.