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Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Military
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Merrick Thatcher went through a hell that no one could possibly imagine. He fought to protect his country, his family, and the men standing at his side, but it wasn't just being a soldier overseas that changed him. He watched his friends die in front of him, felt indescribable pain, and lost his sight in the very same moment.
Badly injured, blind, and angry, he's done with war, but now he’s fighting his own battle. So, he’s waiting for it to end, spending his days and nights in a thick darkness no light can penetrate. Until Grace walks into his life and his broken eyes open to a woman that changes everything for him.
A story about two flawed souls finding love amidst the grief. A love that shines vividly, even in the dark, and discovering that sometimes being broken is how the light gets in.
For readers 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.
I just finished Vivid and I just loved it! This about a scarred and blinded veteran named Merrick. He is bitter, mad at the world and more so at himself. He feels like it was his fault that he couldn’t protect his men. He’s alive when others are not. He takes his anger and pain out on everyone. The only thing that can make him cope is the girl next door that sings to him. This blocks out all the pain to where he doesn’t even want to think about it. But he does need help, so his mother hires a nurse to help take care of him since he will not let anyone else. He doesn’t expect Grace, the neighbor to be his nurse. What a complete shock. Trust me, he tries to be his snarly self to her, but she has a stronger will than he could ever imagine. He cannot help but want to be near her. She is his light when he sees dark.
“But she terrified me. The way I felt when she was close had become a drug. One I couldn’t imagine giving up”.
Grace is such a sweetheart. Dont let her sweet disposition fool you. She is dealing with heartache to, of the worse kind. But she understands what Merrick is going through. She believes she can help this broken, scarred man.
“The man underneath all that tough skin, scarred skin – was still a human being. He wanted peace just like the rest of us. It was just a little harder to come by these days”.
She falls for him though. It was accidental. It rushed through her before she knew it but she has some insecurities that she will have to get past. At the end of the day, they will need each other to overcome it all.
I really looked forward to reading this. I had hoped I would get picked because there were limited books that Jessica was giving out. I am so glad that I got picked. Even if I didnt, it is worth the price that she sets to read it. It was beautifully written. I felt like I was there with Merrick on the battlefield, with Grace when she was going through her turmoil. They just had so much depth and vulnerability to me that made them more relatable. I hurt when they hurt. I cried when they cried. I laughed when laughing was needed. I also loved the secondary characters, felt that they didnt overshadow Merrick and Grace’s story and brought a sweetness that made it all more enjoyable. Would love to see Mitch and Micah (Merrick’s brothers) get their own story. How awesome would that be if we got to see their happily ever after.
Grab it when you can, trust me, you will not want to put it down.
Grace moved closer, shifting her body so she could reach my face more easily. She ended up practically standing between my legs, brushing up against my injured one whenever she rinsed off the razor.
“Take a breath, Merrick. I haven’t cut you. Not yet,” she chuckled.
I breathed in her sweet scent, my head swimming with arousal. She had no idea what she was doing to me. All those months shaving with a tiny mirror stuck to the wall in my CHU had been frustrating as hell. I couldn’t see shit in that thing. Now I very literally couldn’t see shit and she was in front of me smelling like she did, being as gentle as she was, and all those memories didn’t seem like such a horrible thing.
Because now I was experiencing something even more torturous.
She positioned the razor under my nose and expertly removed the coarse hair above my lip. What would she do if I just leaned in and devoured her mouth? Would I miss her lips completely or would she meet me halfway?
She gently turned my face and started on the other side. I didn’t think having her shave my face would be this intimate. In fact, I was planning on it being annoying as hell since I thought she wouldn’t really know what she was doing. Asking my mother had been an option, but I didn’t want her leaving Mitch either.
“Almost there. You need a haircut, too.” Her voice was rough and sexy, and I had to hold back a groan when it sent blood rushing straight to my groin. “I can style it for you so it stays out of your face, but I’m no good with cutting hair.”
“That sounds good,” I replied. God, if she didn’t finish soon, I was going to do something stupid.
She raised my chin and carefully shaved my neck. When her fingers stroked my skin to check for any areas she missed, I swallowed thickly and lost the battle completely.
My injured and stiff hand found her wrist, slowly pulling the razor away from my skin. Her gasp sent my semi-erection shooting straight up to painfully hard. The skin of her wrist was like silk under my fingers, the tiny bones so fragile. I worried that if I was too insistent, I would hurt her with just a touch.
“Merrick?” she breathed, her sweet breath caressing my chin.
I felt her racing pulse under my fingers and pulled her forward until I could feel the heat of her face so close to mine. I raised my other hand to her waist and made a cautious path up, until I gripped the back of her neck. She didn’t struggle or protest, and I hoped her accelerated breaths were telling me that she was feeling the same intense pull I was.
My dry throat finally found the strength to speak, even if it was just a whisper. “I would give anything to be able to see you right now.” I pulled her face closer, until the tip of her nose touched mine. The sound of the razor falling to the floor, briefly registered in my mind.