Survivor (First to Fight Book)
Nicole Blanchard (Author)
Survivor is the second book in the First to Fight Series, but can be read as stand alone. This is the story of Jack and Sophie. There are appearances by Livvie and Ben from the first book, Warrior. Survivor is written in alternating POVs. The author gives the reader the story through the character's experiences in the past and the present.
Jack and Sophie's story had me on a roller coaster of emotion. I mean that in the best way. I laughed with the characters and cried with them. There were times in the story that I wished that I could reach in and shake Jack and Sophie. I wanted to tell them not to be so stubborn, but I felt for them. When reading about the night of the sexual assault, I felt like my heart was breaking in my chest. I cried for the young girl. Sophie is so strong or tries to be. Sophie wants to protect her loved ones. I felt for Jack also through out this story. He didn't understand what was going on with Sophie, but still loved and missed her. Being the ex-marine, Jack never really gave up on Sophie. He helped her mother and watched out for / took care of her brothers. Jack is a good guy. When Sophie came home after her mother died, Jack was there and help with his ex-friend.
I loved the banter that they had with each other. They liked to push each other's buttons. I adore Sophie's favorite past time, when it comes to Jack. "Wink" The author made me feel like I was right there in the story with Jack and Sophie. I feel only an exceptional author can write a story with sensitive issues, but the reader still feels positive and happy after reading it. I hope that I am expressing myself correctly. This is not a light hearted book, but in my opinion the message is: good wins over evil, (true) love is possible, the power of love, etc. I loved Warrior, but this is my favorite of Nicole's books.
I was given this arc book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Overall Story = 5 Stars!
Hot / Sexy Level = 4 1/2 Stars!
POV = Alternating (each chapter)
Alpha Male / Military Man = Yes and Jack is hot and yummy.
HEA = Yes!
Story with a Message = Yes I believe it does.
Recommend to Others = Hell Yes!