Cross My Heart by K.D. Friedrich
Publication Date: January 19, 2015
Struggling with the emotional and physical scars of war, Marine Pete Cross returns to his hometown, Heart Falls, New York, bitter and broken. The last person he wants to see is the stubborn tomboy from his past, Cara Sands. The guy code of ethics demands he keep his hands to himself where his best friend’s sister is concerned, but Cara never got that memo. Apparently, neither did Pete’s libido, because his desire for her is stronger than ever.
Cara has no clue where the man she loves went, but she’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back. Pete tries to push Cara away with bitterness and anger, but she yanks him right back with understanding and patience. Her persistence drags them closer to an outcome that might destroy them both or show him, once and for all, the power of second chances.
Review by: Erin
This was an amazing story of lifelong friends and their struggle with their emotional connection to one another. They have been in love with each other for forever. Pete refuses to cross that line and ruin not one, but two friendships. Cara knows he is the love of her life and has never met someone that she could even remotely think of letting take his place. When Pete comes back from the Marines, he is different. He is dealing with PTSD and injuries. He doesn’t feel worthy of Cara and decides not to pursue anything with her, because she can definitely do better than a cripple like him.
I like how the author described his struggles with his emotional and physical issues. I like that Cara’s character is a strong, independent woman, who takes no crap. I love that she sticks by him and gets to realize that he can’t cope by himself. Every man needs a strong woman!
About K.D. Friedrich
K. D. Friedrich is a writer of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. By day, she crunches numbers, but by night, she's busy creating interesting worlds and compelling characters, hot alpha heroes being her favorite. In 2013, she placed second in the Golden Palm contest for Paranormal Romance. She's an overprotective mother (her daughter's words), lifelong New Yorker, and an obsessed reader of everything romance.