Title : Footprints
Author: Nicky Jayne
As a young child, Riley Crass watched helplessly from an oil stained tarmac in her mother’s embrace as her father walks into the belly of the air force transport plane, taking him away from her. Throughout Riley’s life, her mother alone raised her while her father was away fighting a destructive war. When tragedy struck, her father is ripped away from ever returning, and Riley vows she would never endure this pain again. Even while memories linger silently, Riley has intentionally avoided ever crossing paths with military men, but nothing prepared her when she collided with Tanner Baker.
An average guy he was not. From a distance Tanner was everything any woman would want but deep down hidden beneath his war torn skin is the heart of a broken Hero. Joining the military as soon as he was old enough, Tanner ran away from what he felt was holding him back the most but after time learned that family is the one constant the on rock he has to lean on. It took a tragedy to realize this, that was until he met Riley Crass….
Footprints is a military romance; very intimate and emotional. What happened when a young woman who swore that she never would fall in love with a military man actually did?
After her father dies, Riley couldn’t stand to let her heart broken by another one military man. The pain of losing him was too heartbreaking and tearing. She was left alone with her mother and both of them couldn’t properly move on, and were stuck in time, unable to step out of the fog they were imprisoned.
One day, she met a young man (Tanner) and their first encounter was striking and intense.I had definitely sensed how powerful their connection was, how intriguing and confusing it could be for these two broken souls. Riley has seen all her life people going and not returning home, with the promise of coming home safe and sound.
Tanner is a military man, tormented soul, wanting a way out of this career. This encounter with Riley was an electroshock; awaking such overwhelming feelings for a girl he just met. As Riley, he knew how this kind of life can be stressful and having a relationship with someone was out of the question until a tragedy happened and Riley. He was so hurt and struggling to leave all of it behind, and scared of his siblings’ reaction.
I really appreciated the intimate atmosphere between Riley and Tanner. I could sense how striking their connection was. It was undeniable. Things were getting slow, at a quiet peace creating a great balance with the sudden attraction. But how are they going to manage this strange and addictive pull?
When things took a step forward, it was almost the end of the book, and I felt like I was missing something. I wanted to read more about them, and some parts definitely needed more deepening (especially about Tanner’s past). It was a little rushed to me.
However, I think the author made a good point about showing us that you can’t live in the past. It gave us also some interesting insights about military life. This romance was kind of easy love with insta-love, but it didn’t catch enough of my attention.
Nicky Jayne, was born and raised in the UK. Always having a passion for numbers she received her bachelors degree in business and finance, but after her long affair with numbers, she decided to take another path. Not phased by the hurdles that she would more than likely face she began writing, instantly falling in love with her words. What was supposed to be one short story turned into a series.