Publication Date: April 3th, 2017
“ER doctor, Aspen Zimmerman is no stranger to pain and loss. The tragic death of her fiancé catapults her life into a promise of healing—of being the best damn ER doctor her hospital has ever encountered. After all, it makes her feel like she’s making a difference when she couldn’t so long ago. And when her most beloved patient suffers horrifically, all Aspen cares about is healing her—even though her son has a special way of igniting a fire she thought fizzled out long ago.
As a private security officer, Anderson Hawkins puts everyone’s life before his own. With his mother fighting for her life, Anderson is hellbent on finding a way to save her. On the plus side, he gets to spend his time with a sexy and fiery ER doctor who would do anything for his mother. Though Aspen seems to be pulling back—away from any feelings she may have for him. Now, it’s up to Anderson to prove that they can build a future together if they both let go of the past. Can Aspen trust her heart with someone when she already feels “dead on arrival?”
This book blew. me. away. I had my eye on this book for a while now because of the cover. I love the fact that it started to tell the story just from looking at it. The story starts off as Aspen is engaged to a SEAL named Michael. They’re so in love and everything is looking forward to the future. When tragedy strikes, Aspen feels like she has to start all over. Eleven years later, Aspen is denying herself love because of her past. When she meets Anderson, her neighbor’s son, she lets her walls down to find love again. Well, she tries and through careful consideration and the pushing from her friends and family, she lets herself indulge in love for the first time since the death of her fiance.
The beginning of this book had me in tears. It wasn’t shocking that Michael’s death was happening because it was given away in the synopsis. However, Claudia Burgoa wrote the grief that Aspen was feeling so well that I feel like I really felt her pain. I felt the loss she was going through. There was nothing more that I wanted than Aspen making it through and falling in love. When Anderson came in the picture, I wanted to swoon. He was so good with her and her feelings, and yet, he also wasn’t afraid to call her out on things. When she was open and then put her walls back up, Anderson would tell her like it is. Sometimes, people need to just hear it like it is.
Aspen’s best friends were also pretty awesome as well. The characters and their developments were written well. This book flowed amazingly and I would recommend it to anyone.
The only thing that would bother some is that there are a few grammatical errors. I usually knock off a star for that because I am a massive grammar snob, but the story was so good that I had to give this book five stars. I really hope Claudia Burgoa has more books on the way!