(The Norfolk Series #1)
Publication date: August 10th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
I was born and bred to be the man I am today. My father and his father were both graduates from The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Both went on to become helicopter pilots. Both had seen plenty of action. Both had met and caused devastation. Both men, who I respect more above all, had served and protected the United States and her people honorably for decades.
My best friend, William Cruz, who attended the academy with me, had flown beside me, had lived the same life as I had and shared the same ambitions in life, was gone now. This was not part of the plan. Will and I were supposed to have each other’s backs, support each other and never let anything supersede our bond.
I sat on Norfolk Beach needing to feel close to him on the anniversary of his death. It was a beautiful day in May and I was cutting class. I had done the same every year since he passed.
Jaxson Irons was only supposed to be in Pensacola for a year. But now three years later I still hadn’t heard from him. I saw a man running down the beach and I knew immediately who it was.
Jaxson didn’t respond the way I had dreamed he would. He told me we would catch up someday soon. I stood and watched until he was gone.
Thump, thump. I placed my hand on my chest as I felt my heart beat again for what felt like the first time in three years. Thump, thump. I felt the blood moving quickly through my body. Its heat once again present. Thump, thump. I looked up at the sky and let out a breath. A breath that I had been holding forever. Thump, thump.
I felt tears fall down my face as I raised my hands in the air and laughed out loud. Just then the clouds parted for the first time in forever. I saw the sun smiling down on me.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 5 Stars ~~
Well this book wasn’t what I expected!!! I went into this book thinking that it was going to be a friends to lover type story with the Hero being in the Armed Forces. Well we did get that but we got sooo much more. This book was filled with angst, drama, and edge of your seat suspense. I will tell you that this book has a Cliffhanger/To Be Continued ending. It isn’t a real nail bitter but it definitely leaves you with A LOT of questions that went unanswered. I have read some of MJ Fields other series the Steele Brothers and I thoroughly enjoyed them, so I knew going into this book that I was going to like it, because I like her writing style. The one thing that did take me by surprise was that this is a cliffhanger. I knew it was part of a series but I assumed that it was like her other series and each book would be about a new couple. That is not the case in this series, I am still glad I read this book and I can’t wait to see where she takes these characters and the story. I like that the author doesn’t drag the story out and slow the pace down at all. This is definitely a book that can be read in one sitting, you won’t want to put it down.
We meet Jaxson (Jax) and Francesca (Frankie) in this book. Frankie and Jax have known each other for a number of years, because Jax is Will’s BFF and Frankie is Will’s sister. Frankie has been in love with Jax since she was twelve. She finally had the nerve to tell him when she was Eighteen, but then he disappeared. Will was killed in the line of duty and it took it’s toll on both of these characters. Three years later Frankie runs into Jax and the sparks begin to fly. These two are definitely on a roller coaster of emotions. Their road to a HEA is not going to be an easy one. Not only do they each sabotage their relationship, but there are many other forces trying to keep them apart. Their love story will truly rely on trust and strength.
We also meet some other cast of characters that are great additions to the story. I loved Jax’s friends Titan and Shadows. Also I think Mary and Renee (Frankie’s Roommates) are going to be an important part of the story in the future. I will say I am really weary of Mimi and Jax’s mom….there are way too many secrets there to be safe for Jax and Frankie.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a friends to lovers story with a HOT Alpha male and is also chocked full of secrets and mystery. If you are a person who likes a complete story when you are finished with a book, then my suggestion would be to wait for the future books to be released. This book will for sure leave you wanting more!!!!
MJ Fields’s love of writing was in full swing by age eight. Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and sold it to family members. Today, she has four self-published series comprised of seventeen titles, including MEN OF STEEL, which was acquired by Swoon Romance in June 2014. MJ is a bestselling erotica author and former small business owner, who recently closed the business so she could write full time.
MJ lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.