Series: KPD Motorcycle Patrol #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Setting: Kilgore, TX
Also in this series: Hide Your Crazy, I'd Rather Not, Make Me, Sinners are Winners
Also by this author: Execution Style, Charlie Foxtrot, Coup de Grace, Right to my Wrong, Shock Advised, Hail No, Beard Mode, Lights To My Siren, Fear the Beard, I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie , I'm Only Here for the Beard, Dragons Need Love, Too , Oh, My Dragon, Kevlar To My Vest , Keys To My Cuffs, Life To My Flight , Hissy Fit, Talkin' Trash, Lord Have Mercy, Hide Your Crazy, How About No, I'd Rather Not, Make Me, Sinners are Winners
Gabriel Luca Maldonado, III and Francesca Leandra Solomon were meant to be. They were so in love that everybody prayed for what they had.
Everything was glorious. They would get married, have children and live a perfect life. She would be a doctor in the emergency room once she finished her doctorate, and he would be a badass Navy SEAL and save people for a living.
But then Luca is deployed across the world, and per military regulations, Frankie isn’t allowed to follow.
They’ve overcome a lot in their short relationship, and they can overcome this, too. Two years was a piece of cake. She’d finish her schooling and wait for him. And when he finally returned home, they would marry.
But two months into Luca’s deployment, the unthinkable happens, and Frankie is left alone and heartbroken, knowing that she’ll have to face the rest of life without Luca at her side.
Fast forward two years, and Frankie is exactly where her fiancé’s father left her, in a pit of despair that she has no hope of ever finding her way out of.
She lives life one second at a time, depressed and alone, hoping tomorrow won’t hurt like today.
She finds a job, moves, and hopes that the nightmares won’t swallow her whole.
But just as she thinks that she’s getting better, one of her nightmares walks through the doors of her ER, and that nightmare has a name.
Gabriel Luca Maldonado, III. In the flesh.
Also healthy and whole, and definitely no longer missing.
Sadly, it only takes her a half a second to realize that the man that left her isn’t the same man that returned.
The old one wanted her. The new one? Well, he’s definitely not interested anymore.
If You Say So is the heartbreaking story of a man home from war with no memories and a fiancee left behind. Now, listen, there is NO WAY to do this review without a kind of spoiler so consider yourself warned.
Malachi was rescued from the hell he had been trapped in for 2 years. Except, he had no idea who he was. His things didn’t feel like his things, his name didn’t feel like his name. He was struggling with his physical scars and emotional ones. Then he finds himself attracted to his dead best friend’s fiancee. But, the reason nothing feels right but her? He isn’t Malachi, he is Luca. He just happened to have Malachi’s dog tags on him when they found him.
Frankie has been living on auto pilot. She is in her 2nd year of residency, has a house, has family, but she doesn’t have Luca. When Malachi returns, she has a glimmer of hope, but even that is squashed. However, Malachi was Luca’s best friend and Frankie wants to help him.
I think the entire focus of the book could have been on Frankie and Luca! There was so much more there to the story. However, there was some suspense thrown in at the end about murder and a stalker that really drew away from Frankie and Luca’s reunion. This very well could just be me, but I wanted more on the reconnection and falling back in love with Frankie and Luca. Still, I really enjoyed If You Say So and can’t wait for more!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: mistaken identity, military
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Luca was tortured and bears lots of scars. He does recall some of the torture which might be difficult for some readers. « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with cute epilogue « Hide Spoiler