Book Review – Footprints by Nicky Jayne

Footprints Cover

Synopsis

Standing by she watches her father leave board the huge grey beast. Taking him to who knows where. As a young girl, her mother raised her whilst her father was away at war. A single mother of sorts.

She saw familiar faces come and go, Flags wave in the breeze, Engines growl as they shut down. Each time the faces grew less and less.

Tragedy struck, leaving Riley and her mother to fend for themselves. Life was not easy. His memory covered the walls. The flag still hangs proud from the stark white walls.

She vowed she would never fall in love with a military man, she purposely steered clear of their nightly haunts. Until one day,

He came crashing into her life literally. Was it love at first sight, can she overcome the fear that comes with living the military life?

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3.5stars

First let me start off by saying that I love a good military romance because it’s something that affects me in my personal life.  I will usually read anything military related and most of the times I am extremely hard on these books because I know what it’s like to love a man in uniform.  

Footprints is a love story, yes but I think it is so much more than yet.  I think Nicky did a beautiful job on giving us a character, Riley, that we can bond with.  I became emotional attached to her throughout this read.  I wanted to hold her while she cried and smack her when she did something stupid.  I had to remember that she is such a young girl and will make choices and do and say things that maybe I wouldn’t because of her young age.  She is a military brat and has promised to never give her heart to a man in uniform.  But than life happens and she meets Tanner. 

The instant connection between Riley and Tanner was there in the very beginning.  He is soldier so you will see Riley struggle to keep her distance because she can’t go down that road.  I think Nicky did a great job is showing us the chemistry that was between those 2 characters.  You get to see them both struggle with their feelings and you get to see how they overcome them together and on their own.  Tanner and Riley only know each other short time but you feel like it’s been a lifetime.

There were a few downfalls for me – nothing against the author or the story just my likes and dislikes.  Okay if you know me you know I am a naughty girl, I need smut and I think this book was more along the lines of PG13 – it was a beautiful love story but it was missing the steam and smut that I love.  Don’t get me wrong the tension was absolutely there and I loved that – I was just hoping for some skin on skin contact.  Another thing I noticed was the how these two characters spoke in the book – much older than their actual age.  I know Tanner is military and has had to grow up fast so I am guessing that’s why his maturity level and the way he spoke was how I would expect someone to speak much older than him.  Those 2 factors didn’t weigh in on my rating whatsoever but I did notice them.

I enjoyed this story.  I think Nicky did a great job on the key points of military deployment and just military life in general which I do get picky about in military books because being an Army wife myself.  Other than the love story in Footprints I think Nicky was trying to send a bigger message – that no matter what has happened in your life you can’t live in the past – you must keep walking forward.  You can’t live in the past and expect to have a happy future – the past in the past and you can’t change it all you can do is learn from it.  Love is a strange thing because there is no rhyme or reason to it.  Your heart wants who it wants and you can’t help who you love.  You have 2 choices when a tragedy happens in your life you can either stay in the past and dwell on the whys, or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move forward into the future and create your own footprints.

SWB