Review: Five Years Gone by Marie Force


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR.

Am I ready to start something new with someone other than John? How can I start something new when I still have no idea what became of the man I love? Am I willing to risk another heartbreak, or would I be better off alone?

My introduction to Marie Force's writing came by way of her Fatal series, which has become one of my all-time favorites and it's a series that I can never get enough of, always looking forward to getting the latest installment in my hands as soon as possible. I've also enjoyed the author's Quantum series, proving that she not only can write addictive romantic suspense but also erotic romance. When I learned that she was releasing a new novel, and that it was one that sounded like it had more angst than in the other books from her that I've read, I was curious to see what she had up her sleeve. Well, here's the thing: I wish she had a pack of tissues in that sleeve of hers because Five Years Gone, her latest contemporary romance, put me through the emotional wringer. This was Marie Force at her best, and that's truly saying something considering how prolific--and undeniably gifted--a writer this woman is.

When Ava Lucas met twenty-nine-year-old John West in San Diego, she may have only been twenty-one but she quickly knew that this military man was different from any other guy she had ever met before. Their lives were very much entwined for two years, but in the succeeding five years since he was suddenly deployed, Ava realized that there was very little she truly knew about the man she loved. As hard as she tried, she couldn't get any information on him or his status. She had given herself a deadline of five years and when it finally came, she knew it was time for her to move forward with her life. She returns to her hometown of New York to be a part of her sister's wedding, and it's there that she meets the brother of the groom--Eric Tilden, and he gives her heart a reason to beat again. What happens when Ava receives word that US Navy Captain John West is very much alive?

While this book may have been told from multiple points of view, it truly was truly Ava's story and it's one that highlights just how powerful love can be--when you find it and when you believe you've lost it. That's the thing with love: even when the person may not be there with you, all those thoughts and emotions are still around, lingering and alive. My heart went out to Ava while reading this book, and the woman showed just how resilient she was, showing courage by smiling even through the pain she was dealing with what with not knowing what ever happened to John. When Eric came along, and it was clear that they were falling in love, I was so torn because both men loved Ava. I'm not going to say who she ends up with, but I AM thrilled that the one she doesn't choose gets his shot at a happy ending in his own book. Marie Force delivers a five-plus-starred read with Five Years Gone. ♥

Date Read: 14 October 2018

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