Review: Cherish Her by Andrea Johnston (Military Men of Lexington #2)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Love Affair with Fiction.

Andrea Johnston takes us back to the small town of Lexington, Texas with the second novel in her Military Men of Lexington series. Cherish Her is the story of forty-three-year-old retired army captain Grant Ellison and thirty-three-year-old realtor Dakota Jennings. It’s been a couple of years since Dakota lost her beloved husband, Jeff, in a car accident, with the move to Lexington being something she and her two daughters—six-year-old Arizona and two-year-old Cali—a much needed one. Introduced by mutual friends, Grant is contemplating setting down roots in the same Texas town, wanting to stay close to his friends and godson. The spark Grant and Dakota feel is mutual, but she’s unsure whether she wants to act on it or not. All she’s prepared to offer him is friendship, especially when her first priority are her two girls. Grant is more than accepting of that offer, knowing when not to push but wait patiently for his chance to show Dakota that he’s in this for the long haul. But will living in as small a town as Lexington and surrounded by close family and friends lull them into complacency, and open the door for someone who’s biding their time?

Andrea Johnston’s small-town romances are the sort that you want in your hands on your day off, where you can simply lean against your pillows, snuggle with your favorite blanket, and be charmed away by her characters. Grant and Dakota’s story lived up to my expectations, and I was taken by how Grant was your quintessential good guy yet was very much alone in his life, even if he did have friends who wear dear to him. Then there was Dakota, who was still feeling the loss of her late husband while learning to live her new normal as a single mother to Arizona and Cali. Grant and Dakota had the kind of romance that wasn’t forced, and I appreciated that because they were both at turning points in their respective lives and needed to take their time rather than go rushing into the unknown. This didn’t mean that they were wary or cautious, but that they had other things to consider—namely, Dakota’s children—aside from their own developing feelings. The mystery part of the was good as well, and while I pegged the villain from the moment they were introduced, I still liked how it was all revealed and resolved. Cherish Her gets 4.5 stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Military Men of Lexington series:


Promise Her (book one) - five stars - My Review

Cherish Her (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)

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Release Date: 09 April 2020

Date Read: 09 April 2020

Learn more about Andrea Johnston.

Purchase Cherish Her on Amazon.

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