Author: Cecy Robson
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2016
How can you imagine forever with someone who’s leaving everything behind?
Callahan, a former army sniper, wants to make an escape from his past and everything he experienced at war, but most of all, just not feel. Feeling leads to pain and he’s suffered enough. When he inherits a house on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, he packs his bags, lured by the peace and seclusion he thinks it will bring. But, Callahan never counted on meeting anyone like Trinity…
Trinity has always been the cute, and funny one, who most guys overlook in pursuit of her “hot” friends. She became used to being everyone’s pal, until the day the young man she was attracted to, was drawn to her in return. He became her first great love, and first crushing heartbreak when she found him in bed with one of her closest friends.
To move forward, and to carry out her commitment to helping those in need, Trinity enlists in the Peace Corps, but not before returning to Kiawah for one last memorable summer. She just never imagined it would be so unforgettable.
Callahan doesn’t want to get close to anyone-let alone Trinity. He finds her perkiness insufferable and her attempts to entice a smile distracting. After all, he’s in Kiawah to leave all feelings behind. But when it comes to Trinity, who feels everything, it’s hard not to feel something.
Neither expected to fall in love. And no one could have predicted how inseverable they’d become.
That’s all I have left until this shit ends.
Three days shouldn’t feel like forever, not compared to the eight years I’ve bled to the Army. Thing is, good men have been killed in less time. In as quick as a blink, a squeeze of a trigger, or a small breath right before a grenade blows is all the time it takes to shove someone right out of life and well into death.
That’s what makes three days as long as it is. Three days is plenty of time to die.
My eyes tear when the wind picks up and shoots grime through the small hole of my lookout point. This blown out piece of cinderblock is only big enough to allow me a view of the street below, but not so small I don’t get smacked in the face with more filth. The tarp flaps above me as I spit out another layer of the dirt-sand mix spackling my teeth. Christ Almighty, I need a swig of the water resting near my elbow. But my thirst, like everything else has to wait.
I have a job to do.
I adjust my hips against the cracked cement of my bed, bathroom, and home all rolled into one, thankful that the agonizing ache stretching over the lower half of my body has settled into a now familiar numbness.
Out of all the points I’d scouted, and all the accumulated years spent in this position, I should be used to it. And in a strange way, it should almost be home. Yet nothing ever has been home.
But in three days, maybe something finally will be . . .
I shove my thoughts away and breathe as my fellow Rangers stalk along the street. It’s then I see them, a mother and daughter walking straight toward my team. Less than one city block separates them from the men counting on me to keep them alive.
The hell? How did they get past the other sniper unreported? Rogers is new on watch. But the quick paces these two are taking should have clued him in that something’s up. I train my scope on their faces; their expressions are blank, unreadable. ‘Cept that’s not what keeps my attention.
The little girl can’t be more than five. So why the fuck isn’t her mother holding her hand? I lift my radio and bark a warning, dropping it beside me as I lock my scope dead center on the woman’s head.
The radio crackles and Modreski chimes in, yelling at his team to hold their positions. He asks me what my plan is, knowing if something’s caused the short-hairs on my neck to rise, he and the boys damn well need to listen. But I don’t hear him, with a breath and a squeeze of the trigger, I leave a kid without a mother.
Just beneath the sleeve of her abayah―the dress completely covering her body―I see it, a detonator that would trigger the explosives likely strapped to her chest. A few Rangers I know―Simons and Boreman, rush forward. I start to mutter a curse, pissed at her for making me shoot her in front of her kid. But the curse lodges in my throat when I see the kid isn’t looking at her mother lying next to her dead.
She’s watching my advancing team as she lifts the detonator clasped tight in her hand.
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Ah New Adult.. The genre I come across only occasionally, and when I do it’s unintentional. Not that I think it’s bad, but I feel like there’s certain degree of melancholy I feel etched into these stories and that’s why I usually try to avoid them. INSEVERABLE also had this melancholic undertone, but to be fair, it was done in such a way that I was kept distracted because there were multiple things that multiple people had to deal with, not just the hero and the heroine, so I was constantly going back and forth without having much time to dwell on a single problem.
I may not be all that familiar with the genre, but I do know a pattern when I read one. Callahan was the standard hero of New Adult, he was suffering from demons after his time in the military and some of the things he had done during. Now, that was the most interesting part of Callahan’s character for me. Everybody has their own opinions about military, but I was glad that Cecy Robson spent much time in Callahan’s head to give us a clear view of his psyche. I’m sure there was much left unsaid, but I was able to get the big picture, not that it’s so hard to guess. And even after he and Trinity had gotten intimate, things were still hard for him. As it should be for a man in his situation. I like challenging characters and I think Callahan provided me with enough of that to last me the whole book and keep my interest.
I also liked Trinity’s charming and lively character. Again, I haven’t read much of these books, but usually the heroine has a baggage as big as the hero to carry around her shoulders. Trinity didn’t seem to be one of those heroines which was good because Callahan had more than enough for her to carry as well. I liked that she constantly tried to get a smile out of him at the beginning of the story and slowly worked her way into his heart. I found myself warming up to her much quicker than Callahan did though, and him? Well, he resisted. Hard. Poor guy.
This was a nice beginning to a series. As much as I try to avoid the New Adult genre, when a good one comes along and you get curious, you just gotta keep going. There was especially a potential couple, the one I root for along with Trinity, that I hope will have their own books, and that’s enough reason to be on the lookout for at least the next book. But as things are going, I’m sure Cecy Robson will make me come back for more.
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this bittersweet story into my hodgepodge, and looking forward to these friends falling down the love hole one by one.
Okay. INSEVERABLE takes place in South Carolina, more specifically, Kiawah Island. So I had to go all country up in this business. I’ll list all the songs from my playlist, but elaborate on the songs that spoke to me, Callahan, and Trinity.
Anything But Mine – Kenny Chesney
This song is the first song Callahan sings to Trinity. That’s right y’all, in addition to being a sexy ex-Army Ranger, Callahan sings and learned to play some songs by ear on his guitar. *insert bouts of swooning here.
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
The melody speaks so much of Callahan, someone who wants to forget the world and everyone in it, until he finds Trinity to lie with and return to that world that’s been so unkind to him.
Don’t Happen Twice – Kenny Chesney
Heaven – Jason Aldean and Bryan Adams
This is the song Trin and Callahan dance to. I LOVE the intimacy and vulnerability they share during this moment, and how it leads to that next step that brings them closer and tears down the walls.
I’d Lie For You (And That’s the Truth) – Meatloaf
There is a big secret that Trinity keeps from Callahan, more for his sake, but it’s one that threatens their relationship. Sometimes, we do things for all the right reasons, only to have all the wrong consequences. This is one of those moments.
Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
God Love Her – Toby Keith
Oh, yes. God love Trinity and her crazy antics.
Don’t You Wanna Stay – (Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson)
Stick to Your Guns – Bon Jovi
Did I mention Callahan is a former sniper?
One Night Love Affair – Bryan Adams
Ever have a disastrous one night stand? Let’s see how yours compares to Trinity’s.
Take Me There – Rascal Flatts
This is the song that always reminds me of Trinity and Callahan. She’s such a sweet, and hometown girl. And while Callahan fights his initial attraction and wants to keep Trin at arm’s length, eventually, he wants to know everything about her, just as the lyrics in the song.
Washing of the Water – Peter Gabriel
In needed a song that could put me in touch with Callahan’s pain from his experiences at war. This was it.
Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
Remind Me – Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
I love this Bar – Toby Keith
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo
I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
And he doesn’t . . . but the way he hangs on will steal your heart.
I hope you’ll give INSEVERABLE a chance, and that you fall as hard in love with Callahan and Trinity’s journey as they did.
Cecy Robson is a new adult and contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels and upcoming Carolina Beach novels, as well as the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A 2016 double nominated RITA®finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, Cecy is a recovering Jersey girl living in the South who enjoys carbs way too much, and exercise way too little. Gifted and cursed with an overactive imagination, you can typically find her on her laptop silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.
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