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To Have and to Hold (Returning Home #3) by Serena Bell

To Have and To Hold Book Cover To Have and To Hold
Returning Home #3
Serena Bell
Contemporary Romance
July 26, 2016

The reunion is supposed to be the start of the rest of their lives. But when Trina Levine sees the soldier she promised to love forever, Hunter Cross looks at her like she’s a stranger. The connection is gone, lost in the blank stare of those soulful brown eyes. Hunter remembers his young daughter but not Trina, and he certainly can’t recall why Trina and her own child are living in his house. Although his lean, rugged frame bears the scars of battle, his mind took the worst hit.

But Hunter Cross hasn’t forgotten everything. His body remembers caressing Trina’s delicate curves, holding her close, never wanting to let go. Was it just a dream, or was it real life? Now, as he tries to put the pieces back together, Trina’s the one who comforts him when his night terrors strike. It’s Trina whose warm touch rekindles a connection no man could deny. Even with the odds stacked against them, Hunter wants to believe. Because passion has the power to awaken the past—and remake the future.

Nancy’s Review

This is the third book in the Returning Home series that you can read as a standalone.

So what really caught my attention was the blurb. I knew that this was going to be an emotional book just from reading the blurb! And it was kind of like a second chance romance, that I couldn’t wait to start it.

Trina Levine and Hunter Cross are deeply in love. Before Hunter leaves for his one year deployment they make plans to start their lives together when he comes back home. Along with his daughter, Clara and Trina’s daughter, Phoebe.

Hunter comes back home earlier than expected because he gets injured during a mission. Which also leads him to have amnesia. Everything is not all what he remembers. Especially the part about falling in love with Trina.

I really felt for Trina. I mean, imagine having the man you fell in love with tell you he doesn’t remember loving you back. So of course she was feeling a lot of hurt and confusion. Now she has to make a choice. Stay and help him remember, hoping he’ll fall back in love with her? Or leave and start somewhere new?

Even if Hunter doesn’t remember everything, there is no doubt the connection he shares with Trina is still there. He feels guilty about the promises he made and couldn’t keep. But he also feels hope that maybe he can fall in love with her again.

He remembered. One moment. One sentence. But it was enough.
I know my feelings, and they’re not going to change.

The road to their HEA was a bumpy one but definitely worth it. The characters were all relatable and the young girls added a bit of fun to the story. It really didn’t evoke the intense feels that I was expecting, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Overall, To Have and To Hold was a great book about two people getting their second chance at love.

“And then we can do what we do best…”
“What’s that?”
“Make new memories.”