Blurb: Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, or he’ll end up in a marriage orchestrated by an Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey loses both legs and the ability to speak while rescuing a local boy, the image goes viral.
Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she’s engaged. When she’s offered a plane ticket to visit her “fiancé,” she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? Touched by Rey’s funny texts and the determination she sees in him, Grace offers her friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.
And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey’s new life once he’s ready to be on his own again?
Review: Sweetly endearing and heartwarming. This is a beautiful little story.
Both main characters were vibrant and solid, strong characters that were genuinely fun to read about. Often romances go towards the wishy washy, drama intense self doubting characters that constantly question if they are good enough for each other which leads to huge back and forth issues between characters. In this story, Rey and Grace are just generally well adjusted, self aware good people. They do what feels right to them, which means not being loaded with teenage angsty drama. They are mature adults with mature attitudes and a desire to be good to and for each other. It was a refreshing change to see characters that felt enough about themselves and their personal ideas of right and wrong to just be there for each other and solid throughout the entire story.
Dealing with Rey’s loss could have made this story turn towards the really dark and ugly, but this stayed on the brighter side for these characters. It wasn’t all rainbows and perfection. We did get tiny bits and views into what other people were potentially struggling with that was on that ugly side, but it wasn’t the focus of this story.
Again, a completely refreshing and beautiful story. I just can’t emphasize that enough.