He doesn’t remember her. She cherishes every moment of their time together. Is there any hope for a second chance?
Hunter Cross has lost a year. There’s a gap in his memory, and the woman who is living in his house has disappeared into it. He slept with her, fell for her, loved her—and he doesn’t remember any of it.
He knows he should send her away—except for one little thing. At night, when she slips into his bed, his body remembers hers.
Trina Levine is heartbroken, alone with her memories. Hunter won’t claim any of it—not the joyful days, not the steamy nights. It’s like Trina Levine dreamed it, and it hurts like nothing else could.
Except when Hunter cries out in his sleep and Trina comforts him. At those moments, Hunter’s body knows hers, and for a few, brief, blissful moments, Trina’s sure everything will be okay again.
Until morning comes.
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Memory or Dream
Trina, a single mom who’s been burned in love before, is in love with Hunter. Their daughters are the same age and spend all their free time together. When Hunter is up for another deployment, she offers to keep his daughter after Hunter’s mom takes off with her new boyfriend, Ray. Since they’ve been secretly dating and have proclaimed their love for each other, Hunter asks Trina and her daughter to move into his home while deployed vowing that he’ll NEVER change his feelings for her. Only....when Hunter returns from his year long deployment, he doesn’t remember loving Trina, much less asking her to care for his daughter.
Hunter, home early from deployment due to an injury, thinks everything is okay when he returns home. His mom and daughter are there to greet him, but so are Trina and her daughter. Odd. Upon returning home, Hunter quickly realizes his memory has huge gaps. While Hunter struggles to remember, he also realizes he doesn’t really “know” his daughter as well as Trina does. Although Trina wants a Hunter to be the man he was, she quickly realizes he may never remember that he loved her. She quickly makes plans to move out. When Hunter asks Trina to stay to help him with the transition, Trina reluctantly agrees. Maybe with a little bit of grandma and teenager intervention, Hunter will eventually realize what he’d be losing before it’s too late.
To Have and To Hold is the third novel in the Returning Home series. This series focuses on the issues veterans often have when returning from deployment. Each story is a stand-alone, but I think they’re better when read in order. With that being said, I absolutely LOVED this Trina and Hunter’s story! Serena Bell writes a relatable, realistic story of memory loss and the struggle to “fill in the voids”. I enjoyed glimpses of characters from previous novels dropping by to lend a helping hand. The date nights and tree house excerpts were some of my favorite! I received a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.