Reviewed by Jacqueline
A DIFFERENT KIND OF FINE by KK Hendin
ARC received for an honest review
The story picks up where Come Back to Texas left off. Hayley and Nate have reunited in their little town in Texas but everything is far from right. They have only a week together and that is far from enough time to forget the past and figure out where they go from here. Add to the fact Nate is struggling both with his injuries and PTSD and the relationship seems irreparable. But both are stubborn enough to not give up. Hayley volunteers to drive Nate back to the hospital so he can continue with his “rehabbing”. It isn’t until they are alone and at a loss for what to say that they start to see that spark in each other again. The easy banter starts to return and their last night asleep in Nate’s hospital bed may have made them both realize they are both in this to stay together and get through this together.
This book was a little easier to follow and get into than the first. It concentrated on just the two main characters and what was going on with them. Although the dynamics of their relationship seemed a little frustrating, if you have ever known anyone with PTSD, their moods can change quickly and they need to work through it. No amount of anything you say changes the mind of the person. So taking that in mind, the book made you want to fight for them to stick together a little more and get through all this. Stick with the book. I am glad I did.
Happily Ever After is never as easy as it seems…
Hayley’s finally come back to Texas, and seeing her is everything Nate dreamed it would be. But three years apart means that everything has changed between them, and all the things that broke them up in high school have come back to haunt them.
Nate’s barely recovered from the explosion that lost his leg, part of his eyesight, and his entire squad. Being able to spend a week back in Leland was supposed to help him recover, yet all it has done is make everything worse. Everything still seems like a threat, nothing is safe, and Nate’s nightmares are only getting worse. His survivor’s guilt is crippling him, and ruining his relationship with Hayley. He loves her more than anything, but she deserves more than a broken man slowly losing his mind.
Being with Nate again is all Hayley’s wanted for the past three years. But reality isn’t exactly like her dreams. Nate’s fighting demons he brought home with him from Afghanistan, and Hayley’s scared that she’s not enough to help him fight them. When an unexpected ice storm and road trip stumble into their Christmas plans, Hayley and Nate are both forced to face their pasts and the unknown future.
It’s a love story that has spanned four years, over seven thousand miles, and countless YouTube videos, and it all boils down to a seven hour road trip.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.
THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR.
KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.