Title: Choose Me
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Archer Brothers #2
Release Date: April 1, 2015
Lives ripped apart, shattered and rebuilt.
Evan and Nate Archer: Brothers, best friends, warriors and now enemies. Both in love with the same woman. Both determined to fight for what they want.
Nate Archer promised to protect Ryley Clarke in the event Evan didn’t make it back. It’s a promise between brothers since the early days of basic training. Nate never considered that his feelings, long buried since high school, would resurface and grow stronger.
Evan Archer wants answers. He wants someone to pay. After being gone for an unprecedented amount of time, nothing is making sense now that he’s home. Most of all, he can’t understand how his brother ended up engaged to his fiancée. Evan is determined to uncover the mystery, and win back his family.
The Archers are about to fight dirty.
Waiting for this book was torturous. Having been left with my heart in utter chaos, Choose Me could not have been here soon enough. The continuation of Ryley, Evan, and Nate’s story was just as heartbreaking as I’d imagined. Heidi McLaughlin has really written such a unique and captivating journey with this series. I’m addicted. I devoured this book in one sitting, unable to stop reading until I knew how things were going to play out. In true Archer Brothers fashion, Heidi had me riding the highs and lows of this journey, worried that my emotions couldn’t stand to be rocked any more. Luckily, Heidi did not leave my heart as crushed and unsatisfied as she did with the first book. Somehow she managed to give these beautiful characters a chance at the futures they desperately deserved without compromising the authenticity of the emotions or the journey they had experienced.
“Life is unpredictable. Life is messy. Life throws you curve balls when you’re expecting a slider. My brother is back from the dead…”
Having been Team Evan from the start, I haven’t been inclined to give Nate much credence. I’ll be the first to admit that Heidi McLaughlin does an incredible job at unraveling his character and revealing him to us in a way that makes it hard not to like him. Getting inside his head gave us some much needed perspective, a look at what life was like in Evan’s absence without the bias of being the love left behind with a child to raise alone. Poor Ryley is still a mess, but Heidi makes sure one thing is very clear, Ryley is a fighter. She has taken every blow imaginable and still she stands and defends her son. Her incredible strength had me completely invested in her happily ever after. The chemistry between Evan and Ryley is absolutely explosive. Years of being apart and the strain of everything happening around them heightens every feeling between them. Heidi has generated some serious electricity here and I loved watching the sparks fly.
“When I think about what makes me tick, it’s Ryley. She’s the reason I am who I am today because without her I’m less than half a man.”
Choose Me’s storyline was impressive. This story is layered and complicated and one giant puzzle. As I collected the pieces of the story and things started to become more clear I found myself not only surprised by the truth, but shocked by the incredible groundwork I realized had been laid as the story progressed. Heidi McLaughlin has infused Choose Me with all of the fear, uncertainty, anger, and love that you would expect from anyone put in this situation. Each page is drowning in powerful emotions that will hit you hard, making you ache to your very core. The secondary characters played a major role in this piece of the Archer Brothers’ story. I enjoyed getting to know each of them better and seeing them come together as a family to solve the mystery made my heart incredibly full. Heidi McLaughlin has certainty built something unique with this story and I’m excited to see what the next book will hold. Choose Me is unforgettable and you’ll definitely want to be a part of this breathtaking story.
Gahhh! Choose Me by Heidi McLaughlin was such an intense book to read, but in so many different ways than Here With Me. McLaughlin takes us on this uphill battle with her terrific storytelling ability. There were many times where I felt so strongly for the characters, whether it was sadness, remorse, disgust, or utter happiness and joy. McLaughlin clearly has a way of stringing her audience along and making them never want to leave the world she has created, because each book continues to get better and better.
“I knew deep in my heart that no one would ever compare to you. That no one else would ever own my heart and soul. That night you branded me as yours.”
Those Archer Brothers….man, I don’t even know what to say. As a reader, I was so torn in two so I couldn’t even imagine the anguish that Ryley was experiencing. I felt like each man fulfilled a different role in her life and provided her with a piece that ultimately made her whole. Evan was so rugged and possessive, but in a non-dominating type of way. On the other hand, Nate was the kill ‘me with kindness and may the best man win type of personality. The stark contrast made it so easy to love them both. I also just really adored Ryley’s character. She embodied a strength that I could only dream of possessing, and it really shone through in this book, despite being torn apart by two men.
“She’s my angel, my saving grace…but she’s also my destruction.”
The only reason that Choose Me didn’t get an out of the park, 5-star rating from me is because of the abruptness with which I felt the story ended. There was drama and angst, and then it seemed like it almost melted away – particularly in terms with the love triangle aspect. I was hoping for a lot more there. However, the writing was above par and the storytelling was absolutely magnificent. I was sucked in and virtually unable to put the book down. Now that I’ve finally got this off my kindle though, I’m dying for the next book in this series, and to see what happens with Evan’s comrade in arms.
Our kisses turn soft, less eager, but with more passion. Her hands move from my chest and onto my neck as her fingertips play with my earlobes. Horns honk in the background causing her to pull away, but not before I get another taste of her lips. I don’t know about her, but I’m having a hard time catching my breath and when she pulls away, the pink flush of her cheeks tells me she felt something too.
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Don’t miss the rest of the Archer Brothers series:
Here With Me (Archer Brothers #1)
Save Me (Archer Brothers #3)
Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.