I messed up…
Don’t think that I don’t know this. I’m sure you probably all hate me right now, but I did what I thought I needed to do to try and salvage what is left of my family.
Will I lose Dennis forever because of my own stupidity? God, I hope not.
I will try my damnedest to make this up to him, even if that means begging on my hands and knees. He is it for me…my forever, and I will do whatever it takes to prove it to him.
Now, if I could just get him to talk to me…
*This is the final book in The War Trilogy! This is not a cliffhanger! I repeat, this is NOT A CLIFFHANGER!
And their story concludes… At Peace brings us the final installment in Dennis and Tucker’s unexpected romance. This installment picks up a couple of days after the end of War Torn and while Large does give the guys the happy ending they deserve, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t make them work for it – especially Tucker because he did screw up monumentally at the end of book two.
When he left New York to go to Philly in an attempt to get his father and brother to accept his relationship with Dennis, Tucker dealt a damaging blow to Dennis and their relationship. This was exacerbated by his refusal to answer Dennis’s or Duke’s phone calls, leaving Dennis to worry that he was hurt or dead. While I can understand one’s need to get away from everyone in order to clear one’s head, especially with everything that Tucker was dealing with at the moment, his failure to communicate nearly spelled the end of his relationship with Dennis. After all, Dennis had lost his wife in a brutal way and having Tucker choose to walk out on him, it’s not surprising that Dennis saw it as the end of their relationship. Needless to say, once Tucker returned to New York, he had a LOT of ground to cover to fix what he broke – even if Dennis nearly broke his nose upon his return. The upside to Tucker being a combat vet is that he knew just how bad life could get, so he was more than willing to and did put in the work to prove to Dennis that he would never leave Dennis again. And when they finally found their way back to one another, their foundation was even stronger than it was before.
One of the things I enjoyed about this installment was that as Tucker was proving himself to Dennis, life went on. Duke returns to work and starts seeing Arianna – I can’t wait to read War Wounded to find out how that happened. Things between Tucker’s brother and sister-in-law come to a head. A baby is born and families grow. On top of all that, once Tucker works his way back in, we are treated to proof of why these two men were meant to be together because their love is obvious both in and out of the bedroom. I want to thank the author for the Epilogue. I’ve always enjoyed epilogues that jump forward in time several times to give the readers a look at milestone events in the couple’s life and it warmed my heart to see how Tucker and Dennis’s family and circle of friends continued to grow over the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Tucker and Dennis find love and happiness with one another and look forward to more of Large’s writing.
Tucker has been through a lot emotionally in the last few years and it has all come to a head at his mother’s funeral. He gets overwhelmed and needs time alone to work things out in his head. He loves Denny, but everything somehow gets confused at the worst time. As Tucker is trying to get his mind straightened out.
Denny is worried that Tucker is not coming back, even when Tucker is back and there for him. It takes a lot for Denny to finally believe that Tucker was home to stay. They are such a wonderful couple, they have been through so much together. This is the ultimate love story, Tucker and Denny started out as friends and then as they grew to trust each other that friendship grew into love.
They have a wonderful family, some is blood and some is by choice, all are honest and true. I really enjoyed the extended epilogues, that follow their love for years to come. This is such an amazing way to end this trilogy, makes you feel like you are part of the family. Gives hope that even if you come from a bad home life there is still hope of finding that perfect person for you.