Zero at the Bone - Jane Seville
I hesitated a bit before I read this, not knowing what to expect, but since it came recommended by a dear GR friend, I went in without too many preconceptions, and I was totally blown away.

What a beautiful, heart-warming, gripping, intriguing story of two very different persons falling in love in a fragile place during a dark time for both of them. The build-up to the romance was slow and paced, but it was all the more perfect for it. Once it got going, it started with a bang that threw me for a loop for a moment, but from then on it developed into something deeper and so tender that I sat there awwwing and gooing over this unlikely pair.

I absolutely loved D in all his grumpiness and closed-up, tight-lipped, dark and broody bad-ass attitude. His accent especially made him so likable and just plain adorable. His tough exterior and the darkness of his past that he wore like an armor as if to shield himself from emotions made the moments of tenderness he started being capable of all the more touching. The way he opened up to Jack bit by bit, always tentative, as if scared of scaring himself with it, it was just plain awesomazingness to read (thanks to Breann for letting me borrow that word ^^).

Jack was the perfect match for D. Caring, openly affectionate, patient and yet able to push D if he needed to be pushed. He relentlessly wore down D's defenses and embraced him with all his darkness, even if he struggled with the harsh reality of D's past. His inner monologue was at times hilarious, sometimes touching, but always relatable.

There were such moments of beauty and heart-breaking tenderness, and I was on the edge of my seat rooting for these two to work it all out and get their HEA. What I loved especially was how the story didn't quite end with the main part of the suspense storyline (as I would have guessed), but that we were given a glimpse into how a relationship born of dramatic, life-threatening circumstances is transferred into "real life" and the workings of everyday routine. Most books with this kind of premise end after the big showdown, when the danger of the initial situation has not quite abated yet, and we are left wondering whether the couple will make it in the future, when the thrill of the situation that has brought them together has ebbed and the normalcy of everyday life has taken over.

With these two, I can see how they make it. I loved each and every interaction between them and I am left with a firm belief in their HEA. And that just makes me happier than a bird with a french fry. :)