Released: October 6, 2015
Genre: Military Romance
Publisher: KL Grayson, Inc
In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.
I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.
Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.
But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?
I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.
These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.
The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.
I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.
A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.
This book is filled with raw emotion. There was no holding back when writing what the characters were feeling. The way in which the characters expressed themselves was gut wrenching. Their emotions jumped right off the page and pierced you through the heart. At times, I felt like I was intruding on something very personal. Then reminded myself this is fiction, keep reading.
Katie and Devin were childhood best friends who became lovers. Before they were able to explore their feelings, they were torn apart by a situation that was beyond their control. For ten years they merely existed until fate and a family tragedy brought them back into each other’s lives.
This story is written in Katie and Devin’s point of view. Katie’s point of view was filled with so much emotion. This girl really got to me. I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay. She is the type of heroine I like in my books. She was strong but also had a vulnerable side. The best way to describe her is that she is like a phoenix. Despite all the disappointment and heartbreak life threw at her, she always came out on top.
Where Katie was the emotional one, Devin was the one who was grounded. It was his experiences in life and in the military and how he coped with them that made him the best person to help Katie. The characteristic that I felt helped the most was his honesty. It allowed him to show her empathy when she needed it the most and show her the love that she deserved when she was ready for it. Beautiful.
With BT as co-author, it was no surprise that the portions of the book that described Devin’s experiences in the sandbox were written in great detail. It added to the raw honesty of the book. It gave the reader a glimpse of what our soldiers overseas must do to make their situations bearable. The loss of life they must quickly come to grips with in order to carry out their orders. If you didn’t have an appreciation for our military before you will after reading this book and if you already did, it will just deepen that appreciation. Much respect goes out to all those that serve.
This story is a heart-felt at times gut wrenching love story that will have you feeling for these characters from the prologue to the last chapter. This was a collaboration made in heaven. I hope to see more from KL and BT.
Rating: 5 Stars
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