~ Synopsis ~
Will his call of duty break both their hearts?
Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.
Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.
When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
~ Review by Denise ~
Having a son in law in the service this was a relateable book for me to read. I also like to read books where the men are in the service or were there at one time. Usually the women swoon over them or fight their attraction to no avail. But this one turns out to be something else where the girl wants nothing to do with a soldier thanks to having lost a father she never got to meet to the service. Also not wanting to turn out how her mother did mourning forever (so she thinks) she has her sights set on one course with no room for a guy or love for that matter. Going to a party at a frat house Stephanie finds she is the only one not drinking not seeing anything fun in anything associated with it looks for her friend ready to go and stumbles onto the library. Everyone is in costumes and a soldier stumbles upon her while she is on the ladder. It is close to midnight on New Year’s Eve when they get close to each other she also notices he hasn’t been drinking and the kiss they share is wow for both. Kisses some could say are the kind that could be the ones if with the right one that sears the soul. That is also to say the beginning of the end for both of them even if they do not know it at the time.
It is quite exciting after that to see how the author leads them to finally meet each other after this night with their mutual attraction for each other to grow and grow. But there is one tiny teeny fact that Brandon is not sharing with her thanks to her aversion to not wanting anything to do with a soldier is what his goals are with all the training and schooling that is leading him to that goal. Thanks to his father it is something he also hopes to make his father proud he does. The heart wants what the heart wants more times than not what the mind says no too. Especially when that is part of your past that you just maybe might have to live with instead of avoiding it. This author does a fine job of showing how one girl Steph will have to do just that especially if she wants to have love in her life or is principle more of something that will warm the heart and the bed at night. Once I was caught up in this tale of these two young loves it was not easily put down having to know if love would be the one that comes out on top. Even when the truth about Brandon is revealed will their path go separate ways or travel together the way they should go. Fabulous other characters also are in this novel that are in these two lives her mother and friend, his father and sister with her kids. There is also something alittle sad you see that develops further along that is very well written that opens a window on what it could be like to have to deal with a loved one in that same situation. Following the heart the rewards can be tremendous that last a life time which you become the cheerleader cheering these two one to achieve just that. If a novel can get you to interact like that the author has engaged you the way the talent of a author that know her stuff should be able too. Quite satisfied with how this all flows and leads you to the last few pages with a lasting impression and a smile on your face. I give this 4 books.
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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe Magic, The Little Drummer Boy, Force of Nature, and Stupid Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.