26 June 2014

Soldier On Tour Stop!

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?

I’ll admit it, I don’t know much about the military or how it works.  Nor do I have any interest in it, so I normally don’t read books like this.  However, I found myself enjoying this sweet, light story.
Steph is in college, and she is super focused on finishing and starting her life.  She doesn’t have time for men, especially men in the military.  Her father died in Operation Desert Storm, so she has a deep resentment for all things military.  But when she meets Brandon, the chemistry and attraction are undeniable.  He’s a college student too, but she discovers the problem is that he’s Army ROTC.  So, not only is she breaking her rule of not becoming involved with a man, but now is doubling down on her no-no list with a military man.  Can she look past her preconceived notions and the pain of the past to embrace a man who could be her future?
I think the highlight of this book is the characters.  Steph and Brandon are lovely, their interactions lively, and their chemistry is lovely.  My main issue with this book is that I didn’t feel that the central relationship was all that realistic.  I mean, they were good characters, but the storyline moves at lightning speed and through it all, Steph overlooks some pretty important stuff that I felt was blaringly obvious to the reader.  Maybe it was supposed to be that way?  But I think it left Steph looking a little naïve…more naïve and bit more foolish than I would have guessed her to be. Then, once the big secret is out, it seems so anti-climactic. 
I thought the subplot involving Brandon and his father was touching, however, and it was the most emotional part of the book for me.  That part was done so well, I really wish that move of the overall plot had played out just as well.
Overall, I thought this book was ok.  It’s a sweet, light read with no sex (gasp!), only kissing.  It’s not too challenging and though it presented some problems to me, I still enjoyed it.  3.5 stars.
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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.


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