Release Date: June 20
Genres: Romance/Military/New Adult
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?
Focused. Driven. Determined. Committed. Sad. Heartbroken. Lonely.
These are all words I would use to describe Stephanie James and Brandon Walker. Two individuals that have spent the last 4 years at the same college having never met. Sharing a similar focus on school work and putting everything in life before relationships and love their love story was beautiful. It was more than two people falling in love, it was about two people allowing themselves to be who they wanted to be, allowing happiness into their life and facing the ghosts of their past.
Sydney Logan’s writing made you feel every emotion. The sadness and heartache Steph suffered from a lifetime of living without a father and Brandon’s sadness of having his mother walk out on his family was always in the forefront of who they are. Steph’s refusal to have anything to do with the military and Brandon’s commitment to that same military was an obvious obstacle but the road to their happiness was so much more. For me, underneath it all you see that neither is leading life with their own heart and passion until they meet one another. Through their meeting it is as if they are given permission to live how they want. Through true love it is as though they are each faced with the reality of the choices they have made and those made before them. Steph learns that perhaps her focus has been misguided and Brandon learns that it isn’t about what he thought he needed to do, it was always about who he was meant to be.
The friends and family of Steph and Brandon bring the much needed humor, real-life moments and reality to the story. I cried, laughed, cried and clutched my heart throughout the story. I believed every word and moment these two shared and I could see myself re-reading this story over and over.
About the Author:
Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author who may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with music (seriously, she loves everything from Eminem to Johnny Cash). She also has an amazing husband and a ridiculously spoiled cat, both of whom join her in soaking up the stunning views from their East Tennessee front porch.
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