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?
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Military Romance
I have had the privilege of reading a few of Sydney Logan’s stories and I think this one might be my favorite yet.
It the past, I’ve faulted Sydney for creating heros that are just a bit too perfect, and I must say, this time around, Brandon is the perfect mix of swoon and dumbass. He has his flaws and it is in those flaws that make him more relatable as a character.
The story is based around Steph and Brandon. Steph is a college student with her main focus on graduating and her studies, while Brandon has been planning on being a soldier his whole life and feels the pressure of his family’s military history weighing on him.
When Steph meets Brandon at a frat costume party she has no idea that the man behind the camo face paint is actually a soldier. When he gives her a kiss at midnight, she can’t get him out of her head, but without a name and only a twinkle in his eyes to remind her of who he actually is, she figures she’ll never see him again. Surprise, surprise, she ends up running into him in her women’s study class.
The main issue is that Steph hates the military. Her father died during Desert Storm and she blames it all on the US Army. Brandon has been a career military brat and has always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a soldier. The issue is that he’s been lying to Steph once he found out about her hatred for everything he believes in.
The pair has great chemistry and their back and forth banter was lovely to read. With that said, I still wanted to bang their heads together and tell them to get over themselves. Steph is stubborn to the Nth degree and Brandon is knowingly deceitful. Both qualities don’t lend themselves to my favorite characteristics, but thankfully Sydney Logan did a great job navigating the fine line between too much and too little
All in all, another great story told by the capable hands of Sydney Logan. This was a wonderful read about finding yourself, allowing yourself to forgive your past and to move forward into something magical.
About the Author
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.