Nose in a Book Reviews – Soldier On by @SydneyALogan

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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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Soldier OnSoldier On by Sydney Logan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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.

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About the Author

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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 MagicThe Little Drummer BoyForce 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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Nose in a Book Reviews: Her Best Laid Plans by @caramckenna

Her Best Laid PlansHer Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Genre: Erotic Romance / Novella

I pretty much always love Cara’s stories. This one didn’t disappoint. I LOVED it.

This novella length story is based around Jamie Webb who finds herself in the countryside of Ireland all by herself when her traveling companion suddenly can’t make it. Nursing a broken heart, she finds herself in a local pub in search for an adventure. She never in her wildest dreams figured she’d run into Conner Kelleher in the creaky old place filled mostly with locals twice her age.

A simple bet over a game of snooker takes on a hot and steamy twist when the winner gets a kiss. And whoo-wee… that kiss turns into so much more.

Jamie is finally done putting her life on hold for the man she loves, and while meeting Conner is a nice little addition to her trip, she’s determined to not let their budding relationship stall the plans for herself. This causes the main conflict between the two.

I really liked how Cara brought emotional depth to these characters all the while still bringing the sexy times in her usual fantastic way. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Connor and figured out his story, but in the novella length, that makes it difficult to tell more than one person’s story.

If you’re looking for a quick, sexy and well written story based in the Emerald Isle, this book is for you. Really enjoyed this and highly recommend.

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