A standalone novel in the Sons of War contemporary military romance series.
Tormented by the loss of his men, Marine Corps Captain Sawyer Mathis returns home to attend a retreat for children who had lost a parent in war. He's forced to spend time with Katya Khavalov, the sister of one of the Marines killed during a firefight under his command. Unafraid of war or death, Sawyer is determined not to let a beautiful woman with a quick temper and broken heart deter him from trying to help her family heal.
Fiery yet sweet Katya resents the cool, unflappable commander. He brought one brother back in a box and the other dismembered. She blames him for destroying her family and believes him to be incapable of feeling anything - until she witnesses firsthand the toll the war and deaths are taking on Sawyer. He's suffering, too, and too stubborn to admit it.
The longer the two spend together, the more they begin to understand each other. What neither is counting on: the feelings they ignite within each other.
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Headstrong and emotional
Good Military Romance
Good military romance. This story runs an emotional minefield. From survivors guilt to anger to PTSD to forgiveness to love and every emotion in between. Overall an entertaining and enjoyable story.
Being from a Military family I had an instant dislike of Katya. The dangerous situations that our military are required to put themselves in on a regular basis is extremely difficult. To have a character be so disrespectful no matter the reason was heartbreaking yet enraging at the same time. I understand that everyone deals with grief in their own way, but she hung onto her anger tooth and nail.
The author did a great job with the characters. When an author can evoke such strong feelings about their characters you can't say the characters were flat or boring.
Opposites do attracts. Sawyer was a great character from the start. Strong, level headed, loyal and honorable. He has his own issues he is dealing with but he internalizes them. He doesn't let anyone know what he is going through. Katya was a difficult character to connect with. It was a like/hate thing. On the one hand I hated how she acted. On the other hand you could tell she had another side that she didn't let everyone see. She had her own issues beside her brother's death that she was dealing with. She just acted so immature, spoiled and spiteful for most of the story. Slowly but surely she becomes a more likable character as her story unfolds. It does take most of the story though.
Sawyer and Katya are each trying to deal with their grief in their own way. They each have emotional scars and baggage they are dealing with. There is a thin line between love and hate and they are straddling it.
The story does have some fun banter and a few lighter moments, but for the most part as I said before it's an emotional minefield. This story will have you laughing at times then the next minute you will want to slap some sense into the characters.
Katie Mills did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Some good character voices. Her male character voices need a more distinction. This would have been a great story with dual narration.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher