Published By: SourceBooks Casablanca
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Military/Suspense
EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY BESTSELLING AUTHORS:
Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .
“It is a proud privilege to be a soldier.” --George S. Patton Jr.
“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” --Winston Churchill
I am not a huge short story/novella reader unless they are tied to a series that I am already invested in because I know the world and feel comfortable with the speed as to which the story itself is resolved. So to say that I surprised myself at wanting to read this anthology, especially because of the eight authors I have only read books by one of them, is an understatement, but the true surprise is how much I enjoyed it as a whole. Each book is about a couple that has one person in, or was in, the military and the struggles that they face. Some of the books were sweet and sassy, others had more of suspense bent to them, but they all gave a good glimpse of what the hardships are and can be when you are in love with someone who is or has served in the military and the wounds that they carry, not only physically but emotionally and mentally.
The selections by Julie Ann Walker, Kate SeReine and Lea Griffith are all starts to a new series. The selections by Suzanne Brockmann, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth and M.L. Buchman were apart of series already in process but I never felt lost or felt that I was missing out on anything while reading them.
While I enjoyed each selection and plan on adding the books by each author to my never ending TBR pile, my favorites are:
NSDQ (A Night Stalkers Romance #6.6) by M.L. Buchman
This is my hands down absolute favorite of the entire anthology. I’ll be honest and admit that part of it has to do with the fact that the female character, Lois, is the one who is wounded not the male, Clark. It was definitely a refreshing change. But I really liked Lois and Clark, the Superman banter had me laughing, and the chemistry between them was great. I also found myself getting teary and sniffly as Lois dealt with her uncertain future and loved how determined she was to keep living and moving forward no matter the obstacle.
War Games (An Endgame Ops Novella #0.5) by Lea Griffith
I loved Vivi and Rook. Vivi is intelligent, compassionate and determined. Rook is just slightly scary but honorable and he has you wanting to run in one breath but also hug, ok do more than hug him, in the next. They had great chemistry together and I enjoyed their power struggles. The storyline had quite a few twists and turns for a novella, but were done well and definitely left me wanting more.
Beauty and the Marine (Justiss Alliance #3.5) by Tina Wainscott
This story could have gone so many ways based on what Griff and Kristy had gone through and could have been a very angst filled story, but instead we get a sweet story, mixed with a good touch of suspense, about two people who have been through hell and are working at getting their lives back and seeing beyond their scars. Also, the Redneck games were awesome!
Overall: This entire anthology is filled with great stories and even if you’re like me and have not read some, or all of them, I have no doubt that you’ll find something that will peak your interest. And the icing on the cake is that all of the proceeds will be going to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project and help the men and women who have served our country.
~ I received an ARC from SourceBooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~