Title: Soldier On
Author: Sydney Logan
Genre: New Adult Romance, Military Romance
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.
Steph unexpectedly finds herself in need of a roommate. Brandon volunteers, thinking it’s the perfect opportunity to show her the real Brandon, before he’s forced to admit the truth about his four-year obligation to the army. Afraid that living together will be a distraction to graduating on time, Steph establishes house rules—rules they both find difficult to obey.
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?
This is the first military romance I have read this year. I wasn’t sure if I was going to relate to it because I’m not in the military nor do I love anyone in the military. However, I do have a deep respect for all those brave men and women who serve in the military and their families. Duty, respect and sacrifice are tenants military families follow. Soldier on.
Meet Stephanie James. She’s in her last year of college and the last thing on her mind is falling in love. That is, until she meets a handsome stranger who kisses her on New Year’s Eve at a costume party. It was the most electrifying kiss she’s ever had and the worst part is that she doesn’t even know his name.
Meet Brandon Walker. Like Steph, he’s driven to finish his last year, graduate and then it’s off to Georgia for 12 weeks of Basic Training in the US Army. He’s an engineering student and ROTC. On a whim, he attends a New Year’s Eve party and kisses a beautiful brunette. He can’t stop thinking about her and searches the whole campus looking for her.
Ironically, they both have Women’s Literature and introductions are made. They are instantly attracted to each other. I adored the romance blossoming between the two and I loved how it was from both POVs. Brandon is a man’s man and he was believable in how he acted, how he spoke and his progression of thoughts. Steph was also believable in her shyness and hesitancy to fall in love.
The main conflict in this book is that Brandon is a dyed-in-the-wool soldier, his father fought in Vietnam and his whole life has led him to this point: becoming a soldier. Steph hates all things having to deal with the military. Her father died before she was born and she’s full of bitterness. She’s vowed never to have happen to her what happened to her mother: a widow in her early-twenties.
As the two of them dance around the obvious while falling in love, the supporting characters come to life. The author did such a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. For me, they reminded me of real people I know and the characters jumped off the page. I had my Kindle open throughout the day, just in case I had two minutes to read what was going on in Soldier On.
This is, without a doubt, THE best book I’ve read this year!
I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I cried, I gasped and my heart swelled with love. If you love a great romance or are looking for a story with depth, emotions and real life situations (dementia, military, college life, growing up, forgiveness, falling in love), go right now and pick up Soldier On!
Favorite Character: Brandon. He is every girl’s/woman’s book boyfriend. Not only is he a sexy, athletic, intelligent guy, he has a strong moral fiber and a sensitive side (as you wish). Sure, he messes up from time to time, but he does everything in his power to show Steph how much he loves her. You can’t ask for anything more in a leading man. smiles
Favorite Quote: I just had the most perfect kiss of my life, and I don’t even know his name.
My Rating: 5+ stars
Amazon best selling author Sydney Logan holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of five novels – Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, Soldier On, Once Upon a December, and Pros & Cons. Sydney has also penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat. Visit her website at http://www.sydneylogan.com.