Saturday, November 29, 2014

Review: "Soldier On" by Sydney Logan

Soldier On


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?

Review

Steph has strict goals, the most important right now is graduating in May. Between her classes and her job there is little time left for a life. She's a girl who knows herself well and has strong opinions. One of those pertains to the military and how it took her father away before she was born. When she is dragged to a movie themed frat party that leads to a kiss from GI Joe it puts her on her ear.

Brandon is leaving for Georgia soon after he graduates in May. His major is engineering and he's in the ROTC program as well. With classes, drills, work, and volunteering he hasn't had time for women. When he sees the girl dressed as Belle he knows she's special. When he kisses her, he knows he could be in trouble. He doesn't know her name, he doesn't have time for her, but he can do nothing without thinking of her.

Steph and Brandon's romance is ironic in the fact that neither are looking for love. In fact, it's the last thing either of them want because they can't afford to be distracted. The way the meet both the first time and when names are exchanged just happen. Both characters drove me crazy at times, Brandon with his secrets and Steph with her rigidness.

This is a sweet love story that doesn't get too heated so older teens could read it. It's a story that shows love sometimes just shows up if your eyes aren't too closed off to see it. I love Xavier and Tessa. The way they help in this story and their own love helps to make the book the story that it is. If your looking for a sweet, mostly clean romance this is it.


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Sydney Logan

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Amazon best selling author Sydney Logan holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels - Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. 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.