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?
I was trying to decide on a book to read, so I stumbled through Goodreads for a while, stalking the updates of my friends. I noticed a positive review left for Soldier On by Sydney Logan and after discovering so many others had loved the book, I splurged and bought it. I’m glad I did!
Soldier On explores the developing relationship between two college seniors, each with their own goals and heartaches. The writing was strong, creating believable characters that you can’t help rooting for. While slower paced, the story never lulls, so interest is never lost. Not as steamy as what I typically read, Soldier On did have a couple of heated moments, the biggest one taking place in the Epilogue (don’t want to give any spoilers).
I adored Brandon. Even when he was keeping his secret, I couldn’t fault him. He is fun, dependable, and mature beyond his years. It also helps that he loves The Princess Bride. Brandon is 100% the best feature of Soldier On. Stephanie is another matter. I liked, even loved, Rational Steph. Irrational Steph, I despised. I actually felt like the two aspects of Steph’s personality were separate characters. When being Irrational Steph, she was immature, unreasonable, and a bit psychotic. If there’s one thing I did not like about this book, it was definitely Irrational Steph.
I rate Soldier On at 3.75 stars. I was able to relate to the plot on a personal level because I dated a soldier when I was in college and dealt with some of the issues the couple had to face. The writing was on-point capturing their struggles. I am going to be checking out Ms. Logan’s previous work to see what I have been missing out on.