Wednesday, March 18, 2015

His Soldier

Title: His Soldier
Author: Anna Lee
Publisher: Totally Bound Books
ISBN/BIN: 9781784304379
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Men in Uniform          
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Dean has never loved another person as much as he did his brother.  When his brother, who is in the military, dies Dean has a hard time adjusting.  To honor his brother, Dean decides to become the pen pal of another soldier overseas, never realizing that he has changed his life once again.

His Soldier by Anna Lee is a very good story that had me in tears almost from the beginning.  Dean is a teacher at the local school.  His life has been hard; the only thing that made it bearable was the love of his foster brother Dax and Dax’s mother Beth.   I had a hard time not crying, as I read about Dean’s home life and later Dax’s death.  Both these things play an important role in the story, be forewarned they really pull at the heart strings.

Ryder is in the Army.  He takes his job and the protection of his men seriously.  When the opportunity of pen pals is presented, he puts his name in the hat to help motivate his men.  It is easy to like Ryder and the way he and Dean interact through their letters is fun to see.  Because of the book’s blurb on the publisher’s site, readers know to expect tragedy to befall Ryder.  Once it does, the young soldier acts realistically by pushing Dean away due to fears of no longer being a ‘whole man’.   While Dean’s demands to be with Ryder are to be expected, I would have liked to have seen Ryder resist a little more.

There are some unexpected road obstacles in the men’s relationship, which are easy to see coming.  I actually could not believe the extent to which one of the secondary characters went to but liked the way Dean handled everything.  

His Soldier is a perfect read for a lazy day.  I will also be keeping my eyes open for more by this author.  

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