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.
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?
Coming from a military family, I couldn’t wait to read this, especially as I have a love for Sydney Logan’s books. I wasn’t disappointed.
I expected, from the summary, to be in floods of tears throughout the entire story, but I wasn’t. Logan deals with the loss of a family member on the front line in such a tasteful way, I couldn’t cry. Whilst the story arc of Steph’s father was sad, it wasn’t fresh and recent which would have ripped my heart out. It showed that while losing someone, whether you have met them or not, is not as easy as many think. There’s that old adage of “Time heals all wounds” – sometimes that isn’t always true. Such loss can have such an impact on someone’s outlook on life, such as it did for Steph.
Brandon’s a soldier… but after Steph telling him she could never date a soldier, he hides this fact from her. How’s this work out? Let’s say… not great. He has his reasons, and his own family issues that will truly tug at your heartstrings, especially when we are introduced to his family.
All in all, the characters are likeable, but not without their faults. Brandon, Steph, and their friends Tessa and Xavier are ‘normal’ people with stuff going on in the background that affects their lives at college. I love the way Logan writes believable relationships, both romantic, platonic, and familial. The ‘realness’ just jumps off the page at you and you can’t help but fall in love with them, especially when they’re not perfect.
I have yet to meet a Sydney Logan book I didn’t love, and Soldier On is right up there among my favourites!