Here is one of those stories that needs to be told and Angelique told it absolutely brilliantly. Every week you hear about a soldier maimed from combat, yet there are few stories told about them in our genre.
Johnny lost his brother to war and he blames his brother’s lover for not bringing Eli back alive. But Josh is also hurting and is looking at Johnny to hate him as consolation for the loss of Johnny’s brother. I’m really torn on whether or not I want to call this a dark tale. On one hand yes it is sad and depressing but on the other hand I really feel that Angelique brought real emotions to the story, for the characters placed in this circumstance. So instead of calling it dark I’m just going to say realistic for a dark situation.
Here is the most surprising thing for me when I finished reading, it was the amount of story that was contained in such a short amount of pages. The story was so complete and whole that somehow we got through the introduction, the breaking down of walls for Johnny and Josh and the eventual happiness that comes at the end. This is the first story I have read by Angelique but I dare say that if she puts together the rest of her books the way she did this one, she most definitely has gained a fan.
Learning his older brother’s unit came back one man short devastated Johnny Santiago beyond words. The only way he can deal with his grief is to blame Josh Miller, his brother’s best friend and lover—but how can Josh blame a broken soldier?
Josh’s pain cuts Johnny deep, and when he makes the hasty decision to comfort him, he didn’t know a single kiss could change everything.