Book Review: Soldier On

Soldier On by Sydney Logan: 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?

TeriLyn's thoughts: I won a copy of Soldier On at a FB party and after reading am thankful had the chance to read this story. Military romance always grabs my attention, with this cover and blurb I was excited for the opportunity to read Brandon and Stephanie’s story.

This new adult love story explores a tough scenario regarding the military from Stephanie’s point of view. She is scarred by a huge void in her life she blames on the military. A bit of a college wallflower, Stephanie meets Brandon in unconventional circumstances and whirlwind of flirting, fun, and friendship ensues. Brandon has tough rationalizations to understand about himself as well. The book poses a lot of tough decisions providing us the angst we crave in a new adult story. The characters both possess good qualities and quirky personalities. I believed in the two of them and enjoyed their story.

It’s a three star read for me because I didn’t love it, love it. I read it, was entertained and finished feeling satisfied, definitely. But there were parts that drug on, aspects of Stephanie’s thought processes and decisions that drove me nuts. There is also a naivety about the story I felt was a bit too forced. Overall, I enjoyed this story and look forward to more from this author.

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