Romance Books

Book Review – A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson and BT Urruela

In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.   In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.  I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.   Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again. But now that I’m whole, I have a lovers lamentdecision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?
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I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.   These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.  The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.  I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.
A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.

3 out of 5 stars

I’m a giant sucker for a second chance love story.  It’s one of my favorite categories.  A Lover’s Lament is just that – a second chance romance.

ALL is the story of Katie and Devin, best friends turned lovers at 17 years old.  Devin had a rough childhood- mother was an abusive addict. Katie had a normal childhood – two parents etc.  Devin has to move with his mom – and leaves without a word, leaving Katie devastated.

Flash forward 10 years.  Katie is involved in an accident with devastating consequences.  In therapy, Katie is told to write a letter to a soldier and low and behold, Devin’s name is on that list.

There were some good things about this story, but there were some things I didn’t like about this book.  Here’s a list.

Things I liked:

  • Devin. He was very likable and took great care of his men.
  • Devin’s fellow soldiers.
  • The hot man on the cover.
  • Maggie, Katie’s best friend.  She was great.
  • The alternating POV style of writing.

Things I didn’t like:

  • The name of the book. Lame.
  • Katie’s whining and self pity.
  • How quickly Katie forgave Devin for what he did.
  • Katie’s sister. She was a real bitch.
  • Unresolved issues.  There were a lot of them.
  • Long, detailed chapters that were completely unnecessary. I skipped a lot of it because, quite frankly, I was bored.
  • The ending. What happened was really overly dramatic and unnecessary.

This was a pretty good story, and one of the authors is a veteran who was wounded in action, but this book could have a lot shorter and way less detail heavy.

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