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 decision 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?
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.