Author: Anna Lee
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Sometimes you find love where you least expect it. For Sergeant Ryder Brooks that’s writing letters home to Dean Anders, his Army pen pal.
After a tragedy, as a way of honoring his brother and trying to cope, Dean becomes an Army pen pal to Sergeant Ryder Brooks. The two connect through letters and phone calls for a year, falling in love and making plans to meet when Ryder finishes his tour. However, in an effort to save one of his men who stepped on a mine, Ryder loses his leg. Broken and depressed, he doesn’t think Dean will want him. But once Dean learns what has happened, he immediately goes to Ryder, determined to help him heal and show him that he loves him no matter what. Ryder has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but with Dean’s support, he realizes that his life isn’t over, it’s just beginning—if he’ll only give them a chance.
When I started His Soldier by Anna Lee, I thought I was on my way to a solid 4* read, if not higher. Unfortunately, in the end the book did not live up to the promise of the early chapters.
From the beginning, Dean’s story had me hooked. It was heart-wrenching in his grief. It was heartwarming in his initial forays into pen-palship. Unfortunately the heartwarming turned to eye-rolling as plot device after plot device piled up on this couple.
Let’s talk a minute about hospital sex. First of all, some people love it; some people don’t. I am generally in the latter camp. I have spent enough time as a patient and visitor in the hospital to just not think of sexy time in association with hospitals. That may not be a negative for you, but, in this case, it just seemed out of place.
Add in being thrown out as a teen, a jealous crush, a homicidal ex, insta-love, the evil family returning, and more, the story began to feel more like trope soup than a story.
I fell in love with Dean in the beginning, and that never changed. I admired Ryder in the early days as well. I thought we would feel his struggle, but it was overpowered by everything else that was thrown at them. As soon as Dean was in his life all was roses for him on the injury front. I love that they weathered every storm together, but I was never able to connect with them as a couple. They were falling for each other on paper and then everything was roses. There was no middle ground. No building of a relationship. No tension. No reason for me to care if they got their Happily Ever After.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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