Friday, June 27, 2014

Soldier On by Sydney Logan in my hands!

I love it when I get goodies in the mail! Today I received Soldier On by Sydney Logan. She had a flash giveaway last week. I gifted a copy of Soldier On to a lovely friend (Hey, Leanne!) and was entered to win a paperback. And I won!

Feels so good to hold this book in my hands. Seeing my name in print (I was on the editing team) was a JOY, also!

If you are looking for a sweet romance for your summer read, you should really give this one a shot.

Still a few hours to enter the giveaway associated with the BLOG TOUR:

 Release Date: June 20
Genres: Romance/Military/New Adult

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. 

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?

Kathie's Review:

I loved Soldier On. Full disclosure: I was blessed to be on the editing team for this one.

From Brandon and Steph's first kiss, through the growing pains of a new romance, through the secrets that might keep them apart, I loved all of it.

I'm married to a Retired Air Force Captain. My daughter is dating a Marine. We know the military lifestyle. Ms. Logan nailed it. The pride, the fears, the joy to be found. Her research shines through.

There were times when I wanted to smack Brandon, and then Steph! Ah, she had such a chip, no, a BOULDER on her shoulder. She had some growing to do to whittle that down to something manageable. Reading through their growing pains had me flipping pages (well, I was reading on my kindle, so flicking through screens!) at a great rate. Their growth was a joy to read.

The supporting cast, from his sister to her mother, their friends (both young and old), and even a dog, added a depth to the book as each one played an important part. There are a couple scenes with salutes that had me in tears and a scene with a pond that had me on the edge of my seat. Well done, Ms. Logan!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sweet romance with a plot that reads real.

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Today is the last day for the giveaway (6/27/2014)

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe MagicThe Little Drummer BoyForce of Nature, and Stupid Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

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