Review: Andria Large – From War to Forever (War Trilogy #1)

51GBIekVh2L._SY346_Author: Andria Large
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

2nd Edition

Dennis

The love of my life is dead. Is there a reason to live anymore?

I’m a veteran Marine. Terrorists took not only my foot, but also my wife. Recurrent nightmares, a dead-end job, and a painful limp are all I have left. My best friend, Tucker, and my sister, Lizette, keep me afloat. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Tucker… literally. And then, out of nowhere, there are these feelings. The kind I haven’t felt in years. The kind I’m not sure I can handle, or even want to. But they’ve started wrapping around my broken heart, trying to mend it. Only they are not for a woman, but for the man suddenly sharing my bed. I’m not so sure I’m ready to give love another go.

Tucker

The war took my hearing, but I’m alive. Many of my friends are not. I am building a life with my best friend, Dennis. We have become practically inseparable. And now, we are more than friends. I’ve never had feelings like these for a man. My parents, my brother, my buddy, Duke–will they understand how I feel about Dennis? Can I risk losing my family?

Review:

A very compelling story about wounded warriors trying to fight what feels like an even bigger challenge than being involved in a war itself – coping with its devastating effects and trying to live life on the other side. The believability of Dennis and Tucker’s everyday struggles with their respective injuries, PTSD, depression, and changing relationship is what settled into my bones and made me love these guys.

Fate may have been cruel in dealing some devastating blows to both of these men, but once she got the bad stuff out of her system, she intervened once again to bring them together. If the concept of soul mates truly exists, these guys embodied that feeling. I think they were truly destined to be together. One needed the other as much as they both needed air and water to survive. The GFY theme of the story felt like a natural evolution of the relationship; they shared a friendship more intimate than most best friends due to the nature of their shared histories.

The secondary characters were a welcome addition and provided extra dimension (not to mention that Duke was pretty entertaining). From what I’ve been able to gather, this particular edition of the book is a complete story as compared to a previous version. I’m thankful for that because cliffhangers can be frustrating. This version flowed well and ended in a satisfying way.

Where realistic and sexy meet is where you’ll find “From War to Forever”. Loved it!

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