Title: His Soldier
Author: Anna Lee
Publisher: Total –E-Bound Publishing
Genre: MM, Military GAY CONTEMPORARY
Publisher’s BlurbSometimes 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.
His Soldier by Anna Lee is an emotional read I couldn’t stop reading. I just had to know what happened next. Dean made me cry more than once. He is a North Carolina teacher. He came out as gay at sixteen and was thrown out of his home. He got lucky and had a best friend Dax. Dax and his family took him in. Mama Beth is sweet kind and the best mom anyone could ever have. When Dax is killed in combat, Dean is left to pick up the pieces of his life without him. Dean decides the best way to honor his brother and best friend is too write to a soldier and help them know people care about them. What he doesn’t expect is to find love, and Ryder Brooks.
Ryder Brooks has grown up in foster care, he doesn’t have a family to call his own. He is not officially out in the military. He feels alone. That is until Dean starts writing to him. He finds more than a friend in Dean. He finds love.
But when a mine takes his leg, it also takes his confidence that Dean will still want him. Dean however has a heart of gold and a back bone of steel he is not going to let Ryder shut him out. That determination is what Ryder needs.
Watching these two was more than beautiful. They are what the other needs in their life. Truly meant to be together. Their love shows through the pages and made me really cheer for them. I love how Ms. Lee brings the right amount of angst and romance to the book to keep me reading and wanting more.
When you want a military romance with a few twists and turns that you might not expect this is the book to read. The emotion and love will really touch your heart, I know it did mine.
Five Shooting Stars