Sunday, September 6, 2015

Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Title: Soul Sick
Series: Semper Fidelis Anthology
Author: Kendall McKenna
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: MM. Contemporary
Pages: 55
Reviewer: Redz
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Publisher’s Blurb
Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.

 Soul Sick was part of the Semper Fidelis anthology by author Kendall McKenna. Jamie has come back from war. He has held on to his love of Tucker throughout the war and is now looking forward to a normal life with his lover again.  Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has learned a lot about taking care of himself when Jamie was away.  Jamie has some serious PTSD from the war. So he has trouble assimilating back into mainstream life.  I found this story to be very true to real life experience lots of military families go through every day.  It is hard when a spouse leaves for war, or deployment and comes back. How has the person left behind changed? And how has the person who left been shaped by the events they have gone through. I loved Ms. McKenna for being very true and doing her research on this subject. It added to the level of believable and connection to the characters, that I as the reader felt.  This might be a short story but it has a lot of story inside of it. When you like your love a little angsty, and a whole lot fiery this is the book to pick up. 

                             Four Twinkling Stars 

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