Title: Anna Lee
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, in a way to honor his brother and try to cope, Dean becomes a 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 steps on a mine, Ryder loses his leg. Broken and depressed, he doesn't think Dean will want him. But once Dean learns what happens, 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 his life isn't over, it's just beginning if he’ll only give them a chance.
Author: Anna Lee
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Broken Road
Published by Totally Bound Source: Publisher
Published: March 6, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, Military Romance
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After losing his brother to the war in the Middle East Dean decides to become pen pals to with a soldier who doesn’t have any family to send him some written cheer from home. Dean knows all about what it is like to not have the love and support of family. At sixteen he was thrown out of his parents home and left to find his own way. It was not as dire of a situation as it could have been (as with EVERY situation in this book). Dean’s friend Dax and his mother take him in and give him the family he deserves.
Ryder did not expect much to come from the pen pal program when he signed up. He did it so he could lead a good example to his fellow soldiers. It only takes a few letters for Ryder to realize that there is more than simply a pal waiting for him stateside. He is quickly falling in love with his letter writer Dean. Months go by and plans are made to meet as soon as he comes home. One heroic event and a hidden mine later and Ryder is sitting in a hospital writing a Dear Dean letter.
A little conflict in a novella generally goes a long way. I do not expect much in the way of drama when the pages are few and limited. I think that might be what happened here with the bumps Dean and Ryder hit on their road to happily ever after. They have big pity parties around every little thing that they themselves blow way out of proportion and then go into an emotional overload of caring and helping the other over this perceived big thing the other will never get past. I saw way too many mountains out of molehills here.
His Soldier happens to be one of those books where the characters never fleshed out enough to have any dimension. I, the reader was told their story. Ryder and Dean didn’t tell me their story. Their story was something that was put to paper. I like to get into a book by reading the actions of the characters, travel with them and see their reactions to what happens to them as they go. The writing here left me feeling like everything I needed was presented to me in an abrupt forced manner. In the end I didn’t ever get a connection to them. The idea of falling in love with a pen pal caught my attention. Sadly that was the only appeal here.