A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urruela

book review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

5-stars

A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urruela

[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]

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In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.

In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.

I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.

But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?

***

I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.

These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.

The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.

I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.

A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.

Synopsis from Goodreads

 

Review

Wow. This book definitely exceeded expectations for me. Not only was it a great romance, but it also was much more intense and gritty than I anticipated.

It’s hard to find a new and different angle when it comes to the letters-to-a-soldier romance, but I think this book did a great job with it.

One of the most impressive things about this book was how real and hard-hitting the scenes from Devin were. I have no doubt that BT’s contribution to this novel is what took the story to that level. Only first-hand experience can bring a story like this to life.

A lot of times in romance novels that include soldiers (from what I’ve read anyway) the soldier’s perspective tends to be glossed over a bit, but Devin’s story and his experiences were so real it was almost painful (in a good way!)

Even though I’m a total wimp, I still really appreciated his POV. It added so much depth to the story.

And the ending… I swear, I was on the edge of my seat until the last sentence of the freaking epilogue. I had no idea which way it was going to go and was fully prepared to go on a rampage. Alas, I was not disappointed. No need to symbolically throw the book against the wall and shake my fist at the stars.

 

Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars

5-stars
Such a surprisingly great performance by Erin Mallon and Max Bellmore. I say surprising, only because these are new-to-me audiobook readers and I can be pretty picky.

 

Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars

4-stars
There was so much tension in many forms in this book that butterflies were inevitable.

 

Re-read Worthiness: Yes

I think if I can get up the courage, I’d definitely give this a reread. I think I’d like to actually read it next time as opposed to listen to it, since a lot of times it can be an entirely new experience.

 

Bookshelf Placement: Yes

Yes, please! I’m going to need a signed copy for sure.

 

Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars

5-stars
Oh, Devin. I loved him so much right from the beginning.

 

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