Overall Rating: 5 Stars
A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson and B.T. Urruela
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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.
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
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
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
Oh, Devin. I loved him so much right from the beginning.