Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: At War by Andria Large

The love of my life is dead.

Is there really a reason to live anymore?

I’m a war veteran who has suffered great tragedies overseas. Not only have I lost my right foot, but I have also lost my wife. Both at the hands of terrorists. Recurrent nightmares, a dead end job, and a painful limp are all I have left. Not much of a reason to wake up in the morning if you ask me. I’m struggling to carry on in this very lonely excuse of a life. The only reason I’m still swimming is because I have my best friend, Tucker, and my sister, Lizette, keeping me afloat. 

Tucker has been my saving grace. I would not be here if it weren’t for him…literally. We have become practically inseparable since moving in together. And then, out of nowhere, there are these feelings and emotions. The kind that I haven’t felt in years; not since I lost the love of my life. The kind that I’m not sure I can handle, or even want to. But they have started wrapping around my broken and shattered heart, trying to mend it - whether I’m ready for it or not. Only they are not for a woman as you would expect, but for the man suddenly sharing my bed. 

Am I ready to give love another go? I’m not so sure that I have it in me. 

But then again, I’m tired of being at war.

5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

From the moment that I read Sweet Renegade and met Dennis I could not wait for his story.  There was something about him that intrigued me.  I knew he was damaged from being overseas in Iraq but I needed to know more.  I needed to know what happened to him and be able to understand him.  I wanted him to find happiness. 

When Dennis was overseas fighting in Iraq he lost two things, his leg and the love of his life.  He has learned to adjust to life without his leg but has not been able to move on from losing his wife.  It has been four years since that horrible day but that day is still in his mind and his dreams as if it happened yesterday.  He has no desire to be with another woman.  The only woman he has ever loved is gone and he does not know how to move on from that.   The only people in his life that he can really count on are his sister and his best friend and roommate Tucker. 

Tucker is also a Marine and him and Dennis met at a VA hospital after the both of them were hurt.    Tucker knows all too well what is it like to be injured and lose someone close to you. While Dennis is very close with his sister and she has always been there for him it is Tucker who really understands him.  He knows what he is going through and through their experiences the two of them have formed a bond and friendship.  Tucker still has nightmares but has been able to move on with his life while Dennis is still stuck in the past.  Not wanting to be with another woman because of losing his wife.  Being with another woman just adds to guilt and grief that he is already carrying.  But he knows he needs to move on but he just doesn’t want to.  Until something happens that he cannot even begin to explain but knows that it just feels right.  He is falling for his best friend.  They have experimented a bit and they both find that they enjoy being with each other.  They enjoy it in ways they never expected.  But while they both know that being together feels right it doesn’t make the fear of it all any less.  They are best friends who have crossed a line.  If it doesn’t work out what will happen to their friendship?  Will it survive?

I loved this book!!  Andria Large knows how to write a MM romance.  She knows how to give you the perfect blend of sexy and sweet.  I love reading about two men falling in love but what I love the most about it is when you can feel their emotional connection.  Not only does Ms. Large give you the right amount of emotion but you gives you some very hot and very sexy scenes.  I am talking scorching hot, get out a fan because you will need to cool off hot!!  I loved Tucker and Dennis together.  They just fit perfectly.  And they both knew it.  Being with a man was new territory for the both of them but they both embraced it because it just felt right.  And that is what I loved.  I loved feeling the connection that they had, both as friends and as lovers.  I loved the chemistry between them and how they were there for each other through everything. 

At War is a beautiful story about two men who came back from Iraq broken.  And through their friendship they both learned to heal and move on.  This is a story about love, loss, healing, friendship and more.  You’re heart will break for Tucker and Dennis at times.  But at the same time the two of them together will make you smile.  I cannot wait for the second installment of this series and more of these two amazing and sexy men. 

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