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A standalone novel in the Sons of War contemporary military romance series.

Tormented by the loss of his men, Marine Corps Captain Sawyer Mathis returns home to attend a retreat for children who had lost a parent in war. He's forced to spend time with Katya Khavalov, the sister of one of the Marines killed during a firefight under his command. Unafraid of war or death, Sawyer is determined not to let a beautiful woman with a quick temper and broken heart deter him from trying to help her family heal.

Fiery yet sweet Katya resents the cool, unflappable commander. He brought one brother back in a box and the other dismembered. She blames him for destroying her family and believes him to be incapable of feeling anything - until she witnesses firsthand the toll the war and deaths are taking on Sawyer. He's suffering, too, and too stubborn to admit it.

The longer the two spend together, the more they begin to understand each other. What neither is counting on: the feelings they ignite within each other.

©2014 Lizzy Ford (P)2016 Lizzy Ford

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loved this cozy romance

Semper Fi!
I come from a military family, so I was attracted to this book immediately. It was a great story. i like the love/hate part. plus it was funny in many parts.
there are was a little predictability but still very worth the listen.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Headstrong and emotional

I loved this story. It was well told and the narrator was perfect.

Emotional.
Frustrating.
Funny.
Satisfying.
Hot.

I loved Katia and Sawyer. They were the perfect combination of headstrong and level headed calm.

I loved their fire and ice, their banter, and their sincerity.

Really good read.

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Military romance at it's best!

I love military romance, and I found this story to have so many good elements, it was hard to stop listening. Sawyer Mathis comes back the US to bury one of his men, and meets the family. Little does he know how his life will change. Katya Khavalov is burying her brother, and help nursing her other brother back to health from this attack. Blaming Sawyer for all the misfortune is the easy way out. But circumstances bring the two together and as opposite as they are, get to see each other first hand dealing with things. Their banter back and forth is priceless, ramping up the attraction and heat while trying to deal with the pain. The emotions this book evokes are incredible. From helplessness and guilt to love and compassion, the feelings between Sawyer and Katya are many. The question comes to whether the two will be able to overcome their pasts and meld together. The infusion of the kids from camp is integral to the story, giving sides of both characters that would not have been seen otherwise. It also let us get to know Peter, Katya's brother a little while a stand alone novel makes you want to know more about him, picking up the next book in the series.

Narration by Katie Mills is enjoyable. She does the characterizations well,though at times it was hard to distinguish between her male voices. She has a good pace and her voice is smooth and pleasant.

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Good Military Romance

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3.5 stars<br/><br/> Good military romance. This story runs an emotional minefield. From survivors guilt to anger to PTSD to forgiveness to love and every emotion in between. Overall an entertaining and enjoyable story. <br/><br/> Being from a Military family I had an instant dislike of Katya. The dangerous situations that our military are required to put themselves in on a regular basis is extremely difficult. To have a character be so disrespectful no matter the reason was heartbreaking yet enraging at the same time. I understand that everyone deals with grief in their own way, but she hung onto her anger tooth and nail.<br/><br/>The author did a great job with the characters. When an author can evoke such strong feelings about their characters you can't say the characters were flat or boring.<br/><br/>Opposites do attracts. Sawyer was a great character from the start. Strong, level headed, loyal and honorable. He has his own issues he is dealing with but he internalizes them. He doesn't let anyone know what he is going through. Katya was a difficult character to connect with. It was a like/hate thing. On the one hand I hated how she acted. On the other hand you could tell she had another side that she didn't let everyone see. She had her own issues beside her brother's death that she was dealing with. She just acted so immature, spoiled and spiteful for most of the story. Slowly but surely she becomes a more likable character as her story unfolds. It does take most of the story though. <br/> <br/>Sawyer and Katya are each trying to deal with their grief in their own way. They each have emotional scars and baggage they are dealing with. There is a thin line between love and hate and they are straddling it. <br/><br/> The story does have some fun banter and a few lighter moments, but for the most part as I said before it's an emotional minefield. This story will have you laughing at times then the next minute you will want to slap some sense into the characters.<br/><br/> Katie Mills did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Some good character voices. Her male character voices need a more distinction. This would have been a great story with dual narration.<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher<br/>

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A good read

This was a very enjoyable read for me. The two main characters were both head strong and had emotional scars they had to deal with. It is difficult to walk the mine field known as grief, then to try and throw love into the mix, well it can either be a complete disaster or it can be the best thing ever.

The first in Ford's Sons of War, but it does contain a HEA. I can't recommend this book enough for anyone who is looking for a thought provoking military romance.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

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Great story line

I received this audiobook free for an honest review. I thought this was a great war story. The heartache in losing someone in the war and the injured that come home brings the reality of the casualties of war to the forefront. The author did a great job with the characters. Katya and Sawyer's characters are so realistic. The story has some minor twists and turns but ends on a good note. I have never read this author, but will look for additional books. Having never heard this narrator before, she did a good job.

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Good military romance. Plot and writing were pretty decent. Narrator did a good job for all characters.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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Great

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This audiobook was given to me for a honest unbiased review. This was a great but emotional read. Losing a family member is hard, going through that grief in this book really is hard emotionally. However this does show that life does move on, that you can still grieve yet still fall in love.

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Semper Mine

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Likable Hero and Heroine. Couldn't stand either one.

What could Lizzy Ford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Written characters with flaws and baggage I could relate with.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

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“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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The book was hard to put down and definitely one I recommended to my friends

The book was hard to put down and definitely one I recommended to my friends