Title ~ His Soldier
Author ~ Anna Lee
Publisher ~ Totally Bound
Published ~ 6th March 2015
Genre ~ M/M Military Contemporary Romance
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.
You sure need the tissue box handy at the start of this story about Dean and his friend Ryder, a man he met, for the want of a better word, when he decided to become a pen-pal to the men who were serving overseas. Dax's death, oh crumbs, it had me weeping, but it was his death that spurred Dean onto getting in touch with Ryder in the first place.
When Ryder got Dean's first letter, well, that scene was so sweet. Ryder had only signed up for the pen pal program to encourage his men to do the same. But when he read Dean's letter,
So he'd been wrong. He was glad now he had signed up, because Dean had reminded him of home. The reasons he was fighting. The hope he felt.
The letters between the two men were a wonderful way to explain more about each of them and how they carefully explored their connection with each other. I can totally understand why Ryder wanted to push Dean away when he lost his leg, but I was so pleased that Dean pushed back...and kept pushing back.
This story is mostly about Ryder and Dean but the secondary characters were really good too. I wish I had a Mama like Beth, and Jessie was a sweet girl and my heaert broke for her. Joel and his wife make a few visits and their daughter is amazing. Bentley, well, let's just say his portrayal as a closeted bigot was really well described and I thoroughly disliked him.
The only complaint I had about this book, and it really wasn't a complaint, is that there were a lot of strong issues dealt with in this book, and maybe as those issues came up there should have been a spot more angst between the two men. Not that I wanted to see them split up or anything silly, but once Ryder and Dean got together it was like they could take on any problem that came their way with sweetness and light. The funny thing is, is that it is those same qualities that make this an awesome book as well. Highly recommended.