Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.
When faced with the realization that she's fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
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When Stephanie James loses her father to the military as a young child, a lifelong dislike of all things military blooms in her. She hates that her father chose the military over her and her mother. She hates that war took his life. And she hates the very institution. Enter Brandon Walker, the mystery man who stole her breath at a costume party. Brandon is everything Steph didn't realize she was looking for, and then some.
After telling Brandon about her feelings toward the military, he makes the decision to keep his commitment to the Army to himself, at least for a little while. What he didn't plan on was falling head over heels for Steph, or how much the thought of losing her scares him.
When Steph finds out the truth, she's forced to decide if loving Brandon is worth the risk, or if she'll let him go for good.
When I was given the opportunity to read Solider On, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the story or not. I don't read a lot of military romances... I don't really have a reason for that, they just don't tend to make their way onto my list often. But I was really glad I had the opportunity to read this one. I found that I really enjoyed the story. Steph and Brandon make an adorable couple.
I love that there wasn't a lot of drama between them aside from the big secret and the fallout from said secret being revealed. Steph's hatred of the military was a little immature, but also understandable given the loss of her father and what that meant for her and her mother for so many years. I love that the story focused more on Steph and Brandon's relationship and then on how they work to get past that issue than on dragging out the drama forever once the secret did come out.
And I really loved the scenes with Brandon's father, who suffers from Alzheimer's. Having worked in health care for many years, I have a deep appreciation for authors who broach that subject and what it means for the families, as well as for the individual him or herself. Sydney did a fantastic job at tackling the realities.
There was really nothing about this story that I turned me off or frustrated me. I'm not sure I'd be able to live with someone and not realize they're military, but then again... how many times have we heard about people living in close quarters having no clue what's going on around them? Ariel Castro, Dennis Rader, Megan Huntmans, and Josef Fritzl, to name a few, all kept the people closest to them from finding out their big secret for years. So it's really not so hard to believe that Brandon could have hid being in the military for a few weeks while living with Steph.
All in all, this was a good, quick read. I give it 4 stars.
Amazon bestselling author Sydney Logan holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. She is the author of three novels - Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and Soldier On. Sydney has also penned four short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul.
A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
You can learn more about Sydney at http://www.sydneylogan.com, on Facebook, or Twitter @SydneyALogan.