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.
This book threatened to have me bawling a couple times, but I managed to hold it together. Barely. Dean and Ryder were exactly what the other needed when they needed it. Their letters to each other were beautiful and you could feel their connection grow. I was sad when Ryder tried to push Dean away but I understood why he did. The scene where Dean washes Ryder’s leg is beautiful. I loved that there was a true and complete happy ending. Especially one that holds up to my (far too high) expectations. I want Michael and Jules’ story. But the one story that I’d love to see is Bentley’s redemption. He was a great bad guy in this book, but I know he had reasons for his actions. I want to know those reasons and see Bentley forgive himself for them.
Four and a half
34 – What do you do to restore or refill when you need to recharge?
I play games on my PS4.
35 – Most amazing place you’ve ever been?
Hm, I’m going to say Comic Con. It’s an amazing experience, I love going and geeking out.
36 – Have you ever had a character take off and go their own direction? If so, who was the worst?
Yes, Griffin and Tomas from The Galerir Saga. They often went in their own direction from where I thought the story was going, but it turned out well.
So, uh, I’ve never really done this. I mean I had a pen pal when I was, like, eight, and I waited for the mailman every day to see what Skylar would say about kangaroos in Australia. Everything is so techy now, you know, email, texts, and written letters are rare. I guess that was part of the appeal—this just feels more important taking the time to write by hand. And you deserve that.
The reason I decided to become a pen pal is I recently lost my brother and, well, I thought in his memory I’d do more to give back and find ways to support guys like him going through hell over there and fighting for our country. I want to say thanks, and I honestly do admire you. I don’t think I could do it. I’m a creature of comfort and complain ridiculously when it’s hot.
Anyway, I keep going on about me. Thanks for everything you’re doing. I hope you’re staying safe. I’m sure you got a lot going on so if I don’t hear from you it’s okay. I just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you and wishing you a safe journey home.
Anna Lee graduated from the University of California Riverside with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Living with a disability, she has overcome many challenges and puts her passion for life and love into her writing. She lives with her family and dogs and enjoys writing late into the night. When she isn’t writing, Anna enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew or chatting with her friends about her favorite books and TV shows.
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