Monday, March 14, 2016

Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

Title: Between Ghosts
Author: Garrett Leigh
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Connor and Nat
Release Date: March 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.

Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.

Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.

But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.

My Review:

This book was so incredibly good. Connor is an embedded reporter. When his brother James, an SAS soldier died during the Iraqi war, Connor was reporting on entertainment news. Suddenly he needed to do more. He needed to know why his brother died. So he trained and convinced his editors to let him go embedded into the war zone in Iraq. There he met Nat and began his search for answers.

Nat is tired. He's done this job for so long. He talks about how he doesn't even feel it anymore...the stress, the loss of friends, the lack of equipment and reasons. And he is not happy that now he has to keep Connor alive on top of all that. But then something happens...the two start to become friends and suddenly Nat is seeing his world from another perspective. 

There are so many ways I loved this book. My husband was in the military during this time period...not something that he really talks about much, but seeing the war zone through this book was amazing. I felt like I got a tiny bit of insight into a soldier's life on the front lines...something we all need. Then there's the romance and the story between these two men. Both of them have lost...huge...and that loss includes a bit of hope. Through each other they find that again. I loved how tough both of them are. Connor comes across initially as the weaker of the two, but he's not. He's such a good match for Nat. I loved their stolen moments on top of the palace and the moments of fright and desperation which made their passion and love for one another burn even brighter. 

It honestly was just an amazing book and I'm so happy that I got the privilege to read it. 

I received a complimentary copy  of this book in return for an honest review.

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