Friday, May 20, 2016

Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller

Title: Broken Soldier
Author: Jamie Lynn Miller
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Main Characters: Connor and Shawn
Release Date: March 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit -- a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.

Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces. 

Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission?

WARNING: Contains scenes of drug use, graphic sex and realistic situations

My Review:
There is a product warning in the story description. Please take note of it, because this is not a light, happy read. It's dark and gritty, but it's definitely worth reading because the love between Connor and Shawn is so pure and makes the difficulties they go through in this book all the more beautiful...because in the end they have one another (that's not a spoiler because you knew this was a romance going in, right? hehe)

This story isn't easy. Both Shawn and Connor work on a Special Ops International task force. In this story, they are trying to take down a very powerful man who has his hand in drugs, prostitution, and arms dealing. They both go in undercover....Connor working in the man's club as security; Shawn in the man's life as his lover. The real issue that they don't see coming before they go in is that Jai (the bad guy they're trying to take down) controls his lovers with drugs. Shawn is quickly in way over his head and quickly becoming addicted to heroin. Connor can't do anything but standby and watch. To do anything else endangers their mission and Shawn's very life. It's proven really early on that Jai will kill anyone and everyone that crosses him. Shawn is in a VERY dangerous many different ways. 

The story is rough to read. Connor is doing everything he can to help Shawn, but there's just so little that he can really do. And Shawn is getting more and more messed up every single day he's undercover. It's a highly emotional, angst-filled read...the kind I really love. The undercover operation covers about 2/3 of the book and then the last 1/3 of the book is Shawn trying to recover, with Connor's help. 

It's a story of extremes, but even in the midst of all the really ugly, there are flashbacks about the love between these two men that get Shawn through it all...and keeps the reader believing in just how strong their love really is despite the horrible situation they are both in right now. 

Every once in a while I like a darker twist in my reading. This book served that desire beautifully. It is a dark read, but hope and love stay the focus of the story all the way through and I loved that about it. I highly recommend this book...just make sure you heed the warnings if you have trigger issues. 

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