Heartbeak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart
Standalone Emotional Romance
Heartbreak Warfare by Heather Oregon and Kate Stewart is everything I usually avoid in a book. But sometimes you know that leaving your comfort zone can bring some of the biggest surprises. Going in, I knew this was an ugly cry book. I read to be happy, and because I have eye issues, adding tears to the mix doesn’t help. I also knew it was a military book AND a love triangle! Three things I usually avoid. But Kate Stewart has surprised me before, so I decided to take a chance.
I am so glad I did, because it’s one of the best books I read this year. I admit it, I cried from the 2nd page on. But every tear I shed was worth it!
“Still love me?”
Katy and Gavin have a wonderful marriage. They have a little boy together, but they are both in the Army. It’s Katy’s turn to deploy, and leaving her family behind to go to Iraq for a year is so much harder than she ever expected. Luckily, she is deployed with her best friend, but that doesn’t stop her from missing her family something fierce.
“He’s the perfect picture of an American soldier: strong, virile, and confident, with a healthy dose of cocky.”
When she meets the fun and flirty Briggs in Iraq, she can’t deny how gorgeous he is, but she is married. They strike up a flirtatious friendship, but that’s where it ends.
Until the unthinkable happens.
This story was NOT an easy read. What happens to them in Iraq is horrifying, and neither expected to ever see the light of day again. But in that time, amidst that fear and torture, Briggs and Katy (aka “Scottie”) formed an unbreakable bond. They went through the kind of hell that changes everything.
“We are perfect, and we are impossible.”
“Run far and fast, dance that sexy dance, have that second baby. Smile, Scottie. Lighten up, tell jokes, live a long and happy life, for me.”
Katy is lucky. She returns home to her amazing husband and adorable child. But she is not the same person.
“I no longer fit. I’m not her, the woman who left.”
Can Katy get back to who she was? Can she stop longing for Briggs, the only person who knows what she went through and experienced it right along with her? You have to read to find out all the details.
This story wrecked me. I have a new appreciation for what military and their spouses endure, and let me tell you, they all deserve a medal. Heartbreak Warfare had me messaging Kate Stewart with photos of my wet, blotchy, crying face. She tried to tell me to take breaks and step away for a bit, BUT I COULDN’T STOP READING. Despite the tears, I just couldn’t put it down. While I thought the book should go one way, I doubted that decision on every other page.
- Could not put it down, even when I couldn’t see through my tears.
- The respect and admiration the authors feel towards the military and their families was very evident.
- A completely unique story.
- The authors did not hold back. They told an extremely difficult story with no sugar coating.
- So much RAW EMOTION.
- Told in three points of view, Katy, Briggs, and Gavin.
- Katy noticing how hot Briggs is right from the start made me feel like she wasn’t quite as loyal to begin with. I think if the initial attraction was toned down a bit I would have been even more sympathetic to Katy
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 5 Stars, 3.5 Heat
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