Title: War Poppy
Series: War #1
Author: Stevie J. Cole & LP Lovell
writing as Nicole Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.
War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve.
I shouldn't love him.
I shouldn't love her.
Love is a war we never should have fought.
This is a gut wrenching, heart ripping, nose leaking, soul tearing read. Albeit all those things, a five feather rating, no less.
Poppy loves Brandon like no other and Brandon loves her; although his head will not allow it to happen. After losing his best friend, he also loses his will to live. Poppy is all that he has left and she will not allow him to succumb to the throes of hell where he believes he belongs. Poppy is there to be his support system, but will she succeed? Can she deliver him from hell?
LP and Stevie gripped my heart from page one. That opening scene was one of brilliance. It captured your emotions and let you know that this may not end as a happily ever after. They definitely did their research and know of the horrors of PTSD. Having friends that have gone to combat and seen death and what a war zone entails, these ladies have nailed the emotions and feelings that come along with seeing such travesty. I cannot thank each of these amazing authors enough, for opening eyes to those who are unaware of how personally devastating this condition is.
Although some of the book is hard to get through, it is a must read. Please make sure to add it to your collection today.
I haven’t ever had anyone “go off to war” that is close to me, like an actual family member. I’ve heard of others, friends husbands & acquaintances, but not anyone super close to me. To appreciate these people that fight for our country, leave their families, kids that grow up with an absent parent, or even a parent that doesn’t return is something that is done because I live freely in good ol USA. However, this “appreciation”, although not meaningless, isn’t something I can compare to having a husband in the military. And to have that husband not come home…..the only people that can understand how that feels or what that is like is someone that has gone through the exact same thing.
I don’t know how Ms. Lovell & Ms. Cole have been able to write a story, with war situations such as War Poppy, but I am so thankful to them. Through Brandon and Poppy we get some sense of exactly what friends and family are put through during war, but mostly when they come home. To say we need more resources for these people is a grave understatement.
This is war and Brandon and Poppy have to deal with it in different ways. From the point of childhood friends, to crushes, to teenage hurt, and hidden love….to say this is an emotional book is a grave understatement.
The tears, and the gut wrenching cries, are part of the story and part of the process of learning about these two damaged people. They bring you on a path of good times and past fun to war, death and trying to move on and live.
Just WOW! Lovell & Cole are amazing authors on their own…..but put them together and you get something just epic. This book is for anyone that has been through a loved one at war, for anyone that has dealt with death and guilt, and anyone that has loved two people at the same time. Basically this book is for everyone!!!
Very Highly Recommend!!!!
Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.
Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.
P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England.
She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.
She's a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.
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