A Second-Chance Standalone Romance
I don’t read a lot of military-themed romances, so ‘A Lover’s Lament’ was a bit of a change from the norm for me. Usually, the military themed stories end up being a little over-the-top for me. What can I say? Rambo just isn’t my thing. Nonetheless, I thought that this was a great book.
Armed forces may not be my thing, but a second-chance romance certainly is! I’m a sucker for angst and emotional pain, followed by groveling. I also have this hang-up where I almost always want the “first” or “original” couple to end up together. I don’t switch teams very easily. So, it was a given that I’d be on-board with this one.
Devin and Katie are high school sweethearts and each other’s first loves. Katie thinks that she’ll spend her life with Devin, but after she gives him her virginity, he moves away without a word. Katie doesn’t hear from Devin again.
Years later, Katie has pieced her life back together and seems happy on the surface. When tragedy strikes, Katie withdraws from everyone and sinks into a depression. At the guidance of her therapist, she participates in a military pen pal program. By chance, Devin is on the list of soldiers that Katie is given to choose from. Needless to say, Katie chooses Devin and their relationship is rekindled.
Despite feeling a little slow-moving at times, I enjoyed Devin and Katie’s story. Hearing about the life events that had molded each of them over the years, as they recounted their life experiences to one another, had my rapt attention. Each of them had to overcome some pretty significant obstacles to get to where they were.
Their story also highlighted how a single well-intentioned act from one person can wreak havoc on another person’s life. Devin thought he was doing what was best for Katie by making a clean break all of those years ago. He thought she’d be heartbroken for a short period of time, but that she’d move on to greener pastures quickly.
Instead, Katie never really got over the heartache and betrayal. She went through the motions, but lived a shallower life without passion. As a result she ended up hurting her fiancé, a man she loved, but wasn’t ever really in love with.
Throughout the story, there was plenty of action. Toward the end, it did get a little “Rambo” for me. However, the action and danger did add to the story. For a short while, it was quite an emotional roller coaster ride.
In the end, I was quite content. This book is a standalone with a HEA. If you’re looking for a heartfelt, emotional story, then this is a great choice!