The love of my life is dead. Is there a reason to live anymore?
I’m a veteran Marine. Terrorists took not only my foot, but also my wife. Recurrent nightmares, a dead-end job, and a painful limp are all I have left. My best friend, Tucker, and my sister, Lizette, keep me afloat. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Tucker… literally. And then, out of nowhere, there are these feelings. The kind I haven’t felt in years. The kind I’m not sure I can handle, or even want to. But they’ve started wrapping around my broken heart, trying to mend it. Only they are not for a woman, but for the man suddenly sharing my bed. I’m not so sure I’m ready to give love another go.
The war took my hearing, but I’m alive. Many of my friends are not. I am building a life with my best friend, Dennis. We have become practically inseparable. And now, we are more than friends. I’ve never had feelings like these for a man. My parents, my brother, my buddy, Duke—will they understand how I feel about Dennis? Can I risk losing my family?
From War to Forever by Andria Large is a military-themed contemporary romance. Dennis’ wife perished during the battle where he lost his lower leg. Tucker became deaf as a result of the explosion that killed the rest his platoon. These two friends help each other through their traumas and grow closer in the process.
Large tells a compelling story of healing. At first, I found the double first-person point of views jarring, but as the story progressed, I appreciated Dennis and Tucker’s unique voices. the way they encouraged each other made for a fantastic love story. When you add in her wonderful supporting characters, like Lizzette, Duke, and Beau, Large constructed a world of support for these men. That didn’t mean they had an easy path, but it did make the obstacles they faced more surmountable. There were a few plot points that stretched m ability to suspend my disbelief—things that worked out a little too easily or the characters made more difficult than they needed to be—but all in all From War to Forever is a solid read.