*Disclaimer: a free copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
” We that are true lovers run into strange capers.” – William Shakespeare
Staff Sergeant Justin “Hotten” Hauten is back home after receiving a bullet in his chest from his company commander during a reconnaissance operation in Afghanistan. Why it happened was perplexing enough and so were the love letters Justin was receiving from First Lieutenant Aaron “Texas” Parris. Justin’s life will even get more puzzling in the days ahead as he confronts his feelings for Aaron while getting embroiled, together with his best friend and fellow soldier Specialist Sean “Nebraska” Walker, in all sorts of baffling circumstances.
My expectations while reading the complete series took a completely different turn. I was thinking that the first part would be okay, then the second one would still be all right and that maybe the last section would fall short somewhere somehow. I was wrong on all counts!
I was not prepared for how much I would enjoy reading all three books right after the other. The plot was packed with a lot of good stuff that had me hooked from the first page to the last. There were so many twists and turns, surprises and action-packed scenes that kept me entertained and laughing in some places – especially Nebraska’s antics, his propensity for embellishing the truth and getting away with it! Then we ran into the “shady” characters whose true motives and loyalties added a “cloak-and-dagger” thrill and drama to the whole story.
I found this series unique in so many ways. Although I felt that the romantic angle between Justin and Aaron was not fully explored, I was willing to overlook and forgive it because of the other features included in the book which were right up my alley – suspense, mystery, comedy and intrigue. These elements more than made up for the “very slight romantic omission.”
All in all, I would consider Falling for Him the best adult m/m romance book I have read this year! I was also excited to learn that Justin, Aaron, the indomitable, lovable and unforgettable Nebraska and the rest of the gang appear in a few of author Kelly Washington’s stories. That would be like meeting new friends and reuniting with old ones!
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