Evocative and emotionally powerful, funny at times and tears dripping down my face at others, this story is romantic and loving more than sexy although there is lots of sexual tension and intimacy. I did not previously know this author and I have no idea how that could be but I’m certainly happy to have been introduced to her wonderful story weaving.
The best friend and commanding officer of a fallen soldier arrives at the home of the soldier’s sister, Olivia, to honor the soldier’s last request. Justin’s last words, “Take care of my sister. Promise me you will take care of Olivia”. More than to visit, he comes to bring Justin’s ‘last letter’ to his sister and to carry out his last request. Nate doesn’t know that Justin’s letter to Olivia said “I choose Nate for you. Whether he is a friend you nurture or a soul mate that develops into love…take care of him and let him take care of you.”
The author’s use of description is such that you share the emotions of the character, as when Nate is overcome by emotion; “He could trace every red blood cell that swam through his veins. He was that hyperaware, that …lost.”
There are themes of PTSD and one incidence of violence with a speedy, satisfying resolution by the hero. Effective use of tender and at times erotic memory replacement therapy, for PTSD, is found to be of great value to fade the visual memories, terrible flashbacks, from both distant and recent past.
The reader automatically has an emotional response when reading that “he pulled her close enough that the holy ghost couldn’t have come between them” and then to laugh at references of “speaking Vulcan”.