Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Sam’s Soldiers
SERIES: Boys of Brighton #2
AUTHOR: M. Tasia
PUBLISHER: Boroughs Publishing Group
LENGTH: 119 Pages
RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2016
Emergency room nurse Samuel Mason is offered a ménage relationship with two ex-military men and discovers a love more dangerous—and more exquisite—than he anticipated.
Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.
THE POWER OF THREE
As an emergency room nurse at Brighton General, Samuel Mason spends most of his days caring for the sick and injured, and his nights alone. Until now.
Jack “ Spider” Forrester and Dante Snow have arrived. Retired from the Army, they provide protection to those in need. They’ve come to Brighton to guard Sam’s cousin from a dire threat, but it’s Sam’s world they turn inside out. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve but is no pushover, and Dante is scarred from a past he’d sooner forget. They two are partners in all things, from the bedroom to the office to the street, and they want Sam to join them…for as long as they’re in town. But there is danger ahead, and not just from the type of men these skilled, muscled heroes have sworn to take down. The danger of falling in love.
I’ve seen a notable number of reviews for this book that were written by less than impressed readers and, I’ll be honest, it really made me hesitate to pick it up. From reading those other reviews it was pretty clear that the issue was the way the story begins. Most readers assumed (naturally) that the book would start with Sam meeting the other couple and we’d experience the growth of their relationship from there. Instead this story opens on the day Jack and Dante are preparing to say goodbye to Sam. Again, some readers naturally assumed that the birth of this relationship happened in the first book of the series, but, and I can only repeat what these other reviewers have written, apparently that isn’t the case. Although the three men do appear in the first book, it doesn’t include any on-page insight into their getting together. We’re simply told here that Jack and Dante were attracted to Sam and the three men have been living and loving together, as per their agreement, while Jack and Dante are in town.
I can only assume it was the fact that I went into Sam’s Soldiers armed with that information that allowed me to enjoy the book without that frustrated beginning that some readers experienced. Because I’ll admit, I started reading expecting to be discouraged and instead I loved this story from page one. I was crazy impressed that the author made me teary over the ending of a relationship that I shouldn’t have even been invested in. I didn’t yet know these characters yet the author made me hurt for them. That takes some mad writing skills!
As to the rest of the story, after breaking my heart with that beginning the author kept the pace fast and riveting. There was so much story packed into just over 100 pages that it didn’t feel like I’d just read a novella but a full length book. There was action and violence and awesome friendships and of course the required love story. Then it’s topped off with a happy ending that would surely satisfy the romance junkie inside all of us.
I read this book as a standalone, and it works as such, but I’m now going to go read the first book in the series, simply because I was so impressed with this one.