Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: From War to Forever
SERIES: War Trilogy #1
AUTHOR: Andria Large
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 330 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24th, 2017
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?
I really thought that I would love this story. It had all of the things I love…military, pain, angst, bi/gfy/ofy plot line, friends to lovers…and while I did like it I just didn’t love it. I think this book is a lot longer than what it needed to be. I liked that she went back and forth between Dennis and Tucker but it happened so frequently that it got confusing. I kept having to check and double check whose point of view I was in which pulled me out of the story from time to time. I think Andria Large is a strong writer. This was a good story with well developed, strong characters that carried a lot of problems within themselves. This story has some darker elements that really hurt your heart. I found myself rooting for these two, hardcore. If any character deserves a happy ending more, it’s these two.
Tucker and Dennis have seen the worst of the worst and know horrific loss. Both men, war veterans have formed a bond as roommates and best friends. Stress from life has brought them closer together and things heat up between them. Both men struggle greatly since neither of them have been with men before and their feelings towards each skyrocket off the charts.
Tucker and Dennis have to overcome a lot to get to their HEA. This story has violence, homophobia, drama, angst, miscommunication centered on an epic story.
The things that I really liked about this story really worked. Like Dennis and Tuckers connection and their evolution into a romantic relationship. I loved them together.
I did think there was a lot going on. Tons of drama centered on both men families was just a lot to take in. Almost too much.
Overall this was a good story, well developed characters and a solid plot. Not bad for my first story by this author.