After a tragedy, in a way to honor his brother and try to cope, Dean becomes a army pen pal to Sergeant Ryder Brooks. The two connect through letters and phone calls for a year, falling in love and making plans to meet when Ryder finishes his tour. However, in an effort to save one of his men who steps on a mine, Ryder loses his leg. Broken and depressed, he doesn't think Dean will want him. But once Dean learns what happens, he immediately goes to Ryder, determined to help him heal and show him that he loves him no matter what. Ryder has a long road of recovery ahead of him, but with Dean's support, he realizes his life isn't over, it's just beginning if he’ll only give them a chance.
Beaten and tossed from his home at age sixteen, Dean sought solace and family with his best friend Dax. Closer than blood brothers could be, Dean and Dax were inseparable until tragedy took Dax and left a gaping hole in Dean. Forced to move on, Dean decides to take a military pen pal in the hopes of honoring Dax’s memory. Dean was just what Ryder needed.
Without family, Ryder joined the military and made the Army his home. Writing long distance to Dean was the closest thing to family he’d have. The men corresponded and fell in love across the sands.
What I most enjoyed about the story was the believability of Ms. Lee’s words and the progression as the story unfolded. Dean and Ryder fell for the ‘man’ sans any physicalness and allowed their friendship to simmer and grow.
Tragedy befalls Ryder and he must learn to deal, cope and accept. After a moment of pity, clarity set in and the two men begin a relationship together as opposed to long distance.
Ms. Lee took this reader through the pangs of war, loneliness and despair and the prospect that love and life are possible even when times are at its most desperate. His Soldier was not a tale of feeling sorry but of survival. The ability to always look for the good when life throws you curve balls, and know that someone will be there to pick up you, hold on tight and love you unconditionally. Both Dean and Ryder learned these valuable lessons along the way.
His Soldier hit it out of the park.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review