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In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.
Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.
Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.
But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.
I love Garrett Leigh and her writing style. I’m no stranger to her books. I think she writes with so much passion and emotions that it’s easily conveyed across the pages. I liked this story, but it lacked so much that I’ve come to enjoy from this author. The love and romance wasn’t there. Listen we are dealing with two people that are dealing with their ghost. I think I liked each character separately but in this setting I never connected with them. For the military aspect to be such a big character in this book, it left with little action, more of the obvious at the end, and the romance didn’t bloom to capacity for me.
It’s something about Nat that didn’t work for me. We knew next to nothing about him. Outside of what he was told, I never got a glimpse of the “man”, it seems the “soldier” was always on. Another thing is the connection between him and Connor seemed more physical than anything. I didn’t feel anything emotionally with these two together. I do feel underwhelm with Nat as a character. I can’t put my finger on what he lacks. On the other hand, I think the author developed the other guys in Nat’s unit brilliantly. I know them more then Connor. I did enjoy the complete knowledge of the Military from all viewpoints in the story. I like that Connor was willing to be the journalist he was to try to get the truth, and gritty version of would civilians don’t see.
The “Ghost” part of the story was obvious to me when reading it. I would have loved to see them build a friendship to drift over to the romance side. I get why the author wrote it as such seeing as nothing is promise, and in War there isn’t a tomorrow to decided things. I would have love to see what Connor & Nat lives are not post war.