Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we’re left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.
War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you’re only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain…a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I’ve lost—what we’ve lost. In the midst of destruction, she’s a salvation I don’t deserve.
I shouldn’t love him.
I shouldn’t love her.
Love is a war we never should have fought.
When I heard about War Poppy and read the synopsis, I have to say I was intrigued. Stevie J. Cole and L.P. Lovell typically deliver dark, twisty books that you gobble up leaving you with those WTF moments. So when they announced they’d be writing something more emotional, I had to know what they had in store.
War Poppy is the story of war. The horrific aftermath that soldiers face when trying to live every day life.
“War and loss. It will destroy a person from the inside out.”
Poppy is a widow. Having lost her husband to war, she is so broken, so alone, she goes off to search for Brandon—Poppy and her late husband Connor’s, best friend. They all grew up together and shared an unbreakable bond and deep friendship.
“I need something, someone. He needs someone. Connor would want us to lean on each other. He would.”
When she finally finds him, he is unrecognizable. Broken beyond repair. But they both need each other in order to survive the horror of living in reality.
“He’s lost. I know it because I see it in his eyes. I know it because I am too. Grief does funny things to people.”
The raw and real moments of War Poppy will have you sobbing. You will fall in love with these characters as they battle their grief.
This is not a conventional romance–it’s heartbreaking and painful, yet you become invested in the lives of the characters Stevie and LP created.
If you’re looking for an ugly rocking in the corner cry, one filled with so much emotion and amazing writing, you will love War Poppy. Both authors stepped out of their comfort zone and took on a story that is so true to life, filled with the struggles of demons that are impossible to fight. Grab the tissues and dive in!
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards. She’s a self confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. LP Lovell’s She Who Dares series are all international best sellers. Lauren loves to hear from readers so please add her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter. Visit her website www.lplovell.com.
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About Stevie J. Cole
Stevie J. Cole likes to write realistic stories with raw, gritty characters you should hate but can’t help but to love.
She’s obsessed with rock music, loves sloths, and has an unnatural obsession with British accents.
Her books are not recommended for the faint of heart.