It’s the release day of A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson & BT Urruela! I love this fantastic contemporary romance so much. Today, we have an excerpt and a fantastic giveaway, so be sure to check out all of the release day fetivities!
A Lover's Lament
In a matter of seconds my entire world changed, and it was in that moment that I stopped living and simply began to exist.
In my grief, I sent a letter to the first boy I ever loved. I hoped in writing it I’d find some peace from the nightmare I was living, some solace in my anger.
I didn’t expect him to write back. I wasn’t prepared for his words, and I certainly wasn’t ready for the impact this soldier would have on my life. A deep-rooted hate transformed into friendship, and then molded into a love like I’d never known before.
Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay did what I couldn’t: he put the shattered pieces of my heart back together, restoring my faith in humanity and teaching me how to live again.
But now that I’m whole, I have a decision to make. Do I return to my life as I knew it and the fiancé I left behind, or do I walk away from it all for the only man to ever break my heart?
I’ve been living in hell, but you won’t hear me complain.
These men depend on me, as I do them, and this brotherhood is the only family I’ve ever known.
The Army saved me from a callous mother and a life on the wrong side of the tracks that was quickly spiraling out of control. So unlike most of the men in my platoon, going home wasn’t something I longed for.
I was content overseas, spending my days defending this country that gave me my life back. Fighting became my new normal … until her.
A letter from Katie Devora—a letter that I almost didn’t open. Her words put a fire back inside of me that I didn’t know I’d lost. She gave me hope during a time when I was fighting every day just to stay alive, and now it’s time I fight for her.
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I wake before the sun has checked in for the day and scan the tent, noting my men still sleeping heavily. My morning ritual, at least the days I have time to do it, requires a bit of privacy, and I make certain I have it before I begin. Most of these clowns will just jerk it from their cots in the middle of the night with the rest of us passed out around them. There’s always been something odd about that to me. On a regular basis, I’ve woken up to the sounds of heavy breathing and skin slapping skin, and it pisses me the fuck off. If I’m not dog-tired, they’ll get a boot heaved in their direction, aimed straight for the dick and with the express purpose of putting them out of business for a while.
No, jackin’ the beanstalk in public isn’t for me. Unfortunately, that leaves only one other place to do it—the Drop Zone. Porta-shitters, as we like to call them, sit for weeks without being emptied and capture every bit of the sun’s heat. It’s like a fucking greenhouse in there, and one breath in that motherfucker while beating off and your dick is in full retreat.
So there’s a trick to doing this just right; you have to prep him first. You get him up and going, and then you quickly finish in the shitter. For most of these guys, the bikini-clad chicks above their cots or the porno mags stashed in their bags are a necessity for a proper jerk-off, but I’m an imaginative guy. I close my eyes and my mind becomes like a time machine of fuck. Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot … bam! … cum everywhere. Farrah Fawcett in her iconic red swimsuit bent over the counter … set the time machine and go.
This time my mind goes for none other than Jackie O. She’s spread-eagle, with my tongue lightly flicking her throbbing clit while she’s begging for my dick. And, of course, I’m making her call me Mr. President. I laugh at the last thought but notice it’s at least gotten the job started. Since my dick is half-mast and ticking its way to full form, I slink my way to the tent’s entrance.
Stepping out, I’m met by the sun creeping softly over the tops of the barriers, and I hurry toward the porta-shitters, positioned just past the Humvees in front of the eastern wall. This two-hundred-yard walk is the most important part of the process. You have to walk with speed but not urgency, in hopes that you don’t attract attention from the few others also awake—all while the imagined porn still reels in your head.
I manage to make it into the shitter undetected and quickly go to work on my shaft while my left hand pinches my nose like a vise and my eyes squeeze tightly shut. Only this time it isn’t someone famous that I picture. It’s Katie.
Even as early as it is, the Drop Zone is like a sauna, and beads of sweat collect on my forehead. I try desperately to hold in my breath as the seconds tick down. Just as my lungs begin to demand air and my body stiffens, I toss my head back with a stifled groan. My body recovers from its high much quicker in this setting, but at least the job is done. Two weeks of combat stress gone, just like that.
When I spoke with K.L. Grayson at the RT Convention in Dallas, and subsequently met Taylor, I was really excited about this book! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! I love military romance books and this would be unique since it was being written by someone who had experience in the military. I knew going into it that the emotions would be very realistic. I don’t think that I was as prepared for the onslaught of emotions, as I thought I would be…
Let me start by saying that this is a work of fiction but every aspect of it felt like watching real life unfold. From the memories of their past to their present day, I honestly couldn’t say that a minute of it felt like I was reading fictional novel. I love K.L. Grayson’s first books and I couldn’t wait to see what she would do on this collaboration novel. This book is written in dual POV and I could only assume that KL wrote the female and BT wrote the male, but damn if I could tell there was any difference. The two POVs fit together perfectly as if the same person wrote it all. Some collaborations you can clearly tell but, I couldn’t find any difference honestly.
Devin & Katie were once young lovers, torn apart by family, duty and circumstance. Having loved and lost Katie and Devin both take very different paths in life. One is now a deployed solider, one a nurse. They haven’t seen or spoken in many years, too many and both harbor feelings from the past that are completely unresolved. When tragic events uproot Katie’s life a chance to get her closure presents itself. What she doesn’t expect is her self discovery is about to begin with just the writing of a single letter!
You will be absolutely glued to the pages of this book waiting for the reply back and forth, wondering what will be said next between these two. When another tragedy hits and Katie & Devin can meet up the passion and chemistry will explode off the pages. These scenes were written so beautiful from both POVs you feel each and every single feeling deep down to to the pit of your soul…
But love is never just cut and dry, but it’s always worth fighting for. That’s the message that rang loud and clear through every word of this book. You have to fight for what you want, and what you believe in, and these two authors do an amazing job conveying that message. I couldn’t say enough wonderful things about this book… Even days later I still found myself thinking about Katie & Devin’s path and the beautiful story that KL and BT created. It’s one of my TOP reads of 2015 and I highly encourage and recommend you read this one today! This gets my 5 Starlet Star seal of approval!
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