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CHRISTINA’S 5 UP ALL NIGHT BLUSH REVIEW
A bubillion Blushes…
Where do I even begin? How do I even express all the emotional turmoil currently raging inside of me? Aside from still drying my tears, I’m suffering from the most epic of book hangovers. Not sure how long it will take to get over this one.
Here’s one thing I know for sure: these authors did so much more than just write a really epic romance book. And the love between these characters IS epic. They did justice to the harsh reality of military life, especially those who suffer from the horror that is PTSD and the helpless significant others that suffer along with them. This story is like a candle held in solidarity for every soldier, former and current and yet to be born. There’s still so much of the story I have yet to wrap my head around, specifically when it comes to Katy. Words can not express the love I feel in my heart for this fictional character that represents so many women and men who have tried SO HARD to come home and be the husband, wife, mother, father that they were before they left. What an impossibility and unfair expectation. And what I think these two authors do best, is illustrate exactly what that transformation from soldier back to civilian/wife/mother can look like, and how it has the power to destroy everything in its wake. Even love. They’ve also given that transformation the power to allow someone to begin again. And in it’s not pretty or glamorous. It’s ugly and devastating and real.
With grace, respect, honor, and homage, Stewart and Orgeron deliver one of the best books I’ve read in 2018. Truth be told, I couldn’t decide how I wanted the story to end. There are so many conflicting emotions surrounding the end of this book. Thank God I didn’t have a choice in the matter, I was just along for the ride.
Louisa’s 5 Forever Blush Review
This book is one of those books that we will be talking about for years to come. The book who’s characters seep into your soul, the book you had to put down because it hurt too much to read on, the book you put down because you didn’t ever want it to end and the book you just couldn’t put down. This is an EPIC book. An epic love story.
Many will look at this as just another “love triangle” book but this book is so much more than just that. The circumstances that bring Katy and Briggs together is something that no person should ever endure. The sacrifices that our military personnel is dealing with every day, changes who they are. This may be a fictional story but their story is played out daily for many soldiers. Having to see the atrocities of war will change a person, the situation in which these two are put in, you can’t fault them for the bond in which the form. Coming home is just so hard, coming back and being the wife/mother/sister/daughter or father/husband/brother/son is heartbreaking. But on the flip side, Gavin, this loving, sweet, honorable husband just wants his wife back and nothing he does is helping, often making it worse. PTSD is a real thing people, not just something these authors made up, they show us the side of PTSD that often has our returning soldiers ending their lives. It’s hard to read but it’s opened my eyes to respect our servicemen and women more than I already do.
This is absolutely one of my favorites of 2018. For the angst loving reader in all of us, this is the book for you. I, like many others, still don’t know what I feel about the ending, this will be debated for years to come.
Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart – I applaud you, this book is perfection.
Abby’s 5 Blush Review
Tera’s 5 Blush Up All Night Review
I’m going to start this review by simply stating this is easily a top read of 2018. If you only read one book this entire year, make it this one. Everyone needs to see the reality of everyday military life for men and women alike and this book, although a work of fiction, is every bit that reality. And the sad part is, many military lives are worse. This book is devastatingly honest. Real. Heartbreaking. Healing. This book is simply perfection playing on every single emotion.
The book starts out depicting Katy leaving her husband and son as she has been deployed to Baghdad. The fact that the book is centered around a woman making the decision to enlist (re-enlist in Katy’s case) already added a very unique change to the story. I also felt it said a lot about Katy’s character. Her husband, Gavin, is a Captain and a very sweet, strong and doting military husband. The war, however, changed Katy. As it so often does to those who are deployed in the military.
We meet Briggs in Iraq. He is the cocky, sexy, funny guy of the group. He keeps the mood light when there is very little to be joyful about. But much like Katy, this war changes Briggs. Katy changes Briggs. Briggs changes Katy. And Gavin was given back a mere shell of the wife that left him to do her duty.
The damaged Briggs and Katy hurt me. The heartbroken Gavin and their son, Noah, hurt me. The healing that slowly builds throughout the book hurt me. But there is still some light that shines through every one of these characters. I cried. I smiled. I was given the freedom to read this book and stay up way too late reading it thanks to those who serve in our military paying that ultimate price for my freedom.
I know some people aren’t sure how they feel about the ending, but what I will say is this. No matter how it ended, it probably would still be true and real and perfect. Because coming home from the kind of nightmares written in this book would never be easy for anyone involved. Not those who served. Not those family members dealing with the effects of PTSD. No matter the ending, peace can be found. And I truly believe that.
Heather Orgeron and Kate Stewart… very well done.
Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn’t know was that I was breaking mine too.
I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .
Before the war.
Before the ambush.
But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.
The truth is I’m lost without you.
I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .
All my love,
About the Author:
Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.
A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.
Contact Kate- Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org