War Poppy by Nicole Lynn (Stevie J. Cole & LP Lovell) ~ Live & Review & Giveaway!

Also in this series: War Hope (War, #2)
War Poppy by Nicole Lynn (Stevie J. Cole & LP Lovell) ~ Live & Review & Giveaway!Also by this author: High, Darkest Before Dawn
War Poppy (War, #1) by L.P. Lovell, Stevie J. Cole
ASIN: B01N911P2A
Published by Indie on February 6, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Military, Romance
Pages: 286
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Poppy

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.

Brandon

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.

 

 

Review:

I’m not even sure how to explain how much this book wrecked me. I knew from the blurb that it would be emotional but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. This book chewed me up and spit me back out. IT COMPLETELY WRECKED ME and we all know that sometimes those are the best kinds of books.

Poppy just lost her husband, Connor to the war. On top of that, she’s lost her best friend right along with it. Brandon is her best friend and fought beside Connor during the war. The three of them grew up together and they couldn’t get any closer to each other. They’ve always relied on each other and now Connor is gone and no one can find Brandon.

As Poppy seeks to make sense of what happen and to find comfort, she packs up and chases after Brandon. She finds him drowning in whisky and fighting. He’s not the man he used to be. There is darkness swimming around his eyes and he’s a shell of the fun hearted man he once was. But she knows that she needs him just as much as he needs her so she sticks to it. Refusing to leaving and forcing Brandon to accept her comfort. Will the two of them be able to mend and live past this horrific tragedy or will the darkness grab hold and destroy them both?

These two are so broken. The path that they are both on it not healthy and it’s full of darkness and heartbreak. Yet, they need each other. The two of them were made to protect and love one other.

“The broken taking care of the broken. What a pitiful mess we are.”

 

Brandon is battling with memories of the war and the death of his best friend. He’s now full of anger and this building darkness that he can’t seem to control. The fighting helps a little to edge it but it never goes away. That is until Poppy came back into his life. There’s just a sense of peace that she brings to him but it doesn’t ever seem to be enough. He’s in denial about the lingering effects the war has on him.
“I’m already trapped in my own personal war and I need her beside me, not standing across the battle lines from me.”

Here’s the biggest thing from this story…It’s so freaking RAW and REAL. Unfortunately there are way too many people that are going through exactly what Poppy and Brandon went through. The pain. The anger. The Heartbreak. The hopelessness. My heart bleed the entire time. I think it was around 24% when I just new I would be wrecked. From that moment on, their pain, anger, etc became mine and I was sucked up into the darkness with them. The power of their story is consuming.

There is no way I can express how much I loved this book. It will be painful. It will make even the hard ones like me weep. But most importantly, it focuses on issues that are raw and a reality in our world and I hope it continues to shine importance on them. Fantastic job to both authors, this will go down as a top read for me for the year.

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Book 2, War Hope is releasing May 2, 2017

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About L.P. Lovell

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.

About Stevie J. Cole

Stevie J. Cole is a secret rock star. Sex, drugs and, oh wait, no, just sex. She’s a whore for a British accent and has an unhealthy obsession with Russell Brand. She and LP Lovell plan to elope in Vegas and breed the world’s most epic child.

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