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"Grayson and Urruela have created something so deeply integrated with emotion that it's literally dripping from each word." - Harper Sloan, NYT Bestselling Author
"KL Grayson and BT Urruela have joined forces and delivered a tear-inducing masterpiece. Between the anguish, heroics, and the beautiful writing, you will be falling in love with Devin and Katie on their path to fate." - Three Girls and a Book Obsession
"Gritty and sexy, the two authors balanced each other's styles in this steamy contemporary romance." - USA Today Bestselling Author, Renee Carlino
About the Author
KL Grayson is a USA Today bestselling author. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.
BT Urruela is a USA Today bestselling author, who was recently on the FOX hit reality series COUPLED. He was an infantryman in the US Army for six and a half years. At the end of a year long tour in Baghdad, Iraq, his vehicle was hit by two roadside bombs, which took his right leg below the knee and the life of his commander. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his wounds, and also received a Combat Infantryman's Badge. He works as a Director and Brand Ambassador for VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012.
- File size : 1160 KB
- Publication date : October 6, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 387 pages
- Publisher : K.L. Grayson, INC (October 6, 2015)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B014FVO6LS
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1633921026
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,330 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is filled with raw emotion. There was no holding back when writing what the characters were feeling. The way in which the characters expressed themselves was gut wrenching. Their emotions jumped right off the page and pierced you through the heart. At times, I felt like I was intruding on something very personal. Then reminded myself this is fiction, keep reading.
Katie and Devin were childhood best friends who became lovers. Before they were able to explore their feelings, they were torn apart by a situation that was beyond their control. For ten years they merely existed until fate and a family tragedy brought them back into each other’s lives.
This story is written in Katie and Devin’s point of view. Katie’s point of view was filled with so much emotion. This girl really got to me. I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything was going to be okay. She is the type of heroine I like in my books. She was strong but also had a vulnerable side. The best way to describe her is that she is like a phoenix. Despite all the disappointment and heartbreak life threw at her, she always came out on top.
Where Katie was the emotional one, Devin was the one who was grounded. It was his experiences in life and in the military and how he coped with them that made him the best person to help Katie. The characteristic that I felt helped the most was his honesty. It allowed him to show her empathy when she needed it the most and show her the love that she deserved when she was ready for it. Beautiful.
With BT as co-author, it was no surprise that the portions of the book that described Devin’s experiences in the sandbox were written in great detail. It added to the raw honesty of the book. It gave the reader a glimpse of what our soldiers overseas must do to make their situations bearable. The loss of life they must quickly come to grips with in order to carry out their orders. If you didn’t have an appreciation for our military before you will after reading this book and if you already did, it will just deepen that appreciation. Much respect goes out to all those that serve.
This story is a heart-felt at times gut wrenching love story that will have you feeling for these characters from the prologue to the last chapter. This was a collaboration made in heaven. I hope to see more from KL and BT.
Devin Clay gets one hell of a surprise when he receives a letter from someone he never thought he’d hear from again. His shock morphs into empathy and concern when he realizes the severity of Katie’s pain and suffering. He never got over his guilt after leaving without saying goodbye when he had to move away with his mother years ago and resolves to help Katie as much as possible even though they’re separated by thousands of miles.
Katie’s anger with both the past and the present diminishes a bit with each interaction with Devin. The handwritten letters soon turn into frequent email messages and phone calls as the pair slowly repairs their broken bond. The flame that once burned brightly between them flickers to life again and steadily grows as feelings they thought were deeply buried rise to the surface.
When an unexpected event brings Devin stateside sooner than anticipated, he and Katie jump at the chance to spend time together. They spend his few days of leave together, forging a new bond that puts the old one to shame. For the first time in years, both of them have positive outlooks with regard to their futures. They shift into countdown mode and make plans for when Devin’s enlistment ends. Everything is right on track until Katie receives a life-changing phone call that threatens their new future together. Only time will tell if their love is enough to conquer life’s latest obstacle.
This is a poignant and beautifully written story of redemption and second chances. The writing is solid and flawless, with enough narration and natural dialogue to whisk you right into each scene. I lost count of how many times I teared up during pivotal moments, and I cried hard enough to alarm my husband during a particularly dramatic one. This is irrefutable proof of the power and emotion of this book’s storyline. I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to get to the end, and when I got there, a bit of sadness washed over me because I selfishly wanted to read more about these wonderful characters. Again, this is a nod to the authors’ talent. If they ever collaborate on another novel, I’ll gladly read it!
Top reviews from other countries
I loved Katie and Devin, they were just so right for each other, both making some very wrong decision n their lives although not at the same time.
We meet them briefly as 18 year old sweethearts, with both their lives about to change forever.
We meet back up with them 10 years later, when Katie wakes up from a fatal accident, she survives but finds out she lost her papa. A very heartbreaking time.
So her therapist encourages to write as penpals to a serving soldier.
Fate put Dev's name on that list and Katie is thrown into turmoil, she still carries a torch for him, but he walked away 10 years earlier and she had not heard from him once.
She takes time to work out her true feelings whilst grieving her dad, but she is a very angry lady holding onto so much hate.
Her first letter hers her Soldier everything she has been holding onto for 10 years, just wanting closure, when she gets a heck of a lot more than she bargained for. I loved watching her grow and open herself up to the new feelings she is having. Including taking back her life, she has been in a state of unfeeling, blocking everything out.
We re-meet Devin, as a Soldier and learn that he made a huge mistake 10 years earlier, we learn about the man he grew up to be. Still sensitive but hardened up to the hurt from his Mom, and what he has witnessed at war.
He replied to Katie, and you begin to see them both beginning to live again, breaking down walls as they work through 10 years of the hate, love ad hardships they have both endured.
I loved how they both tried to keep things as neutral as they could, even though they both failed!
The heart knows who and what it wants. You just have to give into its demands and go with it. I am so glad they both took a chance.
Their love had been put away, only temporarily, but when they both opened back up - Awe it was truly beautiful - there was collateral damage, but true love always wins out.
I really loved Maggie, she was a real hoot and so glad Dev had Nav in his life, such good friends.
This was a really happy to goodness love story, based on real life and real life situations, we get to understand life as a deployed Soldier a little, that is a hard life and full RESPECT to all serving personnel. I am affiliated with sending Morale boxes to men and women serving our Country, actually I have supported/adopted US and UK soldiers. I love sending 'Hugs' to the guys, letting them know they are thought about by people other than their friends and families. Sorry I digressed....
This was a roller coaster, my emotions were all over the place and you both bashed my heart open, but you did put it back together, piece by piece.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Goodness knows how hard it was to write. I am really glad you collaborated ! We got two very different versions of their truths.
Katie is a woman who has dealt with heartbreak in her 27 years of life. She is selfless, emotional and warm-hearted. The grief that Katie goes through is heart-wrenching and I could feel her pain as well as her anger. How would you cope knowing the one man who loved you unconditionally is gone? Her journey throughout the process was wonderful to read, but also lightened your heart and wanted her to have the best in life! She deserved the man of her dreams, but does she get him? You have to read to find out!
Devin (love his name) is a young man who has seen things no young child and young man should ever see. Even after all of his horrors, he is a strong, kind and dedicated man, and he carries these features through to his army persona. Reading about his time in the army really put it into perspective, as BT and KL wrote those scenes in such a realistic and enlightening way that makes you wish that no-one had to fight in it. I cried over the scenes that were written, and that made the book even more memorable and the forever kind of book.
This book was written wonderfully, made me continue reading no matter what and will stay with me. I will be recommending this book to anyone and everyone as needs to read this book. BT's debut as an author is amazing and I cannot wait to read more from him. KL has such a beautiful writing style that keeps you engaged and transport you into the book. This book deserved more than 5 stars and I will be raving for a while about A Lover's Lament!
What Urruela and Grayson has produced together is story so full of emotion it pulls you in from the start and refuses to release you from its grasp. You wouldn't have guessed that 2 authors wrote this. It was blended perfectly.
Being a military wife, I connected with Katie a lot and understood all the anguish and worry she had during Devin's deployment. The letters, emails and phone calls (no matter how short) were the most anticipated, beautiful and lifesaving things to happen and I seen myself reflecting on the time my husband was deployed and how much I looked forward to them. They made me smile, laugh and cry.
A truly beautiful story of love, loss, hope and everything happens for a reason. A brilliantly written story that will knock you on your ass and leave you in tears but so, so happy at the same time.
Katie and Devin were childhood sweethearts then they separated and never saw each other for years.
Devin became a Soilder and Katie got back in touch with him. Under some extreme circumstances, they found each other again.
Anyway they've never stopped loving each other and anyone could tell the feelings they had were still as strong.
There relationship really moved me. It showed real love can stand the test of time.
Some of Devins parts really got to me, they were so real the way they were written was brutally honest and I felt we got an insight to what a Soilders life is really like. It's ugly and hard. The bonds these guys forge is real and strong. They are a family.
I loved the interaction, how they try to keep each other's spirts up, under the worst of situations.
This book will stay with me, it's emotionally charged and even though there are some tragedies, War isn't pretty let's be honest. There's also humour and beauty too.
I just love Katie and Devin they are just perfect for each other.
I loved this book so much. I'd recommend anyone to give this Story a try. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did.