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
Five Star Reveiw by Ashley
I have been toiling over what to say in this review and I'm still at a loss. My head, my heart, my eyeballs still haven't recovered from what A Lover's Lament put me through. KL Grayson and BT Urruela blew this out of the water. Their writing flowed seamlessly and constantly kept me on my toes. To say I loved this book just isn't enough to convey everything that it encompasses. The emotions started on the first page and intensified and changed throughout. BUT through all of the heartbreak and pain there was hope, forgiveness and love.
I loved the dual POV. Getting to hear both of the main characters voices really helped me to connect with them. I think it was vital here since for most of the book, they spend their time apart. Katie, my heart broke for her. With her. I felt her loss, I felt her anger, her guilt, her pain and her numbness. I loved that she was given and outlet and through it she found a piece of herself that had been missing for years. She found her voice, her heart, her hope. She found Devin.
Devin, oh Devin. I loved this man, LOVED him. His integrity, his loyalty, his dedication, his mind, his humor and his perspective. How he was stunned stupid by Katie's letter, how he gave her the gentle nudge she needed to move toward the path of forgiveness, of healing. His words had the power to change her life and he didn't take that lightly. He made her think made him feel. And with that feeling came the fear. He knew what he was up against in a war zone but once Katie came writing her way back into his life he had one more thing to fight for.
The trials Katie and Devin have both been through are enough to bring anyone to their knees but somehow they found a way to keep fighting. I really enjoyed the progression of their relationship. From strangers with baggage to friends seeking forgiveness to lovers finding happiness. There is no way around it, Devin and Katie's journey there was hard work and their joy was so much fuller because of it.
WOW! There was more than one heart pounding moment that left me wide eyed. I felt like had been slapped across the face, kicked in the gut and left on the ground trying to catch my breath. I was there living in the unknown right along with Katie. Feeling her desperation and Devin's at needing some sort of connection to what was going on. The pain was real, the helplessness was real. But that ending, filled my heart to overflowing. Urruela and Grayson's words moved me in a profound way. Thank you for making it raw, for giving their love the justice it deserved. There really are no words, honestly, no words to describe the love I have for A Lover's Lament. Beautiful, heartbreaking, soul searing, powerful, emotional, all consuming. Just read it you won't be disappointed (and have your tissues at the ready)
About the Authors
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. 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.
Taylor Urruela was an infantryman in the US Army from August 2004 until February 2011. At the end of a year long tour in Baghdad, IQ, 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 the Purple Heart for his wounds, an Army Commendation Medal and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He medically retired from the Army in 2011 and moved to Tampa, FL where he currently works as a Director and Brand Ambassador of VETSports, a veteran community sports nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. He also conducts speaking engagements and he’s a personal trainer for Tampa Sports Academy.