Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Heather Long

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by Heather Long
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (70 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Aster

Have you ever woken up every day afraid of everything?

For single mom and widow Melody Carter, six months passed since an IED ripped her life apart. Everyone is sympathetic and offers platitudes of comfort and support. Everyone thinks they know why she’s grieving, but Melody isn’t mourning her broken heart. She’s ashamed to be grateful her abusive husband won’t hurt her anymore and scared for her child. Born with a mild heart defect, her daughter needs lifesaving surgery and with her funds tight and her emotional scars tighter, she’s running out of options. When she receives an offer for assistance from Mike’s Place, can Melody put her faith in the men her husband called friend?

Have you ever woken up, day after day, to discover your body’s betrayal?

Marine Captain, Joe Anderson Cooper, received the Silver Star for Valor when he led his unit through heavy fire to rescue fellow Marines. Despite numerous injuries, the Captain refused medical aid, insisting that the medics attend others. A broken back and shattered bones put Captain Cooper in a wheelchair and every day is a battle to keep his recovery on track and his sanity intact. When a single mom moves in to the apartment next door to his and he recognizes kindred—damaged—soul, can he overcome her fear and be the man she’s always needed?

Can these two lonely souls rise to the challenge or will their scars trap them forever?

When life seems to be at its lowest, opportunity can present itself in the most unexpected ways.

Captain Joe Cooper is a true Marine hero. Injured while attempting to save other members of his unit under attack, he is relegated to a wheel chair until his back and leg have the chance to heal. Though he hates the idea of the chair, it’s literally the vehicle that brings his true love into his life.

Melody Carter is a Marine widow struggling with a sickly baby. Alone in every respect, she is exhausted from carrying the burden of the emotional and physical efforts since her husband’s death-and before. When Joe offered his help, her initial reaction was fear, but the combination of his wheelchair and her gut instinct told her he was trustworthy, and she allowed herself to finally lean on someone.

This is a beautiful story of love and redemption. Each character has suffered through their own trials and tribulations, but has persevered and eventually found a match in the other. I love that most of the story is told from Joe’s point of view, since most romance novels focus predominantly on the woman. We do, however, get a good deal of Melody’s viewpoint, so it’s easy to connect to each of them.

Joe had my heart from the start; a man battling back from injury and determined not to give up. Melody is an outstanding character as well; despite being battered and put down, she refuses to submit and is resigned to doing whatever it takes to care for her ill child. We even get to meet Joe’s mom, who is a woman we’d all be lucky to have in our lives-smart, strong and nurturing.

I do wish we had a little more time with the two once their relationship grew, but considering their emotional states, it really was for the best they waited. The slow build up between these two was perfect and natural. Since both were dealing with their share of challenges, it was wonderful to see that neither looked to the other to “fix” things. They first developed a beautiful friendship, although the attraction and love was brewing under the surface.

Those familiar with the rest of Ms. Long’s Always a Marine series will recognize some other familiar names in the course of the story, and it’s fun to see how they can all interact. This book is great not only for the fans of Ms. Long, but for anyone looking for true friendship and love.

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