Guest Review: Bronze Star (Veteran Affairs #3) by A.E. Wasp

Chris Dobbs is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants now is his boss.
Everything about the dangerously handsome enigmatic older man drives him to his knees in more ways than one, ways Chris is realizing he’s always craved.

Giving Jay-Cee his body is as simple as breathing, but when Chris smashes through all of Jay-Cee’s hard earned control, he learns Jay-Cee demands more than just his obedience. He wants things Chris can’t give him - his heart, his soul, and his trust.

Jay-Cee offered his brilliant young protégé everything. In return, Chris took only the pieces he wanted and rejected the rest, leaving Jay-Cee reeling.

But the deep connection between them isn’t easily severed, and it promises to heal them both of the scars of their pasts. If they are to build a sanctuary from the rubble of their broken hearts, they’re going to have to risk everything.

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Jay-Cee is an artist, sculptor and safe place for young, messed up fellow veterans to get into their art and rehabilitate somewhat. One of his ‘boys’ is Chris. A very talented artist to whom Jay-Cee is constantly fighting his attraction. He’s too old for Chris. Too jaded and far to stuck inside his own head. Chris on the other-hand knows none of these limits, and is determined to make Jay-Cee notice him.

Their first kiss sets the stage for some angst ridden sexual encounters of the Dom-sub kind. Chris is just what Jay-Cee has always wanted, but he’s not sure if he can ever let it happen for real. Just the one night then. (The reader muffles a sarcastic giggle at that.) These guys are no more a one night stand than they are sweet veterans who have no scars of war.

There follows a tumultuous affair of emotional highs and devastating lows, both men have to admit their mistakes and let the other in. It was an emotional and absorbing tale that had me almost breathless at the passion and pain in both characters. As an aside, I loved that both men were charmingly well read, and often quoted books or poetry to each other.

The story draws to a close with Jay-Cee making a cross country flight to his sick father’s bedside at just the wrong moment for him and Chris. When Chris follows and they discover very similar upbringings in very close proximity the exchanges are fascinating.

I particularly enjoyed the input from our guy’s friends, and my absolute favourite character, Jay-Cee’s aunt. She’s completely fabulous!

A E Wasp isn’t a new author to me, but this is the first Veterans Affair novel I’ve read, and I will almost certainly go looking for Paper Hearts and Paper Roses to get a better look at Benny and Mikey’s story.

Highly recommended!

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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