Harlequin SuperRomance, May 3 2011, $5.50
After losing much of his leg in a combat incident that left his best friend who was his then fiancée’s sibling Freddie dead in Iraq, Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Bruce Calhoun ended his engagement to Navy Chief Petty Officer Mitzi Zahn. They needed each other while grieving, but he shut her out.
To his chagrin, he and Mitzi work in the same Navy/Marine Corps recruiting station. He still loves her, but she has not forgiven him for dumping her over a year ago when she needed his comfort and felt deeply he needed hers too. Worse, his Mitzi is seeing Army First sergeant Daniel Estrada who is a nice guy.
This In Uniform contemporary romance is a great insightful look at severely injured military failing to adjust to physical and emotional changes as they “recover” at home. The emotional plight of Gunny Bruce is brilliantly rendered as he has three strikes (his loss of his BFF, his loss of his leg, and his loss of his woman); while Mitzi also struggles with multiple losses. Readers will relish this engaging profound tale of a wounded warrior’s mental struggles to regain his self sense of worth as with his leg went his esteem.