Thursday, November 8, 2018

5 STAR BUDDY REVIEW - Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M Orgeron & Kate Stewart

Title: Heartbreak Warfare
Authors: Heather M. Orgeron & Kate Stewart
Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
Release Date: November 2, 2018


Remember when I said we couldn’t speak after parting ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn't know was that I was breaking mine too.

I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .

Before the war.
Before the ambush.
Before you.

But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.

The truth is I’m lost without you.

I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .

All my love,

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Here is the convo M & I had while reading Hearbreak Warfare!

MON 5:19 PM
M-We are screwed. This is going to brutal like BRUTAL
J-Omggggg I’m fucking scared. I’m about to start!!!!
M-Like seriously, I might have  to take a break after this
J-Like you think hangover?
Take a break of what lol
From reading
M-Yeah hangover
J-Omg from reading anything?!
J-You’re fucking scaring me lol
M-Like for at least a day or so
I know. I'm scaring myself
Did you start dickhead
J-Not yet lol I’m gonna once the kids sleep
M-Damn you
J-Sean’s watching basketball!!!! So I’ll be able to read after we eat
MON 8:20 PM
M-I'm telling you this is going to be a rough one
This is going to be like * maybe even worse.
I'm telling you this is going to be bad
M-I don't know yet. Think of how * was.
I just think this is going to kill us. I mean at 17 % I was like nooooo
J-Fuckkkk why omg ok

MON 9:37 PM
J-I’m team Briggs

TUE 12:55 AM
J-This book is fucking heartbreaking
I’ve been sobbing the whole time.
Ugh I’m going to bed 34%

TUE 6:41 AM
M-I have to catch up. I know me too but I feel like she's going to wind up with * cause he's great too.

TUE 7:44 AM
J-Have you cried
I never cry
You have right?
You need to take a pic for our review lol
J-Ugh yes I was sobbing last night
I honestly almost stopped 3 times
It was so horrible
When *
You clearly have no fucking heart
It was fucking brutal
M-I know lol
It takes A Lot to make me cry
J-I kept looking at sean like omg I can’t do this
I know this is going to kill us
J-Oh a brutal kidnappjng torture sesh doesn’t do it for you
J-But fucking fairies do the job

TUE 9:03 AM
J-This is hard
Like no matter what happens it’s going to be sad and tragic. Like fuck.

TUE 1:19 PM
J-Idk if I can do this
Like it’s too heartbreaking
I’m a sobbing fucking mess

TUE 7:37 PM
I'm finishing it
J-Lol same
What percent
M-Omg omg
J-I’m at 80
M-Omg Jill Omg
M-I am bugging the fuck out right now
I can't
J-How do you not cry. I’m ducking crying again
I can’t stop fucking crying
M-I finished
J-I’m at 88.
Don’t go to bed yet

Tue 9:05 PM
M- I know
J-I’m literally sobbing
Like for real
M-I know you are take a pic damnit
J-No fuck that
You live to embarrass me

TUE 9:20 PM
J-Just finished
That was the best book I read all year
And easily a top fav
I can’t
M-I know it was incredible


J's Review

“She’s the type of woman who puts family and country first, the kind that, if you’re lucky enough to find, you marry.”

I’ve been sitting here for about 30 minutes trying to start this review and accurately describe how much I love this story. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is literally NO WAY to do that. Nothing I say could ever even come close to doing this book the justice it deserves, but I’ll try to do my best…

Heartbreak Warfare takes you on the very heartbreaking, emotional journey of US Army Soldiers whose lives are forever altered when 2 of them are deployed and then held captive. 

I honestly am at a true loss of words.  This book is everything. I honestly loved it as much as I hated it for the pain it put me through.  There were many times in this book where I put it down and just told myself “I’m done.  I can’t take this hurt anymore.”  But I took a breather and went right back to it. 

I seriously think both Heather and Kate spoke to each other and were like okay let’s write a book that will literally destroy every single soul that reads it.  PERIOD. Then they went on to write and publish Heartbreak Warfare

This story mainly follows Staff Sergeant Kathryn Scott -formally known as Scottie to fellow soldiers- as she takes on leaving her 6-year-old son, and Army Captain husband to embark on a 12-month long deployment to Iraq.  Once on base Scottie and her best friend Corporal Mullins meet Sargent Briggs and his friends.  They quickly become fast friends enjoying each other’s company, except for Briggs and Scottie.  Off the bat there is tension there.  Briggs is super flirty, and just an all-around funny guy.  He is the guy that keeps everyone in high spirits and though Scottie tries her hardest to not succumb to his playful ways, she can’t help but like him.  She makes it known she is happily married and loves her family very much. From the start though, there was an attraction there, though Scottie would have never acted on it.

*At this point in the story I’m honestly just thinking that it is going to be a love triangle.  I mean Briggs is sexy AF and Scottie is deployed for 12 LONG months…. I, in no way, shape, or form ever could have been prepared for the completely devastating story this one would turn out to be. *

Briggs convinces Scottie to go on a trip with him and his fellow soldiers.  Being so excited to leave the base for a while, she makes her bestie go with her, and they all go excited to explore for the day.  The actions that take place from this point – about 10-15% into the book- until the very last chapter are seriously some of the hardest, most devastating things I’ve ever read.  Their Humvee winds up being ambushed, and Briggs, Scottie, and Mullens are taken captive.  The torture they are dealt, and just the things they had to endure would break anyone’s spirit.  While being held captive together, Scottie and Briggs become closer than ever.  They form a bond that they never necessarily wanted to form, but one that is there no less.  It’s a bond that could never be broken.  A bond that was created through turmoil yet survived it.  It is a bond so strong that normally forms for people whose souls are meant to be together, and it wasn’t even intentional. 

After being rescued both Scottie and Briggs are forced to leave each-other going back to their lives forever changed.  The thing is, after being held captive together, they became each other’s comfort place, and now going back home, they’re both leaving their comfort zone.
Two soldiers that are changed forever, that created this beautiful bond out of such horrible circumstances, who can’t even comfort each other because one is married with a family.   

I seriously can’t even explain what this book did to me.  I cried for 90% of this book.  Sobbing hysterically for these characters, for their heartbreak and for my own heartbreaking having to witness it all.  In simple terms Heartbreak Warfare is devastating.  It is emotional.  It is agony.  It is complete despair.  The truth is, this story is tragic no matter what.  Yes, there is an HEA, but still on all counts it was just tragically heartbreaking.  This is absolutely my number one book of 2018.  Yes, I am aware that the year is not over, but honestly nothing could ever come close to this book, not by a long shot.  I will go further and say that Heartbreak Warfare is my favorite indie published romance book EVER.  PERIOD.  This book was just a story that everyone should read, unless it hits too close to home, which in that case just stay away.  I have to say, I am in no way affiliate with the military.  This book has shed light on what soldiers, and the families of these brave, brave soldiers must endure, and I have a whole newfound respect for everyone that is affiliated with the US Military.  Seriously, whether you are an active soldier, or retired, or just a family member of one – I salute you, and I feel for you. 

If the things in this book is not a hard limit for you, please just do yourself a favor.  Get some tissues, preferably a whole box, and just immerse yourself in this tragic love story.  I promise you, you will love it. 

Heather and Kate, you brilliant writers you… It goes without saying you both have a forever fan in me.  But seriously, never write a book together again, I don’t think what’s left of my heart could handle it.    

M's Review

I finished this book last night and I just know this book is going to stay with me for a while. This is probably the most emotionally draining book J and I have ever buddy read together. I mean this in the best way possible. I mean the majority of our conversation consisted of "OMG" and "I just can't do this". There were times where I just had to stop reading (even though I didn't want to) and just take a break. I literally had to do it for my own sanity.

I honestly had no idea what the h&ll I was in for. I read the synopsis and knew it was a love triangle but had no clue as to how heartbreaking this book would be.
Katy, wife to Gavin, and mother to Noah is being deployed as a medic. Her husband is a Captain in the military so this is basically a military family through and through. Overseas she meets Chris Briggs and a healthy flirtation ensues.

"I'm going to kick his ass," he says then slides in his mouth guard, extends a glove toward me, and muffles out, "For you."

You can clearly see the struggle both Briggs and Katy have in trying to keep their relationship platonic.

"Please believe me-I only came to apologize. I was out of line back there. A total fuc&%ng a&%hole. I'm trying hard with you." 

They experience things together that forces an untouchable bond to form.

It's now, I know that the battles I've just fought are behind me, but the war isn't over. Far from it. 

I can't tell you how many times I flipped sides in this book. I went from Team Briggs to Team Gavin over and over again and would have bet money that this book would have ended differently. Ultimately, I truly believe it ended the way it needed to, the ending stayed true to the characters and that epilogue made me so happy!

“I need you to break my heart,” she declares, wringing her hands nervously. “Give me a reason to hate you, because wanting you this way is…it’s ruining me. It’s ruining my life.”

She is dead serious.

Lifting her chin, as if ready to take a blow, her turbulent eyes implore mine. “Tell me about them. Tell me about all of the women you’ve been with since Germany.”

“No.” I shake my head. “Hell no.”

“Oh, please, Briggs. How long did you wait? A few days?” She laughs sarcastically. “I bet you didn’t even make it a day.”

She’s coming out guns blazing, and I can see it’s physically killing her to do it.

“Are we playing the guessing game? Do I get to ask how many times you’ve fucked your husband?”

“Sure,” she says with a shrug. “We’ll trade. You go first.”

She’s bluffing, and I’m calling her on it.

“Don’t do this, Scottie. You don’t really want to hear about that.”

“Humor me, Briggs.” Her eyes plead with mine. “I need to hear this.”

“Fine. You want the truth?”

She nods.

“Complete honesty?”

Again, she bobs her head.

She stands stock-still as I pace the small room, feeling the blood begin to boil beneath my overheated skin.

Fuck it.

I stalk back toward her, stopping inches away. “You really want to know that there have been so many that I’ve lost count? How they’re all blondes with blue eyes? But the blue, it’s never right, and their smiles—all wrong.”

She swats at the fresh tears that trail down her cheeks as her lips begin to tremble. Reaching out, she places a hand on my chest, and I know that she must feel the way my heart is pounding against my rib cage, reaching for her. Always reaching for her.

I jerk myself away and brand that touch to memory.

In about forty-five seconds, my heart is going to implode. I start ticking them down.

“You want me to tell you all about how I have to drink myself stupid, till their faces blur enough that I can pretend…” I pause running a hand down my face. “So that I can pretend they’re you? You want to know how fucking miserable I am? How when I slide between their legs, I close my eyes, and it’s your face I see? How I’m always careful not to kiss them because their lips are all wrong. How every time I finish I want to fucking kill myself, because I can’t stand the pain of wanting the one woman I can never have.”

Thirty seconds.

 “Is that enough?” Her eyes snap to mine. “Hate me yet?”

Face crumbling, she gasps out a sob, wrapping her arms around her shoulders.

“Come on, Scottie. Let’s not kid ourselves. I’m still the same prick you hated when we met. Nothing’s changed. I think we’ve romanticized this situation long enough, don’t you?”

Taking another step away from her, I tilt my head. “You’re a housewife,” I say snidely. “Someone else’s wife and I’m a career soldier. This isn’t exactly ideal.”

She flinches visibly, and my heart bottoms out.


I cut my hand through the air. “At the end of the day, this was nothing but a big mistake. And we never would have happened if—”

“Stop,” she cries out painfully, “stop, I’m good,” she whispers before rocketing toward the door just as I reach for her, my fingers curling in the space she just left. Handle in hand, she looks back at me with the sweep of her eyes until they meet mine. That’s how we started, and it’s only fitting it’s how we should end. For the moment, we’re right back there in the place we created, where we are perfect. Where our souls line up without any visible smudge on the seams. In a place where there is still so much love, so much that I can’t stop the tear that slides out before batting it away with the back of my hand.

An identical tear runs down her cheek. “Thank you.”

Three. Two. One.

Heather M. Orgeron

Heather M. Orgeron is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower(aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.

Kate Stewart

A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader.

Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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