Monday, February 6, 2017

Release Blitz ~ #Review ~ War Poppy by Stevie J. Cole & LP Lovell writing as Nicole Lynne

Title: War Poppy
Series: War #1
Author: Stevie J. Cole & LP Lovell
writing as Nicole Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 6, 2017



Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.


War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve.

I shouldn't love him.

I shouldn't love her.

Love is a war we never should have fought.

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5 Stars

Every so often there is a book that reaches inside of you and imprints itself on your soul, this is one of them. War Poppy isn't a light and easy read. It was intense and complex, much like its characters. War changes people, those who fight in it and those effected by it. Some never truly leave. Within this story we see two people battling for a new normal while wading through grief and guilt.
Forever changed by his experiences, Brandon was a broken man. Day in and day out, battling the demons that accompany war and trauma. His struggle was real and painful. Poppy was fiercely loyal and determined. While she may be a bit broken herself, she pushed forward, refusing to give up or let go. My heart broke for these two, desperately trying to claw their way back to happiness and love.
War Poppy was filled with so much dark and even darker with little patches of light scattered throughout. The whole book was emotional, devastating at times. Even the good times were tough because they were surrounded by so much pain and heartache. Those glimpses of light and color were so hard fought for, yet in some ways, not quite enough.
This book was profound and elicited a range of emotions from me. I was weeping and clutching my chest at times, while also feeling hopeful and smiling at the love and connection between these two. I found myself lost in the journey of these tragically beautiful characters. The impact of this story is something that will stay with me.

Book 2, War Hope is releasing May 2, 2017


Stevie J. Cole

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!

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LP Lovell

Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England.

She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.

She's a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.

LP loves to hear from readers so please get in touch.

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