Title: Battle Born (Robbie & Sam)
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 180 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Three years after running from Thornwood, Colorado, to join the Army, Daniel Messana is no closer to figuring out who he is or what he wants out of life. Now that he’s home, his constant companions are loneliness, PTSD, and guilt over the way he mistreated one of his brothers and abandoned the other.
Franklin Cooper, or Coop, enlisted at eighteen and loved every minute he spent in the Army—until an IED in Afghanistan took his sight. Now he’s home and, with his service dog by his side, ready to regain his independence. The trouble is no one will let him do anything for himself. He’s drowning beneath his family’s oppressive love, and his only respite is the time he’s allowed to spend at the on-base pizza place once a week. That’s where he meets Daniel, and those afternoons become even more special. But both men have a lot to work through before they can take the next step together.
A companion to the Robbie & Sam series
If I had to really describe this book then I would say this is a book about fighting ones fears. Everyone has a different fear and for some they let them fears rule their lives and the way they live. But that is not necessarily a good thing, especially when it makes you unhappy and makes you hide from everyone, including your self.
This is book three in the Robbie and Sam series but this book is more about Robbie’s older brother Daniel. Daniel went in to the military at the age of 18 and has not been in touch with his family since then. In all honesty Daniel does not know if he will get in touch with them or not because he does not thing that Robbie, Ben, Caleb, Trent, or Sam will forgive him for the hateful things that he said before leaving for the military or for the way he acted.
Daniel is ashamed of how he treated his brothers and his uncle. He has grown up and he knows that he was in the wrong but he fears how they will act once they see him. Not to mention that Daniel has his own secrets, things he lies even to himself about and has not been able to face. Daniel is letting his fear control his life. Unless he can face his secrets and his fears of not having his families forgiveness then he will never find happiness.
Coop has a different fear. Coop was blinded while in the military and since he has started to recover from his injuries, his mother and father treat him like he is a kid again. They refuse to let him do anything but go to the pet store for his service dog Oona, therapy sessions, and then once a week to the base to eat lunch. Other then that they treat him as a baby and with kid gloves. Coop is starting to fear this is what his life will always be like and he cannot accept that but what can he do without the support.
Can two men that have completely different fears come together to help the other or are they both just too far apart in their needs that it will never work?
This was a really good read. I have always loved reading books about current or former military men. So this book hit big points on my radar since both Daniel and Cooo are former military. But this was also an inspiring read about not letting a disability control what you can and can’t do but rather find what you can do and modify those that you believe you will no longer be able to do. It was also inspiring because it takes a lot for a person to face their fears head on and take back control of your life. That is exactly what Daniel and Coop both did.
I really look forward to the next book in this series because I have a feeling this is not the last time we will be seeing these characters. Or at least I hope not anyway!!!! Great Read!!!