Challenge Me (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Challenge Me (With Me series #4)
Author: Kris Jacen
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: August 31st, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military, Romance
Page Count: 124
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Briar Mason joined the Army to find himself after he believed the lies that had gone around about his best friend, Carter, and his sister. He should have known that Carter wouldn’t do those things but family was family, right? He’ll find out who his real family is when he’s injured and sent back to the states.

Not-telling-you-my-first-name Randolph was about to hit ten years in the Army and had some amazing assignments but one had eluded him until now – Ranger School. Coming from being assigned to the Presidential Salute Battery was going to be the best thing for him since training was emphasized. Should be easy, right?

Briar and Randolph met when Briar had stopped to apologize to Carter and Randolph was in full-on protective mode. Can these two find a middle ground while challenging themselves and each other to be better?

The story of Briar and Brand was a very enjoyable read and it felt more focused to me than the last two in the series.

Briar had been injured severely at the end of the third book and this story starts with him in DC in the hospital, in a coma, with Brand going out of his mind with concern.

After spending two weeks together before Briar left for duty, they’d become something to each other and needed more time to figure out what. But with Briar needing serious therapy and Brand needing to leave for months, time wasn’t on their side.

This book read quick and fast, as there was a lot going on, but it centered more on their characters, along with Jack, who specialized in animals. It was a fun romance with a bit of hurt/comfort and a fast, but sweet HEA.

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Galley copy of Challenge Me provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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