Step Up with Me (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Step Up with Me (With Me series #5)
Author: Kris Jacen
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: February 20th, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Military, Romance
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Richard “Tank” Martin was a big boy from the start. Born weighing over 11 pounds, he didn’t stop growing. When he was in middle school, a football coach took him under his wing and finally explained to him the mystery of calories in, calories out and from then on it was all good for him. At least he thought. Being called to meet with his platoon sergeant and told that he was now part of the Army’s overweight program, sent him into a spin that only his crews can help him out of.
Dr. Jack Dillon thought his life was good and finally settled. Part of an active veterinarian practice, volunteering with a service dog organization, spoiling his sister’s triplets and training in sports jiu-jitsu…the only thing missing was a partner. He never thought that his world could be shattered with just a phone call even after being around his military friends.
Tank and Jack have been dancing around each other for months until Tank takes a chance and kisses Jack at their friends’ wedding moving their slow dance into a heated bump and grind. Can these two survive the changes coming their ways together or will all the changes break them apart?

Kris Jacen has done a great justice to the art of military relationships and their spouses. I’ve loved how so many characters have been interwoven into the series and how the older generation is teaching and supporting the new soldiers.

This story is the friends to lovers relationship between ‘Tank’ and Jack. They’ve been friends for years, with Jack in the peripheral as the non-military member of the crew, working as a vet. When he’s asked to be best man with ‘Tank’ at a wedding, ‘Tank’ kisses him and changes their relationship forever.

Their relationship is tested over and over again as the story is unveiled and they just get stronger each time. I loved how the tale was spun and the friends and family were involved in each trial that they came across.

This has been a really fun series to read and if you like a military setting, this is a great place to get it.

With Me series

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Galley copy of Step Up with 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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