26 December 2013

1000 Sleepless Nights by Connie Ann Michael

1000 Sleepless Nights
by Connie Ann Michael .
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Military Romance.
Publication: August 21st 2013 by Entranced Publishing.
Can you choose between fighting for your life and fighting for your heart?
Twenty-two year old Corpsman Emme Sawyer doesn’t follow rules. She’s always been the best and no one will die if she has anything to say about it.

Emme refuses to hang around the hospital waiting for the wounded to come to her and joins a Marine unit heading into Helmand Providence, the largest opium producer in Afghanistan. Shutting off her emotions, Emme focuses on what she does best…keeping her men safe. When her best friend is obliterated by a roadside bomb, Emme
begins to realize she can’t save everyone. Seeking comfort from Raven, her commanding officer, Emme develops feelings that don’t belong in a combat zone where each step could be your last. As Raven reciprocates, Emme learns you can’t choose when and where love finds you..

Reviewed by Kelly.

Ok, now I am going to sound like a hypocrite here. I hate the F bomb. But in this book of war and constant stress, I understand why they say it so much. I still hate it but I get it.

Love in a war zone. Both Raven and Sawyer or Doogie (military names), know there is no place for love in a combat zone. But the heart wants what the heart wants!

Sawyer or Doogie is a 22 year old genius who has already had 2 years of med school in her back pocket. She has been busy and has not had much dating since she was busy in college at a young age. She finds herself in the navy with a Marines unit as their corpsman on the field patching men up. She goes out with them for some humanitarian work to help the local people and children with Tahk as her personal babysitter or guard. Tahk is a sniper. He feels like Sawyer is his sister. He watches over her even though she kind of wanders off sometimes. She keeps it together when the person she is treating has had some serious injuries and pieces of them are missing. She tells them everything will be okay, because they know it’s not but they still want to hear it. She talks to them even when they are unconscious, knowing that they may still be able to hear her. She worries that she may be a distraction to the men because she is a woman.

She is a distraction, but the men like her and respect her. But her commanding officer, Raven, is having trouble not being distracted by her and treats her meanly. That is all he can do to keep her at arm’s length. Tahk and Raven go way back and Tahk sees that Raven likes her and tells him to get it together and stay away from her. He tries but isn’t very successful. Then when Tahk is unexpectantly killed, Raven becomes her personal bodyguard and they find themselves grieving together over Tahk’s loss. Well not together together. Doogie is a virgin and Raven says he will not take that from her in the war zone. Anyway, the two go back and forth with trying to distance themselves from each other and stolen kisses.

Doogie hasn’t slept in forever. She takes naps but the nightmares always come. Keeping busy is all she knows to do to keep sleep and the nightmares at bay. But she finds that sometimes being with Raven helps a little too.

This is an intense book. I can feel the stress coming off them. It would be awful to be there and not come home unscathed. There is loss and sadness and children get in the midst of the casualties too. It is awful. I almost enlisted in the military as a nurse. I don’t think I could have come back whole. It makes you appreciate what the military does and the sacrifices they give to help other people. I had to put the book down several times to get my emotions together. I couldn’t see through the tears anyway.

Don’t worry, there is a happily ever after, well as much as one can with the baggage you bring home from being in the field.

You will enjoy this book if you can handle stressful situations and vivid descriptions of the effects of stepping on land mines, finding love in the middle of it all and appreciate all the military does for one’s freedoms and their fight to help the underdog. Just have your tissues handy.






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