Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Scott Ash has found where he always was meant to be after a brief bout of idealistic do-gooder after college. He loves his job as a child care director, if he could just find someone to love — perfect might cover it.
A chance meeting when Scott is doing a favor for a friend starts them on a journey that could take them to forever, it’s just a matter of waiting.
Sometimes a story, a theme just calls out to an author and together they make a sort of narrative magic. I believe that happens here with Wait for Me by Kris Jacen. With the author’s intimate knowledge as a military spouse and all that implies, it’s use to provide the framework for the romance of Master Sergeant Jeff “Mackey” MacNamara and Scott Ash becomes a foundation not only for these two main characters but for all of the heptad (a close knit group of soldiers) and a retired MWD (military working dog) as well.
The ties that bind and make the necessary support system for the soldiers and spouses that wait are all a deep part of Wait for Me. It starts as the very first steps of a military romance as Jacen shows here if it’s going to succeed, then through the acceptance and establishing yourself as part of support system for each other, the soldiers and those left behind, dogs included. All while keeping the romance and love intact, a very scary and sometimes hard thing to do, made so much easier when others have your back.
The characterizations here are layered, believable, and so full of warmth and life that the time spent with them flies by. I’m not just speaking of Mackey and Scott (although I love them), but all the members of their group, from Mooney to e their spouses, Nibblers (kids), families and sisters, and most of all, a very special retired MWD named Dill, who stole my heart from the get go.
There’s some drama, but mostly it’s about adjustment and life. I have to admit there were times when I wish the author had included pictures of what that unit had to have looked like dressed up for the weddings and yes, I was choked up during the scene when the troops were welcomed back. I defy anyone not to be grabbing for the tissues or remain dry eyed then.
Waiting for You by Kris Jacen feels so real, so heartwarming, like it’s the story the author was meant to write. It feels intimate, loving, touching, and wonderful. I highly recommend it for all lovers of contemporary romance and a love that feels true.
Cover art: Jared Rackler. I love the bottom section with the soldier and dog. That’s perfection.
Sales Links: MLR Press | Amazon (let me know if you find a link)
Published November 10th 2017 by MLR Press