Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
The Army is the only thing that First Sergeant Danny Glenn has known in his adult life. From the age of nineteen on, he’s worn a uniform every day. He’s seen so much in his twenty years but the last deployment did something to him. Danny’s begun to wonder if he can’t do more good helping people in the US instead of other countries but to do that he’d have to get out.
Doctor Liam MacNamara is finishing up the last of his residency in Emergency Medicine. Now’s the tough part, which offer to accept. He could stay in New Orleans where shifts are never dull or choose to uproot and experience somewhere different. College followed by medical school and then residency are the only things he’s known since he was eighteen. There’s got to be more out there, right?
Can a retired first sergeant and a brand-new doctor balance each other enough to explore their options together?
I so glad Kris Jacen went ahead and wrote another story in what became a series because it’s wonderful. Explore with Me continues in the same universe and with the same characters and heptad as the marvelous Wait for Me. First Sergeant Danny Glenn is another member of the heptad that I fell in love with in the first story.
But the author removes him from that close-knit group and their support system by placing him in New Orleans. I have to admit I missed them but they all will show up later. By isolating him, cutting him away from his heptad, the focus is again primarily on him, his issues, and the problem at the moment, the one the places him at the hospital. His doctor, Doctor Liam MacNamara, happens to be the baby brother of Mackay…yep the same Master Sergeant Jeff “Mackey” MacNamara of Wait for Me. Lian is also at a crossroads in his life, needing to figure out where to go next now that his internship is done.
Two men, one major attraction, close ties between them, and both at crossroads in their lives. All you need for a wonderful, emotionally charged story and Jacen gives us that. And she does so within the framework of the military she knows so well.
The members of the heptad (the group of soldiers that serves together and support each other) don’t have to be physically present to be a strong presence here. No, they appear via phone calls, texts, what have you. And then of course, they do come when needed. They are family. All the nibbles and squeakers (the children as they are called), the dogs, the spouses (men and women)…everyone is here. I love that about these stories. Kris Jacen makes it clear that a soldier cannot be a soldier within their support system, their military heptad family which includes their actual ones. That important message comes through strongly here for the readers and Danny.
The buildup to a relationship is slow and realistic. I liked that too. In fact I loved everything about this except maybe I wanted a little more at the end. Maybe the author will give it to us in another story. Plus there’s a certain soldier May that now needs his story told as well. I hope they have a part to play in his. This is a terrific series that I can see going on for some time. It’s rich and full of love and wonderful people. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.
I highly recommend this story and the previous one. It helps to have read Wait for Me to understand all the characters you meet here. Take this soldier and the whole heptad into your heart today.
Cover art: Jared Rackler. I love the cover for this book. Attractive and the colors are striking.
Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 127 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by MLR Press
Original TitleExplore with Me