Blog Tour - Broken Soldier by Jamie Lynn Miller with Review and Giveaway

Title: Broken Soldier
Author: Jamie Lynn Miller
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2016
Sergeant Connor Finley and Sergeant Shawn Weller are dedicated soldiers working covert ops for Shadow Unit -- a joint UK/US anti-terrorism task force.
Partners in the field and out, they had been through hell together for the last four years and made it through standing side by side. But when their latest undercover op to bring down an arms dealer plunges them into a world of drugs, sex and violence, Shawn must literally get in bed with the enemy in order to complete the mission. And Connor is forced to watch, helpless, as his partner is broken into pieces. Will love be enough to put them both back together or will this be their final mission? WARNING: Contains scenes of drug use, graphic sex and realistic situations.
Connor cut himself off as Shawn let out an angry yell and swung a wild punch at him. Connor was forced to release Shawn’s wrist to avoid his partner’s fist, which would have caught him right in the face. He stumbled back a step, hitting the refrigerator, nearly losing his footing on the items strewn about on the floor. Just as he straightened up, Shawn grabbed a coffee mug off the counter and hurled it at Connor’s head. Connor dropped to a crouch and the mug smashed into the refrigerator.
Keeping low, Connor went at Shawn like an American football player, ducking under his partner’s arms and catching him around his middle. Shawn’s back hit the edge of the counter and both of them slid to the floor. Shawn’s fists began pummeling at Connor’s arms and chest as Connor got Shawn first onto his back then flipped over onto his stomach, straddling his waist. Shawn tried to buck him off, yelling angrily and Connor was amazed at the strength the desperate craving for the heroin gave him.
“Please, Connor, please,” Shawn pleaded with him, breathing hard. “I just need a little bit. Just a little and I’ll be fine…”
Connor quickly pulled the syringe out of his pocket and used his mouth to pull off the cap, which he spit out onto the floor.
He swallowed hard. “I’m so sorry, mate,” he said, voice rough, then injected Shawn with the sedative.
“I need it, Connor, I need it…” Shawn mumbled as his eyes closed moments later, succumbing to the effects of the sedative.
Connor slid off of Shawn’s body then, slumping against the counter next to him, his face in his hands, gutted to the core by what had just transpired. A lump formed in his throat as he lifted his head and looked at his partner, lying there unconscious. Shawn’s face was drawn, flushed and wet with sweat, battered and bruised with dark circles under his eyes that had looked at him with such pain and desperation.
Shawn was the strongest, bravest man Connor had ever known, now reduced to this broken soldier before him.
All because of duty and loyalty to his unit and his mission. For the first time Connor feared that Shawn had been shattered into too many pieces to ever be put back together again.
His chest constricted at the thought, the grief and anger inside him suddenly too much to contain any longer. He grabbed for Shawn’s hand and held on tight as he broke down, the first sob tearing through him. He cried for Shawn, who was fighting a battle he might not be able to win and he cried for the two of them, wondering how they’d survive if Shawn didn’t.
He cried until there was nothing left inside him, until his eyes ran dry and his throat burned. He gathered Shawn into his arms then and held him tight, wishing he could take his place, but instead willing every ounce of strength he had into him, the only thing he could do.
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Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing fiction since childhood and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008, finding to her amazement that people truly enjoyed her love stories. She’s a romantic at heart, and her tales reflect the desire we all have to find “the one,” persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending.
Jamie has a degree in fine arts and has spent the last twenty years working as a graphic designer, though she’d much rather be writing. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today with her husband and their two furry, four-footed children, er… cats.
If she’s not brainstorming story ideas, you can find Jamie at a sci-fi convention, in front of a furnace doing glass blowing, or on a mat twisted into a yoga pose.

Broken Soldier starts off with Shawn and Connor already a couple of 5-months, although hidden from their team, and part of the undercover ops called Shadow Unit for 4 years.

Going undercover is going to be risky for both Shawn and Connor. In order to put a stop to one of the worst drug and gun runners in the world, Jae Chan, they have no choice but to follow through. 

Shawn's mission is to get inside Jae's home and bed, if necessary and Connor's will be to work inside his club as security in order to gain inside information.

These two are soldiers, one was a Navy Seal, the other CIA, so this assignment should be easy. Get in there, get the information, and get out. But, as you can imagine, it did not work that way. 

The author takes the story and runs away with it from here. She had me completely captivated with the story from the moment the mission began. I was on edge with a constant fear that something bad was going to happen. The plot was engaging and intense taking me right along with it and, often times, I had to remember to keep breathing. 

It's graphic, it's brutal, it's hard to read, it's emotional, but it's real. As Shawn gets in over his head, it's so hard for Connor to watch from the sidelines. His first response is to pull the plug on the whole mission, but not only will that give away their relationship, it also allows Jae Chan to get away, and that can't happen.

Shawn tries to convince his partner he's fine, but he's far from it. He's immersed into drugs, alcohol, and sex, and his body is craving what is mind knows it shouldn't.

To those who don't want to look too far, the mission was a success, but for those who were there, there's more than a broken soldier left behind. There's also a broken partner trying to rebuild what they had before. 

The author describes what I truly imagine substance withdrawal to be like. It's a gut-wrenching reality and a painful look behind a real addiction. 

I love the way Connor stands by Shawn with a fierce determination to help him through this hurdle and to show him their love is stronger than the addiction.

Overall, the story was intense, suspenseful, and kept my attention till the end. It can easily be read in one sitting and I enjoyed the author's descriptive narrative and how she pulled me inside the story giving me a clear visual of the scene that was taking place. My only complaint, if I was to have one, was the ending wrapped up a little too fast and unexpectedly. 

4.5 Stars