Book Review: Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna

Reviewed by Susan65

1Title: Soul Sick
Author: Kendall McKenna
Series: Semper Fidelis
Heroes: Jamie/Tucker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 58 Pages
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: May 29, 2015
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Jamie thought he made it home to Tucker, leaving war behind. Now, each day he battles to fit into his own life, and save the love that saved his life.

Jamie is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps who carried a photo of Tucker with him throughout his deployment. His body and his heart both make it home, but he isn’t sure about his sanity. It no longer feels as if his own life even fits.

Tucker is a reformed bad boy who has an advanced degree and an important job but still sports long hair and tattoos. He missed Jamie while he was deployed, but he couldn’t stop living his own life. Now, they’re struggling to learn to live with each other again, and things are going downhill fast.

Jamie wants everything to be the way it used to, but his anger and self-destructive behavior begin to push Tucker away. Too much alcohol and a night of violence inside their home take them nearly to the brink. Tucker is willing to fight alongside Jamie to keep it all from falling apart, if Jamie can learn to accept the help he needs…before it’s too late.


Review: Kendall McKenna is a solid writer and has an amazing ability to create characters that you genuinely care about. I’ve loved every book I’ve read by her, and I was totally excited to get my paws on this book.

The story is short, and that was a bummer, but considering it is part of an anthology, I had to accept that that was just the way it had to be…but, I totally needed more. Tucker and Jamie have a lot going on, and I really would have loved to have had their story told in a full length novel. That is not a slight against this story but praise for the author’s ability to make us readers hungry for her work. She does a great job putting a whole lot of feelings and world building into too few pages and the story progresses really fast. No time to get bored here.

Tucker and Jamie mean everything to each other and both are so excited to get Jamie back home from the front lines…especially since Jamie almost didn’t make it back. But sadly, he came back with a little gift…PTSD. It was really hard watching Jamie struggle so much and Tucker doing everything in his power to get him incorporated back in the real world. It took a lot of work and it wasn’t easy.

Tucker and Jamie are typical Kendall McKenna characters; both were big, strong men, and sexy as hell. Of course, I always want more of her work, but at the same time, I was just thankful to spend a little time in her world. Looking forward to more of both Jamie and Tucker…hint hint.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*


Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2015, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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