Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sleeping With The Soldier-Charlotte Phillips

Sleeping With The Soldier
Charlotte Phillips
Harlequin KISS, Jan 15 2014, $5.99
ISBN: 9780373179145

In London, Lara Connor fears her plans to own the Notting Hill boutique lingerie market may collapse due to the noise pollution from the flat above hers.  Every night for weeks the incessant banging from upstairs interrupts her sleep.  All she knows is that this Alex Spencer is some of kind of war hero who never rests.

Since his return from theater, Alex struggles with PTSD that is at his worst when he goes to bed.  When the flatmates finally meet; her plan to confront him changes into wanting him.  He feels the same way, but accepts he is damaged goods; not good enough for any female especially the woman he loves.

This Flat in Notting Hill contemporary (see The Morning After The Night Before by Nikki Logan, Your Bed Or Mine? by Joss Wood and Enemies With Benefits) is a discerning drama as Charlotte Phillips captures the essence of a PTSD-ailing veteran’s struggle to readapt to civilian life.  The lead relationship augments the insightful look at the protagonist’s emotional disorder as the heroine initially assumes Alex suffers from affluenza until she finally understands her beloved brought home war demons eating his soul; however her comprehension only makes it harder on her.

Harriet Klausner

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