Monday, June 29, 2015

Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna


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 US 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.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of domestic violence.

Publisher's Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Semper Fidelis anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.


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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Veronica☆☆☆
The opening scene with Jamie at war and under fire is confronting. When Jamie returns home to Tucker he struggles to adjust to life after war. Soul Sick covers serious subject matter and Jamie and Tucker both struggle to live together again after a year apart.

I enjoyed this story, but I would have liked to have seen Tucker's point of view. The author writes very efficiently, getting her message across without excess prose or sentiment. A good story.


Ruthie☆☆☆
This short, hot, and very emotionally charged story is a harsh reminder of what men suffer at war, and how difficult coming home to civilian life can be. It is starkly delivered and works well as a contrast to the clear tenderness and affection that the men share.



Kendall McKenna’s first work of fiction was written at the worldly age of nine, and was a transformative work that expanded on the story told in a popular song of the time.

She tried her hand at vampire and cowboy fiction, winning high school poetry and short story contests along the way. It wasn’t until she discovered the world of M/M erotic fiction and found her stride with cops, Marines and muscle cars, that she felt inspired to share her stories with readers who enjoy the same things.

Putting herself through college by working in a newly-created HIV testing clinic in her local Department of Health, introduced Kendall to the gay and lesbian community. Understanding and empathy has made her a lifetime advocate of GLBT issues.

A brief bout of unemployment gave Kendall the time and focus she needed to finally produce a novel worth submitting for publication. Her first novel, Brothers In Arms, introduced the world to her authentic military stories and characters.

Kendall was born and raised in Southern California, and currently still resides there. A non-conventional relationship has kept her happy for the last decade. Her four dogs enjoy it when she writes, as she sits still long enough for them to curl up around her.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna to read and review.

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