REVIEW: Heartbreak Warfare by Heather M. Orgeron and Kate Stewart

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“Love is supposed to be enough. It’s not supposed to rip you to fucking shreds.”

Back of the book blurb:


  Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn't know was that I was breaking mine too.

  I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .

  Before the war.

Before the ambush.

Before you.

  But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.

  The truth is I’m lost without you.

  I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.

I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .

  All my love,


Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: November 1, 2018
Pages: 348

Available for Purchase:

My rating:

            First, I’d like to thank the authors and Give Me Books Promotions for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I had zero expectations going into this. If I’m being honest, it was the cover that got me to sign up for an ARC and even then, I didn’t really know what the book was going to be about. I had just noticed that it seemed like a military romance and I was thinking something along the lines of Rebecca Yarros.

What I got was… so much more than anything I could’ve ever imagined. Heartbreak Warfare is one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching books I’ve read in 2018 and quite possibly ever. This book will leave you in shreds. I promise you that.

“When it comes to you, my heart will always cross the line.”

            It’s going to be so hard to write this review, especially because the novel is still so fresh as I only finished it a measly two hours ago.

            We start with Katy Scott and Christopher Briggs meeting while being deployed in Baghdad. Katy is happily married and Christopher is a flirt and somehow, they find an unlikely friendship in each other. Things go terribly wrong, though, when they’re on a mission and suddenly, Briggs and Scott find themselves closer than ever, but in the worst way possible.

            Again, I didn’t really have any idea what was going to happen in Heartbreak Warfare, but I never would’ve expected a novel that was so emotional and beautiful and completely soul-shattering. It was tough. The best things are normally tough, though. Feeling that much emotion can be hard. And trust me, it was so hard sometimes to get through Heartbreak Warfare because I was feeling so much at once. The authors do an incredible job of immersing the reader into their world and capturing their hearts by creating characters who feel like your best friends.

“Loving Scottie is equally the easiest and the most difficult experience of my life.”

            The angst in this one is unmatched by anything. Each page tugged on my heartstrings and I promise, you will feel exhausted after reading Heartbreak Warfare. But, like, in the best way ever. It’s a beautiful, beautiful privilege to be able to experience so many highs and so many lows while reading. It’s rare for a novel to reach inside you and rip out the truth, all raw and bloody, and that’s exactly what Heartbreak Warfare does. It opens you up and exposes you. And I am honored to be devastated by this novel. It was absolutely worth it.

“Suddenly your sadness makes everyone else uncomfortable, so you hide it. You hide it deep inside and let it eat away at you.”

            Katy Scott is a brilliant heroine. She’s wounded and broken and completely beautiful. I want to protect her at all costs. Her journey was a tough one but I am so thrilled that she brought us along for the ride. It was fascinating watching her grow and expand into a completely new person that she did not see coming at all. Change is inevitable, though, and even though she fought it, Katy came out on the other side stronger than ever. I am so, so proud of her.

“I need her. I need her. I need her. And she’s not mine.”

            Gah, Christopher Briggs!!! THE NEW LOVE OF MY LIFE. A solider with a heart of gold, that one is. I’ve never fallen in love with someone so fast and so hard. I was right beside Katy when she fell for him. And it was a fall, let me tell you—swift and surprising. But also exhilarating. Christopher Briggs is proof that true love can happen anywhere and any time, no matter what is going on in your life.

            That gives me hope.

            Heartbreak Warfare is right up there, making itself at home on my favorite novels of all-time list. Go pick this one up, but make sure to pick up some tissues, too. You’ll need them.

Happy Reading!
The Wandereader

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