Broken Blades, by L.A. Witt and Aleksandr Voinov
Release Date: February 15, 2016
Genre: Gay, M/M, Military, Historical (WWII), Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Buy Link: Amazon.com
They only had one night together—a stolen interlude at the 1936 Olympics. After Mark Driscoll challenged Armin Truchsess von Kardenberg to a good-natured fencing match, there was no resisting each other. Though from different worlds—an Iowa farm boy and a German aristocrat—they were immediately drawn together, and it was an encounter neither has ever forgotten.
Now it’s 1944, and a plane crash in hostile territory throws them back together, but on opposite sides of a seemingly endless war. Facing each other as opponents is one thing. As enemies, another thing entirely. And to make matters worse, Mark is a POW, held in a cold, remote castle in Germany… in a camp run by Armin.
They aren’t the young athletes they were back then. The war has taken wives, limbs, friends, leaving both men gray beyond their years, shell-shocked, and battered. The connection they had back then is still alive and well, though, and from the moment Mark arrives, they’re fencing again—advancing, retreating, testing defenses.
Have they been given a second chance? Or have time and a brutal war broken both men beyond repair?
Voinov and Witt are go-to authors on their own when you want an emotion-packed romance with fascinating, unique characters and lots of well-written conflict. Put them together, though, and you get a decadent, slow-build romance… along with enough angst to have you clutching your e-reader with white knuckles!
In my opinion, Broken Blades is a novel about humanity. It’s a look into one of the darkest periods of human history, but it’s showing lovers who should be enemies, and enemies who bond over shared appreciations of sports. It’s showing men who have been brought together in the worst of circumstances, but who are determined to survive together.
A kiss eight hellish years in the making.
The love story between Armin and Mark is a beautifully tragic one. They get one night together, and are then separated for almost a decade. And when they reunite, the curiosity and passion are still there… just buried beneath the roles they must play as soldiers on opposite sides of a brutal war.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a character-driven romance, or for a military romance that’s about more than just big buff soldiers in camo. This is a novel about honor and duty, and also about finding love where you least expect it.
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.