WINNER of the 2017 EPIC Award for Contemporary Romance
In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul.
Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan Thompson.
Nat Thompson is a veteran commander, hardened by years of combat and haunted by the loss of his best friend. Being lumbered with a civilian is a hassle Nat doesn’t need, and he vows to do nothing more than keep the hapless hack from harm’s way.
But Connor proves far from hapless, and too compelling to ignore for long. He walks straight through the steel wall Nat’s built around his heart, and when their mission puts him in mortal danger, Nat must lay old ghosts to rest and fight to the death for the only man he’s ever truly loved.
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Every time I pick up a book by Miss Leigh, I know I’m in for a story that will touch my soul. Reading the blurb for Between Ghosts reaffirmed this would be an intense hurt/comfort romance, and honestly I stalled listening to the audiobook because it hit a little close to home. However, once I started, it was impossible to stop listening until I knew how it would all play out. Between Ghosts had an interesting approach to a military romance. Not only did it take place during war and with the deployed troops, but it also featured a civilian imbedded within the unit giving Miss Leigh the perfect opportunity to present two views of the action overseas without feeling like a political commentary. I liked that the hardships Connor and Nathan faced weren’t glamorized or glossed over. Though that meant the story was hard and often brought an ache to my heart or had my stomach bottoming out, it was memorable and honest. I liked Connor and Nathan as individuals and as a couple, but with all the action blazing around them, there was a lot of story to tell and the romance was a little sporadic and felt slightly less important than the men’s personal journeys. The ending was intense, nerve-wracking, and ultimately well-done, but again the development between them felt lacking. I wish the resolution between Connor and Nathan wasn’t quite as rushed, because this could have easily been a 5 star read for me. I had become invested in both men, and I wanted that in depth conclusion. That said, I’ll undoubtedly listen to Between Ghosts again and would definitely recommend it to fans of military stories or hurt/comfort romances. *Reviewed audiobook for Alpha Book Club*
4.5 Stars ~ There are many things that attracted me to this story, mainly the fact that it takes place during the first few years of our war in Iraq. Since the United States had quite a bit to do with why we were in that debacle to begin with, I wanted to see it from the viewpoint of a British author. Plus the blurb caught the romantic in me and I needed to see Connor and Nat play out. Connor has spent the past three years, ever since his brother's death in Mosul, training and negotiating to be allowed to shadow an SAS unit in Iraq. Connor wants to write about the humanitarian actions the soldiers engage in, not just the fighting and killing that's all over the news. Once he's there, enmeshed with Charlie-3, Connor gets a far bigger education than even he dreamed was possible. It's true what they say. War is ugly. And no one is spared. The grittiness of the author's writing had me feeling the desert heat, the sand in my mouth, the smell of smoke and blood, the sound of gunfire, and the aftershocks from the explosions of IED's. It also had me sharing the dark humor with the guys, appreciating more what some of them didn't say than what they did, and seeing the camaraderie and family that occurs in these units. Besides Nat, Charlie-3 had Wedge, Bobs, Chris, and Marc, each man vital to the unit and they welcomed Connor with a kindness I wasn't expecting. This may be my first experience with a Garrett Leigh novel but it definitely won't be my last. My only lament about 'Between Ghosts' is that I don't feel as if I really got to know Nat as well as I did Connor, even though both their voices were heard throughout the story. I can't thank the author enough for writing such a gripping tale that I couldn't put it down and had to read it in one sitting. A powerful and moving story about brotherhood, loss, and finding love in an unexpected place. NOTE: This book was provided by Riptide Publishing for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews
This story brings you in with the characters and the real life world happening today! The trial, tribulations and love that Conner and Nat experience together and as individuals is so well written! I could not put the book down and did want the story to end!
Connor's brother died in battle so he decided to use his press credentials to get a first hand look at what's really happening in Iraq. And boy does he learn. He witnesses the attempts and fails, the good and the bad. He gets to know the team he's been assigned, and he begins to fall for Nat. Nat has been soldiering for a long time. All he can do is keep trying and keep doing his job as best he can no matter the hardships. He never expects Connor to come into his life and change it forever. This book has a different feel from others that I've read from this author. It is about two men falling in love, but it's more focused on the soldiers' day-to-day activities than the romance. It's definitely a story that makes you think. I'm not an expert on military issues, but to me it felt like the details were correct. I liked Between Ghosts and would recommend it to those looking for a realistic wartime read with a side of love.