One lost his leg and his wife. The other lost his hearing. Both are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Andria Large takes these topics and handles them in a subtle way. The book is not for the faint of heart. It is a roller coaster of emotion including some graphic scenes of violence and sex.
Dennis and Tucker live together and explore dating with the obstacles in which they returned from war. They struggle with jealousy and old relationships alone and together as well as becoming closer. The emotion between the men grows with every page and truly we see an undeniable care that ultimately pulls each one from the internal war with which they struggle. Aptly titled, At War creates a physical realm of war as the foundation of the relationship between Tucker and Dennis as well as an emotional war they must battle alone.
The book is written in first person and moves in and out the perspective of the two main characters. The voices got muddled sometimes and if it was not for the reference to the physical disabilities, I would have had a difficult time with confusion while reading. That being said, the characters are rich and developed with enough foundation to sturdy their development throughout their growth.
At War is a quick read and may be helpful in broaching some discussion about need for human contact as well as the true nature of love with some folks who have had trauma pushing them from people who truly care for them.
Large successfully closes the book with not only a cliffhanger making me want to read on further with these characters, but ends the chapter of their lives to satisfy me in closure if I want to end my relationship with Tucker and Dennis.
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