My Review: War Poppy by Stevie J. Cole and L. P. Lovell (writing as Nicole Lynne)

My Review:  War Poppy by Stevie J. Cole and L. P. Lovell (writing as Nicole Lynne)War Poppy by Stevie J. Cole, L. P. Lovell
Series: War #1
Publication Date: February 6, 2017
Genres: Friends to Lovers, Military, Romance
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Love and war. Two words that should have little association, but to me the two go hand in hand. Both are a tragedy. They rip you open and spit you out. The war killed my husband, Connor, shattered my will to live, and took my best friend. Brandon may not have physically died in that war, but his soul did. And now we're left to pick up the wreckage. Expected to move on when all that is left is the ruins of a life we once had.


War. It took everything from me, even myself. When you're only able to exist, death seems like a blessing. Pain...a welcome distraction. I ran from everything associated with my past, and then she found me, fighting, drowning myself in whisky, trying to forget. She reminds me of Connor, of what I've lost—what we've lost. In the midst of destruction, she's a salvation I don't deserve.

I shouldn't love him.

I shouldn't love her.

Love is a war we never should have fought.

My Review

War Poppy is an emotional, friends-to-lovers romance novel by Stevie J. Cole and L. P. Lovell writing as Nicole Lynne. It is book one in the War series.

“I’ve always loved you, Poppy….You bring me peace when all I know is war.”

The beginning of this book made me bawl my eyes out. It was so emotionally overwhelming to experience Poppy’s grief. The tragedy that was on display from the opening pages ominously set the stage for the reunion of Poppy and Brandon. These two characters suffered so much, in their own right, each recalling misfortune from their own point of view. Author Nicole Lynne remarkably unveiled the depth of despair they felt, their love for what was lost, and their need to have a lifeline for the future.

“A friend is someone who understands your past, accepts you for all your wrongs, and who carries you when no one else will.”

The storyline had a slower pace in the beginning, but picked up speed as the it progressed. Moments of hope continued with an air of sadness to them, leaving me with feelings of despair and anguish. Poppy and Brandon were both hopelessly clawing to hang onto the past and reach for the future. It seemed impossible.  At one of the culminating moments in the story, I was totally engulfed by their passion. It wasn’t just sexual lust, but years of desire and pining that caused my heart to swell and hope to seep in.

“Two people who shouldn’t belong together, through death, now could not belong to anyone else.”

I don’t know exactly what to say about the conclusion of the story. It was as if a black hole opened up and swallowed me in its chaos. I felt things I didn’t want to feel and connected in ways I didn’t think possible. There was so much pain and anguish. But nestled amongst that was desire and desperation of love and acceptance. It tore my heart straight from my chest and arrested my lungs. My eyes erupted with tears and my emotions flat-lined. It was too real and too easy to imagine. It was a story that had to be told and must be read.

“I love you in a way that transcends life and death.”

4 Stars

About L. P. Lovell

Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. 

She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.

Lauren is a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 

LP loves to hear from readers so please get in touch.

About Stevie J. Cole

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel. 

Raw. Gritty. Love.

Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!

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