About the Book
Title: Love in Any Language
Series: Love and Honor #0.5
Author: Hallee Bridgeman
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military
Release Date: August 2, 2022
Afghanistan born U.S. Army consultant Emma Selah works as a fluent and multi-lingual interpreter assigned to a special forces team. Deployed to a base in Djibouti, Emma and First lieutenant Jorge “Pina Colada” Pena start to form a relationship built on friendship, mutual respect, and undeniable attraction.
Then she discovers that he has been married the entire time when news of his wife’s untimely death reaches them. She gives him no room for excuses or more deceptions. Distracted and feeling betrayed, Emma mistakenly enters an unsafe situation and a dangerous prisoner takes her hostage. Pena comes to her rescue but is gravely wounded.
Emma remains by his side while his life hangs in the balance. He doesn’t want to live without her and she can no longer live without him. Can they find a way to bridge the gap between their separate worlds?
Lately, I’ve been hearing A LOT about Hallee Bridgeman and her recent Love and Honor series. I listened to her speak with Cara Putman on Cara’s podcast, Book Talk with Cara Putman. It was quite the engaging discussion and made me want to get all of Bridgeman’s books. I’ve seen a ton of reviews for the various novels in the Love and Honor series, and I have gleaned that Hallee Bridgeman is an outstanding storyteller and everyone loves her and her books. My hesitation to reading Bridgeman’s books stems from her genre. I am a Historical Romance girl for life! Military, shoot-em-up books tend to bore me like no other. But so many people from all walks of life have raved about Bridgeman’s novels that I just had to take a chance. And, boy, am I glad I did. I started with Love in Any Language just to test the waters. It’s a novella coming in just under 200 pages; enough of a story to help me gauge if Bridgeman’s books are for me or not. I devoured this novella in a day, that’s how engaging and well-written it is. I enjoyed all the action — it kept me turning pages well past my bedtime! I say with certainty that Love in Any Language is NOT a boring story. I liked all the military jargon used — it makes the story feel super authentic. I also really LOVED seeing the military men act as a team. Everyone has a job to do, and the trust in each other is awesome. It’s clear that is how they are able to move so in sync with one another. As far as the romance goes, I enjoyed watching Emma and Jorge figure things out. They are attracted to one another because of each other’s skills. They are impressed by one another and this leads to a friendship of sorts. I appreciated and laughed at the awkward phase of “Will he ask me out? Why is he taking so long to ask me out?” To me, this makes Emma and Jorge’s relationship feel a bit more realistic and authentic. There is a character reveal that made me gasp as I totally didn’t see it coming. I loved that! It is an interesting issue and it does put a unique hitch into Emma and Jorge’s romance journey, but like any true, good Romance, they work it all out for a pretty awesome happily ever after.
So, it’s official — Hallee Bridgeman has a new fan. I cannot wait to get into the rest of the Love and Honor novels. I see what everyone is gushing over. I know practically everyone has already loved and enjoyed the Love and Honor novels, but if you have not yet read Love in Any Language I highly recommend you do. It’s a well-written, seriously engaging novella that had me furiously turning pages desperate to find out what happens next. This is a well-done novella, and I am so glad I took the time to read it.
I received a copy of this novella in eBook form from the author, Hallee Bridgeman, via her website in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.