Book Reviews

Challenge Me (With Me 4) by Kris Jacen at MLR Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 13-March-2019

Book Blurb

Briar Mason joined the Army to find himself after he believed the lies that had gone around about his best friend, Carter, and his sister. He should have known that Carter wouldn't do those things but family was family, right? He'll find out who his real family is when he's injured and sent back to the states.

Not-telling-you-my-first-name Randolph was about to hit ten years in the Army and had some amazing assignments but one had eluded him until now – Ranger School. Coming from being assigned to the Presidential Salute Battery was going to be the best thing for him since training was emphasized. Should be easy, right?

Briar and Randolph met when Briar had stopped to apologize to Carter and Randolph was in full-on protective mode. Can these two find a middle ground while challenging themselves and each other to be better?

Book Review

I think the author and I have a psychic connection as I’ve predicted (two for two now) which were going to be the next couple featured in her ‘With Me’ series. *grins* I’m more than happy to focus on Briar, Carter’s best friend and practically brother, and I’m-not-telling-you-my-first-name Randolph. I met both of them in Siah and Carter’s story, and I definitely got the vibes that the two weeks Briar stayed with Randolph while he was in DC visiting Carter had turned into something with potential before Briar got shipped overseas. I do recommend that these books be read in order because each one is a continuation that without knowing all the characters might make it difficult to follow.

As I mentioned in book three, Siah and Carter have kind of begun their own version of the heptad that is quite prevalent in the beginning of this series. Their version, however, consists of the mil crew, or military, and the civ crew, which is civilian. These people are pulled from both Carter’s and Siah’s work relationships and they’ve merged into a big family unit that is stronger than one made of blood. Just the place where Briar needs to be now that he’s back in DC, has survived an explosion but didn’t come away unscathed, and is struggling with all the changes in his life.

I liked this installment in the series as I certainly enjoy watching this giant “family” that these men have created. Randolph and Briar’s romance was fairly predictable but I did like seeing Briar face his new challenges head-on. I was disappointed by the number of editing errors and they detracted from my overall enjoyment but that may be something that is only bothersome to me and a different reader may enjoy this story even more.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 40000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-August-2018
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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