The Way We Were by A.T. Brennan

Allie Chase and Ben Egan have been best friends since they were eight years old and after ten years of friendship Allie is having a hard time keeping her love for Ben a secret. On the night of her eighteenth birthday, Ben confesses how he feels and they are finally able to give in to the moment and each other.

Just when Allie thinks her life is finally looking up, Ben drops a bombshell on her; he’s joining the marines and they’ll have to try to keep their relationship alive as they live apart. Things aren’t perfect but they are determined to make it work. Then Ben is deployed overseas and Allie’s world is shattered.

Fourteen years later Allie still isn’t happy. Her life hasn’t shaped up to what she envisioned and she’s lonely. After leaving the military riddled with mental and physical scars, Ben doesn’t know who he is or where he belongs and on impulse reaches out to the only woman he’s ever loved.

Will Allie be able to forgive Ben for breaking her heart? Will Ben be able to let go of his demons and completely let Allie in? Or will they be doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past?

Targeted Audience: 21+

Author Bio:
A.T. Brennan, who also writes under the name Mandie Mills, is a romance and erotica author. A native of Ottawa, Canada, she enjoys picking up and moving from city to city every few years. A former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, current entrepreneur and freelance writer, she enjoys spending her days working on her many projects and her nights writing and not getting enough sleep. Currently she lives on Canada's East Coast with her family, both two- and four-legged. She enjoys collecting books and exploring the different sides of romance and romantic expression in her works.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am a former military member and have seen the effects PTSD can have on those who have been to war, and how it affects every aspect of their lives.
I decided to write a series that focuses on three ex-marines who feel lost and broken after leaving the services, and the women who help them heal and find peace. The books deal with some pretty heavy issues that many veterans struggle with, including mental health issues, alcoholism and self-medication, and difficulties transitioning into civilian life.
I've also pledged to donate a portion of every sale from each book in the series to a charity dedicated to helping veterans in crisis.

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