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Soldiering On: (Soldiering On #0.5) by [Kearns, Aislinn]
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Find out where it all began

Duncan Pierce returns from war, broken and disheartened.

He and his friends - all former military, all injured in the line of duty - are finding it tough to demonstrate they're still capable. All they need is a chance. So Duncan comes up with a new mission - start his own security company, and show the world they've all still got what it takes. But he needs someone with a little business know-how and the capital to put his plan into action...

Mandy Lennox is looking for a new opportunity to prove herself - and Duncan's idea of starting a Security Company with other Vets that were injured in the line of duty is just the thing. Unfortunately, Duncan is reluctant to let an ambitious socialite anywhere near his business plan. But Mandy doesn't plan on letting that stop her.

They clash - each having a very different idea of what the company should be, and both too stubborn to agree on anything. But you know what they say: opposites attract...


The Soldiering On series are standalone romances featuring former military heroes and heroines proving to the world they still have what it takes, and falling in love along the way.

Read the Soldiering On series in order:
Soldiering On (Soldiering On #0.5):
Station Alpha (Soldiering On #1):
Guarding Sierra (Soldiering On #2):
Dangerous Victor (Soldiering On #3):
Christmas Tango (Soldiering On #3.5):
Hotel Hideaway (Soldiering On #4):

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HYI6X1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,240 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By BookReader TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 March 2017
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Enjoyable short story.
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I agree with the reviews on - this is the start of a great new series.
I really enjoyed the sympathetic characters and the sexiness portrayed in Station Alpha, so I had to read the prequel Soldiering On.
Kearns has again deftly handled the challenges facing returned service personnel. What a refreshing concept for a romance thriller – wounded yet buff and proud returned soldiers who are building productive exciting lives back home, and rediscovering passion. Kearns introduces them all in this prequel. The bond between them is strong and they are so supportive of one another.
I was particularly curious to find out more about why Duncan and Mandy’s relationship as business partners, seemed so uncomfortable. I loved the way that Kearns describes Duncan’s awkwardness around Mandy and his difficulty in accepting that she may actually find him attractive. Mandy is terrific, as she stands up to her powerful father and decides to ‘insert’ herself into Duncan’s life.
So many delightful moments too, like when Kearns writes “Duncan did what he usually did when he was trying to solve problem: he called his mother”.
What wonderful characters! I want to hang out with these people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New amazing series to follow, prequel presents wounded alpha at his best 19 August 2016
By mary s - Published on
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This is the prequel of a new series (Soldiering On) by Aislinn Kearns, and having read this story and book 1 (“Station Alpha”), all I have to say is that both books are amazing, a pleasure to read, with their well-rounded characters and interesting plots.
The topic of the security firm (Soldiering On) employing injured veterans, using their skills and know-how, is not original, but Kearns delivers it superbly creating wonderful, lovable and believable characters.
Whereas in “Station Alpha” Kearns delivers the tortured wounded hero – but he finds redemption – in this prequel we have the alpha grumpy hero. I can’t say which one I prefer, they’re both great. There’s a balance between pain, humor, attraction, sexiness, serious and not that serious matters, that is just so appealing…
I enjoyed the relationships dynamics, specially the one between both partners (Duncan and Mandy) in the firm. I think they’re perfect for each other.
Besides being “incredibly handsome”, Duncan has such a big heart and he is so endearingly stubborn and grumpy… he scowls, he glares, he
bickers, but deep-down he's compassionate and caring.
And even if I loved the romantic couple in “Station Alpha”, and their growth as characters, I’m thrilled with Duncan and the way the heroine is falling for him, imagining his “blunt male fingers” “running over her body” or appraising “his smooth black skin”.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice intro to what looks to be a great series! 10 August 2016
By Maria Rose - Published on
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Nice intro to the series! Focuses on all the main characters and the startup of the company to give permanently injured soldiers a chance at a new, fulfilling career. Duncan and Mandy are co- owners and the stage is set to see whether they will become more than business partners. There is no romance in this prequel, but I'm looking forward to seeing who all these ex-soldiers, male and female, will end up with!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prequel explaining the start of the company was low-key and lacking of romance 30 December 2016
By Guy Reviewing Romance and More - Published on
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Soldiering On, the prequel novella to the series, tries to set up the characters at the founding of the security company: Soldiering On. The leader, Duncan, tired to fitting into regular roles as a wounded veteran for himself and his fellow veterans, decided to start a security company to employ them and best take advantage of their expertise, but they need capital. Elsewhere in the city, Mandy with her own fortunes was betrayed by her father when her department was eliminated to force her to join the executive team. She quit instead, and by chance encountered Duncan and gang in a coffee shop, and Mandy put up the capital to help them get started. And really, that's it. There's a bit of animosity from Duncan toward Mandy as he always thought she will treat the company as a charity case, be a bungee CEO, or out to steal "his" company from him. Basically, he was being a total jerk, though that was resolved by the end. There really was no romance whatsoever in this book. It's just background material we could have done without.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shouldering On #5 26 February 2017
By sam - Published on
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Veterans and those in related fields should like this book for several reasons. Determination to overcome combat related injuries and utilize skills learned in service is a good place to start a new life when it is needed. The author made mention of the fact that a person in this type of situation must deal with what happened to them and be ready to accept their change in circumstance. No one can take those steps for another person. This is a first step to being successful in a new situation. The characters are well developed making it easy to follow and their reactions believable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soldiering On is a short prequel to the Soldiering On ... 7 February 2017
By Margaret - Published on
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Soldiering On is a short prequel to the Soldiering On series by Aislinn Kearns. In this story, readers are introduced to Duncan, an injured veteran who is looking to make a life for himself following his military career. Deciding to use the skills and know-how acquired in the military, Duncan embarks on a quest to open a security firm staffed by other injured vets. While Duncan is very confident in his ability to handle the security side of the endeavor, he has almost no confidence in his ability to handle the business side. When Duncan meets Mandy, a woman with a lifetime of business experience, the two join forces to get the firm, Soldiering On, up and running.

This prequel serves as an introduction to the characters and provides some background as to their injuries and how they are dealing with those injuries. In the case of Mandy, readers learn what has propelled her to seek out something new in her life. While there is no romance between any of the characters in this book, Soldiering On is a romantic suspense series, so I’m guessing that’s coming in the books that follow.

Soldiering On is well written with characters I found myself caring about. I look forward to learning more about the business as well as about how the veterans learn to adjust to life outside the military.

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