Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances
Alyssa Cole, Courtney Milan, Rose Lerner
Genre: Adult, Historical, Romance
Publication date: October 17th, 2017
Love in the time of Hamilton…
On October 14, 1781, Alexander Hamilton led a daring assault on Yorktown's defenses and won a decisive victory in America's fight for independence. Decades later, when Eliza Hamilton collected his soldiers' stories, she discovered that while the war was won at Yorktown, the battle for love took place on many fronts...
-A copy was provided by [author] for review-
Hamilton’s Battalion is one of the most unique romance anthologies I’ve had the pleasure of reading, ever. You’ve probably heard of Hamilton unless you live under the rock. The musical has really brought a lot of attention to Alexander Hamilton and given way to a lot of other media that adapts and retells historical events. This trio of romances is not only perfect for fans of historical romance but also for any Hamilton fans who just want ~more~.
This anthology is not only unique because it is one of the first ones that are inspired by Hamilton but also because even though it is three different stories by three different authors, the stories have a common overarching story.
Eliza Hamilton is collecting stories about her late husband and has reached out to many people who may have interacted with him or had a family member who did. These three stories touches the lives for 6 different people, as they embark on their own personal journeys and also talks a little bit about ALEXANDER HAMILTON (one story even features him ;))
Rose Lerner’s Promised Land is a story about two exs who meet very unexpectedly and are forced not only to acknowledge their feelings for each other but also where they went wrong in the past. Second chance romances are my favorite and romances by Rose Lerner are also my favorite so this was just a double-win situation for me. This second chance romance was also just great because you can really see that it is a second chance, things were NOT perfect the first time around and time apart has helped them grow as individuals.
Courtney Milan’s The Pursuit of… is a hate to love romance b/w two supposed enemies who just happen to fall in love over a long journey. Courtney Milan, unsurprisingly, delivers yet again with this short. The Pursuit Of… is so stinkin adorable that I just don’t know what else to say about it. It was incredibly satisfying to watching these two men fall in love while they try to deny their feelings for each other. I love their banter but I also love that there is also discussion of privilege that occurs given that Henry is a white, nobleman’s son and John is none of those things.
I hadn’t had the privilege of reading anything by Alyssa Cole prior to reading this anthology but I have now discovered a new author to read and love. That Could Be Enough takes place as Eliza Hamilton is collecting stories about her late husband. It is told from the POV of her maid, Mercy who has been assisting Eliza Hamilton in the collection of these stories. Mercy is jaded and more than a little unhappy. When she meets the outspoken, brazen Andromeda, her life changes. She finds herself falling in love with Andromeda but also being too scared to embrace not only her feelings for Andromeda but also her hopes and dreams for herself. Over the course of this short story, Mercy has to confront her past, her present and determine what she wants her future to be. That Could Be Enough ties this anthology up beautifully.
Overall, Hamilton’s Battalion does incredible justice to my hopes for a Hamilton inspired romance anthology and does so in a wholly unique way. It is an incredibly read and every single one of these stories is bound to leave you with a giant smile on your face. 100/10 would recommend reading.