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Navy Rules (Whidbey Island #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Wounded during a military rescue, Commander Max Ford returns to a naval base on Whidbey Island to recover. And part of his treatment involves working with a therapy dog. Max is surprised to learn that the dog's owner is Winnie Armstrong, widow of his closest friend. She and Max were close in those months following her husband's death. But they drifted apart, until that one ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Misha Crews
After being injured in the Middle East, Commander Max Ford comes home to the naval base on Whidbey Island. Although falling in love is not part of his plan, when he's reunited with Winnie Armstrong, the widow of his closest friend (and the woman with whom he shared a night of passion before his deployment), he realizes that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He's loved Winnie for years, and he loves her still.

For Winnie, Max's return means a shake-up of her carefully ordered l
4 1/2 stars.

“Navy Rules” by Geri Krotow explores the relationship between injured veteran Commander Max Ford and the widow of his closest friend who handles the therapy dog that is supposed to aid Max in recovering from his PTSD. Winnie Armstrong has made a life for herself and her children but has never revealed name of the father of her youngest daughter, a love child who was conceived two years prior. She is determined to never fall in love again with a man who thrives on danger, particularl
I found the characters in this book extremely annoying. Max Ford, the hero, was the most likeable of the bunch but he also seemed pretty perfect at times, with his "faults" (aka PTSD) just being more plot devices to get the heroine, Winnie, and him together. Winne was such a constant source of annoyance for me that I almost wanted to stop reading this book. I understand she was afraid, had a phobia, disliked (?) flying, because her husband, a navy pilot, died in a plan crash?, but I don't even k ...more
Commander Max Ford is back on Whidbey Island after serving in the military. He's retired at about forty years old from the life of aviation and danger, and he has returned to his home. A while back, his friend, who also served in the military, was killed, and his widow, Winnie, has two girls--Krista, age thirteen, and Maeve, who's still at that adorable phase between a baby and a toddler.

Winnie doesn't want to forget her husband, but when Max comes back home, sparks are flying. However, there's
Very good book. I really liked both Max and Winnie. Max was back on Whidbey Island, recovering from his injuries and PTSD. The therapy dog belongs to Winnie, who he has been looking forward to seeing again. He has been dealing with some of his issues well, but doesn't think he really needs any more therapy. When he finds out that Winnie had his baby and didn't let him know, he feels hurt, betrayed and angry. He is also still very attracted to her. Winnie knows she should have told him, but didn' ...more
Maggie Boyd
Winnie slept with Max only once before he deployed but once was enough. She got pregnant and knowing that unwelcome news can cause soldiers to lose their concentration and die, she never tells him. Now he is home and the two have to work out where to go from here.

I never liked Winnie. She's a nasty little control freak. And this book took forever for me to read despite its short length. I read it a couple of pages at a time because the heroine got on my nerves so much. The set up for the next bo
Lenore Kosinski
2.5 stars -- ok, full disclosure, I just don't think this book is my type of's so hard to tell b/c I'm both not too fussy and extremely picky at the same time. Think about that for a second. Anyways, this was an in the head book....where most of it took place in the head. I enjoy the thinking, analyzing, etc...but I prefer a bit more action mixed in. Especially since it felt like the thinking was just repetitive.... It was nice to see a heroine who actually acknowledged her faults earl ...more
I enjoyed this book. A nice easy, light romance. A great summer beach read. I enjoyed the characters and how they were developed.
I found the story and the main character frustrating as well as all the unresolved issues.
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: Whidbey Island
Category: Heart & Home
Harlequin Books
Miniseries: Whidbey Island
Category: Heart & Home
Very accurate with the Navy lingo and great characters.
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Award winning author of contemporary, military and WWII historical romance fiction who has the resume to back the military fiction part--she's a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Naval Intelligence Officer.
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