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A Prior Engagement (Special Forces #4)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  36 reviews
He's back from the dead, on a new mission… -- because two can play her game!

After two years as a POW presumed dead, SAS soldier Lee Davis is finally going home. Back to his family, friends and… fiancée? He doesn't have a fiancée… -- the night before his last deployment, Juliet Browne rejected his proposal. That makes the sight of her playing the grieving almost-wife beyond
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lee Davis is considered the modern day Lazarus. He was thought killed in action but has spent a over a year as a tortured POW. Returning home, he discovers that his ex-girlfriend is playing his grieving almost wife. He never told his friends that his girl friend rejected his proposal right before he was taken. Now she has infiltrated his life, family and core group of friends. Faking amnesia, Lee decides he is going to pay Juliet back for her deceit.

With a difficult past it is hard for Juliet to
Woohooooo another ARC from Netgalley !!!!!!!!!!

I finished this last night but I can't stop thinking about it. I love the series because it's not just fluff , I can't just read them as another Harlequin romance I get involved with the story.The characters are believable and real . They are not all perfect people , they make mistakes , they judge each other and they hurt each other but at the end they make everything work and It doesn't mean they become perfect people , they start maki
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

I didn’t know this book was ever going to be written, but am happy there was some closure given to unfinished business from past books. Karina Bliss’ series about returned NZ Special Forces soldiers has made for some great reading, but I’d recommend reading them in order, because by the time we reach this one, there’re a lot of characters with a lot of tough backstories.

The reason this book surprised me is because it is about a character everyone thought had died in the M
Fantastic book. Lee is back home after being presumed dead and is confronted by a lot of changes, not the least of which is Juliet's presence in his friends' lives as his fiancée. She turned down his proposal the night before he left so how dare she be playing the part? Lee decides to fake amnesia and see if he can guilt her into a confession.

Jules had a lot of emotional baggage. She had grown up watching her mother jump into emotional relationships after knowing men for a very short time. She s
Kate Vale
This tale captured me almost from the first page. Imagine a military guy proposing before he's deployed and the woman in his life turning him down? That's what spins this tale quickly into conflict that becomes more complicated as we learn more of Lee's and Jule's back story and her intertwining relationships what his friends. This soldier comes back to life--literally and figuratively, thereby forcing Jules to consider selling her house OR her partnership and her job (!) to pay him back for wha ...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
After reading Bliss' What the Librarian Did, I was hoping for another enjoyable read. More than that, I was hoping new narrator Tess Masters would prove to be a narrator to watch. Neither happened. I'll admit that I gave up on this one before I was finished.
Elle (Ligia)
It seems as if Harlequin novels are taking a lot of my reading list this year, huh? Can’t say I regret it ;)

I realize that maybe I should have read the previous three books in the series first, but I wouldn’t be me if I started a series the way it was meant to be started, right? So yes, I know I might have missed (and it seems I did from some reviews I’ve been reading) important parts of these character’s backstories, but this one caught my eye and I was not about to wait to finish three books b
Nancy Crocker
A Prior Engagement by Karina Bliss: This is the fourth book in the series, and I must state I have not read the three previous books. The first three books are as follows:

Here Comes The Groom
Stand-In Wife
Bring Him Home

In A Prior Engagement: Lee Davis was serving in Afghanistan when his team was ambushed. For almost two years he has been a POW, 14 months of that time he was held by the Taliban. He has been beaten, tortured and suffered more than one person ever should. American Forces raided the
Coming back from the dead can be brutal process, having to deal with the changes that happened when you left, dealing with the reality of what being a captive of the Taliban did to you and for SAS soldier Lee Davis, this is his new reality.

A Prior Engagement is the fourth installment in Karina Bliss's Special Forces series and this is the book I had been waiting for. My expectations were high because my experience with the previous books had been phenomenal. So, maybe the burden of why the book
Powerful story that nicely concluded the military romance series. The book evoked such a rollercoaster of emotions, I just couldn't put it down. The characters, their emotions, behavior felt so real. The cynic in me wants to dismiss the story as fiction. The dreamer wants to believe that such a brotherhood, selfishness and love still exists in the world as torn apart as ours.
Jac (For Love and Books)
When I picked this one up (from Netgalley) I had no idea it was a book about New Zealand special forces, or that it was the end of a series. I was in a mood for military reads (having just attended one of my family members' Navy Induction) and this one sounded fantastic! (And I was right!)

So we have Jules, who has spent the last two years mourning the death of her almost-fiance, Lee. After he'd been killed his buddies gave her the ring. What they didn't know, is that she'd already rejected it.
Not as amazing as the third book in the series, Nate and Claire, but not as soap opera-y as the second book in the series, Ross and Vic (I could not locate book #1 in the series so I haven't read it yet. Lee and Juliet are both flawed individuals, and they both have a hard time understanding the other when it comes to their actions (Lee is more of a jump first kind of guy, Jules is a more take it slow kind of girl). I enjoyed the beginning of the book, when Lee pretends to have amnesia because h ...more
In Here Comes the Groom (January 2011), Bliss uses a friends-to-lovers plot and pushes it to the limit to give Dan Jansen and Jocelyn Swann their HEA. In Stand-in Wife (August 2011), she takes the overused twin switch and gives it a fresh twist, uniting Dan’s free-spirited sister Vivienne and Ross Coltrane, the coolest, most controlled of the SF team. There’s nothing new about a widow’s second time to fall in love or a hero with survivor’s guilt, but Bliss gives new dimensions to both in Bring H ...more
Brie C.
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

Source: review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

I’ve said before that Karina Bliss is one of the best current Contemporary Romance authors, and this book is yet another proof of that. As is the case with all her novels, A Prior Engagement was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I’m happy to say that it lived up to all my expectations.

The book is the culmination in a series of not-so-loosely related book. It’s the fourth
Hsiau Wei
This book tell the story of Juliet, who get to know that her deceased fiancé is actually still alive and is currently in the hospital eighteen month after they were being told of his death. Eighteen months before, when his close friends passed her a ring that Lee has intended to propose to her, she accepted it. But the friend does not know that Jules have rejected his proposal earlier. She grieved for his death throughout these months and has taken care of his father till he passed on. Now, Lee ...more
I originally started reading this last month, but Lee's story has so much of the stories of his friends/SAS buddies in it that once I realized that 1) they all had their own books and 2) I had over a month and a half until this one was released, I decided to read them all first. Given the condition of the hero (he's been presumed dead for a year and a half), readers who aren't familiar with his friends learn as Lee does what has happened to them in the interim--so this could easily be read as a ...more
I loved the way Ms. Bliss takes us through the relationship between Lee and Jules. There are tons of issues they need to deal with - dating back to before his deployment, as a result of his months of captivity, and from decisions they make after he is found. And the issues come from both of them. They both need to own up to a lot of stuff and work through it. And we see that it is not easy for them. There are many emotions they are dealing with and they do not always deal well, with each other a ...more
There was something compelling about how the story rolled out and yet unsatisfying about the whole thing. I can't put my finger on exactly why but (view spoiler) ...more
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Strong characters who each have a motivation to act the way they do. The dishonesty between them ended right when I was getting tired of it, so that worked well for me.

While I'd read the first book in the series, I missed the last two and I still did just fine, so this one stands alone well. I does make me want to read the others, though. The secondary characters (primary characters from previous books) were really nice. There was a great rapport between the guys that I appreciated.

Really enjoy
didn't realize this was part of a series, but it can still be read as a stand-alone
N. Kuhn
This book from start to finish is heart wrenching and pure romance. Everything that embodies a romantic novel. The struggle, the heart ache, the love. Lee and Jules are my new favorite couple. Not only their fight with love, but Lee's battle with his own scars and demons make this a read you just can't put down. The author should be proud of this novel. I couldn't stop reading. I really don't want to spoil anything, but if you want a book to lose yourself in, you have got to pick this one up.
I was hooked by the intriguing description and I definitely enjoyed it.
Nicole Helm
Beautiful finish to an emotional series. Bliss somehow made a back-from-the-dead plot realistic and reasonable. As much as I don't usually care for military books, the heroes in this series were three-dimensional, affected but not defined by their experiences. The heroines strong, flawed, and anything but cookie cutter. A depth of emotion extremely hard to come by. I cannot recommend these books highly enough.
One of those books where you understand where both characters are coming from, but you still want to smack them upside the head. Oodles of angst, and appreciated the fact that the hero's PTSD isn't magically cured by the lurve of a good woman.....
Harlequin Books
"In this heartwarming tale of learning to live again, Lee's PTSD seems quite realistic and the tension between the couple is wonderfully depicted." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 1/2 stars
I recommend reading this series in order. This story was emotional and funny and touching, a fitting conclusion to a great series.
A nice emotional read about friendship, love, loyalty and faith. Detailed review to be posted closer to release day.
3.5 stars
Not as strong as the others in this series but still well-written and worth reading.
Very good addition to the series. Loved the romance, the bromance, and the nice sappy ending.
Really good with a satisfying happily ever after that wasn't forced
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