~*~*~ What do you get when you combine a high-paced adventure with a sexy SOAR couple and a bit of edge-of-your-seat suspense? One hell of a ride!
Emily Beale, Captain in the rarely heard of SOAR division of the Army, is not a wimpy heroine, nor is she the social butterfly her mother had always hoped for. Instead, she's a tough woman, strong. One who knows what she wants (to fly) and does whatever is needed to accomplish it. As the only woman in a male-dominated career, she's had to work her a$$ off—literally—to get where she is. It's not easy earning the respect of the me she works with. But she's found that a good a$$-kicking or two goes a long way to helping to smooth the road...
I loved Emily's character. She was talented and smart, brave and motivated—she knew what she wanted to do and she didn't let anyone stand in her way. I can respect that. She was also a more complex character, I came to realize,with a few surprises up her sleeves. She's definitely not your typical blonde (no offense to anyone!) nor is she your usual heroine. And yet this fit, because she was herself, pure and simple.
Major Mark Henderson, aka “The Viper”, has a reputation for being tough. He never jokes, he never makes a mistake, and he rarely compliments one of his men—even when they do their job correctly. But Emily brings out all of these things in him. Not a good thing when showing any interest in her can get him court-marshaled! Oh, but it would be so tempting, just to be able to kiss her—just once. But when he does, he realizes that once will never be enough....
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Usually novellas leave a reader hanging, wanting more. They're quickies meant to help tide you over until the next book in a series is out or to introduce you to a new author. Rarely have I seen a novella that offered much more than that—but I found it in Heather Long's newest novella, Once Her Man, Always Her Man!
Rebecca and Luke were childhood friends and highschool sweethearts. They were crazy for each other—up until the last part of their senior year, when 9/11 happened, a tragedy that even affected their small town. Luke, whose father was already a Marine, enlisted even before graduation, leaving Rockwell—and Rebecca—behind. He loved her, but felt that she deserved a better life, not one stuck in Texas, worrying about him in Iraq. It was a mistake, and one he's regretted ever since.
Out of the military now, he's came back to the area to start a rehab or sorts for returning Vets. When the rest of his team signs up for a dating service (1NightStand) he does so as well—to support them more than anything. After all, he still thinks of Rebecca...
His first setup is in a club-and who does he find waiting there? Rebecca, his love, the one he pushed away 11 years ago. It's rare to get a second chance, but Luke's taking this one. Can he explain to Rebecca why he left, why he never came home—why he stills loves her to this day? Will she listen?
OHM,AHM is indeed a quick story, only a few chapters total. But what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in romance, writing quality, emotions, and steamy chemistry! I absolutely loved reading Rebecca and Luke's story, devouring it in only about 20 minutes. And while, yes, I would have liked it to be a full length novel, it wasn't absolutely necessary—Heather manages to weave quite a story for us even with such limited pages to work with.
There was depth to the story, the background and characters—something that not even all novels have, little loan most novellas. Their story blew me away, and I'll even admit to blinking back a few tears while reading, as their relationship was very touching, very sweet. And once they worked out their problems and decided to, ahem, show their love for one another....Well, I'll just leave it at “hot damn!”. Yes, a Marine definitely knows how to treat his woman...*sigh*
5 STARS! For a quick, but totally satisfying, second-chance-at-love romance, this is the perfect choice! Sweet, touching and very sexy, this novella is a must read! And as it is short, it won't take you long to finish—even better for those times when reading a 400 page book is made almost impossible by our hectic lives! I will definitely be adding Heather Long to my list, and I look forward to seeing what one of her full length novels has to offer. Because when she can make me fall in love with a book in less than 40 pages, imagine what she can do in 300! :) (less)
Jessica Scott has managed once again to rip out my heart. She caused me to pull a “There's something in my eye” moment many a times while reading this...moreJessica Scott has managed once again to rip out my heart. She caused me to pull a “There's something in my eye” moment many a times while reading this novella. But she also made me laugh and smirk. I'll Be Home for Christmas is a heart-warming holiday romance that will drag you through every emotion before reaching the last page.
Ms. Scott is very talented at what she writes. I've inhaled every one of her books so far, and adored each and every one, I'll Be Home for Christmas being no exception. I was beyond thrilled when I heard that Carponti was finally getting his story told. I've been in love with him from book 1, intrigued by the glimpses of his character, and especially drawn to this tricks and jokes. I was not disappointed by this book at all. Scott did an amazing job, yet again, of writing a romance that is very real and emotional, and incorporating the military lifestyle into the story. She knows what she's writing about, and it comes through in her books.
I'll Be Home for Christmas is a quick read, yes, but the story is still well developed, and the emotional roller coaster Vic and Nicole (as well as many of the secondary characters) go through is very powerful. Prepare yourself—mark off a few hours of your time to enjoy this book, and bring a few tissues, just in case you find that you, too, have something caught in your eye. A rare combination of sweet, sexy, funny, emotional and yet dealing with a very serious, and real, situation, I'll Be Home for Christmas is a must read for any fan of this genre!
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For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace. Kame and Pat gave this one 5 stars as well--and we did a discussion of the novella, so be sure to head over and check it out! ;)
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Camouflaged continues Laurence's Hiding From Love series (though it is technically a prequel), and tells the story of Gabe Thompson. While Nick (Hidde...more Camouflaged continues Laurence's Hiding From Love series (though it is technically a prequel), and tells the story of Gabe Thompson. While Nick (Hidden) was sent stateside after an incident, Gabe, his best friend, is still in Afghanistan finishing up his second tour of duty. Gabe's always been the player, the proverbial man who runs away from commitment. But, as with any playboy in romanceland, this changes as he begins to fall for Alexis Garcia, the UN volunteer he is assigned to show around the area.
I really liked Camouflaged. I will admit, I still love Laurence's previous novel more, but it's not a big drop in rating (only a half a star). My biggest complaint is a common, but very good one-- I wanted more. I wish this novella had been a bit longer (or that it had been a full-length novel). I wanted more of a resolution in the end. A lot can happen in the six months until Gabe's tour ends and I wasn't completely reassured that their HEA was reached. A few more chapters, or an epilogue, would have helped. Or perhaps another novella or short story covering this couple in the future? (Hint, hint, Ms. Laurence!)
Of course, I'm a bit harsher when rating my novellas, and it's very rare for me to give one a top rating. However, Camouflaged does come very close.
Obviously I loved Gabe. I was a bit unsure at first due to his player attitude, but he turned around. I also respected his strength and dedication, especially by helping to support his mom back in the States. He was sexy (of course!) but he was sweet, in his own way, as he got to know Alexis.
This entire novella is told from Gabe's POV. I liked this, but I also thought at times it would have been nice to see some parts from Alexis' POV, too. I did not connect with her as much and in the end felt like I knew very little about her.
Another wonderful story from Selena Laurence, who is quickly becoming a favorite author or mine. I zipped through Camouflaged within a day and very much enjoyed it. I will be waiting for the next book in this series. For a quick paced, sexy NA romance, be sure to pick up this novella. In fact, pick up this series—you can read Camouflaged and Hidden in any order without missing anything.
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I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.