A Soldier’s Embrace By Julie Romero Copyright 2010 by Julie Romero Published by Bluewood Publishing Limited, Christchurch, 8441, New Zealand, http://www.A Soldier’s Embrace By Julie Romero Copyright 2010 by Julie Romero Published by Bluewood Publishing Limited, Christchurch, 8441, New Zealand, http://www.bluewoodpublishing.com ISBN 978-1-877546-13-6, Paperback $14.99, Kindle $6.99, Nook Book $6.99
A Soldier’s Embrace by Julie Romero is an interesting and enjoyable romance that focuses on the best elements of romance: love, sexual tension and unfulfilled desires, while also providing a compelling story as the backdrop of the tale.
Elizabeth Davenport is a pampered Denver socialite whose world is turned upside down when she is kidnapped by stagecoach robbers and then rescued by handsome Army Lieutenant Eric Ryan. Pushed to the edge by her circumstances Elizabeth finds herself hopelessly drawn to the Lieutenant, but is it love, and more importantly are her feelings returned by this man who can have any woman he wants.
Eric Ryan is a man pursued by demons, convinced there is no woman he can love and plagued by remorse over the death of his first wife who died alone waiting for him to return from duty. Elizabeth Davenport gets under his skin, but his love is for the military and nothing is going to get in the way of his hard won career. Despite being drawn to Elizabeth, Eric is determined to stay away from her and let her have the type of live he thinks she deserves, that is until fate takes a hand.
Elizabeth’s father is a Denver banker who has been robbed and is facing total disaster so he calls in the Feds, in the form of Lieutenant Ryan and his men, to protect his bank. Whether they will be able to keep it safe from the ruthless men seeking to rob it remains to be seen, but when Eric faces Elizabeth again he realizes what has been stolen is heart and with Elizabeth about to marry another man hand chosen by her father, he may be too late to do anything about it.
I greatly enjoyed Romero’s storytelling skill and her ability to draw you into the love story growing between the characters, even when they were apart from one another. I loved her idea of setting the story in the “wild west” with brave West Point graduates, ruthless robbers and even some Indians thrown into the mix. I thought she did an excellent job at maintaining both an engrossing storyline and a well-developed romance and when it was over she left me wanting more. I definitely recommend A Soldier’s Embrace to all believers in true love. It makes you believe in love all over again as you experience what it is to fall in love for the very first time and then face losing it all. A definite must read for romance fans. ...more