He always puts duty first...she's a free spirit with an unshakable belief in Fate.
He loves routine and order...she brings chaos and creativity wherever she goes.
They're going to balance each other perfectly--or drive each other completely, utterly insane...
On a wild pre-deployment celebration in Las Vegas, Captain Timothy O'Shay encounters free-spirited beauty Skye McDermott, and for once lets down his guard. Now his life is about to take off in directions he never could have imagined...
"Like a cup of hot chocolate, The Officer Says I Do is warm, sweet, and spicy."--Mary Margaret Daughtridge, bestselling author of SEALed Forever
Jeanette lives just outside St. Louis with her husband, daughter and their lovable-but-stupid Goldendoodle. When she's not writing her next romance, she's found hanging out with the new friends she's made here, catching up with old friends from past duty stations on Facebook, or surfing Pinterest pretending she can cook. Catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter for contests, sneak peeks of what she's working on, and updates about her life in general.
LOVED IT!!! Sure that is a hottie ROCKING the cover and many of you may think that this is a fluffy romance, but its not. Its about 2 total opposites, who end up getting married after knowing each other for just one night (more like less than 12 hours; a serious case of wham, lets-get-married, bam, NO thank you ma'am). Tim is a straight as an arrow Marine (oo-rah!!) and Skye is airy and hippie-ish, and believes that Fate is her God. This story is about both of them trying to make their marriage work despite all the obstacles in their path. Its remarkably sweet, honest and sexy and i loved it!!!
This is the first book in the Sempre Fi trilogy which is based around 3 Marines who are best friends, the other two books will be about Jeremy and Dwayne! Cannot wait for the next one! Excellent job Ms. Murray!!!
The Officer Says “I Do” is the first book in the Semper Fi series. This is a sweet love story about fate and finding your own happiness.
Skye and Tim meet one night in Vegas and after too many drinks and a too many kisses they wind up married. He doesn’t remember the wedding even happened and heads back to California the next day. She is determined that fate brought them together for a reason and isn’t going to let him walk away easily.
To say these two are complete opposites is putting it mildly. It more realistic to say they are from different worlds. Skye gives up her life in Vegas determined to find her husband and fight for their marriage.
There are many obstacles that they have to learn to face and overcome. Overtime Skye winds up changing who she really is to fit more perfectly in Tim’s life. She is thrown into the military lifestyle that she knows nothing about and learns quickly that how she presents herself may have consequences for his career. Tim has always has his sights set on climbing the military ladder. The marines are more than just a job for him, it’s his life. He is not prepared for the way his structured life is suddenly flipped upside down.
This couple was really easy to fall in love with. Even though they have struggles and many issues fighting against them, they both are determined to try to make their marriage work. They have great dialog and chemistry with one another. It was fun to follow their story and discover how two people that were so different could possible find any common ground.
I admired the way Skye handled the uncomfortable and downright mean situations that she was thrown into. She is a very vibrant individual. Eventually she winds up losing herself to the person everyone thinks she needs to be. I love the way that Tim comes to love Skye’s little quirks that used to drive him crazy.
Ms Murray does a great job giving us a realistic look at life inside a military family. She details the concerns of deployments as well as the tolls this lifestyle change takes on everyone involved. Whether she is writing dialog between characters or using terminology, the authenticity is front and center.
We are introduced to some fantastic side characters. I am really excited to see what she has in store for us next in this series.
I love opposites attract stories and this one did not disappoint. The story itself was quite simple, but it kept my interest until the last page due to the characters that fully complemented each other. I fell in love with Tim and Skye and I loved the sizzling chemistry between them. I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series. Recommended!
Wow! This was the poster child for 'Opposites Attract' and 'Vegas Wedding' stories. At first, I was just blown away with how fast the proposal and acceptance came, but then the reality that came afterwards started to make sense and was an enchanting story.
This was a story that I had to suspend my usual mild level cynicism to just sit back and enjoy what came. I was so glad that I did because after the first little while it became as plausible as the next romance story.
The story opens with three Marine officers who have come to Vegas for a nice fling before they are deployed for Afghanistan. Dwayne is the happy go lucky big bear of a Texan, Jeremy is not as free and more moody, but still able to let loose, but Tim is the responsible and duty conscious one that never lets go. This time his friends razz him hard enough that he takes a slug of Dwayne's drink and goes 'bon temps roulez' at the Black Jack table where even as he's tossing down his bet he catches sight of a beautiful woman. Several glasses and a few bets richer, Tim and his friends find his brunette beauty and her friends interested.
After he collects his chips, Tim gets his winnings, drags the no-name girl behind a palm tree planter and locks lips. When he comes up for air he proposes.
Skye is a firm believer in fate and going with it to find out where it will lead. So when the handsome Marine proposes after she felt the spark of attraction between them, she goes with it and says 'Yes'. Hours later they share a hot honeymoon night that Skye wakes up and remembers with pleasure until she finds her husband gone without a word.
Tim remembers nothing of the wedding, but he feels badly about ditching Skye without a word because- he remembers almost nothing of the night and fears how he behaved while drunk off his butt. He leaves out on deployment with a little regret, but hopes to forget the lovely brunette.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Skye figures out that she needs to go find her errant husband and have The Talk. She knows what she wants and hopes he'll want the same. Unfortunately, the only person there to greet her when she finds where he lives is a suspicious, surprised and yet accepting little sister who calls Tim and gives him the 'happy' news.
The rest of the story was one wild ride of Hippie meets Military, surprise in-laws, stuffy stuck up commanding officer and wife, and a couple who give new meaning to making a marriage work.
The plot was a lovely surprise mostly because I loved seeing how the author let the relationship flow slowly and naturally after she shocked me with those first few pages. The pace was even and smooth with low angst. There was a subplot with the story of Tim's sister Madison and his friend Jeremy and then late in the story there is Skye's mysterious cousin. The story ended abruptly so I expect these subplots will resolve in the second book in the series.
Tim and Skye were characters that I could really get behind and root for them. I loved how they were both willing to try. They had their own ideas, but both were openminded about giving each other's way of doing something a try. I detested Tim's interfering CO and his wife and was just dying for Tim or Skye to give them a set down for being the dark shadow petty tyrants to all the men and women who rank under them.
The backdrop of the military base and ways was very authentic (maybe because the author is a Marine wife? ;D ).
Very enjoyable introduction to Jeanette Murray as a new to me author and I look forward to seeing what happens next in the series which unfortunately doesn't come out for a little while. I recommend this one who enjoy military romances and/or a quirky contemporary romance that will make you laugh and sigh at times.
Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with my requested review copy.
I love Vegas wedding romances. And when I say love I mean: L-O-V-E. So as soon as I read the blurb of The Officer Says "I Do" my expectations shot sky high, which let's be honest can be more of a disadvantage for a novel. But despite this hard and unfair beginning The Officer Says "I Do" not only delivered but swept me up in a whirlwind and I didn't come up for air (or lunch break) until I finished it.
The Officer Says "I Do" starts with a guys’ night out in Vegas where Tim, the usually uptight and rule abiding soldier is egged on by his teammates and best friends Dwayne and Jeremy to let loose and just enjoy life. In the big enjoyment Tim gets so drunk that when he crosses path with Skye after a steamy first kiss encounter he proposes, and Skye being the firm fate-believer consents.
Skye's life motto:
"Fate is never wrong, her mother used to say. It’s just waiting for you to catch up."
However the morning after isn't the usual "Oh my God, what did we do?!" as Tim has no recollecxtion of what transpired last night, so in the belief that Skye was a one night stand he leaves the room while she's asleep in embarassment (since he doesn't do one night stands), and leaves Skye to fend for herself. But Skye despite being a free spirit has an extremely strong will and after some investigation “hunts” down Tim across the country and goes to find him.
Their approach to their Vegas mistake is completely different: Skye wants more than merely give their marriage a chance, she wants to make it work. So after some convincing and deliberation Tim agrees to give marriage a trial run before they part ways.
I have to say besides the original premise of a Vegas wedding what definitely made The Officer Says "I Do" a favourite of mine were the characters. Though they were complete opposites with Tim the meticulous, duty-bound, rational and honourable marine and Sky the colourful, carefree bubbly butterfly, they were both very well developed and Jeanette Murray gave them enough nuances and details to make them well fleshed out complex and interesting characters. And I haven’t even told you about their chemistry yet! Because wow, that is off the charts!
But what made an even more memorable impression besides the sizzling chemistry and hot lovemaking scenes was the way Jeanette Murray portrayed the progress of Sky and Tim’s marriage and showed us what these two people made to make their marriage work. It was realistic and heartwarming. Reading about all the concessions, compromises and sacrifices Skye made was both humbling and moving. It beautifully portrayed what people are ready to do for love. Skye livened up Tim’s life and we could see how good she was for him in the way he opened up and got used to having her in his life and through all the small changes her presence made to his carefully organized and bland life. Reading about how these two people got to know each other and adapt their lives to create a joint life was realistic and heart-warming.
Besides the main characters the cast of secondary characters was wonderful as well! I can’t wait to read the next novels and discover their stories!
Verdict: The Officer Says "I Do" was the 1st novel I read by Jeanette Murray and I loved it! Great characters, smooth writing, sensual love scenes and heartwarming romance, the whole package was wonderful! I can't wait to read more of this series and revisit all the secondary characters!
Plot: 8/10 Characters: 9/10 Writing: 9/10 Ending: 9/10 could have had an epilogue or one more chapter showing their marital bliss
Ps. And kudos and extra brownie points for Jeanette Murray for featuring a full length and sexy safe sex talk!
Captain Tim O'Shay is a bit uptight. Okay, make that a lot uptight. Always the sober, responsible one among his friends, he decides to let loose for once on a guys' trip to Vegas. Winning a few hands goes to his head - as do the shots he normally wouldn't touch, and the sexy woman he feels an immediate attraction to. So he gives in to several temptations. What could go wrong, right?
Tim wakes up married. Not just married, but married to a free spirit who grew up on a commune. Totally not his usual type, and not what you - or his commanding officer - would think of as "Officer's Wife" material.
But his wife Skye believes strongly in fate, and she believes that's what drew them together in an attraction neither could resist. And the attraction's still there once the ink's dry on the marriage certificate, so they decide to give it a chance. Because with everything else going wrong, something has to go right. Right?
I thoroughly enjoyed The Officer Says "I Do". Tim's a sweet, caring man who wants to take care of his family and friends, advance in his career, and be the best Marine he can be. He's an intriguing, realistic mix between alpha and beta. This is certainly no grunting, chest-beating warrior. He's a strong man who's willing and able to make sacrifices for the people and things he loves.
Skye is equally willing to make sacrifices. She may have grown up on a commune with a couple of aging-hippie parents, but she's hardly a stereotype. She's warm, passionate, and devoted to discovering whether her impulse marriage could become the real deal.
The thing I love most about this book is how realistic it is. Okay, so the setup is far-fetched (or maybe it's not. I'd probably be shocked by how many drunken Vegas weddings there are). But the story follows two multi-layered characters as they try to figure out how to make a relationship work, and what they are and aren't willing to sacrifice for that to happen. As Skye struggles to turn herself into a "perfect" officer's wife, and Tim struggles to show her that he loves her the way she is, the two learn just as much about themselves as they do about each other.
And you can't get a more beautifully realistic picture of marriage than that.
I've always like opposite attract stories. It's fun to see just what an author will do to put two characters together. In this case, Marine Captain Tim O'Shay finds himself married to free spirited, fate believing Skye McDermott.
Tim and his fellow marines head to Vegas for a weekend of blowing off steam prior to their next deployment. While Tim is generally the guy who doesn't drink and watches over his friends to ensure they don't find themselves in trouble, he lets himself get talke into a night of drinking and gambling.
Skye and her best friends are having a girls night out (at the Casino where they work) when they hear cheering at a nearby gaming table. When she sees the man gambling and winning, she's instantly attracted. When he seems to feel the same attraction and then later proposes, she agrees figuring Fate has a grand plan for the two of them.
Skye had some guts. I'm pretty sure if I were in her shoes and awoke the next morning to find my husband gone without a trace, I'd find my way to the nearest lawyer and figure out a way to undo what we had done the night before. But Skye didn't. She found her "lost" husband and high tailed it out to Twenty Nine Palms, Ca. She had reservations and doubts about what she was doing, but she still put in the effort with her marriage. She was even willing to dress more like the other wives, if that meant if made Tim's life easier at work. Gutsy.
I really liked Tim. For such a by the book guy, you could see he had a wild streak that needed a release. His release, was through his wife. He loved how she dressed in bright colors, that she was messy and wasn't content with him taking care of her but rather wanting to contribute to their household. She balanced him out and that had Tim enjoying the little things in life a little more.
A fun read that will have you itching for the next one (please let it be Jeremy and Madison).
Skye is a restaurant manager out for the evening with her friends. She was raised in a commune and is a vegetarian. She believes in Fate and also in being in the moment.
Tim is a Marine.... born... bred... raised a Marine. He is out on a last pre-deployment leave with his buddies in Vegas. After being on great behavior the entire trip he finally lets his guard down and starts playing blackjack with a great winning streak. He is also drinking heavily although he doesn't show it to those who do not know it well. While drunk and in a moment of pure craziness, he meets and then makes out with Skye. In the middle of this heavy kissing session behind a potted plant he asks her to marry him and she not only accepts... they go do the whole quickie Vegas wedding.
The morning after leads to him leaving her without saying goodbye and heading back to base. She tracks him down and the fun ensues.
I loved this book and am looking forward to the additional stories along with more glimpses of Skye and Tim. They really do seem to be a good match in that she brings him out of his shell and he brings a needed grounding to her personality and life.
You will find yourself frustrated at times because like most conflicts... they could be resolved if the two would just talk to one another but in this case I think it was easier to understand because they truly did not know one another.
Thanks to netgalley.com and Sourcebooks Casablanca for providing this to me in exchange for my honest review.
OK. This one totally took me by surprise. I expected a nice, steamy read but it was so much more than that. Skye and Tim were a great couple, truly an example of how being different from each other can be a great thing. Skye is the free spirit and Tim is the military guy- a little more reined in. At first, I thought it would just be about them geting married in Vegas and having lots of great sex. Nope. What happens if you want that crazy decision to last for the rest of your life? Even if you really don't know each other? How will you fit into each others lives? There were issues between the two of them that many married couples (including myself during my marriage) run into... how much do you change yourself to accomodate your partner? and what if the things you change are the things that your partner fell in ove with in the first place? Well done Ms. Murray.
Jeanette Murray starts off her Semper Fi series with an entertaining romance! THE OFFICER SAYS I DO is a funny, charming and sexy novel!
Captain Timothy O'Shay has hours left to enjoy the Las Vegas nightlife before he is deployed again to Afghanistan. Though it's not normal for him, he throws caution to the wind and indulges himself...maybe a little too much. The next morning, he's still a little fuzzy on the details and that scares him. Yet Tim leaves the city, and the gorgeous girl he spent the night with, behind to go back to his military life.
When Tim's deployment plans suddenly change, he heads home to discover a woman waiting for him. It's the woman that has been haunting him for days since he left her alone in the bed they shared in Vegas, Skye McDermott. Yet, she's no longer McDermott...she's Skye O'Shay, his wife. When she does the unthinkable and asks if he wants to take a chance to see if this marriage can work, Tim surprisingly finds himself saying for the second time that week - ‘I Do.'
THE OFFICER SAYS I DO is a straightforward, yet ultimately sweet contemporary romance. With a military hero, I was wondering if this novel would have a suspenseful edge, but was pleasantly surprised to find a lighthearted story about two complete opposites falling in love. And really, these two characters could not be more different. Skye was a carefree spirit that let Fate be her guide. She was messy, she was colorful and she was everything Tim was not. He had a life that was guided by a military discipline and kept his emotions in control. He was rarely impulsive and always had a plan. Despite how different they both were, I adored them both. They shared a passionate attraction, and also the ability to not accept failure, which is what encouraged them to take a chance on their relationship. Reading about making the most of their situation was adorable and delightful.
Really, their differences may make you question whether or not these two could fall in love. The beginning of the novel leaves you in a state of disbelief, which isn't totally unreasonable considering the circumstances. Yet what makes THE OFFICER SAYS I DO worth the journey is watching these two characters change in order to make their marriage work. As with any marriage, sacrifices are always made, so you get to experience these two adapting to the situation because they want it to work even though they aren't sure yet that it can. It's a completely unusual situation, yes, but I admired how they weren't going to call it a mistake and leave it at that. At first it seems ridiculous, but as the novel goes on it makes more sense, because you realize they are building in a positive way what attracted them to one another in the first place.
Also, be prepared to become involved in Madison and Jeremy's secondary romance. Unfortunately, Ms Murray just gives you a little taste to whet your appetite until their book is released! So this novel certainly leaves you with something to look forward to. Not only that, but Ms Murray creates a really fun group of secondary characters. They make you laugh and truly appreciate the close relationship they have. Murray even gives you a great insight into the ins and outs of military life. It is something unique and of course fits into the plot with how it complicates Skye's and Tim's new marriage.
Charming and surprisingly loveable, Tim and Skye's story is easy proof that opposites attract in the absolute best ways! Fans looking for a light hearted, new contemporary series, with military heroes to make you swoon, should check out Jeanette Murray's Semper Fi series. THE OFFICER SAYS I DO is a ridiculously fun novel with fabulous characters that will you leave you smiling and writing that will leave you wanting more. It's all a girl could want and then some!
This couple is the definition of opposites attract. They meet one night in Vegas, during a rare moment when Tim let’s his guard down, he loosens up, gambles more than he normally would, drinks a lot more and sees a woman across the casino he has to have. Tim ended up having more to drink than anyone realized and apparently the guy can come across as handling himself just fine because after one hot kiss rattles both Tim and Skye, he says marry me and she says yes, having no clue about just how out of it he is. Skye is a huge believer in fate. She thinks everything happens for a reason and when she wakes up the next morning married, but alone in their hotel room, she tracks her husband down in California to give their marriage a go.
Alright, I had a hard time with this set up. I just couldn’t buy into no one noticing how drunk Tim was, or Skye moving her entire life to a new city to follow fate. She quits her job, she leaves all her friends and follows after a guy she doesn’t know, who didn’t even remember getting the married. Skye wants to make a go of this crazy relationship and Tim agrees, a little reluctantly. Skye and her commune childhood couldn’t be more out of place in Tim and his Marine life. But she tries. She trades in her colorful, vibrant clothes for a more muted wardrobe, she slowly starts hiding who she really is because she feels like that’s what Tim needs and wants in his life. I hated seeing her do this, but the gesture was sweet. Problem was, it felt like she was the only one making any type of changes or sacrifices in the relationship. You could say Tim’s a guy and doesn’t pay attention to things like clothes or knick knacks around the house, but he knows something’s off and just never talks to Skye about it. Lack of communication leads to Skye running back home to her parents and the separation pushes Tim into action, finally.
Looking past the marriage, they do have a nice romance. Tim’s a good guy, but it’s clear early on that Skye is the heart and soul of this duo. I wished they would have been a bit more open with each other, communicated about things. I liked seeing Tim loosen up, all due to Skye. He went from a predictable, orderly, everything-has-it’s place home to having a Skye whirlwind come in and shake everything up. There were a few slow parts during the story, moments when I kept waiting for something to happen. Skye’s slow transformation into the wife she thinks Tim needs and wants takes time to build as she attends dinners and hosts a coffee event with the wives, each instance shows her slowly conforming and turning into someone she doesn’t recognize, but it did slow the overall pace of the story down.
I loved Tim’s best friends, Jeremy and Dwayne. They add that comic relief (aka smart ass commentary) that only best friends can and the build-up for Jeremy’s story with Tim’s sister Madison is already heating up. They both love each other, but Jeremy will not make any kind of move. They share a crazy hot kiss, but that’s it. Jeremy turns cold and hard toward her and that’s where they’re going to pick up for their story, out next.
Overall this was a good read, nothing that really blew me away though. A few things balanced each other out: I didn’t really go for Skye changing herself or conforming at all and for Tim not speaking up about it sooner, but it was balanced against their romance which I did enjoy. I’m looking forward to book 2, and seeing what’s in store for Jeremy and Madison.
A Girl’s Night Out (GNO) ends in an “I do”…is it Vegas or is it Fate? Only time will tell.
Lieutenant Timothy O’Shay doesn't make snap decisions, that could be fatal in his line of work. He certainly doesn’t do it when even a little bit drunk. Well, not normally, anyway. One decision to "let go and live in the moment" will forever change his life in the form of one curvy, nature loving brunette. Sometimes you have to give up control and give fate a hand.
Skye McDermott was not raised in the military. She doesn’t have a clue about rank, the Corps or military protocols. But she does know that what she felt the first time she touched Timothy O’Shay was real and meant something. She’s not sure what it meant but walking away and not giving their marriage (for what it was worth) a fair shot wasn’t an option for her. Her open mind will be tested to its limits when faced with the stricture of the military life. It’ll take more than a stiff shirt CO and his less than welcoming wife to send her packing. Doubts about her ability to be the wife Tim needs…that’s a different story.
I can’t get enough of stories that make me proud of our service men and women. The Officer Says I Do introduced me to three honorable men who chose to serve and structure their lives around the military they live and breathe. Ms. Murray doesn’t skimp on the character building. I knew who Tim was before the military and who were his influences. I met his parents, and his sister was a pivotal member of the cast. The same with Skye. Her family is brought into the picture and her background is clearly drawn out. It gave me a solid foundation to watch how she and Tim grew as a couple. It was beautiful and refreshing how honest and open they were with each other. Tim is a bit an alpha but it’s mostly in the bedroom and even the feminist in Skye can’t help but melt when this soldier gives a command.
Book Two in this series is slated for January 2013 but I’m not sure whose story it’ll be. I’m hoping for Jeremy and Jessie since the tension was slowly building as a side story in this book. I think the other friend, Dwayne, is going to be a sweetheart when he finds his match. He’s had some heartbreak in the past so it’s clear it’ll take a special woman to get him to embrace the big C (commitment).
If you crave a genuinely sweet and altogether spicy romance with a military flavor, you NEED to pick up a copy of The Officer Says I Do. The clever dialogue will tickle your funny bone while the characters, the chemistry and sensual love story will have you begging for more. An easy recommend and a new favorite writer for me.
Fate is defined as “that which is inevitable predetermined; destiny”. Add that to the “Opposites Attract” statement and we got ourselves a fun, entertaining and a cleverly written romance novel!
However, this isn’t your typically story where the “tidy, everything in its place” hero and “carefree, sometimes flakey” heroine realize that there’s no point in opposing fate and succumb to what they’ve been fighting against at the very end of the story. Instead, in “The Officer Says “I Do””, both characters, Capt. Tim O’Shay and Skye McDermott get to know each other throughout the entire story and try their best to not let the “opposite” side of each other create the line that divides them.
A Captain in the Marine Corp, Tim O’Shay is a third generation Marine, who knows the ‘ins and outs’ of the Corp and what it takes to be a good Marine. He is the “responsible one” among his friends and holds them and himself to high standards. While on a short leave prior to a deployment in Vegas, Fate deals her cards (pun intended) and places Skye McDermott in the direct line of sight of Capt. O’Shay! The connection is made and sparks fly.
The Officer Says “I Do” is the first book in the Semper Fi series. This is a sweet love story about fate and finding your own happiness. Skye and Tim meet one night in Vegas and after too many drinks and a too many kisses they wind up married. He doesn’t remember the wedding even happened and heads back to California the next day. She is determined that fate brought them together for a reason and isn’t going to let him walk away easily. To say these two are complete opposites is putting it mildly. It more realistic to say they are from different worlds. Skye gives up her life in Vegas determined to find her husband and fight for their marriage. There are many obstacles that they have to learn to face and overcome. Overtime Skye winds up changing who she really is to fit more perfectly in Tim’s life. She is thrown into the military lifestyle that she knows nothing about and learns quickly that how she presents herself may have consequences for his career. Tim has always has his sights set on climbing the military ladder. The marines are more than just a job for him, it’s his life. He is not prepared for the way his structured life is suddenly flipped upside down. This couple was really easy to fall in love with. Even though they have struggles and many issues fighting against them, they both are determined to try to make their marriage work. They have great dialog and chemistry with one another. It was fun to follow their story and discover how two people that were so different could possible find any common ground. I admired the way Skye handled the uncomfortable and downright mean situations that she was thrown into. She is a very vibrant individual. Eventually she winds up losing herself to the person everyone thinks she needs to be. I love the way that Tim comes to love Skye’s little quirks that used to drive him crazy. Ms Murray does a great job giving us a realistic look at life inside a military family. She details the concerns of deployments as well as the tolls this lifestyle change takes on everyone involved. Whether she is writing dialog between characters or using terminology, the authenticity is front and center. We are introduced to some fantastic side characters. I am really excited to see what she has in store for us next in this series.
Back Cover: He’s a Marine…she grew up on a commune.
He always puts duty first…she’s a free spirit with an unshakable belief in Fate.
He loves routine and order…she brings chaos and creativity wherever she goes.
They’re going to balance each other perfectly—or drive each other completely, utterly insane…
On a wild pre-deployment celebration in Las Vegas, Captain Timothy O’Shay encounters free-spirited beauty Skye McDermott, and for once lets down his guard. Now his life is about to take off in directions he never could have imagined…
Review: I loved this book. It is funny, sweet, romantic and sexy all in one. I am a military wife. My husband is in the Air Force and I about died laughing at certain parts because I still make some of those new military wife mistakes and some things I do just to annoy my husband for fun. I could not put this book down. I read it in a day because I just wanted to see what was going to happen next.
Tim is your stick up the ass, stuffy military man and Skye is the care free, leave your stuff every where hippie type and their relationship works. They balance each other out and make the other better. You would honestly think that they would want nothing to do with each other, but that is not the case with these two. They are not only attracted to each other big time sexually, they actually work on making their marriage work. While their marriage definitely did not start off in a conventional way, they made it work. Tim realizes that sometimes you need not to be so anal all the time and that is because of Skye. Skye really wants this marriage to work and even tries to change to make Tim happy, but he loves her for her not who she is trying to be.
This does show the sometime unfortunate side of military life. I am not talking about the deployments and last minute changes. I am talking about the snotty stuck up, I think I am too good for you military wives that give the good ones a bad name. I so wanted to slap a bitch when I read about Tim’s superior’s wife and how she acted. I loved when Skye finally said something to her. I wanted to yell out You Go Girl!!
If you believe in fate or soul mates, then you will love this book. If you love military romances, you will love this book. If you love a good romance, you will love this book. Have you gotten the hint yet, go get this book, you will love it! I am wishing it was January so I can get my hands on book 2 right now.
My Review: I really loved this book. As an Air Force officer's wife for 20 years, it was like going back into that life (he retired 2 years ago). The life of a military wife is definitely a different thing and Jeanette NAILED all the little intricacies and annoyances about it. Not that it's all bad because it's certainly not....there are just so many little details about the life that no one else in the civilian world has to deal with and as a spouse, you're "expected" to deal with them all. That includes a LOT of get-togethers and functions where you have to be "on".
For Skye, who grew up in a commune as a pacifist with a very hippy lifestyle, this is most definitely foreign territory. But she wants her marriage to work with Tim, so she tries to tone down her normal personality to fit in...yeah, you can see how that's going to work out. She's a free spirit. Follows fate where it leads her and has the style of a gypsy. She has a zest for life that Tim can't resist, although she's nothing like who he'd normally choose to become involved with.
As a fourth generation Marine, Tim just accepts that this is the way life is. Yes, he absolutely hates it when his commander gets into his family life, but he knows eventually he'll get a new CO who will be easier to deal with. He doesn't see what it's doing to Skye or her natural exuberance for life. He doesn't see that she needs his reassurance that he likes the woman she actually is, not the personality she has to put on for the military functions. He's methodical and precise. He's a detail guy and good at his job. He doesn't ever "let loose" so it's as much a surprise to him as anyone else when he loses segments of his night in Vegas and has no idea that he's married.
There was so much about this book that I loved. I loved the friendships. For every awful person you have to deal with in the military, there are another ten that are wonderful who make all the pain worth it and can commiserate in a bad situation. Jeanette showed these friendships wonderfully and beautifully.
I really enjoyed this "opposites attract" story. I think Tim and Skye make a wonderful couple and I can't wait to read Jeremy and Madison's story in December. This is shaping up to be an absolutely fabulous series. Bravo, Jeanette!! You got it right. A great story for glimpses into the military life. It most definitely resonated with me.
Jeannette Murray writes a very good romance. Entertaining and fun. The story kept me turning pages and laughing out loud. Military settings can be tricky to write because there are quite a few differences between a civilian lifestyle and a military lifestyle. Unless you’ve been there you don’t understand the nuances and can’t do justice to it. Jeanette’s background as a military wife creates a real time setting and adds some fun conflict that can only happen in the military.
I had to chuckle over a few of the social settings portrayed and the power plays. She was able to grab the essence of rank and file yet the scenarios fit the story well.(Ps,I have used candles in similar settings, lol!)
I loved the two main characters, Skye and Tim. Their relationship has plenty of heat and sweet. I love Skys’ belief in fate and how it operates in her life. Sky may be free spirited and whimsical but that doesn’t mean flighty and irresponsible. She has a strong sense of what’s right and wrong and the discipline to strive to succeed in her career. She has a code she lives up to. She is strong and feisty. Tim is a marine officer. A warrior used to being in charge. Self-discipline, routine, and order are things the corp tends to pound into you—no flights of fancy allowed. So the two coming together seem to have nothing in common on the surface, but where it counts, they do. It was fun to watch how they reconciled those differences and get their happy ever after.
Tim’s buddies. Oh lordy, they’re so well drawn and distinct. Dwayne all southern drawl, funny sayings, and laughter. Jeremy, intense, solid, and with a good sense of humor. All three are warriors, honor bound but different and yet they blend into a solid friendship. Madison, Tim’s sister, is also the type of person you’d like as a friend. She’s full of spitz and yet she’s endearing.
This was just an over all good story to read and left you sighing and laughing over the ending. I’m looking forward to Madison and Jeremy’s story and I can’t wait to see how Dwayne meets his end to bachelorhood.
The Officer Says “I Do” is the first book in Ms. Murray’s new Semper Fi series. It focuses on Timothy O’Shay, a careful, by-the-book USMC Captain who likes his life predictable and uncluttered. Free-spirited Skye McDermott grew up on a commune; she’s a big personality who likes color and clutter, and doesn’t eat meat.
Skye is having a night out with her friends at the casino in Las Vegas that she works at, when they meet three good looking men gambling at the tables. After a whirlwind night together, Tim heads back to his home in California, not remembering that in his drunken state he married Skye! Skye can’t believe he doesn’t remember and tracks him down. Since she’s already decided that since Fate threw this handsome man in her path, she’s going to make the marriage work.
It took me awhile to get into the story, but once I did, I enjoyed The Officer Says “I Do”. At first I was put off by the flighty, hippified character of Skye – all flowy skirts and tofu. But she grew on me – from immediately finding employment instead of living off Tim’s salary to trying to fit in to impress his Commanding Officer, I’ll admit she surprised me. I’m a “Navy brat” and I can say Ms. Murray gives a good depiction of military home life. I really liked Tim, and found a kindred spirit in his tidy, family-oriented character. The changes he made to accommodate Skye were subtle but important (Full disclosure: I’m a bit of a neatnic, and just reading about Skye leaving her shoes and papers around the house made me edgy.) The scene where he realizes he misses having her things strewn around the house was sweet. The difference in Skye and Tim’s upbringing made for more than a few misunderstandings, which added to the overall conflict of the story. Throw in some steamy bedroom scenes and some side characters who are fighting their own attractions, and you’ve got an entertaining summer read.
Recommendations Fans of Military Romance and/or Marriage of Convenience stories will enjoy The Officer Says “I Do”. It’s not so technical that I didn’t understand what was going on regarding the military aspects but had enough romance that I wasn’t bored with the military stuff.
This book was one of the best that I have read. The author definitely knew what she was doing when she wrote this book. Tim is in the Marine Corps. He is on a mini leave with his two best friends in Las Vegas. He is the friend who is always the sober one, the responsible one. He is the babysitter of the three. He makes sure that the other two do not get into trouble. Skye works and lives in Vegas. She is with her two best friends for a much needed night out. She is the type of person who believes in Fate. She believes in things always happens for a reason and not to mess with it. She doesn’t care what happens, because it always happens for a reason. Just like her belief in love, it happens to her when it happens. Tim and Skye notice each other from across the casino. It is the typical love at first sight type of deal. The only different was is that they were both drunk. They ended up spending the night together. When they woke up, Skye was alone. She also found out that they were married. So Skye up rooted herself and moved to where Tim actually lives. She feels that since they were married she would tell him and see what happens between them. After Skye met Tim’s family, she realized that she was losing who she was to become what his parents wanted her to be. So she moved back to her home state of Texas. While she is there, Tim realized that he was in love with her for who she was and not for whom his family wanted her to be. He went to Texas to get her back. The book is they type of book that just draws you into it. It makes you picture yourself in their shoes. You can see yourself going through what the characters are going through. There were some parts of the book that could make you laugh. There were other parts of the book that could make you want to hit one of the characters for being stupid. The author is a phemmmonial writer. Her style of writing makes the words flow together so well that you cannot put the book down once you start reading it. I recommend this book to those who love contemporary writers.
I just want to first of all say that I won this book and thank you to the author for the opportunity to read this book.
If your are looking for a little romance and a twist to a plot then this is the book for you. The plot, I have read before, but Janette Murray uses extraordinary writing to make it her own. So if you do not like spoilers please do not read ahead, but if you would like to know what you are getting into then by all means com forth..... The first few chapters jumps into the plot, which is an accidental marriage. The main male,Tim, and the lead female,Skye, have get themselves into a drunken marriage which they try to ride out together with a little convincing from Skye. As you can guess marriage after a five minute conversation is probably a roller coaster, and yes it really is for these two. Skye has the aid of her two friends, who she works with, while Tim has the aid of his two Marine friends. Yeah I said Marines, so try to wrap your mind around the image of a hot male alpha attitude guy, who knows what he wants...at times...and goes for it. On the other hand Skye is soft, spunky and also eccentric. We see many fazes of their relationship, from hot and steamy to angry and rough, and to on the verge of destruction. There were a few characters who I really wanted to go through the pages and strangle because, yes, they were that annoying. I won't say any names, but once you read it you might want to do the same. There is a hint of Madison's, Tim's sister, and Jeremy's book. I am guessing this will be the main focus in Murray's next novel. The story treads on Marines facts and protocols which are factual, yeah I had to look them up. Overall, this story caught my attention and interest and ran away with it. I did not have any doubts about its interest going into it and flipping the last page because it was just that good. If you are a romance junky then I recommend this book to you, and also if your just looking for a book to stimulate your life then read The Officer Says "I DO".