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A Marine of Plenty

(Always a Marine #17)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Serving overseas is a lonely duty…

Captain Charlie Sparks faces an impossible task—assigned to a security detail for the sister of a fallen Marine. The last thing Charlie wants is this beautiful woman in the middle of a base in Afghanistan no matter what holiday she plans to help them celebrate. But no one asked for his opinion, and worse, she’s everything he adores in a wo
Published October 21st 2013 by Decadent Publishing (first published October 9th 2013)
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Virginia Nelson
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-crit-beta
In the holiday Marine books, Long brings the same emotional punch as she shows in the whole series. Jana is a woman with a purpose on a mission and Charlie (Naomi's brother from What Part of Marine Don't You Understand?) Sparks finds himself in charge of her security while she fulfills it.

Charlie is dealing with issues of his own, assuming responsibility for things no one else holds him accountable for, and doesn’t agree with Jana being on base. Even though he isn’t happy she’s there, he’s draw
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this short, quick holiday read. Jana (in an attempt to get over the death of her brother, a Marine in Afghanistan) coordinates and arranges to make and have a real Thanksgiving dinner for the men at the base where he was deployed. Captain Charlie Sparks is assigned to her security detail. Charlie and Jana have been corresponding since her brother’s death. This short story was filled with emotional highs and lows. Ms. Long does delve somewhat into deployed soldiers’ feelings – h ...more
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. Jana wants to do something to honor her fallen brother so she puts together and jumps through all the hoops to get all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner and get to serve it to the Marines that her brother served with.

I enjoyed the glimpse of what Afghanistan might be really like, and the instant attraction between Jana and Charlie. They meet and it's this instant thing, but they only have 48 hours, so it's romance sped up but it works. They have the foundation to go fo
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. Heather Long has done it again. Though this isn’t a very long story it will have your emotions pinging the entire gamut from laughter to tears and everything in between. You definitely feel Ms. Long’s love for her subject. This book, this series, is pro service member without the preaching you get in some other books. Politics aside, every American owes their freedom to the men & women of our armed forces. Heather Long gets that. In this book we get a quick peek at life in a war zone ...more
Laci Paige
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marines
A Marine of Plenty is an emotional Thanksgiving tale. The story draws you in immediately, doesn't let you go until the end, and it leaves you wanting for more. I hope to see more of Charlie and Jana sometime in the future, they were written well, and had great chemistry together. I've never read a bad story by Heather Long, she's a talented author who's at the top of my TBR list.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heather-long
Loved it. Short and very sweet. The connection between Charlie and Jana was instant and it felt genuine even with this being a novella. I REALLY want more Charlie and Jana!!!!
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Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sarah and Adri's Reviews:
So after discussing what to do about Heather Long's Always a Marine Holiday collection, we have decided to do joint reviews. We both love this series so much that we didn't want to fight over it. The good thing is that we share these Marines so well!

After the loss of her brother Jana decides the best way to remember his memory is to visit his brothers in arms in the sandbox. With the help of Congressman Sparks she is able to set up a Thanksgiving meal for the tro
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is no secret that I am addicted to this series and I pounce when one is released or when Heather surprises me with sneak peeks or even an ARC. If I am reading something, it gets set aside until I finish reading the latest Marine. I love the conversations that Heather and I have through FB!

"I think A Marine of Plenty will blow you away" Heather Long said on June 25 @ 2:25pm

The above statement was said after I finished Marine in the Wind after I sent her this message:

"Are you trying to bump
A Thanksgiving spent on a Marine base in Afghanistan between a grieving sister of a Marine and the Marine Captain that gave him his orders brings, healing, hope and something more.

Jana lost her brother while he was deployed overseas. His loss has left her family coping with their grief in various ways. She comes up with a way to both gain closure for her own grief and do something for the men and women who served with Robbie. She's on her way to deliver and cook Thanksgiving dinner and care pack
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who's read my reviews knows that I'm a fan of the "Always a Marine" series by Heather Long. These stories are short but do not scrimp on substance and considering it's taken me just a few days to get to this point, I'm already beginning to worry about withdrawal! Hahaha! As I've gone from one installment to another, I've had my share of favorite stories and couple in the series; now, with this 17th book (18th overall), I am officially pushing the rest one notch lower on my list because "A ...more
Lauren Harrell
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Alright so I'm still on this military romance kick. I have no reason why. There must be some sappy patriotic lovie dovie in the air. lol This book grabbed my attention, because I love holidays and it is based at Thanksgiving and that is the current holiday coming up this month. It was a very short read. Like many main female characters in romance novels the girl always gives it up too quickly in my opinion. This again happened. I don't understand the thought process of having sex with someone th ...more
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beware, make sure you have tissues near by when reading this one. I really liked how Jana realized that her brother had another family with the men he served with and that loosing him she wanted to find a way to be close to him and do something for his other family. Through the meal she was able to show the guys how much they meant. I loved her escort, Charlie. I wasn't sure things were going to go well for them considering the connection he had to Robbie. I loved that both of them went for it, ...more
Jan Meredith
Oct 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great, quick read that takes you to the sands of Afghanistan where the sister of a fallen Marine coordinates a Thanksgiving dinner at the base where he had been deployed. Jana's emotional reactions were so real, there were moments I felt like sharing a good cry with her. The quick attraction between Jana and Charlie, who had communicated through letters, and their one intense night together leave you with a "feel good" hope for something more in the future.
Eva Millien
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
The seventeenth novella in the Always a Marine series is a fast heartwarming romance. This is a great fast contemporary read and the author shares the meaning of Thanksgiving to our wonderful and deserving troops with this heartfelt story.

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JoAnne Kenrick
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's a Heather Long, so what can I say? Once again she's blown it out of the water and delivered a heart-felt story rich in characterizations and emotional depth. The sexy scenes scorch the pages and the food scenes...YUM. I could practically smell and taste the treats. Not to be missed!
ツ Renée
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military
It was good to meet Charlie after hearing about him in his sister’s book. I liked him and Jana both. They had great chemistry, but there was an ocean of grief and guilt between them. They needed each other to heal and move forward. It was sweet and sexy, and I wanted more.
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This was a very sweet quick read. I really hope that we see a lot more of Captain Charlie and Jana. They are great for one another. This was a great addition to the series.
Angela Hunter
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story of Jana and Charlie!!! Have never read a bad story written by Heather Long! LOVED IT!!
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sigh, what a great Christmas Eve read!
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read several books from this series, but this one was different and I loved it.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uniformly-hot
Good start to a story but would love to have a continuation when Charlie heads home.
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USA Today bestselling author Heather Long likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. She writes snarky women tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—the characters drive the books. When she’s ...more

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