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Here and Now

(American Valor #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  27 reviews
The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn't prepared them for falling in love.

Former Ranger Medic Lucky James feels right at home working long night shifts in the ER, but less so during the day, when his college classes are filled with fli
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Debbie I Heart YA Books

I fell in love with author Cheryl Etchison’s writing style and the way she can pen a romance novel. The lady is truly amazing when it comes to Military Romance. Here and Now is the second installment in the American Valor series, and readers we are back again with the 75th Ranger Regiment. This time it's former Ranger Medic Lucky James to find romance with the woman that's his happily-ever-after. Rachel Dellinger is the lucky lady who claims Lucky's heart. Ever since they were in high school tog
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss

What a diamond in the rough I found!  On a whim, I picked up Cheryl Etchison's Here and Now, the second book in her American Valor series.  I didn't read the first book, but from reading the synopsis, it appeared to me that I didn't have to read the first book to understand what was going on in the second book.  It certainly didn't hinder my entertainment!

Rachel Dellinger has gotten herself into a rut of a life.  By happenstance, she's ended up living with her boyfriends, one right after the ot
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this American Valor series about former Army Rangers coming home and trying to find their way after years serving their country.

Lucky was a medic with the Ranger battalion for twelve years and decided to leave the army to enroll in college classes in preparation for med school at the age of 30. Rachel is a nurse and was the sister of a good friend of Lucky's, who joined the military right out of high school, and within months, died in combat. Rachel blamed Lucky for his death.

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Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I freaking LOVE this series, and Here and Now was SO good!

I originally skipped over this book in order to get to Michael’s story (From the Start), who is the older brother from the first book in the series (Once and For All). I’ll just confess that for whatever reason, I really wasn’t that interested in reading Lucky’s story.


Lucky and Rachel may be my favorite couple of the series (so far? Ms. Etchison, please, please tell me there will be more from this series!!!) Having
Maggie'may Reinders
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Was rather slow moving and predictable
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it
Gah! I'm loving this series so much.
Essie Kaye
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Cheryl Etchison. Her books have made me a fan of military romance.
Debbie Dodd
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this story.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading them all...
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Here and Now is the second book in the American Valor series by Cheryl Etchison. I am really loving this series, and am becoming a huge fan of Cheryl's. This series is emotional and both stories so far have been so good that I couldn't put either one of them down. If you are a contemporary fan and love military heroes, this series is a must read!

Former Ranger Medic Lucky James is adjusting to civilian life and has decided to work nights in th
I don’t think any of us have trouble understanding the difficulties facing those who return from war, but Cheryl Etchison brings a story that is all about moving forward, and avoiding glances in the rearview mirror.

Lucky is a former Ranger, a medic for his unit. After his military career ends, he’s decided to return to school while working 3rd shift at the local hospital. Not interested in much more than getting through his next set of tasks, he’s slowly reintegrating into civilian life. If onl
Cara Ross
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lucky James is not your average college students; for 1, he is 29 years old and an Army Ranger veteran, but when he left the 7th Ranger Regiment, he didn't think about the years of schooling ahead of him or the age difference between him and the other students; but also going from the adrenaline rush of protecting his brothers at arms from life or death situations to being a almost 30 year old college student and a ER tech! But the one person he crashed into (literally) was more than likely the ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
SERIES: American Valor #2

This is my second book by Cheryl Etchison and though I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one, it was still amazing! I thought it was wonderful to have Lucky and Rachel be friends first; and real friends, not just people who have the hots for each other but hide it. Though they each find the other attractive, their friendship is real and builds naturally as it progresses into something more. I also loved the scene when Lucky admits his feelings to Rachel because he mak
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Totally in love with Lucky! Cheryl really captured the struggles military go through when returning to civilian life. Having been living with my husband going through this, this past year, it really touched me. This is definitely a stand a lone but read her Once and for All as well. You can't miss it!
Mary Gramlich
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucky James and Rachel Dellinger are two people trying to move from one path to another and finding it really difficult to take each step. Lucky is using his GI Bill to become a doctor and struggling with the age difference, and releasing the indelible print the military left on his psyche. He loves being home but something is not fitting together as it should and he needs to figure out what that is, because right now he is thinking it might be Rachel. While Rachel is trying to move away from a ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Here and Now is a book that hooks you from the very first word and carries you right on through the story until the end. It’s a book I read in one sitting because I couldn’t bring myself to put down and leave it behind. The characters and story were unique, interesting, and realistic. And not only that, but reading this book made me long for my own Oklahoma hometown, and the towns I used to visit, some of which were mentioned in
Lucky and Rachel had a bit of rough start, but soon became really good friends as they are both starting a new phase of their lives. Pretty soon they are spending their working and non-working hours together and it seemed like they became a couple without almost without them noticing it, except that is was strictly platonic. Or at least it was until it wasn't. Lucky has always had a thing for Rachel, but after a moment of weakness brings them together intimately and a misunderstanding has Rachel ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I thought this was an enjoyable second chance romance. Lucky and Rachel both have a lot of demons to work through. Rachel struggles with her parents as Lucky struggles with adjusting to the "normal world" after being in the Army for so long. His struggle with adjusting came across as very real. His frustration at having so much medical training from the Army that he can't use in the civilian world was also a reality and unfair. The couple was cute together
Tobi Forget the Housework, I'm Reading...
Lucky is having a hard time adjusting to civilian life. He loves his work at the hospital but adjusting to college at 30 isn't how he imagined. His one saving grace is his friendship with Rachel, his 3rd shift co-worker. Rachel can't seem to stay away from Lucky and she lays down tons of rules to avoid getting hurt again.
The chemistry between Lucky and Rachel is so far off the charts it's like the 4th of July every time they're near each other. I love that Lucky is sexy, protective and unique i
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
i enjoyed reading this book. It has a military hero who is at a crossroad in his career and while Lucky is visiting home he gets re-acquainted with Rachel, a nurse who blamed him for her brother's death. This is the 2nd story in the American Valor series and I did not read book 1. The couple from that book was back for an appearance in this one so I'm sure people who read book 1 will be happy to see how they are doing. I liked Rachel and Lucky and sympathized with their career decisions and the ...more
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love both instalments of this series. Bring on the next one!
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Cheryl Etchison graduated from the University of Oklahoma's School of Journalism and began her career as an oil and gas reporter for a weekly business paper. Bored to tears and broke as hell, it wasn't long before she jumped ship and headed for the promise land of public relations. But that was a nearly a lifetime ago and she's traded in reporting the facts for making it all up as she goes. Curren ...more

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