3.5 out of 5 Licks (please see individual comments for individual ratings)
Six Military Romances
Infatuation by USA Today bestselling author Melissa Schroeder…
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Somehow I managed to miss this one from Melissa Schroeder and I’m glad I finally took the time to read it. A spin off from the amazing Harmless Series, Infatuation starts out with a wedding in Hawaii. Weddings are always great at bringing people together and this one is no different. Shannon finally tells Francis McKade (known as Kade) what she wants and he is more than happy to give it to her. After some amazing sex, he is immediately called away on a secret mission that changes his life forever. Kade was injured and carries some pretty big scars (internal and external) from a mission gone bad. He is also struggling with the fact that Shannon is his best friends sister. Shannon wants to help but also doesn’t want to lose herself in a man who she isn’t sure is able to love her like she deserves. I really enjoyed this couple. Kade being the big bad alpha man that he is trying to scare her away, but Shannon isn’t playing that game. I liked what these two brought to the table. So often people forget about the men and women coming back from war (or special ops missions) as changed people. Kade was both breaking my heart and pissing me off with his behavior. I wanted nothing more than for him to realize how special Shannon is and never let her go. And that’s what kept me reading this one late into the night. The BDSM elements helped as well. lol And we even get an epilogue which I always love. I like a nice bow around my story and this gave me that and so much more. I give it a 4 out of 5.
SEAL’s Honor by award-winning author Elle James
Two Navy SEALs jeopardize their lives and hearts in a battle-torn land when they vie for the love of one sexy Night Stalker helicopter pilot.
This is my first Elle James book and I thought it was OK. It didn’t suck me and make me completely forget myself, which is the biggest reason I read. There was a lot of action in this story and I found myself skimming through more often than not. By the time the end came around I was getting more into it. I was happy with the ending but the book was just lacking something for me. I give it a 3 out of 5.
SEAL the Deal by national bestselling author Sharon Hamilton
A SEAL’s nightmare of a promise given at his sister’s deathbed gives him the woman of his dreams.
Another first for me was Sharon Hamilton. This book had me crying pretty quickly. Nick’s sister, Sophie, is dying of cancer and he is heartbroken that he can’t help her. His sister’s best friend, Devon, is going to help her sell her nursery before she passes. Sophie makes Nick and Devon promise to go on at least 5 dates before she passes away. They realize quickly they have some serious chemistry and fall into bed together. After a little bit of personality clashes they fall in love as well. The conflict here was more emotional rather than an outside force threatening to pull them apart. I didn’t find myself completely lost in the story but it was a nice sweet story. I give it 3 out of 5 Licks.
Dangerous Liaison by national bestselling author Delilah Devlin
A pampered travel agent escapes through the jungle with an undercover DEA agent when a drug lord mistakes her for a rival’s daughter.
This one just didn’t do it for me. One of my favorite things about reading is suspending reality and falling into the story. I couldn’t do that with this one. I was reading this while waiting for my flight at the airport. This is usually a perfect place for me to get sucked into a book since I don’t have any work or family distractions happening around me. I found myself looking around the gate rather than being sucked into the story. I’m not a giant fan of the couple falling into sex before they know anything at all about each other and have no outside connection whatsoever. I’ve read plenty of books that started out like this that I ultimately loved, but this one just didn’t do it for me. There was action and defiantly external conflict right from the start but it just all felt forced. The sex between the two was hot but it wasn’t enough to save the book for me. I give this one 2 out of 5 Licks.
Her Forever Hero by bestselling author JM Madden
When the boss’s pregnant, unwed daughter needs rescuing, disabled Marine Grafton Parks proves he’s still a hero.
Ah the classic prego after one night in bed story. lol I love that Grafton has to tell Kendall that she is pregnant. I defiantly want to check out the rest of the books in this series. The idea of a security agency full of former military men that had been seriously injured. Grif might have gone a little overboard trying to convince her to marry him so quickly but they clicked so fast you can hardly blame him. There wasn’t a lot of conflict in this one. There was a little but nothing huge that keeps you guessing or anything like that. But I really enjoyed seeing the progression of these two into a loving pair that couldn’t stay away from each other. I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I give this one 5 out of 5 Licks.
Cinderella Liberty by NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Cat Johnson
A weekend liberty leads to unexpected passion between a Marine and his best friend’s sister, but he must survive seven months in Afghanistan to get back to her his.
Ah my lovely Cat Johnson. Cat always write military men that intrigue me. This book has the best friends sister trope too-two in one anthology. 🙂 Crash’s (John) best friend, Zippy-Danny, is determined to get Crash laid before they go on a 7 month deployment. Crash just wants to enjoy seeing New York before they go. The sexual pull between Crash and Trish is too big to deny. They find themselves falling into bed together before they know it. They don’t have much time to connect before he’s off to Afghanistan. Crash tells Zippy about his experience with his sister while they are under a serious attack at camp. I really enjoyed this book, but I wanted a lot more in the end. I am one of those people who loves a completely resolved ending and while this isn’t necessarily a cliff hanger, it wasn’t all I wanted. 🙂 But I am a greedy reader. l really enjoyed this story and I really hope Cat writes more for me. I give this one 4 out of 5 Licks.
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