Afternoon Delight: A Marine of Plenty by Heather Long

Afternoon Delight: A Marine of Plenty by Heather LongA Marine of Plenty by Heather Long

Series: #17 Always a Marine
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Decadent Publishing on October 21, 2013
Pages: 70
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars  

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 packages to the Marines of the base where Robbie served.  What she doesn’t expect is the crush of emotions being there does to her.

Captain Charlie Sparks is not prepared for Jana when he sees her.  He was the one who sent her the letter about her brother and they continued on with a regular correspondence.  He thinks it’s a bad idea for a civilian, especially one as emotionally fragile as Jana, to be there in the combat zone, but once she’s there he can’t really regret it.

As Thanksgiving closes in, Jana is caught up in food preparations and seeking out those who knew her brother, but she is also caught up in Charlie.  Thanksgiving now has new meaning for her as she spends the holiday with the Marines.

It is a novella and doesn’t have a lot of room for development and plotting and yet, it is all there and done so well.  I enjoyed getting both characters’ perspectives and feeling right along with them.  It didn’t hurt that Charlie and Jana were good together and for each other.  It’s always a good sign that the only issue I had with this story was that I wanted more.  Kudos also for the story taking place around such a truly meaningful holiday that enhanced the story so much.

The story can be read as a stand alone or part of the Always a Marine series.  I loved the letter to the readers in the forward that will give new readers to the series an understanding about the series as a whole and a better idea of why the author took on the series and related military projects.  I can recommend the story to those who enjoy poignant yet spicy military romances in a novella-length book.

Review by Sophia Rose

Afternoon Delight

About Heather Long

National 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 not wrangling her menagerie of animals, Heather devotes herself to her family, remembering a time when her Nan used to read her steamy Harlequin novels instead of picture books. Heather believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you were friends with someone just like them once, you’ll enjoy her worlds almost as much as she does.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh it sounds really great but like it could be quite the tear jerker too! I am curious about how she actually pulled that off. I wouldn’t think that was something that would be possible–a civilian traveling there like that. I have her on my tbr list but darn if I can remember which book at the moment. I’m gonna have to add this one too though. Great review Sophia!

    • Sophia Rose

      It would normally be far-fetched that someone would gain access to a Forward Operating Base in a combat zone like that, but she has a powerful friend and that friend has his own reason for supporting her effort. I love Heather Long’s Marine series. Each book gives a different type of romantic relationship for her marines that aren’t all active duty still like this one. I love her Western PNR too. Hope you get the chance to read her stuff soon, Anna