Afternoon Delight: Beauty and the Brigadier by DL Jackson

Afternoon Delight: Beauty and the Brigadier by DL JacksonBeauty and the Brigadier by DL Jackson

Series: #3 Military Romance,
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Decadent Publishing on January 14, 2014
Pages: 42
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars  

What a charming and passionate story!  I loved it from first to last.  It’s short, but by no means is it rough or unfinished.  The characters were developed as was the plot.  It is an autumn romance between a couple that at outward glance shouldn’t work, yet are a good fit.

Brigadier General Eli Wells lost his wife two years ago and has been bitter and lonely ever since.  He takes any sign of moving on as disloyal to his wife, but that leaves him in a miserable state and everyone around him can attest to that.  Into his life drops the invitation to his godson’s big political event.  It’s a ball and Steve wants him to bring a date.  Eli can’t disappoint Steve, but he’s stumped so he orders his aide to get him a date.  Whoever it is, the woman better be able to keep up with a soldier.

Anya Volkov has been forced to accept the fact that at fifty she is too old to continue with her modeling career the way it has been in the past.  Her agent and friend is the one to make her face hard facts, but he leaves her with some parting advice and a business card for Madam Eve’s dating service.  Anya is at loose ends so she decides to give it a try.  Maybe she’ll get lucky and get a man who is rugged and likes adventure.

The two main characters had me smiling the whole time.  Eli’s antics to get out of his date and then his change of heart when he actually meets Anya.  Then there are Anya’s secrets that had me laughing when she sprung them on Eli.  And the shower scene?  Gah!  I loved these two together and my only disappointment was that I couldn’t get a few more pages with them.

This is for those who enjoy military romance, autumn romances and the 1NS series.

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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 yes this sounds like one I need. I love military romances and that they’re an older couple! That’s so rare to find but I love the dynamic that comes with that.

    • Yep! They’re in their fabulous fifties, but they are smexy and heat up a shower without the hot water just fine.

  • I’m with Anna and I like autumn romances too. Mature love is so much better sometimes, it’s straightforward and doesn’t have space for nonsensical immaturity. These old folks know what they want and how to get it.

    • Exactly, Braine! They were both resistant toward the date for their own reasons, but once they met…it was on. Wish it would have been a full-blown novel.