Series: Semper Fi #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Wow! This was the poster child for ‘Opposites Attract’ and ‘Vegas Wedding’ stories. At first, I was just blown away with how fast the proposal and acceptance came, but then the reality that came afterwards started to make sense and was an enchanting story.
This was a story that I had to suspend my usual mild level cynicism to just sit back and enjoy what came. I was so glad that I did because after the first little while it became as plausible as the next romance story.
The story opens with three Marine officers who have come to Vegas for a nice fling before they are deployed for Afghanistan. Dwayne is the happy go lucky big bear of a Texan, Jeremy is not as free and more moody, but still able to let loose, but Tim is the responsible and duty conscious one that never lets go. This time Tim’s friends razz him hard enough that he takes a slug of Dwayne’s drink and goes ‘bon temps roulez’ at the Black Jack table where even as he’s tossing down his bet he catches sight of a beautiful woman. Several glasses and a few bets richer, Tim and his friends find his brunette beauty and her friends interested. After he collects his chips, Tim gets his winnings, drags the no-name girl behind a palm tree planter and locks lips. When he comes up for air he proposes.
Skye is a firm believer in fate and going with it to find out where it will lead. So when the handsome Marine proposes after she felt the spark of attraction between them, she goes with it and says ‘Yes’.
Hours later they share a hot honeymoon night that Skye wakes up and remembers with pleasure until she finds her husband gone without a word.
Tim remembers nothing of the wedding, but he feels badly about ditching Skye without a word because- he remembers almost nothing of the night and fears how he behaved while drunk off his butt. He leaves out on deployment with a little regret, but hopes to forget the lovely brunette.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Skye figures out that she needs to go find her errant husband and have The Talk. She knows what she wants and hopes he’ll want the same. Unfortunately, the only person there to greet her when she finds where he lives is a suspicious, surprised and yet accepting little sister who calls Tim and gives him the ‘happy’ news.
The rest of the story was one wild ride of Hippie meets Military, surprise in-laws, stuffy stuck up commanding officer and wife, and a couple who give new meaning to making a marriage work.
The plot was a lovely surprise mostly because I loved seeing how the author let the relationship flow slowly and naturally after she shocked me with those first few pages. The pace was even and smooth with low angst. There was a subplot with the story of Tim’s sister Madison and his friend Jeremy and then late in the story there is Skye’s mysterious cousin. The story ended abruptly so I expect these subplots will resolve in the second book in the series.
Tim and Skye were characters that I could really get behind and root for them. I loved how they were both willing to try. They had their own ideas, but both were openminded about giving each other’s way of doing something a try. I detested Tim’s interfering CO and his wife and was just dying for Tim or Skye to give them a set down for being the dark shadow petty tyrants to all the men and women who rank under them.
The backdrop of the military base and ways was very authentic (maybe because the author is a Marine wife? ;D ).
Very enjoyable introduction to Jeanette Murray as a new to me author and I look forward to seeing what happens next in the series which unfortunately doesn’t come out for a little while. I recommend this one who enjoy military romances and/or a quirky contemporary romance that will make you laugh and sigh at times.
Thanks to Net Galley for providing me with my requested review copy.
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