Review: Once Her Man, Always Her Man by Heather Long

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Review: Once Her Man, Always Her Man by Heather Long
Once Her Man, Always Her Man

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Series: #1 Always a Marine, #99 1NS
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Decadent Publishing
Released on April 7, 2012
Pages: 38
Format: eBook
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It always amazes me when, in just a few pages, an author can grab my attention, make me love her characters and tug at my heart with her storytelling. I was bowled over by this story of second chance romance between one-time high school sweethearts.

Luke Dexter has returned home after a decade of doing his patriotic duty. He and his men make a pact to do something normal to help adjust to being out of the service so they all sign up for Madam Eve’s 1 Night Stand dating service. Madam Eve sends him a cryptic email that not only tells him where to meet his date, but speaks of second chances. It all makes sense when the gorgeous woman in the green dress waiting for him at the bar is Rebecca Rainier, the childhood sweetheart that he broke her heart when he left her. This is his chance to make things more than right.

Becca has agreed to humor her business partner who has asked so little of her in the past by going on a date before she starts in on her next event planning job. She is now successful and owner of her own business, but her broken dreams from the past keep interfering with her ability to be in a relationship. And now, out of that past and into the bar walks the boy of her girlhood dreams. He hurt her so badly and one look at him tells her that she isn’t over him and he is capable of breaking her healed heart all over again.

Naturally, because it is a short story, things get right to it. I like how there is an introduction to the characters and the issue between them after a dip into the past, but then it is straight to the point. Luke shows himself a real man by taking responsibility for his actions in the past and the effect they are still having on Becca in the present. Becca, in spite of her pain and hesitation to put herself out there for heartbreak again still accepts the truth about her feelings. I loved the poignant tone of this story that has a feeling of authenticity when it comes to the story’s backdrop of military service and how it affects those who serve and the people who are in their lives.

I am so glad that this is part of a series of books and I look forward to reading more. Though this is a 1NS story, it is more romantic spice than erotic. I recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romance and military romance and don’t mind it in short story form.

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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.

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