Genre: Military

Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell

Posted March 31, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell

I love books with firemen, they are definitely one of my favorite men in uniform guys for sure. I also really like books where the two characters have a one night stand and then they show up in the future in each others lives, it always makes for some interesting situations. I like the chemistry that Olivia and Erik had right from the beginning, and I think part of why that chemistry worked is because they both seemed to be in the same place emotionally. Erik is going through something at work, he’s basically been taken off active duty until he gets some PTSD issues under control, so I think that is leaving him feeling pretty out of control and a little bit in denial as well. Olivia on the other hand is also living a little bit in denial, well maybe no denial, but she’s pretty much refusing to move forward in her personal life. It’s like she pushed the pause button after her last relationship ended, and when she finally decided to try moving forward she was quick to quit. So when these two meet at the liquor store after each ditching their respective plans for the night, they have a great dynamic, and are honestly just what the other person needs. Erik is likable for sure. I wasn’t expecting him to be prior service military, or for basically his entire team at the firehouse to be people who served in the army (some of them even served […]

Take Me Back by Meghan March

Posted March 30, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Take Me Back by Meghan March

I was super looking forward to this book, I love books where the main characters are already in a relationship, don’t get me wrong, I love a good meet cute as much as anyone, but when the relationship is already in place it has a tendency to be angsty and I love angst. This book is not at all short on the angst. So obviously the blurb sets it up with two people who have been married for two years and things aren’t going well, so they go on vacation to try and fix things in their marriage or to walk away. Normally it takes some time for me to feel an emotional connection with the characters in a book, I mean at least a fourth of the way through a book. But here, I felt something for Kat right away, she just seems so broken down, it was hard not to have your heart break a little bit reading about how desperate she was to get her husband back. It’s also really clear from the beginning that these two didn’t really do anything to each other, so there is no real bad guy here, more like life happened, and sometimes that means things get hard. It’s easy to relate to. Kat is not someone who deals with grief, and not long after her marriage starts grief struck, and she coped the only way she knew how to shut down and build walls. Her husband Dane, dealing with his own […]

Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

Posted November 8, 2016 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Welcome Home for Christmas by Annie Rains

I think I’ve made it unbelievably clear in years past how much I love Christmas, I mean Christmas is my jam, if it could happen year round I would be in heaven. So needless to say I love when Christmas books start making their rounds, yes please! So this book is cute I guess is the best way that I would describe it. It is clearly a feel good book, definitely a steady dose of candy and sweetness. So Allison is our heroine, and she is dreading the family events for Christmas. That’s not to say she is dreading Christmas itself, she loves this time of year, but her mom points out her man issues at every turn. I get why she wants to avoid that. So she solves the problem with a fake relationship with a military cop that she “purchases” at a charity auction. Allison is likable for the most part. She’s clearly a good person, she works with vets, volunteers with orphans, goes above and beyond to help people, there is even an instance when she gives away her lunch when she’s hungry. But I didn’t love her. For someone who is so dedicated to helping people get back on their own feet, she is sorely lacking conviction and confidence in her own life, and she lets other people in her head so much that I just couldn’t love her. Troy I liked more. He’s the cop that Allison bought at auction. Now he’s not such a […]

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Posted October 2, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

I started reviewing books of the urban fantasy persuasion, before I fell over heads with romance. But every once in a while I like to dive back into urban fantasy and the paranormal, especially if a synopsis really intrigues me. I have to admit that when I read the blurb for this book I was beyond intrigued. I loved the cover art, I loved the whole Vikings and Valkyries theme, and I love when these themes are set in modern day. This book is book two in the series, but honestly I think it can be read as a standalone, you’ll see the couple from the first book in this one, but the author does a great job of world-building within this book, so you can without a doubt read it on its own. So I really do kind of love Astrid. Astrid is a warrior in every sense of the word, and when the book starts she is sent on a mission to go pick someone up. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal, so she’s sent by herself. It’s clear from the beginning that Astrid doesn’t think all that highly of herself. She wants to prove to everyone that she is worthy, but no one doubts her like she doubts herself. I will admit she occasionally makes some decisions that she really shouldn’t have because she doesn’t want to be seen as weak or like she can’t do the job own her own. But regardless of her […]

Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

Posted July 23, 2016 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Bad Romance by Jen McLaughlin

Step-brother romances really seem to be the thing right now, don’t get me wrong I do enjoy some of them, and some of them not so much. This one unfortunately fell into the not so much category for me. So in this book while Lily and Jackson are step-siblings, they didn’t grow up together, spent very little time together because Jackson took off, and when the book starts they haven’t seen each other in like seven years. So there isn’t much of a family relationship dynamic going on with these two. Their story is kind of a second chance romance, Lily and Jackson shared one kiss a long time ago, and where Lily’s dad walked in on them, Jackson was kicked out and never looked back. Lily did write Jackson a lot over the years but he never engaged with her, even though the letters meant a lot to him. So Jackson is back in his hometown after being injured in the military, which is the last place he wants to be. After running into Lily, she invited him to move in with her and he accepts. Of course this is just a recipe for the impending hook up. Jackson was likable for the most part. I get how and why he wanted to get away from his mother and stepfather, his mother is honestly horrible to him. And he made a good life for himself, yeah he is dealing with some issues after being in war, but overall he […]

A Man of Honor by Miranda Liasson

Posted June 26, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
A Man of Honor by Miranda Liasson

I love a good second chance romances, especially when the its a best friends little sister situation. This book was a pretty quick read, but it was fun, and I liked how much push and pull there was between the two main characters. You have Cat, who is back living at home after being laid off from her job as a journalist, and honestly it seems like she is really just trying to find her way. A lot of her life seems to be dictated by the wills and wants of her family, and not so much with what she actually wants out of life. But the one thing she knows she really wants, and the one thing she wants to fight for is Preston. Before he deployed the had a moment where she was sure he was finally going to see her as more than just his best friends little sister, and he did. They had a sweet romance, long distance. Until he got hurt. And then he ghosted her basically. Now that he is back, she is determined to find out what the heck happened. I liked Cat, she’s a sweet girl in general, maybe a little to cutesy for me, but I still liked her. I liked that she wasn’t afraid to push when she needed to. Preston, the man in question, is definitely not in tip top shape. He is recovering from a serious injury to his knee, one that is going to require more surgeries […]

Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg

Posted April 4, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Her Secret, His Surprise by Paula Altenburg

Sometimes I really like the whole secret baby story line, I mean sometimes I hate, especially when the mom hid the kid for vindictive reasons, but when it’s done well, I tend to like them. Besides the baby/kid almost always results in some interesting conversations and awkward encounters when the situations comes to light, and what can I say I like a little bit of drama. So this book has kind of a lot going on, you have Cass who is a very driven woman who has a one night stand while on a work trip with Logan, the bartender. Well, she thinks he’s a bartender. He’s really an undercover agent whose job it is to basically find leaks of military information. And wouldn’t you know it, Cass works for defense company. Two years and one baby later, Logan shows up at Cass’s work, only this time he’s her temporary administrative assistant and not the bartender. Talk about complicated. So I liked Cass, she ambitious but somehow she’s managed to not let that ambition make her jaded, I think its her youth. She’s also very loving when it comes to her daughter, she grew up in a family where she didn’t feel a lot of affection or love, and she wants to make sure that her daughter never has to feel that way. I loved how much Cass wants to give her daughter the life she wished she had. But what really worked for me when it came to Cass was […]

Welcome to Forever by Annie Rains

Posted March 12, 2016 by Kate in Review / 0 Comments
Welcome to Forever by Annie Rains

I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this book, I’m not entirely sure why but the whole single dad thing only works for me sometimes. So this book takes place in a small town, and basically centers around the elementary school, after all our single dad, Micah, has an 8 year old, Ben, who attends the school, and our heroine, Kat, is the principal of the school. I always get a little bit leery when kids are involved, sometimes it just doesn’t work out for me, I think I prefer my kids in books to be closer to the baby age or older in the teenage department. But hey that’s just me. That being said, I thought this book worked for me, even though we were dealing with an elementary age child. He was a special kid, Ben is living with cerebral palsy, and it definitely caused more then just physical challenges in his life. What worked for me was how devoted of a dad Micah is to Ben. Micah is a marine, but he wants to be around more for his son, so not only does he work as a marine but he also works part time landscaping at the school. Micah is so unbelievably devoted to his kid, all he wants is the best for him, he wants him to stand up to bullies, to try and be as independent as his body will allow him to be, and just in general he wants happiness […]

Serving Trouble by Sara Jane Stone

Posted March 7, 2016 by Kate in Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway, Liked It, Review / 1 Comment
Serving Trouble by Sara Jane Stone

Second chance romance? Yes please. Slightly damaged (that might be an understatement) characters? Sign me up. This book definitely had a lot going on it, and it was one of those books that was just set up to pull on your heartstrings. You have two people who knew each other way back when coming back together in their small town after years apart. And saying that these two people had massively changed since the last time they saw each other might be the world’s biggest understatement. So Josie is back in town because she is in some serious debt. I don’t feel like I am ruining anything here by saying this, cause it’s revealed super early on in the book, but she has a rather sizable hospital bill from when her son was born premature and then passed away after 27 days. I felt for Josie, so early on in the book, no one should ever have to go through what she did, especially all alone. So Josie moved back home to live with her dad rent free and to get a job to pay off the bill. She’s doing it out of a sense of honor, one only thing she has left to show she could take care of her son, even if he is gone. So she asks Noah for a job, an old friend that she has a history with. I liked Josie, I mean she works so hard, and she’s a good person, she’s cool under […]

By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

Posted January 31, 2016 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
By Break of Day by M.L. Buchman

I am a big fan of military romances, especially when it well written. I spent a lot of time being a military wife, and I’ve heard the lingo and the stories enough to know when things just don’t sound right in a book (nothing drives me more nutty then when an author gets ranks wrong when its so easy to use google). I have to say I really thought the military aspects of this book were done so well. I know very little about how different hardware works, and even less about helicopters, but the author was able to explain things in a way that wasn’t so over technical that I was confused, but informative enough to where I understood; and better than that though all of the detail served the plot, it wasn’t just showing off details just for the sake of doing it. So all of that really made me happy. The thing that stuck out the most to me about this book was Kara. Our heroine is new to the unit, which is a very specialized unit that walks among the elite ranks. She is new, but very capable. She’s also after some time been put into a leadership role, so she’s calling some of the shots during missions, which can be a highly stressful and hard thing to do. I think it says a lot about her in how the people in the unit react to her, they all trust in her and believe that she’s doing […]