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Incoming (Veterans Affairs #1) by A.E. Wasp 4 Star Review

     Incoming: by A.E. Wasp 4 Stars! 

How do you comfort someone who won’t admit they’re hurting?

Sparks fly on a hot Fourth of July weekend when newly-discharged army vet Troy Johnson and veterinarian Dmitri Wellington meet on a blind date.

Troy is pretty sure he’s gay, but since he’s spent the last eight years in the Army, his actual gay dating experience is, well, zero. But he’s out now, and far from his conservative family. If the hot Veterinarian he’s been undressing with his eyes wants to go on a date, Troy is more than willing to jump in.

Troy is everything Dmitri’s ever wanted in a guy – gorgeous, smart, and funny. He likes dogs, he has the sexiest trace of an accent, and his kisses set off fireworks in Dmitri’s entire body.

But leaving the war behind is easier said than done. Troy has secrets he won’t tell, and the demons he’s running from are hot on his heels. When he realizes he’s hurting more than just Dmitri’s heart, Troy flees in horror, leaving behind everyone who loves him.

Dmitri has to find a way to reach Troy before he does something he can’t take back.

 

Review

Troy and Dimitri are great characters. They are complex and wonderful.

This is a very fast fall in love but it works. We get a lot of time to see them in a relationship. We get to see Troy’s PTSD come to impact their relationship but we also get to see Dimitri’s issues with trust and intimacy come to fore as well.

It is a great cast and setting with all sorts of wonderful details. I would have liked a bit more in terms of Troy and his family and Dimitri dealing with the causes of some of his issues but it was a really good hot romance with thoughtful explorations of many generations of war.

Wasp is very good writer and I can’t wait for more books!

Something Sweet by Megan Derr Review

Review:

Something Sweet - Megan Derr

It’s just another day at the candy shop for Sherlock: a quiet afternoon spent more on reading his latest fantasy novel than on selling candy. The kind of day he loves, even if the looming New Year’s Eve leaves him feeling nostalgic and a little lonely. But then the last person he ever expected to see walks through the door of his shop, and Sherlock realizes that some things don’t fade with time, but grow stronger.

 

Review

This book is a tease. The heroes are wonderful. Bookworm, candy store owner and ex football player turned writer. They both had crushes on each other in high school.

 

I liked it a great deal but it needed to be a much longer book with these wonderful characters.

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First Star I See Tonight (Chicago Stars #8) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Review

Review:

A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel—a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author’s fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series.

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s not happy.

Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. “The fact is…I’m your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just…mildly unhinged.”

Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding Piper find her very dead husband.

And then there’s Cooper Graham himself, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants is a feisty detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.

From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most

 

Review

I love me some Susan Elizabeth Phillips and this book is just great.

What happens here, that always happens in a Phillips’ boo, is the hero and heroine come to deeply respect and value each other. They like and admire each other. They are also really hot for one another but that seems to follow this deep connection the Phillips does like nobody else. Sigh.

The hero and heroine a difficult people. They are cranky. I love them. They are both very witty and so much themselves. They meet in a moment where they are both struggling.

They both kick ass and are loyal and brave. But not so much with the emotionial bravery which lingers for a little longer than I would like.

The secondary characters are grand. We have the old crew show up. The opera singer needs her own romance please.

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