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If You Like Men in Uniform by Guest Melissa Van Dover

If You Like Men in Uniform by Guest Melissa Van Dover

Melissa contacted me out of the blue a few weeks ago asking if I would like to post an “If You Like” entry for our series. Of course I responded with a yes. (that’s a hint to all of you readers out there).  Melissa’s entry is about Military Heroes and given the popularity of these titles on the bestseller lists, I’m guessing a lot of DA readers enjoy this type of story. So help another reader out and drop a recommendation in the comments.

Melissa Van Dover is an avid reader of romance novels. When she’s not reading, you can find her hard at work writing her own stories and authoring posts for her blog reachingbestsellerstatus.com. You can reach Melissa on twitter @mvandover.

There is something about a man in uniform. With the influx of military inspired romance novels available, there are more than enough to keep your ereader full. The best thing about this genre is that there are a lot of series, this means you’ll be able to follow your characters as they develop and you’ll be able to keep reading if you find an author or story you like.

The following is a list of novels, which have military leading men and stories that will keep you hooked. Each novel has its own twist on the classic military story, which means that you’re guaranteed to find something you like.

Wild Card Lora Leigh
If you like action packed stories with a level of mystery you’ll probably like Wild Cardwritten by Lora Leigh. Wild Card is the first book in the Elite Ops series. This book has a hunky Navy Seal and a strong leading lady. A level of mystery mixed with the danger of being with an elite ops agent makes this book a fast and engrossing read. There is also a very large twist but I won’t ruin it for you. If you’re looking for a romance mixed with special agent this book and series is for you.
A SEAL's Surrender (Harlequin Blaze Series #739) by Tawny Weber
If you like the classic damsel in distress story, A Seal’s Surrender by Tawny Weber is for you. This book is the classic damsel in distress story, except the damsel is a young women trying to make it on her own and the knight in shining amour is a Navy Seal on leave. This story is not full of jam-packed action like most books in this genre but the characters are highly relatable which makes it easy to place yourself in the story line.
unspoken-med
If you like romances where both characters have issues, Unspoken by Jen Frederick, a USA Today Bestseller is a great choice. This novel is slightly different in that both characters have their fair share of issues. However, they might just be the best thing that has ever happened to each other and they might be exactly what the other needs. The military theme is brought into this story through the leading man who is an ex-Marine.
Thrill Ride (Black Knights Inc. Series #4) by Julie Ann Walker
If you like series with strong male characters the Black Nights Inc series written by Julie Ann Walker will be a perfect fit. This series is based on an elite special ops team who is under cover as the staff of a motorcycle shop. The stories in this series are entertaining and packed full of action. If you’re looking for strong males, action and multiple books to keep you busy this series is for you. As of right now there are six books in the Black Night Inc series.
fraternizing c. c. brown
For a forbidden romance, Fraternizing by C.C. Brown is a perfect choice. Fraternizing is based on the story of a man and woman in the military who are attracted to each other. The issue is that the military has some pretty strict rules around fraternization, so the characters are left with a choice. What is more important to them? Each other or their careers. This book is entertaining and will keep you obsessing till the end.

These are just a few titles out there in the realm of military romance. Please share with us any recommendations you have for military romances, after all we can never have enough books to read. Happy Reading!

If You Like Mature Romances

If You Like Mature Romances

Sandra Antonelli’s “A Basic Renovation” ( A | BN | K | S | G ) was recommended by Dear Author readers. Upon further investigation, I learned that Sandra’s book was a mature romance meaning the protagonists were over forty. I asked her if she was interested in doing an “If You Like” post for mature romances and she agreed.  You can read more about Sandra’s book here.

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I have a short list to recommend and they are romances, not Women’s Fiction. These best thing about these novels is that the older characters are the stars, not supporting players or a subplot. The fact the protagonists are ‘of a certain age’ is not what drives these stories. No one is fearful of getting old or of being older. No one moans, “oh, I’m middle aged” or “I’m so old,” or rages against the ravages of time with botox and surgery. Also, there is mature-aged sex; our leads get it on.  In other words, in these books, age is not a character that keeps popping up to poke you in the eye. In reading these novels you forget about the age of the leads and focus on their romance, completely.  Well, I did anyway.

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Jenny Crusie’s Trust Me On This: ( A | BN | K | S | G ) At the behest of his college professor Aunt Victoria, Alec and his boss, Harry, attend a literary conference—with ulterior motives. They’re undercover agents looking for a con artist. Alec persuades his sixty-something Aunt Victoria to participate in a sting to bring down Dennie, who’s actually a reporter looking for her big break, not the partner to the con artist he and Harry are looking for. It’s a fast-paced, mistaken identity screwball comedy as Alec falls for Dennie and Harry has the hots for Victoria, her creamy flesh and black lace…

Crusie’s Fast Women: ( A | BN | K | S | G ) Gabe McKenna hires forty-something Nell as the secretary at his in-need-of-a-make-over detective agency. As depressed as she over her divorce, Nell thinks it should be be easy to manage the office and her boss. Meanwhile, Gabel thinks Nell will be a docile and obedient employee. Fat chance. Tossed into this sassy power struggle is murder, a dognapping, sex, blackmail and snappy dialogue.

Nora Robert’s Black Rose ( A | BN | K | S | G ) (Book number 2 in the ‘In The Garden’ series): Nearly fifty, widowed and divorced (lots of fun real-life baggage there), Roz hires historian and genealogist Mitch to investigate Amelia, the ghost who haunts the Harper family mansion. The paranormal element does not spoil the romance in any way. It feels drawn from real life and is totally believable, even with a ghost.

Sherry Thomas’ Delicious ( A | BN | K | S | G ): I don’t read a lot of Historicals, but this makes my list. Maybe it was the food—I’d describe this as food and housekeeping porn meets friggin’ sexy Cinderella-ish romance. Older than most romance heroines (she’s in her early forties, I think), Verity is a chef with secrets: a secret past and a secret she shares with Stuart, her current employer. Trouble is, Stuart doesn’t remember who she is—or was—but then Stuart develops a massive appetite for Verity’s cooking… or is that a taste for Verity? It’s a lovely fairy tale with grown ups.

Jeanne Ray’s Julie and Romeo ( A | BN | K | S | G ). A contemporary retelling of Romeo and Juliet with the youngsters cast as sixty-something grandparents. Instead of the Montagues hating the Capulets, the Rosemans hate the Cacciamanis. The story pushes the boundaries of social and familiar prejudice. It’s sweet, romantic, emotional, sexy and real.

Brenda Novak’s The Perfect Murder ( A | BN | K | S | G ): (# 6 in the Last Stand series). Jane was once married to a serial killer. Now she’s an investigator looking for two missing girls. Sebastian’s trying to hunt down the man who murdered his son and ex-wife. It’s not long before the pair realize they’re looking for the same man. Both leads are middle-aged and drag around lots of emotional baggage. Seeing the relationship develop between these two damaged souls is far more intriguing than the mystery.

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Add on from Jane:

Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series and the ‘Burg series both feature characters that are over forty.  I think Tyra is 42 in Motorcycle Man.  Age is no big thing in Kristen Ashley’s series.  In Sweet Dreams ( A | BN | K | S | G ), the first the Colorado Mountain series, Lauren suffers the ignominious infidelity of her husband. She leave him and ends up in a small Colorado town where she hires on to be a bartender.  One of the owners, a smoking hot male of an indeterminate age, takes an instant disliking toward Lauren and crudely refers to her as overweight and unattractive.  Lauren changes a lot in this book and not because of Ty’s words but in spite of them.  As Sandra so aptly points out above, their ages don’t matter at all. It’s an emotional story between great characters.

Sandra Antonelli’s A Basic Renovation is cited as one of the best straight contemporaries recently read by some of our readers.  Virginia writes, “Funny that someone already beat me to recommending Sandra Antonelli’s A Basic Renovation on the day where’s there’s a DA post about “older women who still have it.” The 40+ vivid hate-turns-to-love leads in this contemporary “still have it” and so do the secondary characters — like the grandfather. This is romance not women’s fiction and I enjoyed it.”

Let’s hear the recommendations folks!