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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 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.
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!

REVIEW:  Dirty Trick by Christine Bell

REVIEW: Dirty Trick by Christine Bell

Dear Ms. Bell,

I’ve enjoyed some of your previous books, especially Down For The Count (reviewed here by Jane). I think you can be relied upon to provide an entertaining sexy story with humour and fun. The problem for me with this book was that it was based on the hero deceiving the heroine. It was always going to be a problem and the longer it went on, the more problematic it became.  I suppose how much this kind of deception bothers the individual reader will be an indicator of how well the story works for them.

Grace Love, together with her BFF, Serena Elliott, runs Love Will Find a Way, a matchmaking agency located in Salem, Massachusetts.  Grace has a supernatural talent for pairing couples.  She calls it the “tingles” and it has never failed.  Unfortunately, she does not believe the tingles work for her.  Her other best friend is Patrick “Trick” Mathews, a SWAT officer who lives next door.  He is a player and although he makes her tingle all over and has ever since they first met, Grace will not go there.  Grace is severely lacking in confidence after being emotionally abused by her cheating  ex-fiance, Victor.  They were together for two years and in that time, he made her feel like a complete failure in just about every area but most especially in the bedroom.  She has no sexual confidence and in any event, has come to value Trick’s friendship so much she would not want to risk it for a fling.

Trick was instantly attracted to Grace and it didn’t take him long to realise that it was much more than just lust.  He hasn’t been doing the manwhore thing for more than six months but Gracie hasn’t noticed.  He’s desperate for a chance to show Grace how good they could be together – not just as friends.  What saves him from being a total douchebag is that he loves her.  He doesn’t want to just mess with her head and get his rocks off.  He does the wrong thing, but perhaps if not for the right reason, then maybe a right reason.

In Salem, Halloween is a big deal and there is a rich guy who has an amazing Halloween party every year. This guy is someone both Grace and Serena want to cultivate as a client – his imprimatur could take their business to the next level.  Grace’s date has cancelled on her and Trick offers to take his place to help Grace out.  However, Grace doesn’t like the idea because: reasons,  so she decides to go stag.  At the same time, Trick just happens (go with me here) to help out a friend who does special effects makeup and ends up with a Panther half mask (a proper one like they might use in a movie) out of the deal.  He decides to go to the party in disguise and see if he can show Gracie how could they could be together doing the horizontal rhumba.  And this is where the deception comes in. And  the suspension of disbelief.  Because Serena sees through his disguise straight away (she goes along with it because she thinks they’d be great together and she can see Trick loves Grace), but Grace does not.  Sure Trick uses some different soap and cologne and uses a Christian Bale-like Batman voice but how hard could it really be to work it out?

After a very hot encounter which also had some of the most hilarious (bad) dirty talk in the history of ever, Trick misses one opportunity after another to spill the beans and makes excuses to himself for doing so, as well as making excuses to have a further encounter (in a darkened movie theatre) to “seal the deal”.

The boost to her sexual confidence does make Grace realise that it is Trick she really wants and she decides she is up for the challenge and makes her move on him.

I don’t think it would be a spoiler to say that of course Grace finds out that Trick was deceiving her and that she doesn’t react well to it and Trick has to do an epic grovel to get back into her good graces (pardon the pun).  Whether the grovel is sufficient, whether his excuses/reasons are enough, will be a matter for each individual reader.

I was entertained by the writing and the chemistry between Trick and Grace.  I loved the friendship between Serena and Grace as well and I’m looking forward to reading about Serena’s HEA in what will surely be book two in the series.  Serena is quite the character.  Grace describes her friend thus:

Bloodline of a princess, mouth like a trucker. Another thing to love about Serena. Not to mention, if Grace had suggested they break into Seth’s house and replace his shampoo with hair removal cream, her friend would have been pulling the car around in three seconds flat. Forget hide the bodies. Serena was the type of friend who would plant the horse head and do the wet work.

The characters were fun and engaging and there was a moment of true snort-laughter for me with the bad dirty talk:

Maybe he even wanted a little dirty talk.
She swallowed hard and hoped the sound of the steam whistling covered the resulting gulp. Might as well let it rip. “Yeah. I want your c—” It stuck in her throat, and she tried again. “I want your big c—” Again, she couldn’t work it past her lips. He stared at her with a puzzled but patient smile. “I want your cock…a doodly doo…in-inside my p—lady area…business,”she expelled in a rush.
Oh God, no. What was that?

Ultimately though, deception in a hero isn’t a noble trait and that’s where the book fell down for me.  It’s kind of the whole premise though so it’s not like it can be overlooked.  Still, it was a lot of fun.  I give it a B-.



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