Seducing the Marine
Harlequin Blaze, Dec 16 2014, $5.50
As Marine Staff Sergeant Will MacIntyre works on deactivating an IED in Afghanistan, he thinks of his high school and college sweetheart back in Michigan’s Upper Peninsular. While he dropped out of school to join the military to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, she became Dr. Olivia Eklund. When he steps on another explosive, Will is sent flying; severely injured his last words before becoming unconscious is his former Yooper girlfriend’s name.
As he hides in his grandfather’s remote cabin near Calumet while on medical leave, Will, missing his appointment with the VA doctor, ignores his health yet still hopes eventually to return to his unit. When he runs into his Liv, Will knows she will always be his one, but she never understood his joining the military as accentuated by her Dear Will letter four months into his military career. Unable to resist he kisses her. However when a seven years old hockey player breaks a wrist during a game, Will helps distract him while Liv works on his injury. Unable to resist, they renew their love and he starts taking care of himself. Still his being in the military remains an obstacle to a long-term commitment.
This profound Uniformly Hot! military romance focuses on the problems that even loving couples confront when one of them is away on long term deployments; ironically in this plot the hero is home but both anticipate his return to theater. With a deep support cast and terrific protagonists, Kate Hoffmann authors an insightful look at a military-civilian relationship.