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Posted December 8, 2013
This is a short story, but manages in sixty or so pages to pack quite a punch. It’s a sexy tale, set in an exotic place. Yesterday, it was 25 degrees Fahrenheit where I live, so give me a story of sun, sand and sex with a muscle bound man and I’m all set!
Landon Walker is a Navy SEAL (YES!) who has had several tours in Afghanistan. Between deployments, he spent some time in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. While there, he met a beautiful bartender, Maya, which he connected with, but suddenly got called up to his job, so he leaves without a word. He thought this would easier for her, but he has spent the last 9 months thinking of her. He’s ready to get out of the Navy and has requested retirement, and returns to Mexico to see Maya again. Can he win her heart? Will he be granted his retirement request or will he be re-deployed and have to leave yet again?
I realize that maybe, just maybe, I should try a bit harder in my own relationship. When my husband wants something, I want him to try and change my mind through mind-blowing sex. Because that is exactly what Lucas pretty much does to Maya in this story. It’s awesome. It’s not all sex though, Landon as a character goes pretty deep. The descriptions of his life as a Navy SEAL seemed really realistic to me. Maya was also really sassy and strong, yet sensitive. I really liked both the main characters in this story. At the end of the day, it’s just a really sweet love story about two people who have a real connection, but both have reservations about exploring something because of the unknown. It’s short, but doesn’t feel too short. You get a lot of bang for your buck here, pun intended.
Reviewed by Sara at Crystal's Many Reviewers
*Received an ARC for honest review*
Posted October 15, 2013
A contemporary romance that focuses on a happy ever after the horrors of the war zone, Carly Fall’s Chica Bella is a delicious story with heart and hope. Landon has spent the past 17 years as a Navy Seal, with multiple tours in Afghanistan, and spent more than his share of days away from civilization and the potential for family and love. He is tired, down to his soul. In the past 3 years, the only bright spot has been the time spent in Cabo between assignments: made sweeter by a bartender with chocolate brown eyes only for him.
Maya works at the resort that Landon has frequented these past years, their connection is palpable and even better; they actually can and do talk about everything, honestly. Landon has never stayed in touch when he’s left suddenly: she never knows when, or if, he will return.
An unexpected return, after she had gone through all of the stages of loss put Landon in her sights: as much as she wants to be angry, she can see the strain in Landon’s eyes, beneath the passion blazing there.
A different viewpoint of the soldier returning from the war, Landon is so determined to shield Maya from the inevitable heartbreak he feels he will bring, even as he spends more time than is good for him thinking about her. While he has requested retirement, he also knows that if that wish can’t be fulfilled, he will do his duty. Not laden with a great deal of angst or even war-related flashbacks, the story proceeds as a sweet seduction, even though the players know each other well enough to anticipate needs and wants. Steamy moments filled with emotion and heart; leaving the reader with a smile on their face.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted June 4, 2013
Good short story- Copy given for honest review
This was a good book. You could definitely see how the military impacts those around a person’s life. I felt for Maya and the pain she went through every time her love went away. On the other hand I also felt for Landon and what he went through, having no choice in the matter and having to leave the love of his life behind for unknown periods of time, with very little notice. It is definitely hard on those involved. I especially loved the ending of the story. One can never beat a happy ending.
It was great reading about the college students. When I read that, I could totally see it. Many of us know what it’s like after high school and wanting to have fun. Many of us also know what alcohol does to a person, so this was very believable. The way Landon handled it though, was a little overboard, but adorable at the same time. He loves his woman and it is very apparent. Great job on the story.
Posted May 23, 2013
I received this book to give an honest review.
Awesome! This author sure knows how to pack a good sweet romance into a novella! I fell in love with this story from the beginning to the end, and Landon stole my heart he seemed so sweet and caring.
Landon is part of the Navy Seals and of course wants to get out once he finds love with Maya, Maya of course wants to be with him but she constantly worries about him when he leaves for his job. Of course what woman wouldn't?
Landon spends what time he has left before he is deployed again with Maya! But what will happen to their love? Will he even be deployed?
The ending to this story was perfect and I thought was a great way to end the book.
Posted May 10, 2013
A quick read, one that can be read in one sitting, Chica Bella is a great read. This is the first story by Author Carly Fall that I've had the pleasure to read.
I'm a sucker for a tall, dark, and handsome SEAL and that's exactly what Landon is. *swoon* His love interest, Maya, is a native to Cobo. They've had a loose romantic relationship for several years. It seems when things are going really well for them Landon gets called for another mission and Maya is left with a broken heart. I found myself rooting for Landon and Maya. I wanted things to work out for them in the end and I am happy with how things ended up.
There was some confusion for me between scenes while reading it. I felt like I was reading a scene and then automatically went into another one with any warning. Other than that aspect I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Rating: 3 Stars
Posted May 1, 2013
So romantic and beautiful. I have friends in the military and I admire them greatly. The job they do is difficult, dangerous, and often lonely. The loneliness goes double for the family waiting at home. It is hard to be separated for long periods of time and the horrors of war and fighting leave a mark on those exposed to it that cannot be explained to anyone who has not experienced it.
Landon knows these things firsthand. In fact he has held Maya at arm’s length and refused to get serious because he didn’t want to put her through that. But this last tour took its toll and he wants out. But will Maya be willing to take him back again? After all these times is she finally ready to put them and him behind her?
I cried, laughed, and rejoiced in this book. I give this book 3.5 out of 5 clouds.
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Posted April 24, 2013
Wonderful storyline of heartbreak and romance: REVIEW: CHICA BELLA is a short story in the Honor Guard Series of novellas. This particular storyline is a contemporary romance novella about Navy SEAL Landon Walker and the decision he must make as to whether to return for a sixth tour of duty or remain behind and claim the woman who has stolen his heart.
Landon has given his commander two weeks-two weeks to find a replacement. Landon is tired of the blood; the death and the heartbreaking sorrow of war. Returning State side, Landon goes to the one place he hopes he will be welcomed with open arms. And if the woman he loves is willing to forgive him for breaking her heart, Landon will be willing to start a new life and a new career in the small Mexican resort town that has welcomed him home.
Chica Bella is a storyline that focuses on one man's decision to put the horrors of war behind and face the possibility that it may be too late for his heart. Carly Fall pulls the reader into the storyline with our hero's heartbreaking angst that the woman he loves may have moved on without him. But in true contemporary romance style, there will be a HEA but not before our heroine believes that she has come second-once again. Chica Bella is a well-written sometimes heart breaking AND heartwarming short story perfect for a lazy afternoon.
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Posted April 3, 2013
Posted June 4, 2013
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