In Love and War

In Love and War

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by Tara Mills
     
 

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Sometimes love really is worth fighting for, but picking your battles isn't so easy-especially when lives are at stake.

Personal tragedy and the loss of both parents at a young age made Ariela Perrine cross self-sacrificing hero types off her datable list. But Ariela is literally swept off her feet when an accident brings her face to face with an unforgettable pair

Overview

Sometimes love really is worth fighting for, but picking your battles isn't so easy-especially when lives are at stake.

Personal tragedy and the loss of both parents at a young age made Ariela Perrine cross self-sacrificing hero types off her datable list. But Ariela is literally swept off her feet when an accident brings her face to face with an unforgettable pair of blue eyes, a playful smile, and an overly affectionate dog.

Oh yes, journalist Dylan Bond makes her sizzle, but dare she risk it? After all, he's just returned from covering conflicts around the globe. With his assurance he'll be handling domestic stories from now on, Ariela's weak resistance crumbles and their relationship intensifies at a dizzying speed. Then an unexpected phone call lures Dylan back to Iraq and he falls off the radar. His disappearance will test them both in ways neither expected. Will it bring them closer or destroy their fragile peace forever?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780990308416
Publisher:
Sherman Hills Press
Publication date:
04/17/2014
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

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I'm a pampered wife, mother to three fantastic sons, one super daughter-in-law, and proud nana.
I write the stories I like to read. Life is difficult. Love makes it bearable.

Please visit me at www.taramillsromance.com
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In Love and War 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DeborahONeillCordes More than 1 year ago
Tara Mills's novel, IN LOVE AND WAR, delivers! I was swept away by the author's amazing ability to weave a sensual romance in small town America with a gripping and informative tale of a hero-journalist investigating harrowing conditions in present-day Iraq. I am a stickler for excellent research, and Ms. Mills never disappointed me; in fact, she taught me things I did not know about the Middle East, a delicious surprise for this former social studies teacher. The novel deserves a wide audience, and I wholeheartedly give it five stars. Bravo, Tara Mills!
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CaryMorganFrates More than 1 year ago
I might be called stingy in doling out five stars, but that is because I believe a story needs to knock my socks off to get all five, and it needs to earn them on all levels. The story itself needs to make me sit up and take notice; the author needs to have the ability to deliver clear, concise and compelling material, and there can’t be any shortcuts (no deus ex machina) in delivering any of it. Well, OMG, then one comes along that demands six stars…or maybe seven, and In Love and War is one such. Tara Mills has outdone herself. She had me in tears at times, laughing my head off at times, and just plain not wanting the story to end, ever, all the time. There is darkness in here, and grit, but such, unfortunately, are the stuff of life. However, while delivering ‘real life’ Ms. Mills is careful to bring us back, to recall those beautiful moments that make the dark parts bearable for all of us. Not only do I give this book and it’s author five (6? 7?), well-deserved stars, I’m also cheering her on, because she is an excellent author. VERY well done! This reviewer received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review, which is given as a professional courtesy and without monetary compensation.
Lori_Zalewski More than 1 year ago
An enthralling contemporary romance, In Love and War, by Tara Mills, draws the reader in with a dramatic accident that is the initial meeting between Ariela Perrine and Dylan Bond. Instantly attracted to Dylan’s piercing blue eyes, Ariela wants to know this man better because he makes her heart flutter. On their first date, Ariela discovers that Dylan is a war journalist whose assignments regularly take him into Iraq. Mills, with her consummate storytelling voice, realistically portrays Ariela’s struggles as she tries to figure out if she has the inner strength to be with a man whose job is potentially deadly. Through creative plot twists, the author shows Dylan’s attempts to allay Ariela’s fears regarding his journalistic career. The romantic tension between Ariela and Dylan builds at a nice pace as they create a meaningful relationship, making their bedroom play sweet and romantic. Perfectly balancing Ariela and Dylan growing relationship with Dylan’s dangerous trips to Iraq, In Love and War is a well-crafted page-turner that will keep you engaged for the entire book. I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
TraciDouglass More than 1 year ago
IN LOVE AND WAR, the new contemporary romance novel by author Tara Mills will have you rooting for the hero and heroine from page one.  Sparks fly between practical, emotionally-shy Ariela and larger-than-life Dylan, and neither her insecurities nor his dangerous career will impede love’s true path. The inclusion of the adorable Max was frosting on top of this sweet confection for me. I love the chemistry between her characters, the gritty realism with which Mills handled the scenes within Iraq, and the poignant ending to the love story.  If you’re looking for a great book to curl up with and get lost in, IN LOVE AND WAR is definitely the book for you! 
Katie_Kenyhercz More than 1 year ago
From the first page, Mills’ humor invites you in. Ariela is relatable, hilarious, and immediately sympathetic. Her memories of her parents are especially touching, and her father having been a police officer is a good tie-in to love interest Dylan, who has to go to Iraq as a journalist. She knows what it’s like to be afraid for someone with a dangerous job. The letters they write back and forth while Dylan’s in Iraq are like a deliciously dirty version of You’ve Got Mail. The flirting is sweet and genuine but steamy. When they re-connect after Dylan’s first trip, they can’t get enough of each other, and I couldn’t get enough of them together. While a new couple, their bond is intense and strong. The emotional tension builds on his second trip overseas. Ariela’s fear is heartbreaking as she struggles to let go of her past and hold onto her future. While Dylan’s in Iraq the second time, he says, “…I’m going crazy just thinking about the woman I care about sleeping alone in my bed.” I’m a military girlfriend, and this line hit home. It’s so bittersweet. This part made me cry, “Was this becoming her normal—always waiting for Dylan at the airport or dropping him off? Would that eventually bother her? Ariela preferred having him here with her, but if the alternative was not having him at all, then yes, she would have to adjust to his job.” She nails exactly what it’s like to love someone in that kind of job. Almost as good as the relationship developing between Ariela and Dylan is the relationship that blooms between Ariela and Dylan’s dog, Max. Ariela isn’t an animal person, but as she spends more time with Max while Dylan’s away, her heart melts. I love it! As powerful as the love story is Dylan’s mission to bring justice to the women if Iraq. He puts himself at risk to tell their story and give them a voice. During an interview, one of the women brings up points most Americans don’t consider when they think about our presence in Iraq. It makes you think. The ending is absolutely perfect. Everything comes full circle. This is a fantastic read!
romancebookworm More than 1 year ago
I was asked by the author to review this story and after I read the blurb, I was intrigued. Ariela is an interior designer that I took to right away. She admits she is flawed when it comes to relationships and I love that kind of honesty. She goes out with men she is sure she can't get serious about so she doesn't have to risk being hurt. We find out in the story that her father was a police officer and his death shaped her family and her life. Dylan is a journalist that is out to save the world or what he can of it. He is floored when he meets Ariela and wants to investigate where this relationship is heading. Ariela is hesitant to begin anything with him until he is stateside for good and I don't blame her. My husband was Army and I told him that if he had been active, we would have never gotten together. Please don't hate mail me for that statement. I dated military men for years before I met my husband and I have been the girlfriend waiting behind. I just didn't want to do that to kids. I have the upmost respect for military (a LOT of my friends and family are military) I just know that it takes a special kind of person to be in that relationship and at 21 when I met my husband, I wasn't that person. I related to Ariela's fears for Dylan and the pain she felt when he went back to Iraq. Their messages back and forth were sweet and passionate. You could feel the love and longing. I am not going to tell you the ending. I don't like doing that with my reviews. If I tell you the "meat" of the story, why would you want or need to read it? I have to say that I freaking love MAX! This dog is the comic relief that makes a story. Ariela was going to fall victim to his charm eventually! Take the time to discover Tara Mills and if you are not already a fan, you will be. :) I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.