Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.
The Marine Cowboyby Heather Long
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Turning down a billet at Mike's Place in Dallas, Sergeant A.J. Turner left Iraq for Freewill, Wyoming with one goal in mind—to forget the last five years. Trading his MARPATS for jeans and his cover for a cowboy hat, he plans to work his ranch and pray the green grass, tall trees, and sweet mountains can wash away the taste of the desert.
The last thing he expected was a reminder of a promise made to his buddies: one night to help them all start again.
Sheri Vaughn quit her corporate job, sold her house and moved to Freewill on a whim. Six months after her divorce, she's hardly ready to put her toe in the dating waters again. One bottle of wine later, however, she signs up for Madame Eve's exclusive 1Night Stand service and lists a very particular set of qualities she wants in a man; he must be honorable, courageous, forthright, single, have served as Marine, but be a cowboy at heart. If she wants to dream, at least she can dream big.
But when local hero A.J. Turner arrives home, Madame Eve comes through, and Sheri has to find the courage to make her dream a reality…
Can one night, even a night arranged by Madame Eve, fulfill both a promise and a dream?
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A.J. Turner has left the marines and gone home to Freewill, Wyoming. All he wants is the quiet of his ranch and to train his horses. And that’s what he was doing when he was reminded of his promise to his buds to sign up for Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand service. Sheri moved to Freewill to start over. She has signed on with Madame Eve to find a man the total opposite of her ex. A man with honor and courage, a man like A.J. Turner. A.J. already kept seeing Sheri around town and made plans to ask her out, when he agrees to meet up for this one night stand he signed up for he never thought it would be her. Sheri never thought the service would actually find the man she was looking for and surely not in this small town she moved to, but after seeing A.J. on his first day back in the cafe, it hits her that this is probably the guy they will set her up with. I found this chemistry with the two characters spot on for a hot and steamy one night stand. You get to hear a good story from his experience overseas and learn about the awful marriage Sheri had and why she never thought this would work. At the end of the book you left with the wonder of do they make it more than a one night thing. I really loved this short read and would recommend it to anybody looking for a quick steamy read. Reviewed by Kenzie for Cocktails and Books
I have enjoyed reading these stories. Sometimes very sad, sometimes hard to think about but Ms Long presents them in a way that makes you understand a little better how hard it is for our soldiers to come home.
Decadent Publishing gives readers exactly what they want with their 1Night Stand series which are quick reads with likable characters reaching for their HEA after a steamy one-night stand. Ms Long's story involves AJ, a Marine coming home after a long time fighting overseas who longs for peace and quiet. After applying for a good-hearted woman to ease his pain through the 1Night Stand agency he's introduced to the quiet and reserved librarian Sheri, who shows she's not as quiet and demure as she appears. The premise of this story is immensely appealing as it's many a young girl's dream, to be swept off her feet by a military man ala An Officer and a Gentleman. AJ is the perfect hero in that he's sexy, charming, and knows how to treat a woman. He's a hardworking cowboy with an aw' shucks attitude who, when he winks (which he does very often), makes you melt. He's tired after his long tour of duty and longs for the quiet countryside and a return to his ranch. His Marine brothers are just a phone call away and it's this fact that binds this book to the other books in Ms. Long's Always a Marine series. After being betrayed by her husband, the divorced Sheri leaves big city life behind to become the town's librarian. She appears quiet, wears glasses, and always has a book, but that's where the stereotype ends. Once she meets her dream man AJ she turns into a sex kitten. Their promised encounter leads to a night of non-stop steaminess that looks like it could lead to more in the future. This is the kind of story you read to escape the stresses of the day. We don't dig too deeply into these character's lives, we're living in the here and now. There's no powerful emotions or issues, no roadblocks to happiness, just a hot read with likable characters. As I too have a thing for military men I found myself falling for AJ and am intrigued by the closeness he has to the other Marines. It has me definitely wanting to read the other books in Ms. Long's series as her story gives a girl exactly what she dreams of....a picture perfect hero to sweep her off her feet.
Madame Eve makes magic again in The Marine Cowboy part of the Always a Marine series of 1 Night stand books by Heather Long. A.J. has finally returned home after being gone 7 years in the marines. He is enjoying the quite and the solitude being back in Freewill, WY. How could he have forgotten that he signed up for a 1 Night stand with the rest of his unit 18 months ago. Sheri moved to Freewill from L.A. after her cheating dirtbag of and ex was finally an ex. When she signed up with Madame Eve she really never thought they would find someone to meet all of her very exacting list, that was until she caught sight of A.J. now she is hoping he is her 1 Night stand. Ms. Long does a fantastic job not only giving us hot sexy cowboy/marines and spunky heroines but she makes them easy to relate to and a story that never feels rushed or hurried because it is a novella. Her Marine Cowboy gives us a hero we can admire as well as enough heat to melt the snow in Wyoming (I have been to Wyoming in the winter, that my friends is a hell of a lot of snow). I have enjoyed this entire series however The Marine Cowboy holds a spot in my heart and my virtual book shelf because the heroine is a librarian, how perfect. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
What’s hotter than a marine returned home to take up being a cowboy again? Can’t think of much. A.J. Turner has left the marines and gone home to Freewill, Montana. All he wants is the quiet of his ranch and to train his horses. And that’s what he was doing when he was reminded of his promise to his buds to sign up for Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand service. Sheri moved to Freewill to start over. She has signed on with Madame Eve to find a man the total opposite of her ex. A man with honor and courage, a man like A.J. Turner. When these two get together AJ remembers what he was fighting for and Sheri finds out that not all men are like her ex. Can they turn their 1Night Stand into a future? I LOVE this series of short smoking hot stories of men of courage and honor. Heather Long doesn’t disappoint in this installment and I look forward to future stories featuring Ms. Long’s marines.