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Posted April 21, 2013
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is #10 in the Always a Marine series by Heather Long, it is a stand alone novella/short novel and can be read as such.
Heather Long once again shows why she is the queen of the Marine romance genre with a deeply moving story about two people who are battered but not broken, one physically and one emotionally. Joe is what you dream about when you fantasize about a Marine, he is handsome, honorable, funny, kind to his mother and siblings, good with children and sexy as sin. Melody may have taken some damage during an abusive marriage but she is still a fighter and an extremely devoted mother.
I think that Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is my favorite Always a Marine book yet. It may be the tamest when it comes to the heat factor with only one intense sex scene but the story is so amazingly well done that I just wanted to put my arms around both Joe and Melody and hug them, I felt connected to them on that level.
Once again Ms. Long shows that she is able to give you a well written and emotionally compelling story in a short novel/novella length book. I look forward to many Marine stories in the future, oorah!
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted February 19, 2013
Whiskey tango foxtrot has a great storyline. The African-American male character ""Joe"" is a wounded marine that steps in to help Melody, the abused widow of a former marine and parent of their daughter, Libby. I thought this was surely going to be a winner after all the story had the handsome military officer coming to the aid of a damsel in distress. This was far from what I found within the pages of this book. This story has many dark, heavy issues that never quite got off the ground in the storyline. This is probably because the novella length was too difficult to really explore and resolve these issues while building a romance between the characters.
I felt no connection with the characters. I didn't like them, and I didn't dislike them. I just didn't connect. Normally somewhere within the first few chapters I start to be drawn into the plot but I was never drawn in and never felt remotely involved in the story. It was difficult for me to process Joe's injuries and feelings as a Marine on the mend because he reaches out to Melody and her issues are brought into the story. Melody's daughter had a very serious heart defect. Joe was there for her during the baby's surgery, and Melody seemed guarded but glad. However, Melody's character was very distant and there was absolutely no chemistry or connection between the two. I never felt like they were a couple or that buildup to them developing feelings for each other. I put my kindle down several times sighed and went back because I hate to start a book and not finish. It was painful at best.
The storyline was more or less that Joe fell in love with her at first sight , determined to help her overcome her past and help with her daughter. Then he waited until she was ready. Eventually she was ready and they had sex, became a couple and decided to get married. All literally in the last 2-3 pages.
I would not recommend this book. I think the author had a very noble idea that went wrong. This novella was too short for the multiple very layered, elements in the story.
Reviewed by Michelle for Cocktails and Books.
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Posted February 11, 2013
Posted January 8, 2013
This IR military romance takes place at Mikes Place a complex dedicated to the care of military men and their families suffering trauma from their time in service. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is NOT a 1NS story. Where the 1NS stories have the sex leading to love this story travels the more traditional route of love leading to sex.
Marine Captain Joe Cooper is recovering from injuries received in the line of duty. His new neighbor, marine widow Melody Carter, has a very ill baby that cries all the time. Joe, being the middle child of 7 children has experience with his siblings and their babies, knocks on Melody’s door and offers his assistance. Melody is afraid of men especially marines as her husband changed from the loving boy she married to an abuser who got worse with each tour. She feels guilty because she is relieved he died. Can she learn to trust Joe? Can they help each other heal?
I don’t know how Heather Long packs so much into such a short story. I laughed, I cried, and I sighed. Each of these stories speaks to me in a different way but this one really got to me. If you haven’t discovered Heather Long yet go forth and read. This book can be read as a stand-alone.
Posted December 7, 2013
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