Pathos and humor combine in this emotionally charged, back-from-the-dead military romance by award-winning author Karina Bliss, where telling the truth could lose you everything.
"I can't let you get over me...because I'm never going to get over you."
After eighteen months as a POW presumed dead, SAS soldier Lee Davis is finally going home. Back to his family, friends and...fiancée? Except the night before his last deployment Juliet Browne rejected his proposal. Which makes the sight of her playing the grieving almost-wife beyond infuriating. Feigning amnesia, Lee puts Jules's commitment to the test.
Yet tormenting her conscience isn't as easy as he thought it would be. She's still the woman whose memory got him through the worst of his captivity and her actions now prove she cares—a lot. And despite her betrayal, he needs her more than ever. Because Lee is beginning to realize that for him, Jules is home.
* Reissue. First published by Harlequin Enterprises in 2013.
RUBY Finalist (Romantic Book of the Year Australia) 2014.
"An emotionally moving story of two people torn apart by tragedy fighting their way back to each other…Gripping, psychologically captivating and so real, I can't help but be pulled into the lives of Karina Bliss's characters" Tome Tender
"If you love damaged military heroes and romances where you're convinced the author is trying to rip your heart out? Look no further." Wendy The Super Librarian
"Bliss plays a perfect balance of pathos and humor in this romance novel. As these now decades-old wars have taught us, the damage that war at times exacts of soldiers affect everyone's lives: families and friends. Bliss's is one of the best." Miss Bates Reads Romance
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great story! Loved it so much!!
Lee Davis is considered the modern day Lazarus. He was thought killed in action but has spent a over a year as a tortured POW. Returning home, he discovers that his ex-girlfriend is playing his grieving almost wife. He never told his friends that his girl friend rejected his proposal right before he was taken. Now she has infiltrated his life, family and core group of friends. Faking amnesia, Lee decides he is going to pay Juliet back for her deceit. With a difficult past it is hard for Juliet to trust love so when Lee asks her to marry him only after 6 weeks of dating she asks for more time...angered by her request, Lee storms out of Juliet’s life and to his “death”. Heart broken by the loss of Lee, Juliet didn’t know what to do when his army buddies gave her the engagement ring she wasn’t ready to accept. Unsure how to deal with Lee’s PTSD Juliet devotes herself to Lee’s recovery. Lee quickly realizes that he needs Juliet in his life but once the deception is uncovered can their tenuous trust survive? A Prior Engagement is an emotionally moving story of two people torn apart by tragedy fighting their way back to each other through severe emotional damage. My heart hurt for their struggles! Gripping, psychologically captivating and so real, I couldn’t help but be pulled into the lives of Karina Bliss’s characters. This ARC copy of A Prior Engagement was given to me by Harlequin Superromance in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on May 7, 2013.
I originally started reading this last month, but Lee's story has so much of the stories of his friends/SAS buddies in it that once I realized that 1) they all had their own books and 2) I had over a month and a half until this one was released, I decided to read them all first. Given the condition of the hero (he's been presumed dead for a year and a half), readers who aren't familiar with his friends learn as Lee does what has happened to them in the interim--so this could easily be read as a stand-alone. However, so many aspects and events will make more sense and gain more significance if one does know the characters already...so I am very glad that I did. Karina Bliss made the "back from the dead" storyline work here. What I've loved about this series--besides the camaraderie and friendship between the characters--is that the very real problems and trauma that they've all experienced thanks to the explosion of that IED in Afghanistan aren't ever glossed over. Every one of them has had major issues to work through, and they have worked on them. No magic fixes or just forgetting about the problem here, thank goodness. Lee and Jules went through a lot in this book, which on top of everything they went through before the book started almost seems too cruel, but it all worked in the end. It made their HEA, when it finally came all the more believable. Ms. Bliss was totally right in her author note: Lee was impossible to replace. I'm so glad she didn't try! This was a fantastic ending to a really good series. I can't wait to see where she goes next. (ARC receieved from NetGalley)