Falling for Her Soldier: A Perfect Kisses Novel

Falling for Her Soldier: A Perfect Kisses Novel

by Ophelia London
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Falling for Her Soldier: A Perfect Kisses Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing story that is touching, funny, and sweet! It is a great read that will leave you wanting more. Well paced, great characters, and the HEA you will be hoping for from the first page. Highly recommended!
AMANDA_BRAT69 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! A hot military man and a redhead ballerina who wouldn't love that. I have loved this whole series but this one is my favorite! you wont be disappointed with this series. can be read without reading the others but why would you!*
BookLabyrinth More than 1 year ago
Falling for Her Soldier was a cute road overall. Ellie and Charlie were definitely very adorable together. I liked reading about their talks and their dance practices. A lot of times with books this this I find myself asking “Why don’t you just tell the truth??”, and that was definitely the case here. However I did think there was enough outside interference from Ellie’s brother that I could buy the scenario to an extent. You know how sometimes there’s one aspect of a book that probably shouldn’t be your main focus, but it bugs you so much you almost can’t focus on anything else? Yeah. I had that happen here. Ellie is supposedly planning this benefit for the centre where soldiers and veterans gather, and yet besides her dance with Hunter you don't see her working on anything. What’s up with that? Did she delegate? Where did these magical volunteers come from, and how was stuff donated? As someone who's planned events and has worked for a non-profit hosting a big fundraising event it was annoying to have everything glossed over. Yes there was mentions of press for the event, but what about all the work it took to get the event planned? All it would have taken was a few mentions here and there. You don’t need scenes of characters going door to door to business or anything, but on the opposite end of the spectrum to have this important aspect completely ignored was quite strange. Okay, end rant. Beyond this detail which bugged me and that probably most people wouldn’t even pick up on (!), this was a decent enough read overall. It had its fun aspects, it held my attention, and it was a quick and easy read.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I features Charlie "Big Game Hunter" Johansson and Ellie Bell. She is a ballerina, who suffered a life altering injury, and currently runs a dance studio started by her mother. He is her recovering brothers best friend, who earned his nick name by being a player. They connect sight unseen through e-mail, when Ellie's brother is injured. The e-mails continue for 4 months, but they lose touch when charlie starts to develop feelings for Ellie. The novel combines a great soldier romance with a dancing with the stars style performence. The 2 main characters had great chemistry and dialouge, and funny supporting characters. It held my attention and made me want to read more by this author. I highly reccomend this book for anyone... I was given a ARC for an honest review.
texasgingerbread More than 1 year ago
I had a smile on my face the entire book. I instantly loved Ellie and Charlie (liked both viewpoints) and could totally hear them in my head, sarcasm and all. This a great sweet and sexy read!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from the first page. The chemistry between Ellie and Hunter (Charlie) was sizzling. Ellie was on a ban of men for a year, nearing the end of the year when she meets Hunter at the SW. Hunter is a womanizer and Ellie's brother's best friend from the army. Ellie knows Hunter as Charlie from emails, where they connected, when her brother was injured. Can she believe that Hunter is that same person that she knew as Charlie. Loved the fun and the banter from these two. Highly recommend this short sweet romance. I received this ARC from the publisher for a honest review. (less)
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I’m not usually a fan of deception romances, even if it was an accident on Charlie’s part, but this one worked for me. There wasn’t really a good way for him to come clean any earlier than he does because I don’t know that Ellie would have believed he had changed until she got to know him. With Falling for her Soldier, London once again delivers a romantic treat full of heart and humor that left me feeling satisfied at the end. I think that at this point I’d pick up any story that had her name on the cover without even reading the blurb. Full review available at Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.
bigbabyblues More than 1 year ago
Another fun romance from Ophelia London! The plot reminded me of You've Got Mail (one of my favorite chick flicks). I immediately liked Ellie. It took me longer to like Hunter, but by the end of the book he'd won me over. This fun read is full of flirting and kissing and (rated PG) sizzle!
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
A very romantic case of mistaken identity. When I was given the opportunity of reading this as an ARC I did a little happy dance; Playing at Love was the first Bliss book I ever read, I loved it and subsequently Speaking of Love and I'd always hoped that Tess' brother Charlie would get his story. Charlie has a pen-friend, Ellie, sister of his best friend and the man whose life he saved in Afghanistan. They've never met, both have developed feelings and when they do there's a case of mistaken identity; Ellie has no idea Charlie is Charlie but Hunter, her brother's playboy army buddy. Having sworn off men for a year, she has no intention of being another of his conquests and is waiting for the day she meets Charlie... I have to confess I found it a little steady to start with, but when it did get going it was fun, sweet and very romantic with some real touching moments; the all too true reality of what our armed forces suffer whilst on deployment and after was handled with sensitivity and realism. Charlie and Ellie have a wonderful chemistry and are so loveable; both are flirts and the way Charlie chips his way into Ellie's affections, despite her brother's warnings, is charming, heartwarming and fun. And whilst the path their story took didn't hold any major surprises, the reveal, as expected as it was, did. With Tess, Jack, Mac & Rick ever present and their lives evolving, Falling for Her Soldier is a good addition to the series and one I would recommend. I received a copy of this as an ARC from the publisher for an honest and unbiased opinion.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Rating 4 1/2 Stars I finished Falling for her Soldier by Ophelia London and I must say that I wasn't let down. This story has everything that makes a Bliss story bliss. Anyway, Ellie Bell has given up being with men for a year and she's approaching the year mark when she meets Charlie Johannson. However, she doesn't know it's Charlie, because when finally meets him face to face he's introduce to her as Hunter. Charlie use to be a big player, but after the last deployment something happen that changed him and he no longer wanted to be know as Mr. Big Game Hunter. Now Charlie is trying to win Ellie as Hunter. He actually wants to tell her the truth, but he was given bad advice so keeps up the Hunter act. I found Falling for her Soldier delightful. It was fun to watch Charlie try to get Ellie to look at him as a decent guy than Mr. Big Game Hunter. Some of the things Charlie did for Ellie were really sweet. Even help her stay true to her goal. I love how he tries to do the honorable thing. However, I was waiting when when the Charlie/Hunter secret was going to happen, because it was bound to happen when he wasn't prepare. Overall, a heart melting good read. So, if you are looking for that feel good story, you might want to read Falling for her Soldier. Copy provided by the publisher
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
This was my first adult novel by Ophelia London and I am so glad I picked this one up for review! I loved Ophelia's Definitely, Maybe in Love, so I was excited to read one of her adult contemporaries next! Falling For Her Soldier definitely didn't disappoint. When I first started reading I felt a little deja vu. Ellie has put herself on a year long dating ban because she always tends to fall for the wrong guys. Her last relationship ended badly and so she set a ban to basically detox herself of all jerk guys. She's been with cheaters and liars and she won't let herself fall into her pattern again. Upon being introduced to Hunter (who is really Charlie Johansson, but we'll get to that) by her brother, she realizes that she's heard stories of the notorious 'Big Game Hunter' and he is exactly the kind of man she needs to steer clear of. Hunter is known for his playboy ways, but after a frightening encounter in Afghanistan, realizes he needs to make a change in his life. I've read a lot of storylines with the hurt female and the playboy turned good guy and I was afraid that this story would follow the grain and not really be anything new. Not the case here! I was already fan of London's writing style and even though this particular trope has been done time and time again, she still manages to take it and really make it her own and I loved the direction she took Ellie and Hunter's story. Ellie was such a sweet character and I really liked her. Even though she has placed herself on a dating ban, she can't seem to get the soldier who emailed her after her brother's accident out of her head. What started as just an email to let her know what was going on turned into something much more. They essentially became pen pals and she really cherished those emails he sent. However, after not hearing anything in 2 months, she is a bit devastated as she really looked forward to seeing them. Charlie Johansson holds a special place in her heart even though she has not corresponded with him lately. Oh Charlie. Having earned his nickname Big Game Hunter by his playboy past, he is looking for something more in his life. After saving his best friend Sam in Afghanistan and surviving an attack like he did, he knows something has to change in his life. When Sam mentions meeting his sister Ellie at the Warrior Center, Charlie is a bit crazed. He thought about Ellie a lot and hated not continuing his emails to her. When they first meet, Sam introduces him as Hunter and Charlie just kind of goes with it, not realizing the repercussions that it may have. Ellie knows the stories about Hunter from her brother and yet she's having trouble associating this kind, sexy man with the one her brother described. I absolutely loved the slow burn of Charlie and Ellie's relationship. She is determined to stick to her ban and she won't let herself fall victim to another playboy. However, Hunter has given her no reason to believe that is the man he is. Instead, he shows her a kind, generous, always willing to help man and she finds herself torn between Hunter and Charlie. She feels guilty over her feelings for Hunter when she knows she doesn't want to give up on Charlie. Whew, yeah that was some pickle he got himself into! Sam is not supportive of Hunter starting a relationship with his sister and warns him away. Hunter knows he should respect his best friend's wishes, but he can't get Ellie out of his head. Hunter's loyalty to his best friend is really great and all, but the heart wants what the heart wants and his wants Ellie's. Hunter has already decided to volunteer at the Warrior Center with Ellie and after finding out the Center is having financial difficulties, the two take it upon themselves to figure out a way to raise money to keep it open. Throwing a ball to help raise money is a great idea and I love how Hunter really stood up and took action, even going out of his comfort zone to do so. Watching him learn the tango is DELICIOUS and I absolutely cracked up over all the Michael Bublé references. However, Hunter knows he can't continue keeping the truth of who he really is from her and is afraid of how she will take the news that he is really Charlie. Fans of London's series will be happy to see Jack and Tess from Playing at Love and Rick and Mac from Speaking of Love make an appearance in this book as well. I am excited to go back and read the first two in the series now! Falling For Her Soldier was a beautiful story about love and forgiveness and is definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lady writes a really great tale
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Not trashy and great romance. Fun for a light read.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
** 3.5 stars ** I'm adore the Bliss line from Entangled, and I've heard really good things about all of Ophelia London's books. Falling For Her Soldier is the third in the Perfect Kisses series, but can easily be read as a standalone. However, with the glimpses of past leading couples, and with hero Charlie being Tess from book one's brother, I will say that now I would love to go back and reading Playing at Love and Speaking of Love. Falling For Her Soldier has a trope-double whammy: falling for the brother's best friend, and a case of mistaken, or misrepresented, identity. I almost always love the falling for the brother's best friend, but am sometimes iffy on the misrepresented identity, lies of omission or not. In this case, it absolutely worked for me. Charlie's shame at his former "Big Game Hunter" ways, his hope to become a better man, and his feelings for Ellie all combined to portray a man who is desperate to win the woman he'd come to care for via correspondence. Despite the duplicity, I got Charlie and I wanted him to win his girl. The girl in question, Ellie. She is nearing the end of a man-free year. Bad choices and bad relationships have caused her to spend the past year working on herself, evaluating why she always picks the wrong guy. I liked that she was very self-aware, and adored seeing her fall for the soldier despite her resistance. Characters who strive to do and be better, and a romance that was sexy and intimate behind the scenes has me recommending this to fan of Bliss (or Bliss-like) books. Falling For Her Soldier was a really sweet, endearing love story. Favorite Quote: He traced his fingers up her spine, then slid a hand under her hair, resting it on the back of her smooth neck. When they finally kissed, he felt the strangest sensation of coming home, like when he took that first step onto American soil after a long deployment. His heart pounded hard, pushing hot blood through his veins, while at the same time, he felt at peace with her, free, yet securely connected.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
4 stars - Great bliss romance First Impression...I liked the idea of these two having an online relationship before they met.  I was interested to see how that would play out with the deception mixed in. The Story...I was drawn in quickly and I wanted to read it straight through.  Ellie hasn't had the best experiences with guys so she on a break - a year long break.  The problem is the emails from Charlie.  He saved her brother, Sam, and made a huge difference for her while she waited for Sam to get home.  But the introduction was all wrong.  He was surprised to meet her when he did and didn't react when Sam introduced him by his nickname.  He spends a lot of time stressed and guilty about not setting her straight right away.  While I'm not one for lying, Charlie didn't do it on purpose and there was a little man code with Sam to deal with as well.  I easily forgave him his mistake.  Besides, it made for a very interesting story. The Characters...Loved Charlie.  He's been a player and can't quite loose that image but his last mission effected him more than he wants to admit.  I loved that he was very much aware of what he would do if he was still being "Hunter" and how he resisted it.  Yes, we do get about half the story from his point of view.  I enjoyed that.  I like Ellie too.  Her one year without guys was a bit out there but if goals work for ya, then more power to ya. The Writing...I enjoyed the writing.  This was my first Ophelia London book but it won't be my last.  I enjoyed her style.  It was sweet romance and I really enjoyed it. Could I Put It Down...Didn't want to. In The End... Great bliss romance.
Luvmyhootie More than 1 year ago
Flirty and Romantic  Everybody loves military men right? I know I do! How could you not love a strong, powerful man who fights for something so amazing as the freedom of an entire nation? Falling For Her Soldier was absolutely sweet, romantic, predictable and totally cheesy but you know what? It really WORKED for me! Ellie Bell has a pen pal. After her brother was injured overseas she began an email relationship with his commanding officer Charlie Johansson following up on his progress. The two corresponded over a few months until Charlie cut off all contact and stopped responding. Ellie was hurt by his lack of communication until she met the infamous Hunter. The guy well known around the base as "The Big Game Hunter". There's no way she would fall for this guy right? With his amazing smile, fantastic body and extremely lame pickup lines it doesn't take long to fall under his spell.  Ellie's character wasn't hard for me to like. Being a ballet dancer was just one of her charms that I enjoyed reading about but it was her penchant for falling for the wrong type of guy that I could relate to. After a career ending knee injury she's resigned herself to running her mother's dance studio where she teaches. Those that can't do, teach. Right? I could really feel her emotional loss of not being able to dance professionally because of her knee. I always wanted to be a ballerina but my body isn't right for it. My love of the art is what drew me into Ellie's story and reminded me of the movie Center Stage which I love! Even though she had been hurt by her previous boyfriend Drew she didn't let that stop her from getting on with her life and moving non. I admired that she made a vow to herself not to date at all for one year. I think we as women who get stuck in a rut of dating certain guys and need to take a breather once in a while. Mine lasted for almost six years so I could identify with Ellie in that department. She wasn't the type of woman to fall for a man's crap and the way she put her brother Sam in his place when he tried to tell her what to do was adorable. Charlie Johansson A.K.A "Hunter" was an instant lovable guy for me. I knew from the very first words uttered by him that he would become a favorite for me. "How You Doin'?" he said. What the hell? Since when did he channel Joey Tribbiani? That was the moment I fell hard for this guy. The two sides he's displaying both internally and externally with Ellie are what kept me on my toes. He's been a bad boy in the past and has gained a solid rep from it by all his buddies on base but I knew he wasn't a complete bastard. Yeah he was a bit of a slut but after his near death experience in the war overseas he's had a change of heart and wants something real. Something he started with Ellie in their emails. I love that she flustered him at times. He was so caught up in her personality and beauty he would unintentionally slip back into his "Hunter" personna. I started feeling bad for him after a while though because he was really beating himself up about his past and I hated seeing him upset. I did loved that while he was trying to escape his reputation and show Ellie he was a different man now, he didn't blow off his previous behavior. He owned it and never made excuses and that to me showed the growth that he had been striving for since he returned home. I love a man who owns his mistakes and Charlie was the ultimate man in my eyes.  I have a thing for military men and have done the whole pen pal/relationship thing once before so this story just worked for me because it was so similar to my own experience. And while mine didn't work out in the long run the story between Ellie and Charlie was great and I enjoyed the way things went for them. I loved how Charlie respected the goals Ellie set for herself and she in turn opened herself up to giving him a chance despite his past. Both Charlie and Ellie had a wonderful character growth I was pleased with and that they both learned from each other and themselves. The supporting characters made me laugh and had me curious to how the other stories in the series panned out for them. Charlie's sister Tess was so sweet to Ellie and sympathetic because she knew her brother. Sam, Ellie's brother who was injured intrigued me to know his story and see how things will work out for him too.  Falling For Her Soldier is what I personally like to call "Redemption Romance". After reading something dirty and so called "sinful" this is the kind of book to wash away your sins. It was clean and romantic and utterly cheesy but so good. I always enjoy a dual POV story going back and forth between both characters. It really helps me understand both people and where they are coming from. For some unknown reason I always end up jumping into a series two or three books in but I found myself following the story and it's previous characters just fine. You could absolutely pick this up as a stand alone and follow it and I recommend you do because this was a good book. The romance, the mild drama and the sexy ARMY man didn't hurt the story at all. This one was very tame and while I like my romance a little bit steamier it wasn't a problem to just enjoy it for what it was. 
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
This was such a sweet story--a definite feel-good read. It's third in the Perfect Kisses series--I have books one and two as part of my never-ending TBR--but it's not necessary to have read them to enjoy this novel. (However, you do see the heroes and heroines of books one and two in this one--and they're adorable. You're definitely going to want to read their stories as well. Consider yourself warned.) I really liked the combination of dance instructor and soldier heroine and hero. Add to that the fact that their first "meeting" was via a series of emails, and it just gets that much better. Adorableness overload! Their earlier contact gave just enough of a back story to make their falling in love during the time frame believable. It can be tough to make a lying-about-who-you-are story work and even tougher to make the character who does so come off as sympathetic, but it works here. As much as I felt for Ellie having been lied to, I was actually one hundred percent with Charlie after his secret is outed. No small feat, believe me! Ophelia London has definitely penned a light, happy romance here. It was just what my weekend needed! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A Lovely Military Romance!                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Falling For Her Soldier was a sweet romance with a military hero and a dancing heroine.  Eleanor "Ellie" Bell is an ex-ballerina who is running a dance studio with her best friend, Jane. She has sworn off relationships with guys since she seemed to only pick ones who would use her. She got tired of picking up the pieces so she has made a vow to stay away from any romantic relationships for a year... She has 24 days left when she is introduced to "Hunter" by her brother at the WS...  Charlie "Hunter" Johansson is between military assignments when he meets Ellie. His friends call him "Big Game Hunter" as he has a well-earned reputation for womanizing. "Hunter" keeps telling himself that Ellie is off-limits as she is his best-friend's sister. However, his mind and body aren't cooperating...  Falling for her Soldier can easily be enjoyed as a stand-a-lone but it has whet my appetite to read the previous books in the series.  This is the 1st book I've read by Ophelia London and it won't be the last as I've already loaded my reader with Tess' & Jack's story in Playing at Love, a previous book in this series. I'm starting it next. Bottomline: A Lovely Military Romance!  4 stars!
psee More than 1 year ago
Falling For Her Soldier is London's third book in her Perfect Kisses Series. I had not read the first two books in the series and it did not detract from my read at all. Ellie is a local dance instructor who tends to go for the bad boy types. Unfortunately, due to her last relationship she has sworn off men for a whole year. The only little catch is that she was developing feelings for a soldier in her brothers platoon. After emailing each other for two months following her brother's injury, she has developed feelings for Charlie. With less than a month left in her break from men, she comes across Hunter. He is your typical hot alpha male who, per her brother, is your typical bad boy womanizer. What she doesn't know is that Hunter's given name is Charlie. Most of the book is spent with Ellie and Charlie spending time and working together to raise money for a local organization which helps military people like her brother. Charlie struggles with telling Ellie the truth, and abiding by the code in which he cannot date his best friend's sister. Despite these issues he is drawn to Ellie and despite her having around 3 weeks left, she does not want to stay away from Hunter. As one expects, identities get revealed, Ellie gets heartbroken, and the question is who has Ellie fallen for--Hunter/Charlie?? Will she be able to get past this hurt too? I found the book to be an easy read and I was drawn to the characters. Honestly I felt there was good chemistry between the two characters but the scenes definitely were more PG and I wanted more. I think the other characters in the book added to the depth of the story and I may have been even more interested in them if I had read the other two books first. Either way I find this can be read as a stand alone book and it gives you the HEA. I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago