The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn't prepared them for falling in love.
For many women, Ranger Battalion Surgeon Michael MacGregor is the ideal man. He's far better than average looking, a generous tipper, not to mention an officer and a doctor. So when he encounters a woman resistant to his charms, he finds himself... intrigued.
Kacie Morgan has had her fill of arrogant military men since the last one left her with a shattered heart and one heck of a career rut. Now, with her prestigious fellowship starting in the fall, all she has to do is survive the summer--and her little sister's wedding.
When an ill-fitting bridesmaid dress has Kacie wanting to temporarily shake things up in her carefully planned life, she knows just the man to call. They agree to a no-strings, summer fling, although it isn't long before Michael wants Kacie for forever.
But to win her heart, he'll have to confront the nightmares from his past if they're to have any chance at a future.
About the Author
Cheryl Etchison graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Journalism and began her career as an oil and gas reporter. Bored to tears and broke as hell, it wasn’t long before she headed for the promise land of public relations. But that was nearly a lifetime ago and she’s since traded in reporting the facts for making it all up. Currently, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and three daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I’ve always enjoyed Cheryl Etchison’s writing because it just flows really well and her characters always feel very real. This was the perfect pace to lead up to the wedding and each part felt like it was helping to develop the story instead of just filling time. I always appreciate a romance that the characters have to work for and make compromises for. It makes the story feel more real when it’s not just wrapped up in a pretty bow. Both characters had to really confront their preconceptions and hang ups in order to work things out. I also liked that hey didn’t fall into instant love with each other and it took time for them to really learn each other. At the same time, they each cared for the other so that helped to develop the eventual “I love you’s”. Kacie was ready to move on with her life but she couldn’t stay away from Michael. Kacie was a perfect blend of strong and independent but also flawed and self-conscious about certain things. Basically, Kacie was like an actual real life woman who might be put on a tough facade but still has some insecurities. She was also pretty honest with herself and knew when she needed to make some life changes. Michael was a wonderful hero and he will definitely make a great new book boyfriend. I loved how charming and cocky he was without being annoying about it. His joking and innuendos really helped bring his character to life and I often found myself chuckling at his comments. I was also happy to see Bree and Danny again because Once and For All is probably my favorite book by Cheryl Etchison so far. There were some scenes that were dropped at a chapter end and I wanted to actually experience the scene. For instance, Kacie is confronting Michael on why he can’t leave the military and the chapter ends when she realizes what he promised his mom. We don’t see anything else from this scene and are left to wonder how the rest of that conversation went.
I loved this book from Cheryl Etchison! Once again she's woven a story perfectly balanced of romance, drama and sexiness. Kacie and Michael are thrown together at her sister's bachelorette party, though she wants nothing to do with a military man she can't seem to stay away. Both are dealing with ghosts from their pasts. Though they each seem to be able to help the other though both are a bit stubborn to let go. Their love and care for their families are undeniable and make both characters very likable. I adore an amazing military romance and the fact it's based fairly close to home tends to make me drawn in as well. Cheryl Etchison has a wonderful town with intricate characters that weave in and out of each other's lives like a flawless quilt. I highly recommend this book!
A fun, well-written story that had me smiling and swooning. I pretty much inhaled the story, it put a hook on me that held until the end. The characters and the events are very much lifelike, the awkwardness of dating, the doubts about reciprocated feelings, the family drama and the sibling rivalry, it all felt real and the whole story unravels like a friend telling you a story about falling in love and finding their destiny. Michael MacGregor is a hero that was easy to like. He has a great, warped sense of humor, he carries his responsibilities, he is straightforward, honest, kind, a bit arrogant at times, and sexy as can be. I really liked him and his family-oriented mindset, and the respect he had to his parents made me admire him even more. Kacie Morgan has had enough hurt and being looked over by men. She has closed off her feelings, she keeps people at arm's length, and can come off as rather prickly at times. She keeps telling Michael that he is arrogant, but she had him beat with that on several occasions. The chemistry between Michael and Kacie was hot, within the limits Kacie would allow it. In my mind they were perfect together, it just took them longer to see that and figure it all out. But once they start to open up to each other and see themselves what an amazing ally they have on each other, the damage that they had done to their relationship might be too much to overcome. I enjoyed the family connections they both have, and the big role both of their families play in the story. The tale has an authentic feeling to it throughout, lifelike and genuine, from the relationship with their parents and siblings to their friends and co-workers as fell as the relationship they have with each other. There are many things in the story that made me smile, the fact that Michael's brother calls Kacie a Malibu Barby, and Kacie and her sister call Michael a G.I. Joe gave a great mental image of them, of their beauty, and of their humor. From the Start is a sweet, lively, and enjoyable story about family, siblings, friends, and lovers. It is about a summer fling that turns into a thing, it is about the awkwardness of a new relationship, and about the joyful, fearful, bliss of falling in love and finding your true mate. A lovely and entertaining story that easily swept me off my feet and held my interest from the start to finish. ~ Four Spoons