One Week with the Marine

One Week with the Marine

by Alison Gatta


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Best friends with benefits...

Avery Forrester has never been the type to settle down-not to one place, not to one job, and certainly not to one man. Still, when her long-term best friend with benefits comes home on leave with a plan-including marriage and children-she realizes she'll have to do something drastic in order to keep him. Luckily, drastic is what she does best.

...isn't enough anymore.

U.S. Marine Holden Morris has never backed down from a challenge. And this time, that challenge is persuading wild child Avery Forrester, the woman he's loved his entire life, to marry him. He wants the whole deal-a wife, a family. But convincing her to become a military wife won't be easy. Then again, he knows Avery-in every way possible. Armed with that kind of knowledge-carnal and otherwise--how can he possibly fail?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548875619
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2017
Series: Love on Location , #1
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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One Week with the Marine 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Thi More than 1 year ago
This was an ok read. Avery was hard to warm up to at first but I get where she is coming from. I just thought she should have just bitten the bullet and talked to Holden about her fears, it would have saved her from all the internal struggles. My huge pet peeve was trying to figure out what branch of the military Holden was in. I had assumed because of the title that he was a Marine but in the first chapter a couple of paragraphs in he's reference as a sailor. Ok I can deal with it and just make him a Marine but then when they go to dinner with his parents, his father makes a comment about him getting a scholarship to West Point but he went to Annapolis instead. Now I'm scratching my head because West Point is for Army and the Naval Academy in Annapolis is for Navy and Marine Corps. Since he wanted to follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps he's supposed to go to the Naval Academy. Usually little mistakes having to do with the military doesn't bother me as long as they do not distract from the story but not knowing what branch of military he's in is a big distraction. Researching a subject goes a long way in helping with the story.
lisareads More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Avery and Holden's story is fairly light, very well written, somewhat sweet and intimate. Holden's life is changing and he brings the change to Avery. I loved it.
LaurieBeemer More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Who doesn't love friends with benefits? For years Avery and Holden have had a particular arrangement they would be there for each other and help each other out. Fast forwards years later and Holden still wants Avery, but she isn't sure what she needs or wants. Holden is stubborn and decides if something is important enough it is worth all the struggles and fighting.
christy-womack More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Avery Forrester and U.S. Marine Holden Morris have been friends forever. Towards the end of their senior year in high school, they became friends with benefits, because Holden is destined for the military and Avery, after watching her mother fail over and over again in marriage, is afraid of intimacy. He is comes form a political/military family and she and her mother lived in a trailer park. So she knows that she will never be good enough for Holden. Eventually she left Maryland and moved to California with her BFF Myla, Avery then became a photographer and watched Myla also go from one sad relationship to the next. Each time Holden is stateside he comes to her, but now on his way home from his fourth deploy, he has a ten year plan and the first thing on the list is "Marry someone I love". The someone he has always loved is Avery, and this trip home he is determined to get her on board, despite the hostility of his parents towards her. But what Avery does best is avoidance, as the loving looks he gives her send "panic and fear racing through her bloodstream". She was terrified of loving him and losing him and herself so has convinced herself that she is not who he needs; that he could do better. Will Holden be able to convince Avery that she is who he needs or will she push him away. You have to read this book to see if they get their HEA!!! I am a sucker for friends to lovers books
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Avery Forrester seems to be incapable of settling down on anything from a job to relationships. When her friend-with-benefits, Holden Morris, is on leave from the Marines, she finds out that his plans to settle down make her realize she might have to change so she doesn’t lose him. I really didn’t this story. I tried to get through it even though I had a feeling I would have a problem with Avery’s personality. I was pretty much done with it after the introduction of Holden, who is well aware of Avery’s tendency to get around and he still wanted to set her up to marry him. The way it was all worded just didn’t work for me. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I truly loved both of these characters. Avery, my heart went out to her. She knew how she felt towards Holden, but couldn't feel worthy mainly because of the way she was brought up. I wish we would have had more of her backstory. But you could totally understand where she came from and her reasoning. Then there is Holden. I loved him from start to finish. He was so strong, so accepting of Avery, and determined not to give up on her or what he wanted. Swoonworthy for sure. Their story was so sweet, especially the flashbacks and memories. And their loved scenes, holy moly, they were unbelievably hot. Yowza! Now I just need for Myla to have a happy ending too. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. Avery and Holden had a friends with Benefits arrangement since they were teens. They have both been secretly in love with each other, and scared to rock the boat. Avery is terrified of commitment, having seen what her mother had gone thru with men, she did not want to go that route, and then her best friends relationships, were horrible, she was on a constant wheel of disappointment, and Avery did not want that, she felt that it was better to keep her relationship with Holden the way it was, no strings, that way it would last. Holden, loved Avery and every time he saw a picture on Facebook of her with her latest conquest he was green with envy, what he did not know, was that Avery, never slept with anybody else, Holden was her one and only. When Holden, asked for a relationship, and Avery agreed, all hell broke loose, because he never told her about his deployment. Both said hurtful things, but both were able to acknowledge what they really felt for one another.. Hopefully we get to read her friends story next, you can't leave us hanging like that.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
This is a great little read. Avery who is totally gun shy of relationships and the intimacy yet every time her long term friend and lover come home from deployment they spend most of their time buried between the sheets! Holden is about to change all that. Coming from a military family, they expect him to fall inline and they don't like Avery. Holden avoids his family when he's home on leave, much preferring Avery's company. So Holden decides that since he's older and needs to make some life decisions about his career and future with Avery starts to change their game a little bit. Avery picks up on the subtle things Holden does, a little more intimate, soft touches here and there and she panics just a tad. Meanwhile her best friend who is a nervous Nellie grills her for 3 pages about her relationship with Holden early in the book. Avery uses every trick she knows to throw her off, but to no avail. She doesn't understand the just friends thing Avery's trying to explain to her, because that's the way it's been with her and Holden since high school. This was a quick and sweet read. I don't use the word sweet often it implies gushy etc and this wasn't, but well written as always from Allison and I liked the plot. I loved Holden and Avery both, but Holden.... yes indeed! The book is a great summer read, light enough, low angst and lots of love. What more could you ask for. Allison writes yet another winner. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled in exchange for a fair review**
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
One Week With the Marine by Allison Gatta, is one hot and sexy romance. The hero, Holden Morris, is a Marine with a bright future in public service. He is presently a captain, and with his next deployment he will be promoted. Holden hails from a family of military men and his uppity parents are constantly in his face about how each deployment will earn him more money and prestige. The heroine, Avery Forrester, is a photographer and a commitment phobe. She and Holden have been best friends since high school and established a friends with benefits relationship from the moment Holden enlisted. Although she won't admit to it, Holden is her one and only. Holden has decided that he wants to settle down with Avery. They are in love, even though the sentiment has never been spoken. Holden has his work cut out for him, and overtime he shows Avery that they can be much more than an on again off again liaison. I enjoyed this book. Both Avery and Holden are likeable characters with vulnerabilities that are easy to identify with. They are a beautiful couple and their sexy times are passionate. The chapter where Avery cooks for Holden is absolutely hysterical, and I had tears rolling down my face from laughing. With Holden's snooty parents, Ms. Gatta is able to execute pompousness perfectly. Overall, this is a very steamy read with good character development. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Avery Forrester doesn't do permanent, she prefers to keep everything in her life string free, that includes her relationships with men. She just isn't ready or willing to settle down with one man, and after watching her mother crash and burn so many times with men in the past, it has left her with some deep rooted intimacy issues. So, her relationship with her best friend turned friend with benefits Holden is damn near perfect for her... well that is until he returns home from his latest deployment with marriage on the mind... Marine Holden Morris loves what he has with friend Avery, but now he wants more, a whole lot more, the rings, vows, kids, the whole nine yards, problem is Avery doesn't do permanent. She is a free spirit, that doesn't like to be tied down to anything, but he is about to change that. He knows it's going to take some serious convincing, and there's chance he might lose her for good, but it's a risk he's willing to take. This sexy little first time read had the perfect blend of everything you'd want in a romance story, it was heartwarming, funny, engaging, and packed with some serious sizzle! The story line had a nice flow to it, and Ms. Gatta's detailed character descriptions help to paint each one of them quite vividly for me, giving them a very palpable feel. The chemistry between them was undeniable from the start and their intense attraction to one another kept things consistently hot throughout the entire story... their steamy encounters managed to have me blushing a few times! Highly recommend this one, it's a spicy little page-turner that is sure to keep you captivated from start to finish! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! This author is new to me and I find that I really like her writing style. For such a short read, it was maturely written, fast paced and a good storyline. Holden was a great Hero. He knows what he wants and isn't afraid to go for it. Avery, I had a harder time with. I liked her character but I didn't like how she ran from issues. It was very prevalent in the story, which dimmed some of my excitement of a really good book. If you wanted me to list my dislikes, that would be the only issue I had. Everything else was really good and I look forward to reading more from this author. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Gatta is a pro at standing out. Her stories range from sweet, salty to naughty. One Week With a Marine falls into the naughty category with a number of sweet moments. What woman wouldn't want a man whose willing to fight for her heart? Holden never ran from a battle and he was in a fight to the finish for Avery's heart. If it ain't broke don't fix it, would be a good way of describing the appeal of Allison Gatta. Be careful! She just might run away with your heart.