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Accidental Rebel by Nicole Snow

Accidental Rebel Book ReviewAccidental Rebel packs intrigue and action into a heart-warming love story. This is my first book from Nicole Snow and I will be reading more.

When Miller Rush and Gwendolyn meet, the attraction is instantaneous. Only, he’s on the run for his life. She doesn’t know his whole story, but she knows somethings not on the up and up. She falls for his two kids first and decides he must not be all bad. Her mother pushes the two together with a sly yet less than subtle hand.

The whole situation provides a great set-up and there are definitely on-the-edge of-your-seat moments and places you won’t be willing to put your book down. On the whole, it never gets too dark, too gory or too scary. I’d classify it as a light romantic suspense, although I notice because of Miller’s military background, and the inclusion of other military characters in the story, it’s categorized as a military romance.

Miller describes Gwen’s Mom as being “around fifty.” Now, I’m pushing fifty (not there yet, thank you) and I have to say, if my daughter came to me with two pre-loaded TEN year old grandchildren, there’d be a part of me that was like “Now wait a minute. I am not old enough to be the grandma of a TEN year old.” And May, her Mom, kind of sounds like my kind of woman.

In my mind, I like to think of May as being in her early to mid sixties. Just my personal preference. Maybe that’s because my daughter is TEN. But, to Snow’s credit, she never says May’s age. And it’s also possible she is the age I want her to be, and she just looks so damn good Miller underestimated her age. We’ll go with that.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

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Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy

Book ReviewA gripping and heartwarming romance from the beaches of Australia and war torn Afghanistan. This is the first book I’ve read by Kate McCarthy, but I will be reading more.

Military romance isn’t normally a genre I gravitate to but I absolutely loved this book. A friends to lover romance at heart, the story starts with a friendship between a fifteen year old girl and a seventeen year old boy. A fence divides their back yards, and she uses this fence for protection as she ever so slowly opens herself up. Each are dealing with the heartbreak of losing their only parent and facing the world alone.

He chooses the Australian army. Years later, she does too. He ends up being SAS, military elite. She’s a medic.

One of my favorite quotes from the book: “You’re barely held together with duct tape. We all are. Isn’t that why any of us join the army in the first place? You’re hoping it’s going to perform some kind of miracle and piece us back together again. But newsflash, Brooks, it doesn’t. It only makes the cracks inside us bigger.”

At one point, I had to jump ahead to the end. I need to make sure I wasn’t digging into another “Nightingale” situation. The book isn’t a walk in the park, meaning your heart is going to rip a bit along the journey, but when you close the book, you’ll have a smile on your face and you’ll wish there were more pages to read.

Friendships and minor characters play a major role. For two people with no blood family, their few friends and military colleagues are vital. Maybe that’s necessary in a story about the military? After all, who could ever forget the phrase, “Talk to me Goose!”.

Kate McCarthy‘s Fighting Absolution will have you rooting for these characters to find their absolution and cheering for them as they choose happiness. I strongly recommend this book.

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