Tuesday, July 2, 2013

ARC Book Review: The Officer and The Secret

Book Title: The Officer & The Secret
Author:  Jeanette Murray |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romance
Format: ebook, Mass Market
Cost: $6.99
Pages: 352
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Recommedation: Burn Rubber to Get It!!
After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.(

Perhaps one fo my all time favorite romances, Yeah I loved how real Dwayne was, and the glimpses back into the other stories, watching as they advance and grow as couples. I totally get why Veronica did what she did, but at the same time I can't cosign on her mess, her lies just kept snowballing and even when given plenty of chances to come clean she kept them going )which made her a complete and real character as well, totally loved her), those final few pages had me glued to the kindle until I was done, I just knew the crap was going to hit the fan & I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen, how they would handle it, and if Veronica would grow as a woman.

Veronica's upbringing skates close to the edge of becoming cultish & abusive (actually scratch that) it was cultist and abusive, just because you have a calling on your  life doesn't mean you have to demand others follow that same mission, perhaps if her parents hadn't interpreted the Bible so harshly this would have been a fun way to grow up, but to oppress her and lock her away from living life so she can do what you do is not being a good parent or a good Christian.  you know who does that?? Oppressive regimes & cults, yeah, all her parents needed were a few followers and they would have been a full on cult. Idiots. I loved that Veronica recoginized it for herself and made a break for it, and demanded of herself something more, something better, she's a survivor and I totally understand why she lies about who she is and where she's from. Although, in a relationship lying to one's partner?? O_o *unless it's for an awesome surprise?* Yeah no bueno.

This had to be the second book I have read this year that deals with PTSD in military characters and handles it well, even though it's part of the story it doesn't become the whole story, it doesn't overwhelm the character and make him less, which sometimes those who aren't in the military or don't have military ties can write or talk about it in a way that helps to stigmatize those who are suffering.  Jeanette did a wonderful job discussing it, discussing even how the Marines themselves can be reluctant to seek help, or even worse believe somehow they are less for needing the help.

It's just well written as a romance, one I can't wait to add to my collection, Definetly a burn rubber to get it as soon as it comes out kind of book.

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