Title: Marine for Hire (Front and Center #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: February 3, 2014
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: While I liked the characters and romance for the most part, something was missing for me. I liked it, but didn’t love it.
About the Book: She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…
Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?
Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied marine even harder. And Sam wants her bad.
Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses…and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.
I can’t exactly pinpoint what it was what didn’t make me love this book, but I think it has something to do with how there just wasn’t enough substance outside of the romance for me to really enjoy it. Marine for Hire definitely had its good moments, and for the most part, I really liked Sheri, but overall, it was just missing that spark I associate with my favorite Brazens.
I did like how these two didn’t deny their attraction to each other and you saw that they got along very well, very quickly. I guess, it was just too easy for me, and I didn’t feel the angst. Things just fell into place and that was it as far as the romance went. Sure, things got heated when Sheri inevitably finds out what Sam is hiding from her, but even that was resolved a little to easily and quickly for my taste. I also couldn’t get on board with the crazy ex-husband. He’s in the military, for crying out loud. I just couldn’t see how he could be as crazy as how Fenske made him out to be.
The highlight of the book was Sheri. I really liked how Sheri struggled with being a new mom, a newly single mom, for that matter. I couldn’t really understand where all her insecurities came from, but I liked how she developed and eventually believed in herself and what she could do for her children. I also loved how forthcoming she was about her sexuality. I often get tired of the innocent female who just lets the man take the lead and is too scared to start anything sexual with him first. It was refreshing to have Sheri take the reigns and show Sam a thing or two, although it wasn’t anything kinky or crazy though, so no worries there.
I’m sure if you’re a Brazen fan or just like romances with military men, you might enjoy this more than me. I just get a little picky with my Brazens, especially since I’ve read practically all of them, and I always look for key points in a romance novel that make it more than just about the romance. I will say I still enjoyed reading this one, despite it not being my favorite. I am curious to read the next novel in the series, which I can tell will be one of those “fake relationships turned real” kind of plot line.