Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Infatuation by Melissa Schroeder

Title:  Infatuation
Author: Melissa Schroeder
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: A Little Harmless Military Romance #1
Main Characters: Kade & Shannon
Release Date: November 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Melissa Schroeder
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
To prove her love and save her man, she has to go above and beyond the call of duty.

Infatuation: A Little Military Harmless Romance

Francis McKade is a man in lust. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s little sister for years but he has never acted on it. Besides that fact that she’s Malachi’s sister, he’s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex-fiancé. Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time. Still, at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen—and does. Unfortunately, after the best night of his life, he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions.

Shannon is blown over by Kade. She’s always had a crush on him and after their night together, it starts to feel a little like love. But, after the mission, Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream. Until one night, her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life.

Kade isn’t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii, or even the last few years. Twelve hours of torture changes a man, especially one who had never felt so vulnerable. He still can’t shake the terror that keeps him up at night. Worse, he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over.

Shannon is still mad, but she can’t help but hurt for the man she loves. He is darker, a bit more dangerous, but beneath that, he is the Kade she's known for so many years. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.

Warning: This book contains two infatuated lovers, a hard-headed military man, a determined woman, some old friends, and a little taste of New Orleans. As always, ice water is suggested while reading. It might be the first military Harmless book, but the only thing that has changed is how hot our hero looks in his uniform—not to mention out of it.

This is an original novella that is approx 32,000 words.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this first book in Melissa Schroeder's A Little Harmless: Military series. This first book features Kade & Shannon. Kade is an active duty SEAL who serves with Shannon's brother Mal. Kade & Shannon have had an attraction to each other that they finally act on at the wedding of their friends (Chris & Cynthia from ALHPleasure #2.) Immediately Kade is called away on a mission that goes badly for the entire team and Shannon doesn't hear from him again for 4 months until her brother Mal brings him home for a week of relaxation and recuperation.

This is a powerful book. Kade already felt like a relationship with Shannon was a bad idea when they first hooked up. He's best friend with her brother Mal (brother's tend not to look too kindly upon their friends hooking up with their sisters.) He also has an ex-wife in his history which proved to him that SEAL's and relationships simply don't mix well. But then the team has a mission go bad and he is dealing with PTSD and a bum leg and KNOWS that he is a bad idea for Shannon.

I loved Shannon. Her father was military and with her brothers, she knows how to deal with the effects of PTSD and the everyday stresses that military men deal with. She doesn't push Kade. She simply accepts him with all his flaws and all, but she doesn't let him walk on her either. She stands up to him when she needs to and I was ready to applaud her for that. This girl is STRONG!

It's a great story and a great start to this new series. I am so excited that Melissa is writing these military books and I can guarantee you that I will always be right there ready to buy them as soon as they release!

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