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Forever a Soldier – Genevieve Turner – Book Review

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Forever a Soldier is a wonderfully sweet tale we travel to a small town in California where we meet historian, Lale, and Hank, who is charged with maintaining the archives. Lale digs into Hank’s family history and discovers secrets from the past and present.

Forever a Soldier

FOREVER A SOLDIER by Genevieve Turner

Publication Date: December 12, 2016
Source: Free on Amazon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 245 Pages
Purchase: Amazon 
Story Rating: 5/ 5
Romance Rating: 5/5

Description:

A wounded soldier searching for healing…

Hank Moreno returned home from combat not quite broken, but definitely battered. His job now is to recover and to keep a hundred-year-old house from falling down around his ears. No one calls, no one visits–just as he likes. But then one irrepressible woman invades his sanctuary, hunting the secrets hidden within.

A determined scholar searching for a legend…

Graduate student Lale Pehlivan is investigating a century-old mystery. Unraveling it will guarantee she becomes a star history professor. But one surly former soldier is guarding the family archives–and standing between her and the information she needs.

There’s no escape from the person destined to break your heart…

Lale launches a charm attack Hank can’t resist, and the sterling honor Lale finds under Hank’s surliness tunnels under her own defenses. But when Lale threatens to unearth Hank’s secrets along with those in the archive, their hearts might not survive the upheaval.

Review:

I was super grumpy when I read this book. I had 3 DNF’s this week! There has only been 8 of those, ever. So you can imagine I was pretty distressed – maybe it’s a problem with me, not the books. I put my ARC pile to the side for a while and found a couple highly rated free books on Amazon. They had great reviews, so I knew if I didn’t enjoy them the problem was me. I’m happy to let you all know, I’m not broken and I now have two 5 STAR reviews to share. Yay!

Now, let’s forget about my woes and talk about this book. I was expecting something sweet and wholesome. You know the books that make your heart happy because you get to watch the couple falling in love but physically the relationship doesn’t go much beyond intense hand holding and a goodnight kiss. The book was sweet.

Forever a Soldier also gave me the cleanest, dirty talk I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

I’m a gentleman. I’m not going to fuck a lady until I’ve made her come at least once.

That’s about as crude as it gets. But, who wouldn’t melt hearing that early in a relationship? Plus, you know, genuinely good advice for any men reading this.

I found the characters relatable. From Lale’s sunny disposition to Hank’s grumpy reluctance to let her in and his struggle with a PTSD-like disorder, they could have been anyone. I fell in love with them both. But, my most favorite character in the entire book was Gus. I wanted to give the poor dog all the treats.

The connection between them was undeniable. They fought it for a while. But, the moment Hank decided he could trust Lale was powerful. There was drama and angst, I didn’t love it but I understand a book can’t be 100% happy so I let it go. Then I smiled because they worked everything out in the end and I got a satisfying happy ever after.

Overall, Forever a Soldier was a sweet feel good read. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a book that’s naughty enough to be interesting but not so naughty you’d get caught blushing if you read it in public.

This is the first book in the Genevieve’s Always a Cowboy series. It is a standalone with no cliff-hanger but I think I might have to read the rest of the series, anyway.

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