Not Another Soldier by Samantha Holt

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Adult, Contemporary Romance, Military

"I’ve just buried my husband. I was going to divorce him and now he’s dead." After five years as a military wife, Sienna is moving on. She’s keen to leave behind the misery of her marriage to Rob but for some reason the past won’t let her go. It doesn’t help that her closest friend, Nick, is also a soldier. Unfortunately Sienna is struggling to deny her attraction to the sexy marine, even knowing there can be no future in it. When the injured soldier admits he wants her just as badly, and has always wanted her, the fight to control her feelings becomes harder. And now she’s learning things about her late husband that surprise even her. When the secrets of Rob’s life come to light, Sienna finds herself involved with some very nasty people and Nick is determined to protect her, no matter what. As the danger grows to both her heart and her life, Sienna needs to decide if it was the army that was the problem or her late husband. Is Nick worth the heartache of being a military spouse again? And will he be able to protect her from the ring of drug dealers slowly closing in?

3 out of 5 (good)

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Sienna had been an Military wife for 5 years, and she has just buried her husband, Rob. Her best friend, Nick, is also Rob's friend and a Marine. There is chemistry between Sienna and Nick, that cannot be denied, but the timing is all wrong. Sienna is right to feel guilty. But then things spiral out of control, and Sienna and Nick find themselves in a situation that neither saw coming. I enjoyed this book. I was given it blind, and had no idea what the book was about, so a complete surprise. The story moves at a fair pace, with twists and turns that you are given hints at along the way but takes a while to come together. The characters are believable and likable. I particularly liked the way Holt describes Sienna's reaction to Nick kissing her, at her husband's funeral. Not appropriate, but dealt with beautifully. Some sex, well written though, and not at all corny, to me anyway! Nick's reaction to being wounded at war is also well dealt with. What I didn't like was the tense it was written in. I am not a fan of first person, present tense, and have been known to not even bother reading past the first bit. But as I got into the book, it didn't notice it so much. It also flipped between Nick and Sienna, the differences are noted, with their name at each change, so its not confusing. It was just that sometimes it flipped between the two within the same chapter, and I don't think that was needed. There was a great deal of soul searching, and while the characters were in touch with their feelings, at some points I skimmed over these bits. Not a bad read, but whether I would read any more of this author?? I can't say no, but can't say yes, either.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Samantha Holt resides in Warwickshire, England, with her twin girls, having followed her soldier husband around the UK for nearly 10 years. Growing up in Hampshire, she was inspired by the authors Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom lived and wrote only miles from her home town. Samantha loves the romance genre and has been devouring romantic literature for as long as she can remember. History is another passion of hers and she loves to combine her love for history and romance into exciting and passionate tales.

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