When Nash, a Marine returning home with an injury, who is rebuilding his life, walks into the library where shy librarian Betsy Bobbin works, she’s intimidated by the handsome man who wears an eye patch and an attitude. But when her car has a flat in the library parking lot as she’s leaving work during a winter storm, the mysterious Marine comes to her rescue. He comes to her rescue again when Betsy and her less mature younger sister Leann have trouble at a local country western bar with a drunk who won’t leave Leann alone. But the fight outside the bar between an angry Nash and the drunk frightens Betsy. She’s fallen for the recovering war veteran, but is it safe to fall for a man with PTSD? Betsy is torn. Will love and trust win out over her fear before it is too late? Nash has found the girl of his dreams, but his wounds run deep. His ex-fiancé was repulsed by his eye patch and his scars, and manufactured drama like bees do honey. He’s sworn off of women and their drama and is keeping his focus on restoring a one hundredth anniversary 2003 Harley Davidson Road King and on the college classes he is taking. Meeting Betsy at the library, he’s drawn to the sweet, shy librarian and she brings out his protective instincts. If only her sister would stop getting in the way. Real drama surrounds Betsy, when a stalker comes after her sister Leann. The girls learn that stalking is a real problem on college campuses when Leann’s tutor stalks her. When Leann's college stalker shows up in town Betsy again turns to Nash. This military romance with a touch of suspense features a Marine veteran hero with PTSD, a shy college librarian heroine, her younger less mature sister and a college campus stalker.
3 out of 5 (good)
Check Out tells the story of a shy librarian and an injured marine. Betsy is happy working at the library and with her life. That is all shook up when Nash brings his books back to the library, and her sister turns up for a stay, bringing baggage with her.
This had the potential for a great story. Instead, I read a good one. I don't know if it's the author's writing style or just how I was reading it, but I never once was dragged within the story, like I love. It was always very clear that I was reading a story. The characters were likeable but I couldn't really feel the chemistry between them. The dialogues were somewhat stilted at times which didn't help.
On the whole, this was a quick read that holds the potential for so much more. Still, it was enjoyable, and a good coffee break book.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Debra Parmley is a multi genre author who has been traditionally and Indie published and now has her own boutique press, Belo Dia Publishing Incorporated. Belo Dia is “Beautiful day,” in Portuguese.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and adopted at the age of one year, she was raised in Springfield, Ohio. She has lived just outside Memphis, TN since 1997. Debra attended Marywood University in Scranton, PA and was the first student to win first place in two categories of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Beta Epsilon Chapter writing competition, in creative prose and in informal expository. Her poetry was published in literary journals while attending college. She holds a BA in English Literature.
Debra Parmley enjoys spreading love, one story at a time. Fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was young, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after. Naturally drawn to romance, she has focused on writing romance in many sub genres. Damsel in distress stories are some of her favorites and you will find this theme in many of her stories.
Her western historical romances have been described as gritty. Her Victorian era westerns are A Desperate Journey, Dangerous Ties, and Isabella, Bride of Ohio. A new western box set Desperate, Dangerous and Deadly will be released in 2018 with a new story, Deadly Adversaries.
She enjoys writing about flappers in the 1920’s with her Butterflies Fly Free series. Trapping the Butterfly is book one. Dancing Butterfly is book two. Book three will be Exotic Butterfly.
An Air Force veteran’s wife, Debra writes military romance and veterans hold a special place in her heart. Her contemporary romances with a military hero are Aboard the Wishing Star, Check Out, and Montana Marine, part of Elle James Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World series, Protesting Pippa in Susan Stokers Kindle World. Also scheduled for future release; To Catch an Elf Pennsylvania Fighter Pilot; a second book in the Brotherhood Protector series and Marine Protector, a third book in the Brotherhood Protector series.
Her futuristic dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Roads, features a SEAL hero. Book one, A Change of Scenery, came out in August 2017. Down a Back Road, book two will be out in 2018. Into the Convergence Zone will be the last book in the trilogy.
Debra has set foot in over thirteen countries and her books often include things she has seen and learned on her travels. Her three favorite things are dark chocolate, visiting the beach and ocean, and hearing from her readers. Each card, letter and email is a treasured gift, like finding a perfect shell upon the beach.