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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Officer Says I Do by Jeanette Murray

The Officer Says I Do by Jeanette Murray
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (338 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

He's a Marine...she grew up on a commune.

He always puts duty first...she's a free spirit with an unshakable belief in Fate.

He loves routine and order...she brings chaos and creativity wherever she goes.

They're going to balance each other perfectly—or drive each other completely, utterly insane...

On a wild pre-deployment celebration in Las Vegas, Captain Timothy O'Shay encounters free-spirited beauty Skye McDermott, and for once lets down his guard. Now his life is about to take off in directions he never could have imagined...

A Girl’s Night Out (GNO) ends in an “I do”…is it Vegas or is it Fate? Only time will tell.

Lieutenant Timothy O’Shay doesn't make snap decisions, that could be fatal in his line of work. He certainly doesn’t do it when even a little bit drunk. Well, not normally, anyway. One decision to "let go and live in the moment" will forever change his life in the form of one curvy, nature loving brunette. Sometimes you have to give up control and give fate a hand.

Skye McDermott was not raised in the military. She doesn’t have a clue about rank, the Corps or military protocols. But she does know that what she felt the first time she touched Timothy O’Shay was real and meant something. She’s not sure what it meant but walking away and not giving their marriage (for what it was worth) a fair shot wasn’t an option for her. Her open mind will be tested to its limits when faced with the stricture of the military life. It’ll take more than a stiff shirt CO and his less than welcoming wife to send her packing. Doubts about her ability to be the wife Tim needs…that’s a different story.

I can’t get enough of stories that make me proud of our service men and women. The Officer Says I Do introduced me to three honorable men who chose to serve and structure their lives around the military they live and breathe. Ms. Murray doesn’t skimp on the character building. I knew who Tim was before the military and who were his influences. I met his parents, and his sister was a pivotal member of the cast. The same with Skye. Her family is brought into the picture and her background is clearly drawn out. It gave me a solid foundation to watch how she and Tim grew as a couple. It was beautiful and refreshing how honest and open they were with each other. Tim is a bit an alpha but it’s mostly in the bedroom and even the feminist in Skye can’t help but melt when this soldier gives a command.

Book Two in this series is slated for January 2013 but I’m not sure whose story it’ll be. I’m hoping for Jeremy and Jessie since the tension was slowly building as a side story in this book. I think the other friend, Dwayne, is going to be a sweetheart when he finds his match. He’s had some heartbreak in the past so it’s clear it’ll take a special woman to get him to embrace the big C (commitment).

If you crave a genuinely sweet and altogether spicy romance with a military flavor, you NEED to pick up a copy of The Officer Says I Do. The clever dialogue will tickle your funny bone while the characters, the chemistry and sensual love story will have you begging for more. An easy recommend and a new favorite writer for me.