Monday, February 3, 2014

Marine for Hire (Front and Center #1) by Tawna Fenske

Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied marine even harder. And Sam wants her bad.

Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses...and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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So. Things that'll make me go all girly swoony? Marines. Marines who like babies. Marines who like babies and sing to them. And adore their heroines just the way they are. *nods* Marine for Hire was totally working for me.

The gist: Sheri's husband had a randy pecker and he left her and their twin boys for a stripper. Yeah. He's an ass. And Sheri is in desperate need of a little help so her brother calls in his best friend Sam to be her Manny with express orders to keep his hands off Sam's sister. Yeaaaah.
At last, she settled into her seat, folded her napkin in her lap, and picked up her wineglass. They were seated at opposite ends of the table, their plates brimming with food, their minds brimming with lust.

Or maybe that's just me, she thought, taking a sip of wine.

Across the table, Sam lifted his glass.

"So," he began." Are you trying to drive me insane, or do you genuinely want me to throw you across this table and fuck you 'til neither of us can stand?"


As Sam whacked Sheri on the back, trying to get her to stop choking on her wine, it occurred to him he needed to work on his communication skills.

"Sorry," he said, giving her one more solid thump as she blinked up at him through teary eyes. "I probably could have broached the subject better."

"You think?" she gasped.

"Just trying to get a handle on the elephant in the room." She coughed again and gave him an incredulous look.

"By shooting it with a grenade launcher instead of a tranquilizer dart?"

He grinned as he handed her back into her chair and returned to his seat a safe distance away. He shrugged and picked up his fork. "Why use a big gun when a bigger one will do?"

"I really don't think we should be talking about the size of your gun," she said, stabbing into her salad with more force than necessary.
::snort:: There was a good bit of humor in this one as Sam gets the lay of the land and Sheri adjusts to having a man living with her and accepting help for a change.

And Sam. Mmm. Yeah. He's good. I loved this guy. He's a little bit damaged and not entirely upfront about everything, might not always have the smoothest of manny skills but the man was just sexy as hell and a good man. There were some really hilarious scenes with him and the babies and just with his domestic role. A little kitchen fire here or there. You know how it goes ;)

Sheri was a nice heroine too. She felt real and so did her struggles with being a single mom and overwhelmed. She's got some doubts over being good enough but with Sam's help worked on it--I loved how he wanted her just as she was and let her know it in no uncertain terms that she was a wonderful mom. My only issue with Sheri was she was pretty slow on the uptake about some things Sam was hiding but other than that I really enjoyed her.

Sexy bits were indeed sexy and I loved that more often than not Sheri was the one who started things up. There were lots of non-sexy times as well that I enjoyed just as much. Trips to the beach, moments with the little boys, meals, and other every day things that really created a full picture and were fun to watch and be a part of.

All in all, Fenske put together a delightful military romance that had me smiling and going just a bit weak in the knees for one sexy Marine and the family he set out to take care of. There was a little bit of drama with the ex to throw in a little excitement as well. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. The secondary characters definitely caught my attention. Especially her best friend who I was cheering on the entire time as she pushed Sheri to go for a little bit of adventure.

Okay so my Man Candy today.
I found this article about a group of Marines that spent some time at an orphanage.
And thought they needed to be posted. It's an older article but still :)

Have you read Fenske? Have a favorite military man? 

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