Title: Not Another Solider
Author: Samantha Holt
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 17th January 2014
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?
I was given this book by author for honest review. Asked to look after his friend’s wife Nick falls in love with her. Out of respect he leaves her alone. But now that Sienna’s husband is gone and has left her in trouble, Nick steps up to take care of her. Slight danger and intrigue combine to give the reader a glimpse into the other side of military lives. The ones not often spoken of, every one talks of the soldiers not many mention the wives that hold them together, Thanks Samantha Holt.
Drawing in a breath, I open the door. Hopefully Nick’s all settled and I won’t even have to—
He’s sitting on my bed.
Damn the man. He studies me, slow and languorously, and I flex my fingers, longing to splay my hands across myself. My simple PJs now feel sexy and I’m definitely showing off too much skin.
“Can I—” I cough. “Is everything okay?”
Nick nods slowly, his eyes saying everything is more than okay. My skin heats and I hope he can’t see the redness that’s no doubt in my cheeks and on my chest.
“Yeah,” he says finally, gaze lingering on my bare legs. “I just wanted to make sure you were okay.”
Though I don’t sound fine. Having your heart going the same rate as a freight train or your blood boiling beneath your skin probably isn’t fine. But that wasn’t what he meant.
He doesn’t look convinced.
“It’s been a crazy day and I am a little shaken but I’m okay, I swear. I just need a little rest and I need to get this place back to normal and then I’ll be great.”
Nick takes a moment to study me once more and stands. “All right. Just checkin’.”
“Oh.” I go to my closet. “Here’s some blankets.” I draw out two old ones that I usually use if the temperature drops and pass them over.
“Thanks.” He takes them from me.
“Do you need something to sleep in?” I bend down and rummage through the bottom drawer. “I might have some old T-shirts.” I find one and come up to standing.
His eyes are wary and he looks tense, slightly like he’s going to explode at any moment.
Baffled, I thrust out the T-shirt. “It’s one of Rob’s. I don’t know why I still have them really. Or would it be weird wearing his stuff?” He doesn’t respond so I hesitate before turning around and chucking the T-shirt back in the drawer. That was a stupid idea. “Sorry, guess it would be.”
With a wry laugh, he nods. “Yeah, I don’t want to be wearing his stuff, but I got to tell you, babe, I’m more worried about your night clothes.”
“If you’re sleeping like that,” he motions with one hand down me, “then it’s going to make me sleeping there,” now he points to the couch, “a real trial. ‘Cause when you bend over in those shorts, all I want to do is take you to bed and peel them from you.”
Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome!
This or That
1. Ebook or Paper/Hard backs
Paperbacks. I really struggle to get into ebooks at the moment.
2. Pants or Dresses
3. Flowers or Candy
Flowers. I’m fussy about which candy I like.
4. Music or TV
5. Happy Ending or Cliff Hanger
6. Army or Navy
Army. Hubby would kill me if I said navy.
7. Coffee or Tea
8. eMessage or Letter
9. Laptop or PC
10. Plants or Pets
Pets. I kill plants.
Top 10 Spring Break Memories/Vacations
1. Visiting Malaysia when I was ten. Just an amazing country really.
2. Going to Venice in my teens. It was beautiful though very busy!
3. Spending time in Cornwall in the South of England. We stayed at the same resort many years running as we loved it so much.
4. Our first family holiday in Wales. We were very poor and the children were only about 7 months old so we drove there and couldn’t afford to do much. But it was our first proper holiday as a family so I’ll always remember it.
5. Going to Majorca for our first family holiday abroad. It was beautiful and so nice to spend time with each other. I discovered a very relaxed side of myself which I didn’t know existed!
6. My honeymoon in Devon, UK. Again we were desperately poor but we stayed in this cute little cottage in the middle of the countryside and had a lovely time even though we could barely afford to do anything!
7. Canal boating! It’s a very British thing to do. We used to do it almost every October and sometimes the weather would be awful but we’d still have a lovely time going up and down the canals and usually stopping off at every pub on the way.
8. San Gimignano, Italy. I went with my school friends in my teens and just had an amazing time. We ate so much ice cream and flirted with all the Italian boys.
9. Slovenia. It’s such a beautiful country and we went before it became very popular with tourists. The scenery is stunning.
10. York, England. It’s a beautiful city with an amazing history and culture. There’s something interesting around every corner. I hope to move there one day.