Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tell it to the Marine (Always a Marine #3)

Tell It To The Marine

The third installment in the Always a Marine anthology in 1Night Stand (1NS) line for Decadent Publishing. 1Night Stand is the business name of an exclusive online dating service run by Madame Evangeline who provides her clients with a possibility of happily ever after or happily for now.

Tell It To The Marine
Always a Marine #3
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PFC James Westwood isn’t a typical Marine. As a clinical psychologist, he recognizes his band of brothers needs a helping hand after their return home from the war. When his boss, Captain Dexter, encourages him to sign up for the 1Night Stand dating service, Westwood committed himself, what did he have to lose?
The last thing he expected is screen goddess Lauren Kincaid. 
Movie star Lauren Kincaid grew up splitting her time between the cold reality of the Hollywood scene and her family home in Plano, Texas.  After two decades surrounded by artificial friendships and inflated egos, her greatest desire is to meet a real man, not a Hollywood talking head.  When her agent suggests a 1Night Stand date, the only expectations Lauren allows herself to have are discretion and exclusivity.  What she didn’t expect was having a gorgeous psychologist with rapier wit blow her away.
Everyone needs someone to hear them.
James and Lauren share an unmistakable connection, but when one of James’ patients suffers a crisis, Lauren more than proves her mettle.  Can one night turn into happily ever after for this Marine and his movie star?

“Your party is this way, sir.” She beckoned him down the red-carpeted steps into the lounge proper and he followed her path through the club to a tall-backed booth in the back. Still acclimating to the low lighting, he couldn’t make out the occupant save for the slender feminine arm reaching for her wine glass on the table.

A curl of excitement twisted in his gut. He’d planned to keep the date low key, but the club, the music and the atmosphere teased his anticipation. The waitress halted with a sweep of her arm to allow him to precede her.

“Can I get you anything, Mr. Westwood?”

“Soda water with lime, please.” He preferred to keep his wits about him. “And bottle of whatever the lady is having.” If they were going to have a dinner, he could do at least provide her with her preferred wine.

“Of course.”

Free of the waitress’ distraction he turned back to the booth. A golden-haired goddess stared up at him. Sea-blue eyes seemed to catch every drop of light in the room and reflect it in shimmering azure. She rose to offer him her hand and his heart hesitated a beat.

“James?” Milk and honey flowed through her voice and his spine straightened, his cock already jerking into a salute. “I’m….”

“Lauren Kincaid.” He could only hope he wasn’t drooling like a lovesick fool. Lauren Kincaid, movie goddess, is my one-night stand?

Her candid laughter, low and throaty, tingled against his ears and he grinned. Shaking off his shock, he took her extended hand and shook it carefully. His larger hand totally engulfed her slender fingers and he didn’t want to squeeze her with excitement.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you.” Her charming smile flashed with warmth that rolled over him from head to toe.

“Ma’am, you have no idea.” His date was Lauren Kincaid. The only chick flick star he would pay money to see. With or without a date.

Sarah's Review:
This story is in the running for my favorite of the series.  I love the every thing about this story.  The main characters, the interaction with the secondary characters, and the way Ms. Long tells this story made me fall in love with a certain character who wouldn't leave my head for months.  

We meet James, Mike's Place psychologist, while he is in session with Matt, a resident at Mike's Place.  The way James interacted with Matt drew me in and I couldn't put it down.  You could feel that James truly cares for his patients and wants to do what's best for them.  As James is leaving to head to his 1NS date that Madame Eve arranged, he comes across Logan (Always a Marine 2) and he lets Logan know that he wants to arrange a basketball game with Matt to help Matt out.  Logan teases James about his date for the evening, which made me laugh because Logan obviously was changed by his own 1NS. 

Lauren is an actress who wanted an experience with someone who wasn't out for themselves or using her for career movement.  To me, Lauren is a person that wanted to be seen for more than her career but couldn't find on her own.  Madame Eve to the rescue though.  I don't think Lauren was prepared for James though and she sees just how real James is.   

James receives an emergency call regarding one of his patients.  It turns out that patient is Matt and James needs to head to where Matt is. Lauren insists on showing him the best way to get there.  While James is speaking with the Police and Damon (more on him later), Lauren sees Matt sitting on the curb and decides to go talk to him because she saw that he was lonely.   Lauren takes Matt by surprise, but she strikes up a conversation with Matt.  James was worried when he found Lauren sitting with Matt but Lauren showed her compassionate side and I think that won James over even more. 

While I loved reading about James and Lauren, Matt's character wouldn't leave my head.  There were several times I let Ms. Long know that I wanted Matt's story and that I had different scenarios running through my head.  Now, I am solely a reader because I don't have the talent to write, but when different scenes are running through my head, that means the author did her job and left an impression.  

OH and guess what?  We get Matt's story on May 24th, 2013!!        

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