Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Marine Cowboy (Always a Marine #7)

The Marine Cowboy

The seventh 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.

The Marine Cowboy 
Always a Marine #7
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Turning down a billet at Mike’s Place in Dallas, Sergeant A.J. Turner left Iraq for Freewill, Wyoming with one goal in mind—to forget the last five years. Trading his MARPATS for jeans and his cover for a cowboy hat, he plans to work his ranch and pray the green grass, tall trees, and sweet mountains can wash away the taste of the desert.

The last thing he expected was a reminder of a promise made to his buddies: one night to help them all start again.

Sheri Vaughn quit her corporate job, sold her house and moved to Freewill on a whim. Six months after her divorce, she’s hardly ready to put her toe in the dating waters again. One bottle of wine later, however, she signs up for Madame Eve’s exclusive 1Night Stand service and lists a very particular set of qualities she wants in a man; he must be honorable, courageous, forthright, single, have served as Marine, but be a cowboy at heart. If she wants to dream, at least she can dream big.

But when local hero A.J. Turner arrives home, Madame Eve comes through, and Sheri has to find the courage to make her dream a reality…
Can one night, even a night arranged by Madame Eve, fulfill both a promise and a dream?

“What branch did he serve in again?” She glanced at the waitress curiously. Bea was born, married, gave birth to her children and buried her husband in Freewill. The town fixture wasn’t going anywhere. She also took Sheri under her wing from the day she arrived, treating her like an old friend—or a daughter.

“Marines, honey. That young man is definitely one of Freewill’s proudest.” She winked and went back to work.

A Marine. A tremor raced over her belly and her stomach seemed to bottom out.

The message waiting in her email this morning from Madame Eve made so much more sense. Biting her lip, she strained to look down the street. She wished she’d paid closer attention to him when he walked in, but she only got one good look at his face when he turned and caught her staring.
Her cheeks heated at the memory. The man was gorgeous and wore his masculinity like a second skin. He’d caught her attention the moment he entered the cafĂ©. She hadn’t missed the corded muscle in his arms, tense and well defined even as he drank a cup of coffee.

But his smile.

Her heart squeezed. The polite smile creasing his rugged face turned him from a looker into a full-blown heartthrob. Her body hummed in reaction. To a smile.

Wow. He just got home. Dial down the hormones.

Sarah's Review:
Oh how I love cowboys and Marines and this one gave me both!   This story is also part of  3 different Decadent Publishing's Series: Always a Marine, 1Night Stand and Western Escape

AJ is a Marine who, despite the offer from Capt. Luke Dexter (Always a Marine 1) to work at Mike's Place, returns home to Freewill, Wyoming after serving 7 years in the Marines.  He comes home to run his ranch and build his life where he grew up.  He forgets that he was suppose to sign up for Madame Eve's 1NS service, but Luke doesn't and made his account active.  He is surprised when Luke tells him that Madame Eve is trying to reach his, but he follows through. 

Sheri is a recent transplant to Freewill, but she had heard all about AJ.  She relocated after her sleazy ex-husband cheated on her countless times during their marriage.  After signing the divorce papers she decides it is time for a fresh start and she ends up in Freewill where she becomes the town's librarian.  She decides to sign up for the 1NS service to help her regain her life back.  She dills out the application thinking that Madame Eve wouldn't be able to meet her requirements of a Cowboy and a Marine along with others.  So when Madame Eve lets her know her date is ready to be schedule, Sheri starts wondering if it is AJ. 

These two have chemistry right from the start.  I love that both of them were hoping their date was the other.  Though AJ had planned to ask Sheri out after church on Sunday.   I hope to see these two again in the future!

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