A Perfect Kisses Novel
January 13, 2014
She fell for the nice guy, but will she fall for the real guy?
Ex-ballerina Ellie Bell has twenty-four days left until her self-imposed man-less year is up. No more falling for the wrong kind of guy—charming, sexy, bad. Why can’t she find someone sweet like Charlie Johansson, her soldier pen pal? His e-mails meant the world to her, and she can’t stop thinking about him…until she meets Hunter, whose muscles and cocky smile threaten to have her relapsing.
Before Charlie “Big Game Hunter” Johansson’s last tour of duty, he’d gone through women like crazy. But after connecting on a real, emotional level via letters with his best friend’s sister, Charlie’s ready for a relationship—with Ellie Bell. But then her brother introduces him as Hunter. Proving he’s no longer a player by becoming Ellie’s dance partner for an Army benefit seems like it could convince both siblings he’s changed, but the harder he falls for Ellie, the harder it is to come clean. Can he convince her to fall for the real him before it’s too late?
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
I liked the premise for Falling for Her Soldier, which certainly had its very cute moments, but as far as seducing the reader or offering unexpected quirks, it falls a bit short.
From the moment that Charlie aka Hunter agrees to Ellie’s brother, Sam’s suggestion that he not tell the truth to Ellie regarding his identity, the reader knows how this story is going to play out. For some readers that may be fine because they like the ride and don’t mind knowing the romance obstacle, but even so an unexpected flourish would have been nice.
The scenes in which Ellie is teaching Charlie to tango, or trying to teach him, are sweet verging on sensual and are some of my favorite parts of the book. They made me wish that there was a little more fun, flirty dialogue and humorous interaction.
I liked Charlie as a character, although I can never fathom why anyone would not tell another person the truth. I felt as if there just wasn’t enough justification for him not to tell Ellie who he was. And, I’m sure that in other reviews I’ve expressed my opinion on the supposed code about a guy not dating a friend’s sister. Meh.
On the other hand, I never felt like Ellie was fully realized. While I thought it admirable for her to go a year without dating and actually stay with it, I never felt like it proved much as she never came across as a very particularly strong individual. A year was supposed to prove that she wouldn’t be a victim of her choices.
All in all, Falling for Her Soldier is a romance reader’s cotton candy: light, fluffy, sweet, and without surprises–and sometimes that’s just what a reader wants.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies