Rachel Lee and Catherine Mann
November 2007, Series Romance
Sil Romantic Suspense #487, $4.99, 256 pages, Amazon ASIN 0373275579
There is only so much an author can do in a hundred
pages. With brevity in mind, I approached both
stories with the knowledge that I would be left
wanting more. I was pleasantly surprised.
A Soldier for All Seasons by Rachel Lee
US Marine Jon Erikson, on leave from Afghanistan,
comes home to Conard County, Wyoming, for the holidays.
As you can imagine, he has been indelibly affected by
what he has seen and experienced on the battlefield.
His first stop is at a local watering hole, where he
hopes to drink away his sorrows. There he meets
Melinda Hawthorne, a park ranger. Melinda and Jon
went to school together, although she was several
classes behind him. She crushed on him for years and decides the time is right to tell him. She invites Jon to her home, located in the woods. A
snowstorm blows in, trapping them in the middle of the
wilderness. Stranded together, they soon break through
his emotional walls and fall in love.
Grade: BSeries Romance
Christmas at His Command by Catherine Mann
General Hank Renshaw and Senator Ginger Landis have
been friends for a long time. Hank is charged with
protecting Ginger while she is on goodwill tour in
Germany. For the first time, Hank sees Ginger in a
different light, as a sexy woman he wants to know
more intimately. Ginger feels the same way about Hank. When she
is attacked, Hank takes her to a safe house for
protection. Spending this time together allows them
to realize their feelings for each other, and soon
they fall in love.
Grade: BI found both novellas quite pleasing. This was a
good read for someone with a very hectic holiday
season, and little time to devote to a longer book.
The authors did a good job with the space they had,
wisely deciding to work with characters who already
knew each other, and cared for each other. If you are
looking for a quick, enjoyable read on your lunch
break, or to while away a lazy afternoon, then Holiday Heroes is for you.
-- Keisha Hudson
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