Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: A Marine for Christmas
Author: Beth Andrews
Publisher: Harlequin SuperRomance
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Beth's Website/Blog: bethandrews.net
Brady Sheppard broke away from family tradition of working at the vineyard to become a marine. While on active duty in Afghanistan, his unit came under attack and left Brady with a permanent disability. What’s worse though is that it left him with a whole lot of memories that he just doesn’t feel he can handle. He is discharged and what should have been a place of respite wasn’t. The woman he had loved his entire life is getting married and he arrived just in time.
Liz doesn’t want him there as she marries Carter. She still cares about him but she loves Carter. She asks her younger sister J.C. to take Brady home so that he doesn’t ruin the reception. J.C. is happy to help out because she has always had a bit of a crush on Brady.
With a major dose of feeling like he missed out, combined with a whole lot of alcohol and memories he doesn’t want to have, Brady reaches out to the one person who is there—J.C. In spite of the fact that he doesn’t remember things clearly when he is sober again, there is evidence of their time together. J.C. is pregnant. Both of them are now in positions they never imagined.
While the title says A Marine for Christmas, this is truly a story that fits any time of year. Yes, the holiday plays a role but most of the story is about overcoming the baggage that we all carry into a relationship. We have to overcome a certain portion of that by ourselves but there is also a point where we need the people in our lives to help us—either with a shoulder and hug or a kick in the … well, you know.
Brady and J.C. are very real characters and ones that the readers can all relate to. I love all of the subtle nuances in their personalities that Beth Andrews illustrates and how she brings the happy-ever-after to a conclusion. A sweet story for Christmas but definitely not one that you have to be in just the holiday season.
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