Monday, February 3, 2014

ARC Review: MARINE FOR HIRE

The Book: MARINE FOR HIRE
The Author: Tawna Fenske
The Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: February 3, 2014  TODAY!!!


Summary:
She thought she’d sworn off military men for good…

Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?

Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied Marine even harder. 

And Sam wants her bad.


Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses...and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.


Opinion:
I admit it.  I do judge books by their covers.  Let's face it, folks.  That first look, those first moments when you set eyes on your next dance partner book, will either make you want to rip their clothes off the cover open and tear into that sucker or put the ole blinders on as you stroll past.

In the case of MARINE FOR HIRE, I was engulfed by equal parts excitement, anxiety, and a whole lot of intrigue. This is not one of Tawna Fenske's usual covers, folks.  Her covers are fun, flirty, and...well, PINK.  Not, that I have anything against pink, but well, it's PINK.  

This cover had me fanning myself (whew! lookit those abs!) and more than a little worried (does this more titillating cover mean we won't get that signature Fenske humor?)

I JUST HAD TO FIND OUT.

And, I'm so glad I did.  No humor was sacrificed in the making of this book.  Lines like, Looks like you managed at f*** all the beet off me and Abs like that could bring any woman to her knees. A convenient place to be, actually had me giggle-snorting throughout the tale.

It's not just the comedic timing you know and love Fenske for that makes this a fun, fast read.  Within this book, there is the story of two people, damaged in their own ways, struggling to find balance in their own chaotic worlds.  Of course, they fall in love.

But, happily, **SPOILER ALERT** they both figure their own shit out SEPARATELY before finding their happily ever after.  I like that part best, that Sam didn't swoop in and save the day for Sheri and she wasn't the one who finally convinced Sam that he wasn't as bad a marine as he believed himself to be.

I would've liked to have seen a little more of Sam's time with the twins, maybe another hilarious care-taking scene.  Jonathan Price aka Lt. Limpdick came off a little two-dimensional.  I'm sure there was something Sheri had to have found charming about him at some point to have married him and bore his children, but I never saw it.  And as a girl who loves a good tragedy, I would've definitely been ecstatic to delve further into the incident that left Sam on leave and questioning his own worth, both as a marine and a man.

These are very small nitpicks in an otherwise fabulous book.  It was fast-reading (I finished it in just six hours, and that was with interruptions) and sprinkled with the kind of snicker-snort inducing fun we all love Fenske for.

The characters were well-developed with their own charming quirks.  Sheri is not a normal mom, and I for one, love that she's not. I rolled on the floor laughing at Sam's diaper-changing fiasco (I got your back, buddy. Semper fi.).  And, dammit, Mac and Kelli need to have their story told, too!


Four mommy chips for MARINE FOR HIRE.  

So, what are you waiting for? Go. Buy it. NOW!

Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads

And, since it is ManCandyMonday, I can't leave you all without a little something, something.  Behold! Sam! 
That big burly piece of man candy front and center, not that dude behind him. #justsayin
Now, you really want to buy this book, huh? ;)