Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Random House
My Copy: Sent
He plays by the rules, she’s not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .
A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.
Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye.
He’s more than the rank on his chest; he’s a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
So because I am online what amounts to 30 hours a day…I have been hearing all kinds of buzz about this book. People love it. They gush about it. They want to marry it and have its babies. The author contacted me and asked if I would read it and of course I said yes. I was excited because everyone else was excited and I was in great need of a book to blow my socks off with the greatness within its pages. I wanted to love it. I didn’t.
At the beginning it’s really very good. Claire and the hero, Evan meet for the first time at a bar to celebrate some mundane army achievement and both of them are bitter about having been forced to attend. They have really good chemistry and they hit it off immediately but then things falter and fade to black. I was left scratching my head as to why? Why try to invest a reader in a relationship only to have it fade to black? because the next page says several years later and they seriously dislike each other. I mean, they HATE each other. Can barely look at each other without being annoyed but I never really got why. It’s like I was missing a vital chapter in their story. What the hell happened when it faded to black?
So Claire and Evan are forced to work together at a military training facility to get some troops ready for deployment. Evan is very “by the book” and Claire…..well she isn’t. She wants to change things in the training exercises that haven’t been approved. Even I, as a civilian, know that’s a huge no-no. Her annoyance in the rigidity of the training gets her in a lot of trouble and her frustration gets taken out on Evan. I kinda felt bad for the guy honestly. He’s trying to do his job and he’s labeled as unfeeling. I mean, sure, he’s strict but he’s military. I guess I don’t know enough people in the military because I thought they all were. His work personality didn’t come off as anything other than normal to me. Now his guilt over the death of his sister and the subsequent pulling away his family did, sure there was baggage there and his resistance to being relied on in a relationship understandable.
They dance around each other much like schoolkids who have crushes. You know that old saying…the boy who pulls your pigtails secretly likes you..that kind of thing. But their relationship was so well wrote as polar opposites I just couldn’t connect to them being together. After about the mid way point of the book they stop the I hate you but I secretly like you stuff but the friction is still there. I just didn’t get it.
Along with that, and looking at my last review from book one I said the same thing, was all the military terminology. I seriously had to call my cousin and ask him the difference between groups in the military, their immediate bosses in situations, how it factored in together. Gah! It got old, quick. I have never been in the military therefore I don’t understand the lingo associated with that. Even things a military person would think mundane, like the size difference between a squad, platoon, company, and brigade were unknown to me. Having to stop and ask every couple of chapters got old quick. It would be a good idea for a glossary of terms or some type of reference guide if no information is woven into the book.
I wish I could say I loved this. I wanted to. Without feeling attached to either character or caring about what happens next, I just can’t say I liked it. I might consider reading the next book in the series because the lead off to Trent and Laura in book one sounded promising….but I can’t say for sure.
I give Until There Was You By Jessica Scott 3 stars