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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest ARC Review: The Officer Says "I Do" by Jeanette Murray

The Officer Says "I Do"The Officer Says "I Do" 
(Semper Fi #1)
by Jeanette Murray 
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks
ISBN13 9781402265402
ARC Courtesy of publisher and NetGalley
He always puts duty first...she's a free spirit with an unshakable belief in Fate.
He loves routine and order...she brings chaos and creativity wherever she goes.
They're going to balance each other perfectly--or drive each other completely, utterly insane...On a wild pre-deployment celebration in Las Vegas, Captain Timothy O'Shay encounters free-spirited beauty Skye McDermott, and for once lets down his guard. Now his life is about to take off in directions he never could have imagined...
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Viviana’s Thoughts:
Fate is defined as “that which is inevitable predetermined; destiny”. Add that to the “Opposites Attract” statement and we got ourselves a fun, entertaining and a cleverly written romance novel! 


However, this isn’t your typically story where the “tidy, everything in its place” hero and “carefree, sometimes flakey” heroine realize that there’s no point in opposing fate and succumb to what they’ve been fighting against at the very end of the story. Instead, in “The Officer Says “I Do””, both characters, Capt. Tim O’Shay and Skye McDermott get to know each other throughout the entire story and try their best to not let the “opposite” side of each other create the line that divides them. 


A Captain in the Marine Corp, Tim O’Shay is a third generation Marine, who knows the ‘ins and outs’ of the Corp and what it takes to be a good Marine. He is the “responsible one” among his friends and holds them and himself to high standards. While on a short leave prior to a deployment in Vegas, Fate deals her cards (pun intended) and places Skye McDermott in the direct line of sight of Capt. O’Shay! The connection is made and sparks fly. 


Jeanette Murray, author, was successful in creating two characters with convictions and individualized identities. Our Marine Alpha male is strong, intelligent, serious and a ‘follow the rules’ kind of a guy. However, you’ll like him from the very beginning. Our “free spirit” heroine is just that, free spirited but smart with a strong sense of responsibility, loyalty, and understanding of human relationships. There was nothing “flakey” about Skye (love the name by the way!!). It was nice to see them work at their relationship and understand that it wasn’t going to be an overnight fix. Which reigns true with any relationship, one must work for it and at it in order to be happy and have it be a success. 


I really liked the plot, the characters and the pace of the story! I could relate in one way or another to each of the main and supporting characters. I also enjoyed the dynamic of each of the relationships (family and friends and heck, even the “enemy”) and look forward to getting to know them further! Jeanette, did a great job of laying the foundation work to her next book, “Duty Calls” (Available January 2013) with Jeremy and Madison’s story! Can’t wait to see how their story unfolds. 


Rating: 4 Wine Glasses - Love it!

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