Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray

The Officer and the Secret
Semper Fi #3
by: Jeanette Murray
$6.99 mass market paperback
Sourcebooks Casablanca
Contemporary Romance
Released: July 2013


The Officer and the Secret is the third in the Semper Fi series and the only one I have read so far. I feel it can be read as a stand alone book or you can go back and read the first two as I fell in love with all three couples I am sure other readers will too. This book is concentrated on Dwayne and Veronica but also catches you up where the other two couples are from the previous two books and where they are heading. 

Dwayne is a Marine and all 6'4 of him is sexy, walking and talking with that southern accent. Loves his Momma and sister and fiercely protective, just has good old fashioned values.  Just back from deployment and having a few issues, what is now known as PTSD. He isn't looking for a relationship but he can not resist Veronica.

Veronica is adjusting to her new world and learning to be herself without the restrictions of her parents. At 26 she is like a newborn to the world of dating, men and how to make herself happy without guilt.  She hides behind her clothing and doesn't share her secrets with anyone for fear of them not accepting her or making her feel too different, an outcast.

Dwayne sees past the clothes and shyness to the sweet person she is. As their relationship grows and turns intimate the reader falls in love with them as well and understands the insecurities of each of them. You find yourself laughing, cheering and wanting to nudge them in the right direction at some points.
The interaction with the other two couples is entwined throughout and learning to have friends for the first time Veronica is truly blessed to have found these two wonderful women and the group as a whole.

The military family is special and very accepting where sometimes normal society is not, it is a removed group who bond together and Miss Murray conveyed this perfectly. The bond in which friendships are made and ones are accepted into the core with care and genuine friendship is touching and very realistic. This is a very well written love story that will capture your attention and won't let go until the last page. I definitely would recommend this book to other readers.

Chris gives this book a

“After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.”

The Officer and the Secret was a totally sweet love story.  You can’t help but fall in love and hope for the happily ever after for Dwayne and Veronica, but things do not always go as they should. 

I will admit at one point I rolled my eyes and thought “predictable”.  Boy, was I wrong and that was what eventually sold me on the book as a whole.  I did not expect some of the twists that came about.  I love how close all the friendships are in the book, they are totally what I imagine military life would be like.

After reading The Officer and the Secret I figured out that it is book 3 of a series, however reading it as a stand-alone was not a problem and I will go back and read the first two.

Drue gives this book a


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