Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Bad Girls Don't Marry Marines (Giveaway+Review+Excerpt)


I have not read the two previous Rock Canyon Romance books, okay, so I haven't read any books by Codi Gary. Bad Girls Don't Marry Marines was the first novel by Codi that I read and I have to admit that I want to continue reading books by her! 

This book takes the reader through the rediscovery of love between Valerie and Justin, two people that led two completely different lives but easily formed an unforgettable connection one night. 

Valerie has had a difficult life. Her rebellious ways have been greatly monitored by her father. She has never been able to lead her own life because he was always there, hovering her. However, she's ready to take control of her life. I loved this part of the book! Valerie is able to find her true self with Justin. 

Justin has not the lead the most exciting life. He served his country and then went back home to work at the family farm. He's never been fully satisfied with life as he had been when he was with Valerie. 

Justin fights hard, real hard, to rekindle the connection with Valerie. I think that is why this book was so special. Justin doesn't give up, he's persistent, but a good kind of persistent. He fights for the women he loves and at the end, it all pays off. 

Okay, someone please tell me that the secondary characters in this novel are getting their own novel! I need MORE! 

I really enjoyed this book. It's not a typical book I would pick up and read, but is definitely book I want more of. 

“So, what were you two talking about? It sounded interesting.” Ellie leaned her hip against the side of the booth.

Ignoring Justin’s warning look, Jared answered, “Justin won an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to a huge singles mixer.”

Ellie’s eyes widened. “The one in True Love, Nevada?”

It was Justin’s turn to be surprised. “You’ve heard of it?”

The smile Ellie flashed him was pure cat with the cream. “Oh, yeah. You know, my sister’s going to that. She wasn’t going to, but from the phone call I just got from her, I guess she is now.”

“Seriously?” Justin felt the air leave his lungs. “Why? I thought she wasn’t dating.”

Both Jared and Ellie watched him with interest, and he felt his neck flush with warmth.

“She’s doing it as a favor to my dad, although if you ask me, she needs to get out and meet someone,” Ellie said, leaning over the table and lowering her voice. “Maybe someone who’s totally into her? Maybe a good guy who would never break her heart, because if he did, he might end up on a missing persons list?”

He took the truck-sized hint she was throwing at him and grinned. “Guess a guy like that should get home and pack, then.”

With a toss of her head, she stood up straight. “He probably should.”

Jared watched her walk away as Justin shoved a couple more fries into his mouth and pulled out his wallet.

“All I gotta say is, if I weren’t married . . . whoa, where are you running off to?” Jared asked as Justin stood up.

“Going home and getting ready for the trip, man.”

Jared’s expression was puzzled at first, and then clarity hit. “You’re into Valerie Willis?”

“Might be,” Justin said, shrugging into his jacket.

“Dude, I don’t know, man. I haven’t heard good things about her,” Jared said, looking uncomfortable.

Justin paused and gave him a dark look. “You can’t believe everything you hear.”

“Yeah, but even if it isn’t all true, her dad hates your guts.”

“We’re adults, man. I’m not asking her father’s permission, if that’s what you’re getting at,” Justin said, getting more aggravated with his best friend.

“Okay, but think about a future with her and how it will look,” Jared said.

Justin shook his head. “It’s one weekend. Not like I’m proposing marriage or anything.”


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  1. Rock Canyon #4 comes out in November and Caroline Willis is the heroine ;-)