Friday, December 20, 2013

Review By Lisa: Tour of Duty (When Riley Meets Cara #2) by C.J Pinard

Army Sergeant Riley Forrester knew all about love, loss, and pain. He knew the love of a woman just to lose it. He had spent the best summer of his life with a beautiful single mother named Cara Reid, and then desperately needed her love to get him through a long, cold deployment. When things went horribly wrong overseas, he decided it was best to let Cara go and let her move on with her life. Cara wouldn’t be forgotten that easily, though. She had seeped her way into his heart and his dreams and Riley knew he’d never love another like her.

Contains adult content, for readers 18 and older. Also contains minor scenes of war.

5 Patriotic Stars
" I marveled at the deep green color of her eyes. They were like they edge of a forest where the trees meet the grass." - Riley 
This was a sexy and beautiful read. I loved being in Riley's head more so than Cara's. I find he is a huge, sexy teddy bear. Riley wasn't looking for love when he found himself stationed in Northern California. He was just passing his time and doing what he was born for, being a soldier. Then a beautiful blonde, Cara, walks into his life. He was taken by surprise at how smitten he was with her and how hard and fast he fell in love.
They enjoyed a sweet summer romance together and lots of HOT days between the sheets. As their bond grows and they find themselves watching the calendar, it is time for Riley to be stationed elsewhere...for a long time. They make promises neither one of them know if they can keep. Can love concur  time and distance?
This is the part of the book that tore me up. It truly broke my heart. It gave me a glimpse of a soldier's life and the tragedies, loneliness, and pain that they go through. BROKE. MY.HEART! I'm not going to give anything away by saying if Riley and Cara have their happily ever after, but I will say this... the ending  was written BEAUTIFULLY.
"I was numb all over. Nothing on my body hurt. It was the large organ in my chest that hurt. It hurt so bad I thought I could lean over the toilet and puke it up and maybe it wouldn't hurt anymore." - Riley
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 About this author

C.J. is a west coast native who has lived on both coasts and now lives in the middle - in Colorado! Coming from a family of writers and editors, she feels writing is in her blood and hope people will lose themselves for a little while in the fantasy and fun of her stories.

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