A Marine for Christmas

Author: Beth Andrews

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: November 9, 2010

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Brady Sheppard returned from Afghanistan with a shattered knee and a broken heart.  While in the service, he received a "Dear John" letter from his fiancĂ© Liz Montgomery, breaking off their engagement.  When he was injured, Brady didn't have anywhere to go and returned back to his hometown where all the painful memories existed.

Brady spends most of his days in a drunken state.  Being drunk is his only way to deal with all the pain that has occurred in the past few months.  On the day his ex-fiancĂ© was to be married, he got up the courage to crash her wedding.  He dreamed that once Liz saw him that she would call off the wedding and get back with him.


Brady wish to be reunited with Liz did not turn into a reality.  Once she saw him, she still proceeded to go through with her wedding.  Brady stood by and watched the only woman he ever loved pledge her love to someone else.


At the wedding reception, Liz asks her sister Jane to try and get Brady to leave.  Since Jane was young, she had had a secret crush on Brady.  She managed to persuade Brady to leave the reception.  She sees that he is in no shape to go home by himself and offers to drive him to his home.


Brady accepts her offer, and the two makes it to his home.  With Brady's drunken state he is unaware that he kisses Jane; what starts out as a simple kiss turns into something more as Jane quickly gives in to his advances.  The final blow to her ego is when Brady calls out Liz's name in the heat of passion.  She realizes that he isn't even aware that he is making love to her, but instead thinks it is his sister.


Weeks later, Jane is shocked to learn that she is pregnant with Brady's child.  She makes her way to his home to deliver the news.  She is stunned when he tells her that he doesn't want anything to do with her or baby.   Will Jane be able to convince Brady to accept her and their child?  Or will he ignore them to live in the past wishing for the chance that he would be reunited with his first true love?


A MARINE FOR CHRISTMAS is presented with real characters that face everyday problems.  The realism this book offers is very refreshing.  Just about everyone in this book has suffered some element of torture and heartbreak; how they are able to overcome the obstacles to go on with their lives makes for a unique reading experience.  Readers who enjoy a book that has a dark undertone will definitely enjoy A MARINE FOR CHRISTMAS.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Suzie Housley

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