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being betrayed by his girlfriend of eight years, Nick Nikopoulos’ ends their
engagement. Aware that she is being transferred to his ship, he knows he needs
to get away. So he signs up for the yearlong exchange officer program between
the United States and Britain. Assigned to the HMS Atlantic, Nick is adjusting
to his new station, amused at the difference in the slang between the two
countries and captivated by his attractive assistant engineer, Trudy. Unfortunately,
he is her boss and there can be no fraternization.
the daughter of a high ranking officer, Trudy, the assistant engineer on the HMS
Atlantic, yearns for her father’s attention, but he goes overboard so he
doesn’t appear to show favoritism, to the point of being rude whenever they
meet. Trudy suspects that Nick has other reasons than those he gave for leaving
his former ship, but at last here is a man who is taller than she is and she
cannot deny her attraction to him.
Royal Navy Lieutenant Gwyn Pritchard, Trudy’s friend, is the exchange officer
on the USS New York, which is rumored to be haunted. While on a tour of the ship,
she cannot help noticing all the people, including a child, dressed in civilian
clothing, despite the fact that she was told that no visitors were allowed on
the ship. When it seems that no one else sees these people, Gwyn realizes why.
She has inherited her mother’s second sight abilities. Unfortunately, it
appears that no one else on the ship can see them and she knows that if she
mentions anything about them, she may be bound for the looney bin. At any rate,
it would not be good for her career. However, she finds it easy to talk to a
particular gunnery sergeant onboard and is soon telling him about her abilities
and struggling with her longing for him.
Gunnery Sergeant Adam Connor is one of the only two marines permanently
assigned to the USS New York. He is still suffering from his wounds and PTSD
after losing his best friend in Afghanistan and being injured himself. He would
like to be back in the thick of the action, but his diminished sight has landed
him at his current duty station, where his duties include providing physical
fitness for the rest of the servicemen and women. He is rumored to be a player
onboard the ship, but this is far from the truth. Gwyn is the first woman he
has really been attracted to in some time. However, if the romance between Gwyn
and noncommissioned officer Adam is discovered, their careers could be ruined.
When one of the spirits, a former spy, uncovers a betrayal that could cost
many, many lives, will Gwyn come forth with the information that could save
them and risk her career, or will she keep quiet? Will she be able to help the
spirits move on into the light?
reading this story, all I can say is Wow! While reading NEVER FORGET, the third
book in gifted author Heather Ashby’s LOVE IN THE FLEET military romance series,
take my advice and keep plenty of tissues ready. Trust me, at times, the tears
will flow as the aftermath and the heartbreak of 911 are revisited with
touching moments as well as joy-filled ones.
couples in this tale are wonderfully realistic with all the foibles,
vulnerabilities and issues experienced in real life. Additionally, the
chemistry between each of the couples on the separate ships is off-the-charts, enhanced
by their deep love for one another. Also, the British colloquialisms versus
American slang throughout the story provide added charm and humor, giving
readers a glimpse at the likenesses and differences between the British and
American military, with an emphasis on the comradeship of the servicemen and
women, regardless of country.
For beautifully written, memorable military romances, Ms. Ashby has quickly become my go-to author. Her innate storytelling gift reaches for your heart and touches it, leaving you with chills at the possibilities. Though relatively new as an author, with only three books under her belt thus far, Ms. Ashby packs a wallop. Her experiences and knowledge of military life shines through as the story unfolds. Filled with authentic details, heart-pounding action, believable characters, emotion-packed issues, spirits, loyalty, healing, PTSD, sizzling sensuality, tender romance and deep love, this story is sure to be treasured by its readers. An unputdownable tale, this is one you will certainly want to read more than once. Although this book can be read as a standalone, I am sure that after reading it, you will be searching for the first two stories in this series, FORGIVE AND FORGET and FORGET ME NOT. Also watch for the fourth book in this series, UNFORGETTABLE. I know I will. In my opinion, NEVER FORGET is a beautiful tribute to the victims of 911. I enjoyed it so much that I have made it a Recommended Read!
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