Review: Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance (Recalled to Love Book 1) by Lisa Carlisle

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Review: Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance (Recalled to Love Book 1) by Lisa Carlisle

Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Volunteering at a cat shelter is much calmer than the adrenaline-fueled skirmishes of Vivi Parker’s last deployment in the Marines, but her limp is a constant reminder of what she endured. The shelter is her sanctuary, her one relief from memories that haunt her. At a fundraiser, she runs into a man she could never have while she served, but had never forgotten.

Active duty had its challenges, but starting over as a civilian in Boston is more difficult than Jack Conroy anticipated. When his mom and sister drag him to a cat benefit, he never expects to see a woman he last saw in Dress Blues—a woman he couldn’t have, but could never forget.

Vivi fears she’s no longer the woman Jack was drawn to, able to tackle rock climbing walls or other outdoor challenges. And Jack has decisions he must face.

Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.

Yet, so have they.

Title: Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Rock Me Tonight , Bloodlust and Metal , Gargoyle's Embrace, Rock My Senses
Published by Self
Source: Publisher
Published: March 13th 2017
Genres: Erotic Romance, Military Romance
Pages: 173 pages
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Stars: four-stars
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Wow! Dress Blues is a fun second chance romance that just makes you smile! It’s a story that grabs you by the heart and gives it a little tug.  Vivi and Jack met at a rock climbing gym and immediately hit it off!  Sparks flew and things were going along famously until they found out both were in the Marines. And with Jack being an officer and she was enlisted, fraternization could cost them both their careers. Now both civilians, each have their own post-military challenges to work through.

Vivi was injured while deployed and limps as a result.  It’s a constant reminder to her of what she can’t do.  Yes she knows she should feel lucky since not everyone makes it home, but she hasn’t gotten past the hurt.  She volunteers at a cat shelter and that is her therapy! The cats love her and she gets out of her head while there.  I totally understand where she was coming from. I do feel she needed professional therapy to help her work through her issues though.  She was just existing until Jack is back in her life.

Jack runs into Vivi at a fundraiser for the shelter she volunteers at and all the memories they shared come flooding back. They don’t have those rules any longer. No sneaking around. Could he date her?? After realizing he still feels the same for Vivi now as he did then, he decides to pursue her.

I enjoyed this second chance at love romance! Vivi is scared that Jack won’t think of her in the same light now that she is damaged. But Jack doesn’t look at her any different. He slowly gets her to realize that she is the same woman she was. She just needs to do some of the things she liked to do, have to be done a little differently.  I like his persistence when she tries to push him away.  I also like that he tells her some of his secrets, so she knows everyone comes out of the military a little worse for wear. He knew what they have doesn’t come around very often and if he’s giving this second chance, he’s taking it!

All in all, a nice, breath of fresh air romance that leaves you feeling good and with a big smile on your face!

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