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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Task Force Zeta, Book 4
Publisher: Linden Bay Romance
Hero: Staff Sergeant John Blake
Heroine: Maureen Mullen, aka Summer Winters
Date of Publication: July 5, 2007
Started On: April 12, 2010
Finished On: April 13, 2010
I picked up this story to read thinking it would be a great story. I have to agree with some of the reviews I read on Amazon regarding the book now. The story seemed too slow in building up and the chemistry and fireworks that you expect from a novel of this genre just wasn’t there in this book for me. The short stories that Tori Carrington published under the same name generated more enthusiasm and heat between the characters than this novel did.
Upon reading the synopsis, this book would seem to give the reader a good read. The story of an erotic romance writer Maureen Mullen who writes under the pen name Summer Winters on a quest to find the few good men who are straight, with whom she could possibly fall in love with. Maureen is someone who supports the troops in Iraq and helps out in anyway that she can.
One of her email buddies on the base is Jazzy, one of the members on Sergeant John Blake’s team. Though John at first scoffs at the idea of pen pals and companionship one can find even corresponding via an email, Jazzy’s unfortunate injury whilst on duty lands him with the task of informing Maureen of Jazzy’s situation.
Right about this time, Maureen is convinced by her gay friend Peter (of course there should be a gay friend without which a story would not be complete) to go on a couple of dates to find Mr. Right for the both of them to make Maureen get over her infatuation with men in the military garb.
Corresponding with Maureen turns out into something much more than John ever expected. And it surprises him to know that Maureen also feels the same way about him. Things move slowly for the couple whilst Maureen goes on her serial dating spree for the sake of keeping her blog alive which had become an overnight sensation in New York, an opportunity that as a budding writer Maureen couldn’t give up.
Finally right about at the end of the novel, these two get to be together after weeks of correspondence via emails & instant messaging. I felt that the only good thing about the novel since the romance was kinda crappy, was the depth of detail into the lives of those men who put their neck on the line to keep the world a safer place. Kudos to them!