By Blaire Edens
He’s the one man she refuses to fall for…
After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.
For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.
Unfortunately, COACH MADDIE AND THE MARINE was a book I just couldn’t get in to. Both Maddie and David ran too hot and cold for my liking and I didn’t feel any chemistry between them at all. Even for an insta-love, everything seemed to move way too fast and felt more like a teen romance read. After just one date⎯that didn’t involve sex⎯both Maddie and David talk about marriage and being together forever. Maddie⎯who is almost 30⎯even starts doodling her future new name in a notebook and planning her wedding, again, after just the first date. And in a move that takes women back about 50+ years, Maddie has been without a man in her life for eight years, but as soon as David enters the picture, she’s suddenly unable to stand up for herself and confesses that it’s nice to have a man do it for her. I was expecting a sweet read that might make me cry a little, but that’s not what I got.
Coach Maddie and the Marine
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