Monday, September 7, 2009

Review: Ripped! by Jennifer LaBrecque

Title: Ripped!
Series: Uniformly Hot!
Author: Jennifer LaBrecque
Read copy: eBook
Published: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426840837
ISBN-13: 9781426840838

Subject: Paratrooper Lieutenant Colonel Mitch Dugan.
Current status: Confident. Disciplined. And aching with sexual need.
Mission: Chaperone the brigadier general's daughter.
Obstacle: Eden Walters: the very hot, very willing brigadier general's daughter...

For tough-as-nails Mitch Dugan, the army is everything. Until he experiences the rush of another jump...into Eden's bed.
The high he gets from leaping out of planes is no rival for their sexual chemistry. But Mitch is a proud military lifer...and former army brat Eden has no intention of staying with a man who's never around.
It's time for this sexy soldier to pull the rip cord and save himself--fast. Or he might end up in a free fall with the one woman he can't have....

My rating:

What a lovely, 'feel good' little story. There was no killer on the loose, no scorned lover seeking revenge, no crazed fan-stalker...Just a man and a woman discovering that not everything not strictly black-and-white or according to rules is bad.

After a childhood spent in "chaos" with parents who didn't care about themselves or their child, Mitch Dugan is a straight, black-and-white military man. And he loves it. The rules, the protocol, the order. His life is picture perfect and he wouldn't want it any other way.

Enter Eden Walters. This successful photographer is happy to have escaped the strict military life she led as the brigadier general's child. She's made her own life, her own choices, and she loves the not-strictly-by-the-book lifestyle with all its shades of gray.

She's at Fort Bragg to shoot a charity calendar and Mitch, after an impromptu kiss in the hallway, is ordered to be her guide.
The sparks fly immediately, and the three-day affair they embarked upon soon turns into something more...But even if they would talk permanent, they could never make it work, when he's all about order and she's sworn to never experience a military lifestyle again.

I absolutely loved this story. It's sort-of the sequel of Ms. LaBrecque's Triple Threat, following the story of TT hero's best friend, paratrooper Mitch Dugan.

I loved it how neither the hero or heroine fell into the typical stereotypes about romance h/h. Mitch loved his military style, but wasn't your typical alpha soldier constantly barking orders (inside or outside the bedroom). And Eden wasn't the typical romance heroine either. She's experienced military lifestyle fist hand, so she knew the ropes, and she wasn't a wilting violet either. She knew what she wanted and she went for it.
I loved both of them, and though I knew how it would end, it still seemed pretty hopeless at times for them to actually make everything between them work.

The ending broke yet another stereotype - it's a major spoiler, so I ain't telling, and I loved it how they both had to work for achieving their ultimate (and combined) goal. They both had to compromise, they both realized they'll have to make a few sacrifices...But in the end it would be worth it.

A truly feel-good story, perfect for an afternoon when you're feeling down. Time flew bye and when it was finished, I wanted to read more. Loved it. Definitely a keeper!


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