Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Tell It To The Marines (anthology) by Amy J. Fetzer

Title: Tell It To The Marines
Author: Amy J. Fetzer

Read copy: Paperback
Published: December 1, 2004
Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 0758208081
ISBN-13: 9780758208088

The few. The proud. The very, very hot. What woman doesn’t love a man in—or out of—uniform? Join one of romance’s hottest new stars, Amy J. Fetzer, as she serves up some of the hunkiest heroes ever to leave boot camp in three stories so deliciously sexy, you’ll want to enlist now…

Tell It To The Marines contains 3 short stories by Amy Fetzer:

1. Hot Conflict

Rule number one for “How to Throw a Wedding”: Don’t get kidnapped. Rule number two? Don’t let your rescuer be DJ McAllister, as in tall, dark, and secretive with a bod to die for. As in the man who pushed wedding planner Mary Grace Heyward away once and left her heartbroken for, um, well forever. But now that they’re running for their lives (so that’s what it takes to get a man to commit!), the looks DJ’s giving her tell another story, one that’s making her very, very warm. And Mary Grace’s mission is clear: Indulge the hot Marine’s every fantasy and secure a victory of the everlasting kind…

2. Hot Landing Zone

The mission went bad, really bad. And Jake Mackenzie blames Dr. Katherine Collier, the egghead scientist his team was rescuing from terrorists. If she’d just obeyed his orders they wouldn’t be stranded—alone—on a remote island with no way off. But hell, Jake’s a Marine. He’ll improvise, adapt, and overcome…as long as the drop-dead gorgeous Katherine stops accidentally setting off his booby traps, prancing around in what’s left of her clothing, and driving him wild with desire. Protecting her is his sworn duty, and the lady seems to have some specific requests in that area…

3. Hot Target

Rick Cahill’s got his orders: Drop into the Amazon and pick up American Peace Corp volunteer Sam Previn. Who knew Sam was actually Samantha, a beautiful redhead with a temper to match? And who knew the Colombian drug cartels would be after them? On the run in the jungle, searching secluded spots for shelter, Rick has to remind himself that Sam is off-limits, no matter how it unhinges him every time her skin brushes his. But when the savvy Sam starts speaking in military abbreviations and can load a sidearm without looking, it’s clear she’s something special—and just Rick’s type…

My rating:

In Hot Conflict childhood friends, running for their lives in Panama, finally decide (after 18 years!) to screw their friendship—literally.

It was good, but not that good. Somehow the story “leaked” around the edges. No (plausible) explanation was given as to why they never tried to sort their feelings before. He was a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, she was a pampered little princess (that never stopped people before!), he pushed her into the arms of the wrong man (idiot!), she married said wrong man (idiot!...and that also never stopped anyone before!), the wrong man died three years ago, but they still stayed apart...Why does it always take a rescue mission in the middle of the jungle for people to actually have a meaningful conversation?!

In Hot Landing Zone a female scientist, instead of following her rescuer's orders, jeopardizes the whole mission to rescue a bunch of papers.

Another story I didn't "feel". They were both annoying, she with her "smartness", he with his "brooding". I just wanted for them to get laid, get rescued and be done with it. Well, it happened in that order. The last chapter also didn't do it for me. Sure, the lust was there (they were stranded!), but I didn't feel the love.

In Hot Target 5 Marines are sent into the Amazon jungle to extract a Peace Corps volunteer. An attack on the getaway chopper leaves one of those Marines stranded in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by dope cookers, trying to keep the volunteer alive, though she doesn't seem to need that much help.

Finally I felt the love. This was by far the strongest story in this anthology. Both Sam (despite her initial stubbornness) and Rick were likable characters, nice and "normal", and though the attraction blazed hot almost from the get-go, there was also something else there. And it came through in the story. The whole buildup, the escape, the pursuit, the almost death experience, it all worked in painting a picture of a love-blossoming-in-the-middle-of-the-jungle. I even understood Sam's reservations in telling Rick who she really was.
And the last chapter? LOVED it.

2x 3 stars
1x 4 stars


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