The Valentine’s Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich

March 19, 2013 Adrienne's Reviews, Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for readers under 17 years of age due to sexual content, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and/or violence.
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The Valentine's Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich
Series: Hard Feelings #1
on January 1, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 194
Format: eBook
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Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine's Day is over. Ronnie doesn't do romance. She doesn't do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn't do love--not anymore. After her fiance cheated on her while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he can't wait to return to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. He's got no time for a relationship...but casual sex, that's a different story. And when he meets Ronnie, a snarky, gorgeous, take-no-prisoners kind of woman, a fast fling is all he can think about. But when Kale realizes he's met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And will winning her over both body and soul be the toughest battle he ever fought?

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Okay so I don’t read novellas.  Like ever…I don’t like them.  Has absolutely nada to do with the author or the story or anything other then I always feel cheated.  I’m greedy and I want big long stories.

BUT

I saw this book getting mentioned and so I checked it out.  What caught my eye was the storyline.  Being a military brat I was drawn the military connection.  The military is my family.  It’s home.

So Ronnie is a tattoo artist with a bad attitude towards anything to do with soldiers.  Kale, a soldier, comes in for a tattoo and sparks fly.  Only Ronnie isn’t interested.  Kale finds himself trying to break through Ronnie’s walls.  Ronnie has a good reason for staying away from soldiers.  She’s been burned badly and just wants to forget it all.  But Kale doesn’t have a lot of time.  He’s home on leave and has to go back to Iraq.

For me, this story is about learning to love again.  Finding out that sometimes you have to forget what you think you know in order to move forward.  And sometimes life really is too short to waste any of it.

“Isn’t that what most everyone wants? To be loved by someone so fiercely that you hold their world in your hands, that you were the one to keep it safe.”

My one and only critique is the use of the word ‘Sir’.  Only officers are referred to as ‘Sir’.

I’m very much looking forward to reading more from Kelsie.

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About Kelsie Leverich

Kelsie Leverich grew up in the small town of St. Joseph Illinois before getting married and following her husband from one Army post to another. After eight years, they finally settled down in Avon, Indiana with two adorable knuckleheads that are better known as her kids. Kelsie’s life revolves around her family (to include two dogs and a cat) and most of the time, actually all of the time, it’s a crazy mess—but that’s the way she loves it! When Kelsie’s not writing, you can usually find her snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book or out on the lake with family and friends. Kelsie is not a morning person, has a soft spot for animals, loves musicals, hates seafood, and thinks laundry is the source of all evil.
Kelsie is currently working on the third book in her military series with editor Jesse Feldman with NAL/Penguin. Book one, The Valentine’s Arrangement is currently available for your e-readers and can be found on sites like Amazon and Barns and Noble. Book two, Feel The Rush, will be available August 20th 2013.
Represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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