⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sweet yet sexy

Seduced by the Soldier

This one didn’t grab me immediately, but once I got into the story I was definitely rooting for our couple to overcome the obstacles in their path. A brother’s best friend romance with a twist, this book pairs a woman just starting a job that will take her around the world, and a soldier who is counting down the days until he can start living a normal life. This unlikely pair have known each other for years, but it isn’t until they’re thrown together on a trip that they truly become more than acquaintances.

I loved the depth of emotion between them – there’s really no question that Zandra and Blake are interested in exploring the chemistry between them, but they both know their careers will make it almost impossible to make something work in the long run. Their time together is limited and they have to make the most of it… without breaking their hearts in the long run. It’s not overly angsty, though that’s definitely there. There’s plenty of lightness and some humor, with obvious chemistry between two characters who are easy to like. With a slow burn romance, a touch of steam and an ending that’s happy (if not a little rushed), there’s a lot to like about this book.

Why didn’t it hook me immediately? The writing style itself, which took a little while for me to warm up to, in addition to the fact that I wasn’t sure I liked Zandra at first. She’s a photojournalist who livestreams some of their adventures, and she rides a fine line of being too obnoxious about her social media use. I had zero problems with Blake – he is such a sweet, steady guy who has sacrificed a lot for his family, and might wind up sacrificing his heart so that Zandra can pursue her passion. I wasn’t sure how these two would be able to find their happily ever after, but I was definitely rooting for it to happen. I received a free copy via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet yet sexy book.

Seduced by the Soldier by Melia Alexander. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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