by Codi Gary
Series: Men in Uniform #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
She was looking for a little fun…
Violet Douglas wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her sibling’s guardian. So when she spies a tall, dark and sexy stranger, she’s ready to let her wild side roar. The last thing she expects is to see her one night stand one week later, when she drags her delinquent kid brother to the Alpha Dog Training Program.
He wasn’t looking for a commitment…
Sgt. Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance, and yet he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends-with-benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No emotional entanglement, just mind-blowing sex.
But with their lives becoming more and more entwined, Dean realizes that casual isn't enough for him anymore. And as Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, will her fears put more distance between them? Or can she let go of the past, and take a chance on happily ever after?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Violet has gone through so much in her life and trusting people doesn’t come easy for her. Losing her mother to suicide and when one night of torment leads to chasing off her drug addicted father, all Violet wants is one night of letting loose. She meets Dean at a concert and has the best night of her life. But it all comes crashing down when she receives a phone call and has to face reality. Her brother has gotten into some trouble and instead of going to juvie, they give him an out: stay at Alpha Dog training center for a month. Turns out Violet’s one night stand is the boss at Alpha Dog and she has to see him constantly.
This story has so much depth to the characters, you have to slowly peel off the layers. Starting with Violet, from such a young age she has had to grow up to take care of her siblings and it hasn’t been easy. She is so strong, though. She wants to do good for her siblings so they can have a good future. Sgt. Dean Sparks also has a past that he hasn’t been wanting to face. Despite all of it, he wants to return to active duty, but interactions with a certain red-head has him considering if that’s what he truly wants.
Family & Tough Issues
Family is so important in this story and it’s highlighted all the time. Violet and her siblings went through a lot, especially Vi’s younger brother Casey. He has a secret of what happened to him and why he changed from being a loving and caring boy to someone who doesn’t care and cringes at anyone touching him. I felt so bad for Casey. Something was tormenting him, but he never spoke of what was going on. Instead, he lashed out. My heart broke for him so many times. The author introduced issues like suicide, drug addiction, and rape. All of them weren’t easy to read. Despite all the tough topics, Codi Gary included some funny moments that balanced the story.
Gosh, the romance!!! *fangirls and swoons* Violet and Dean are the perfect match. I was so beyond in love with their story. They are both so stubborn, it’s not even funny. They are so cute together, though. I was definitely rooting for them through the entire story. Since Violet has a tough past that has made her not trust easily, she doesn’t trust Dean and that’s where I got frustrated. I totally understand where she’s coming from but she kept pushing Dean away. Still, the romance was so cute and sexy and off the charts.
“Never feel bad about putting yourself first.”
While they weren’t much in the story, the few times they were made the story so fun. Right from the start, I knew a certain character was going to make me laugh and he did! I hope he has his story coming out soon because I will devour it. I cannot wait to read the rest of the stories as I’m sure they will be a blast!
Overall, this story will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love. It’s a beautiful story, filled with laughter and so many feels! If this start to a new series was this brilliant, give me all the books! I’m in love with all the characters and it was so easy to understand their story, even if I hadn’t gone through it.
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