Love and Consequences
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Suspense
Book Length (Est.): 250 Pages
Special Operator Lucas Shipley thought his troubles were past him, when he discovers they’ve only just begun. Recently separated from his wife of five years, he gets some unwelcomed news. He thought his living arrangement, with four other separated or divorced buddies from SEAL Team 3, was temporary. Now, he understands he has to move on with his life.
Marcy Gelland is one of the smartest, most successful realtors in San Diego County. She’s hired by Lucas’ soon-to-be ex-wife to help her liquidate their joint holdings and help orchestrate a speedy departure from Lucas’ life. Based on what Marcy’s been told, Lucas deserves any amount of pain she or her client can dish out to him.
But when they are left alone together in the remote Northern California woods, they ignite a personal bonfire that threatens to burn down the whole forest. Marcy is forced to see she has been misled.
Amidst the backdrop of hardened bachelor SEALs with their unsolicited, anti-long- term relationship advice, and a criminal gang operating nearby, Lucas must do what he’s always done and never gotten proper credit for: be the hero that saves the day.
*I received this book free from The Killion Group in exchange for an honest review*
Lucas wanted someone to care about him when he was home from deployment, but when you have a selfish wife you only cares about herself then you won’t be getting that. Instead you’ll be getting served with divorce papers and crashing in the bachelor’s house on the couch. Heartbroken and angry Lucas never thought he’d desire anyone the way he instantly did with Marcy, but she worked for his soon to be ex making her off limits. Or so he thought.
“What a blessing she was. What a fresh piece of something he’d never had and wanted desperately.”
Marcy just wanted to list their house, but when she meets Lucas she can’t quite believe all the horrible stories his wife told her. When they both end up at his cabin, him for relaxation and her for information on it about potentially listing it, sparks fly that neither can ignore. Too bad it only lasts a couple days before life crashes back down and they’re thrust back into the real world.
“If there’s a way, and a reason for it, bring him back. If you can.And only if he wants.”
A real world filled with terrorist groups, kidnapping, and murder.
Lucas had the potential to be a great book, but it didn’t quite make it there. I liked the characters, but there could have been more interaction between Lucas and Marcy. The romantic aspect was there, but it didn’t seem to mix well with the suspense part.
I liked the storyline, but it ended with too many loose ends and unanswered questions. I understand in some series that the underlying story may continue through some or all of the books in that series, but usually the part having to deal with the characters of the book you’re reading is completed or offers some sort of closure. In this one…Marcy’s safe, but it never mentions what happens to her captors or even if anyone is looking for them. And for all the havoc the soon to be ex-wife caused, she just sort of dropped out of the story.
My Favorite Moment: Lucas’ goodbye at the airport. Now that was one hell of a goodbye!
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