I drop in and out of this series constantly and I’ve never had a ‘what’s going on?’ feeling. As book 20 in the series, I think Long’s writing continues to convey some of the angst and issues that many of us civilians assume happens to our soldiers, be they male or female. This is a Christmas story, but don’t let that hold you back from reading out of the season.
Ryan ‘Rebel’ Edward Brun is a year from his last deployment. He’s been at Mike’s Place convalescing since losing both legs, above the knees, to an IED. Having always been knows as the prankster in his group of friends and fellow soldiers, it’s disconcerting to Noel Torres, his nurse case manager, that he’s not enjoying the decorations and overall cheerful spirit of Christmas.
There are some issues with Rebel’s mental acceptance of where he is in life. He was injured a little before Christmas the previous year and he’s having some challenges with that. To me that was totally understandable. I liked the way Noel’s knowledge of her patient didn’t just include saying what Rebel wanted to hear. She challenged him by not always saying yes.
Their story was more about the journey of their relationship than it was about any outside forces getting in their way. And because it’s a novella and really pretty short there’s not too much development, but there’s enough that left me with a feel good HEA.
Happy reading folks!
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Have Yourself a Marine Christmas
by Heather Long
Release Date: 11/24/2013
Publisher: Decadent Publishing