Loving You is Easy
By: Wendy S. Marcus
By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing December 9th, 2014
She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?
Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.
When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.
Would he hug her or kiss her? Sure, Shane had made his stance on not wanting a girlfriend quite clear. But they’d shared a lot of very personal things with each other, over the past few months especially. They’d grown close—much closer than casual friends, at least from her perspective. Hoping he felt the same way, she popped another breath mint into her mouth, ready, just in case.
As the minty freshness hit her taste buds, worry pushed images of their first kiss aside. What if their meeting turned out to be an awkward handshake followed by stinted conversation and forced smiles while they each searched for an excuse to remove themselves from the other’s company?
No. They were too compatible, too much alike. And as the daughter of a politician with an eye on the governor’s mansion and possibly the White House, Brooke could make polite conversation with a palm tree if necessary. So kiss or no kiss, hug or no hug, their meeting would not be awkward. She wouldn’t let it be.
She paused from scanning the arriving passengers long enough to check the time on her phone. His plane had landed eleven minutes ago. How long did it take to get from the gate to baggage claim? Had she missed him? She rose up on her toes, looked all around, stopping still at the sight of army green camouflage uniforms in the distance. Her heart started to race, her chest tightening to the point it became difficult to inhale a deep breath.
Clutching her purse, she moved to get a better look. As the soldiers came closer she counted six men and two women, all weighted down with backpacks. Three looked very much alike with broad shoulders and shaved heads, darkish hair thicker on top. Would the few small or grainy images she’d seen of Shane online be enough to recognize him in real life?
People started to applaud and shout “Welcome home,” and “Thank you for your service.” Americans honoring their heroes. Pride mixed with relief squeezed her heart. He’d made it home. Tears threatened. Brooke inhaled a deep breath and willed them away.
Still too far away for her to pick out Shane, the soldiers veered toward a large and boisterous group waving handmade posters and holding red, white, and blue balloons. Brooke walked in that direction, skirting around a couple blocking her path, tripping on a baby stroller and muttering “Sorry,” too focused on where she wanted to be to pay close attention to obstacles along the route.
One man separated from the rest, a tall, muscular man with a handsome face very similar to the one that visited her in her dreams.
Wonderful love story! Shane could have been easy to hate, if he wasn't so easy to love. At first we only see sweet Shane, but adjusting to life with his new disabilities makes him act like an jerk. Luckily for him, Brooke does not give up on him so easily. Brooke is stronger that she thinks, and with Shane's support, she finally stands up for herself and for the life she wants. I loved the letters in the beginning and would have liked to have seen more of them. I think it would have been a nice way to see their relationship develop. I really enjoyed the book and hope we get Neve and Rory's story next!
Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.