Update – Congratulations to Heather, the winner of Craving Her Soldier’s Touch! Thanks to everyone who participated!
Not only did Wendy arrange for me to interview Jaci, the heroine of the story, but she is graciously giving away copy of Craving Her Soldier’s Touch to one lucky commenter! Don’t leave without commenting below. Check back on March 22 for an interview and giveaway of Jena Piermont, Jaci’s twin sister!
- Title: Craving Her Soldier’s Touch (Beyond the Spotlight, #1)
- Author: Wendy S. Marcus
- Publisher: Harlequin Mills and Boon Medical Romance
- Release Date: February 1, 2013
- Category: Contemporary/Medical Romance
- Source: Book won from blog giveaway
- Buy: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
She swore she’d never give in to him… Feisty nurse Jaci Piermont’s heart was crushed when Staff Sergeant Ian Eddelton walked away from their passionate night together. But letting him know? Not an option! This reluctant socialite would much rather channel her energies into helping the vulnerable women she works with.
Now Ian’s back–as gorgeous as ever, but with dark secrets in his eyes. Her head might be screaming Keep away, but Jaci’s rebellious heart has a very different idea…!
So Many Reads Review:
This was such a good book and I ended up reading it in about 24 hours. The writing is good, the plot moves along well, and there is the perfect mix of romance and intimacy. The story opens with Jaci and Ian sharing a hot and steamy night together. He then goes off to serve in Iraq and comes home about a year later. During that time Jaci doesn’t hear from him and assume she has scared him off for good.
Ian is a typical alpha male who wants to protect what’s his and that includes Jaci. He suffers from PTSD since returning from Iraq, which causes him to be on edge and not as carefree as he once was. He worries Jaci will not accept him now. Jaci is a feisty, independent woman who grew up with two very overbearing and abusive men in her life. She doesn’t want to be told what to do, so she doesn’t listen to anyone. She worries that no one will ever love her for who she is, only for her body or her money.
Wendy does a great job with Ian and Jaci, as well as other characters in the story. They have real depth, show emotion and deal with real life issues such as PTSD, domestic violence and other family issues. I admire Jaci for turning her bad experiences into something where she can help others in a similar situation. There are some funny scenes in the book, some hot and steamy, some sweet, and some that made me cry. Wendy writes in a way that reader actually feels these emotions as though they are living in the story along with Jaci and Ian. I adore Jena, Jaci’s twin sister in this story. Jaci and Jena are quite the pair and seem to complement each other so well.
Jena has a huge secret that is going to be unleashed on someone in the next book and I can’t wait to read it. If you are looking for a read that will have you laughing, crying, and sighing while being swept up in sweet yet hot romance, I highly recommend Craving Her Soldier’s Touch.
Interview with Jaci Piermont:
Amy with So Many Reads (SMR): Welcome to So Many Reads! For starters, tell us a little about yourself. You are a nurse, right?
Jaci: I’m sure most of you know me from the society columns or social media, but for the few who don’t, my name is Jaci Piermont. Yes, of the Scarsdale Piermonts. In answer to your question, it feels odd to talk about this so publically, because for years only my closest friends and family knew. But after what happened at Nap Tower, there’s no hiding it. So, yes, I’m a nurse.
SMR: With all your family wealth and prestige, what made you choose nursing?
Jaci: I know everyone expects me to say because I like helping people and taking care of them. But the truth is I went to college for nursing because my twin sister, Jena, went to college for nursing. It wasn’t until my junior year, when I started working directly with patients, that I developed an interest in aiding the sick and impacting people’s lives for the better.
SMR: What are you passionate about?
Jaci: Well if you knew my fiancé, Ian you’d know the answer without having to ask the question. He’s recently retired from the Army. There’s this game we like to play… Um, that would probably fall into the category of Too Much Information. Let’s just say when he calls me ‘ma’am’, in that military way of his, I’ll respond with a ‘yes, sir’ to just about anything.
SMR: What gets you all riled up?
Jaci: Men who abuse women get me riled up. Men who use their physical strength or positions of power to control women, via physical or psychological bullying. That gets me riled. In fact I’m getting riled up just thinking about it. Maybe we should move onto the next question.
SMR: Being a twin, have you and your sister ever tricked people by switching places? I have identical twin nephews and wonder if they will do that to people when they get older.
Jaci: Please excuse my laugh, but oh the stories I could tell. Let’s just say few people can tell Jena and I apart. Unfortunately, two of them are our fiancés, so we don’t do much switching of places anymore.
SMR: What do you love most about being a twin? Least?
Jaci: The best part of being a twin is Jena. She’s the best person I know. She’s always there for me, no matter what, and I love her with all my heart. The worst part of being a twin is being labeled. People often refer to us ‘the twins”, like we don’t have our own identity. Sometimes they call me ‘the wild one’ or Jena ‘the smart one’ as a way of telling us apart. Labels aren’t nice. If they call Jena ‘the smart one’ does that mean I’m ‘the dumb one?’ No, I’m not a fan of labels…unless, of course, they’re designers’ names and they’re sewn onto my clothes!
SMR: Tell us about Ian. What is it about him that caused you to fall in love with him?
Jaci: Have you seen him? That man of mine is fine, fine, fine. But beyond that, he sees the real me, faults and all, and he accepts me and loves me, as I am. I’m blessed to have him in my life, and I thank God every day for keeping Ian alive during the war, when so many of his friends didn’t make it home.
SMR: What do you hope readers will take away from your story?
Jaci: That being born into a family with money and prestige doesn’t mean a person’s life is perfect. That being labeled ‘a socialite’ doesn’t mean a woman isn’t willing to get her hands dirty and work hard to make the world a better place for those who are less fortunate.
SMR: Thanks so much for joining us today!
Jaci: Thank you so much for having me! I don’t give many interviews, but since my book came out I just can’t stop talking about it! I’m ready to chat. Your blog followers can ask me anything. Have at it! One lucky winner will receive a paperback edition of my book, Craving Her Soldier’s Touch. If you’d like to learn more about the author who wrote my and Jena’s stories or read an excerpt from each visit www.wendysmarcuscom. Oh, and is it okay for me to mention that my sister Jena will be interviewed right here on Friday, March 22nd? I know it’d make her very happy if you’d all stop by for a visit then too!
See Jaci’s comment above! To be entered in the drawing for a copy of Craving Her Soldier’s Touch, please leave a comment below and ask Jaci a question or comment on something she spoke about. The giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm Central Time on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and announced on the website.