In The Valentine’s Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich, Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is back in the States for a few days of R & R after spending months in Iraq. While home, Kale decides to get a memorial tattoo to honor the men who have died in his platoon. Everyone tells him to go see Ronnie at No Regrets Tattoo. Kale is shocked when he discovers Ronnie is a no nonsense drop dead gorgeous woman. The chemistry between them is instantaneous but Ronnie doesn’t do relationships and she definitely doesn’t want to have anything to with a soldier after what her ex-boyfriend, who was also in the Army did to her. Kale convinces Ronnie to a no strings fling that will end when he goes back to Iraq. Can they stick to the agreement or will love come into play?
I decided to read this book as my first (and hopefully many) #forgottenbookchallenge. With all the free and cheap ebooks, a lot of us battle the one click addiction. The rules of the challenge are easy: read and review a book that is at least six months or older on your device and post the review on any review site with the hash tag #forgottenbookchallenge. There is even a Facebook Group you can join to post your reviews.
So with that being said, I downloaded this book on January 8, 2013.
Okay, now to the review…
I love Ronnie ‘s character! She is as prickly as a cactus. She doesn’t take crap from anyone and has a razor sharp tongue that will cut anyone down (usually with at least one f-bomb if not more in the cut down ). Underneath her tough exterior is a caring woman who just doesn’t want to get hurt ever again
Fortunately for Ronnie, Kale isn’t put off by her attitude. In fact, Kale loves it. Once he gets to know her better, he realizes that he wants more from her when he gets back. I was actually worried that they wouldn’t get an HEA.
This was a good fast read for me. The characters are well developed and the chemistry between the two is hot and believable. I am glad I decided to take the challenge because I wouldn’t have found this new to me author.
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About the Book:
Title: The Valentine’s Arrangement
Author: Kelsie Leverich
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. Love leads to heartbreak, and she’s vowed never to let herself get hurt again.
Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his soldiers to finish leading their mission. He’s dedicated to his men and to his country, and he’s not interested in getting wrapped up in a distracting relationship…but casual sex, that’s a different story. From the moment he sees Ronnie, he wants her. And he agrees to her terms—no romance, no fluff—just passion.
But as their sexual chemistry ignites, the lines of their arrangement get blurry, and Ronnie starts to push Kale away. And when Kale realizes he’s found his match in this razor-tongued, gorgeous woman who is hell bent against love, winning her heart could be the toughest battle he has ever fought.