The Soldier's Seduction - Anne Marie Winston
Mills and Boon Desire
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2007
Heart of a Hero By Request
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"One night was all it took The last time he'd seen her, they'd wound up in bed together. Now, after two years, decorated soldier Wade Donnelly had every intention of reliving - and repeating - that incredible night. Back then, Phoebe Merriman had been an innocent, a woman whose intense desire had surprised him. One look in Phoebe's eyes now and Wade knew that passion still existed. The incredible secret she claimed she needed to share would have to wait until morning. After all, he'd waited long enough to take Phoebe in his arms. He was through waiting..."
I read this book in the By Request version, which I borrowed from the library.
The story is of Phoebe and Wade, who grew up together, and spent a night together after the funeral of Phoebe's twin sister. Wade has recently returned from duty in Afghanistan, where he was also injured and presumed dead for some time. On returning home he immediately seeks out Phoebe, with the intention of pursuing a relationship with her, however finds that Phoebe has moved away from California to upstate New York. When he arrives on her doorstep, Phoebe is shocked as she still thought he was dead, and also nervous as she now has to tell him that their one night together resulted in her baby daughter. When Wade finds out he moves in and states his intention to be a family. As the story progresses we find out about their past relationship. Wade had dated Phoebe's twin sister for a while, but broke up when she was found to be cheating on him. On the night of the twins high school Reunion, Wade attends as Phoebe's sister's date, Phoebe is upset as she has been in love with Wade for years, when they dance together, Wade realises that he has feelings for Phoebe but they are interrupted and confronted by Phoebe's drunk twin sister, who drives away drunk and dies after crashing. Both Phoebe and Wade struggle with the the guilt of the crash, and this affects their relationship in the present.
This was an OK book, the back story of Phoebe and Wade's relationship was written very well. However the issues they have surrounding Phoebe's twin sisters death is really annoying. Phoebe thinks that Wade is still in love with her sister and can never love her, and Wade thinks she blames him for her sisters death and that she will never love him. I just wanted to shout at them to just tell each other that they love one another, but it dragged on and on. I also found the entire story boring, there wasn't that much dialogue, most of it was inner thoughts.