Sometimes I just want to read a book that is sweet, funny and romantic. I don’t want super-angst or smut, I just want to relax and enjoy a book that will put a smile on my face and make me feel good. I want an escape that feels easy and gives me a sweet happily-ever-after. That’s exactly what Falling For Her Soldier gave me… a few laughs, a whole lot of smiles and that satisfied feeling at the end. While this is the third book in the series, it’s my first time reading Ophelia London. And she has written my favorite kind of series, where the books share characters but you can read them out of order. I didn’t feel lost with the storyline even though I haven’t read the others.
I loved the premise of this story with the main characters, Charlie “Big Game Hunter” Johansson and Ellie Bell, meeting online. It’s not how it sounds… these two aren’t trolling the internet looking for a hook-up. Charlie emails Ellie when her brother is seriously injured during an Army mission, basically holding her cyber-hand while her brother recuperates. Their emails continue, even though her brother is out of the woods. The conversations turn personal, connecting Charlie and Ellie on a deeper level. As the story progresses we get glimpses of the content of the emails… we get to see how much Charlie came to depend on Ellie, just as she had when her brother first got hurt. Then he disappears, leaving Ellie to wonder why.
Months later, Ellie gets introduced to her brother’s friend, Hunter, and has an instant attraction to him. Her bond with Charlie, even though he’s not been in contact, makes her second guess pursuing anything with this new guy. Hunter is a huge player, which also makes Ellie shy away, especially since she’s almost at the end of her self-imposed 1 year “man ban”. The last thing Ellie needs is another jerk screwing her over. Ellie is sweet and sassy with a good head on her shoulders. She also doesn’t take any of Hunters crap, giving him just as much sass as he gave her flirt. I loved their back and forth banter that was both sarcastic and flirty.
Ellie is fighting her longing for Charlie, while getting to know Hunter, and has no clue that it’s the same freaking guy. Charlie/Hunter wants Ellie to like her for him so he stays silent about who he really is. Why are men so dumb? Like she’s not going to figure it out and he’s going to be in so much more trouble. So he lies… and he covers his tracks… all because he wants Ellie to get to know the real him. Charlie wants to shed his man-whore suit and be the kind of guy Ellie deserves, which made him so much more endearing. He’s ready to grow up and settle down with her, but when she finds out his true identity, it blows up in his face.
There’s a really lovely dancing component to this story. Ellie is a children’s ballet teacher and she ends up trying to teach Hunter to dance a Tango. There are dance scenes that have a Dirty Dancing feel to it, which I totally loved! Overall, this was a super sweet book and I’m going to be reading the others in the series!
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Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.