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Book Blitz: Coach Maddie and the Marine by Blaire Edens

Title: Coach Maddie and the MarineCoach Maddie

Author: Blaire Edens

Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing

Date of Publication: January 11th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is something of an instant-love romance with plenty of quirks, twists and an emotional roller coaster thrown in for good measure. Years after her young Marine husband was killed in combat, Maddie Westerfield is thrown when she meets the man who had been his commanding officer, Lieutenant David Sterling, especially when the two are instantly attracted to each other, but both are determined to resist the allure of the other because of their memories of her dead husband.

I liked how Maddie was determined to help her nephew’s football team, even being willing to be their coach when none of the other children’s parents would help. The negative attitude of those other parents may well have been enough to put many off many volunteers but it just hardens her resolve. She’s a feisty fighter, prepared to work hard herself to help them succeed. I also appreciated how David didn’t step in to take over, but was straight talking with the rebel parents and supportive, helping Maddie and the boys.

If you have any sympathy or soft spots for traumatised military personnel, where emotionally the woman is the stronger character and where things definitely go wrong, you’ll enjoy this – and Andrew, Maddie’s nephew, is a brilliant character, too!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

Synopsis:

After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.

For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can’t help falling for her.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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