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Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: The Officer and the Secret (Semper Fi #3) by Jeanette Murray

The Officer and the Secret 
(Semper Fi Series, Bk #3)
By Jeanette Murray

After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there's an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn't without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica's entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it's time to lay their cards on the table and hope they're ready for love.

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Viviana's Review:
"Office and the Secret" is the third book in the Semper Fi Series and one that I had been looking forward to reading since the very beginning. I always liked Dwayne! He was a great friend to both the heroes from the previous books and it was his turn to get his HEA.

I really liked that Jeanette added a reality to the whole "soldier returns home" story line. As the synopsis said, he had a rough deployment and we shouldn't expect him to be 'alright'. Dwayne is suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and this is common for solders who return home from deployment. Including this to the story line, not only helped the move the story along, but also added dept and a sense of realism.

I liked that Veronica from the very beginning of her introduction wanted to take control of her own life, be independent and grow as an individual. I do wish that her past wasn't made out to be such a secret/mystery as a.) she's not at fault for anything b.) her past is her past and she should be able to recognize that and not continue to be ashamed and c.) she's not the first and will not be the last person in the world to have a similar upbringing.

Dwayne and Veronica made a cute couple from the moment they first chatted via Skype. The chemistry was instant and while both state to their friends that neither of them is ready or wants a relationship, they do end up together. They are still in the 'getting to know each other' stage, yet, both have secrets and don't truly talk to each other. Some, no many of the issues that came up could have easily been solved or not even occurred if Veronica would have been honest from the very beginning or at least had come clean once they got together and if Dwayne would have given her the opportunity to explain things once the truth came out.

While I understood where Dwayne was coming from, I believe his actions were a bit on the immature side of things. Again, I get it, being burned in the past sucks, but we should give people the chance to at least tell their side of the story. Communication is key in any type of relationship.

While a good read overall, I wish I would have loved it as much as I did the other previous 2 books in the series.

Rating: 3.5 Stars - I Really Liked It

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