December 9, 2014

Title: Loving You is Easy
Author: Wendy S. Marcus
Publisher: Love Swept (Random House)
Published: December 9, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?

Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.

When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

**I received an advance copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**

3.5 stars A romance between a wounded war veteran and girl who appeared to have it all. From the very beginning (and I mean very beginning!) the attraction between these two was sizzling so I buckled up and got ready for the ride. I also love characters that are broken, and with Shane I sure got broken.

The chemistry was hot and palpable, yet Brooke and Shane always held back and it killed me! (in a good way). Which brings me to Shane. I LOVED him. Shane was deliciously hot and all man, even after he was injured. RAWR. In fact, it might have made him more sexy. I wish the story had been told in alternating 1st person instead of 3rd because I really really really would have loved to hear his inner dirty thoughts.

The story is where I have opposing thoughts… the conflict that Brooke went through felt disjointed, and frankly creepy. Those were really serious allegations against Brooke and there’s no way they would have been swept away under the rug like that…and the thing with Shane’s niece was a little WTF for me. And on top of that, the incident from when she was 17 was hideous and there’s no way she could have waved it off like she did. Brooke’s storyline felt a lot more staged to me. On the other hand Shane’s demons were raw and gripping and drew me in. I had to break out the tissues for him on more than one occasion. His past touched me, and all his emotions rang true for me.

In the end I loved it, I felt like Shane’s struggles were real and he broke my heart. The romance was tender and had it’s ups and downs, just like you would expect from someone who had gone through so much. While I wasn’t as crazy about Brooke’s storyline the rest was so good that it didn’t really matter and overall I was a happy reader as I finished the last page.

Would I rec this? Yes! It was well written and a great quick read. Happy reading!

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