Thursday 4 April 2013

The Valentine's Arrangement Review

Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine's Day is over. Ronnie doesn't do romance. She doesn't do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn't do love--not anymore. After her fiance cheated on her while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he can't wait to return to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. He's got no time for a relationship...but casual sex, that's a different story. And when he meets Ronnie, a snarky, gorgeous, take-no-prisoners kind of woman, a fast fling is all he can think about. But when Kale realizes he's met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And will winning her over both body and soul be the toughest battle he ever fought?

I loved the sound of The Valentine’s Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich and just before I start, let me point out that this is an adult contemporary romance/erotica/fantasy (you should know by now that all adult romances are referred to as fantasy novels in my opinion) and as such, there are scenes of hot, sexual content and this review may contain the odd swear word or reference to said hot, sexual content.  If that’s not for you then by all means, check out another one of my reviews but if you’re still with me, then let’s get on with it.

It was the main character in this book that appealed to me the most - Ronnie is a tough talking, sexy tattoo artist who got fucked over by her soldier boyfriend and then love and everything that goes with it got thrown out of the window.   She is no hearts and flowers girl, that’s for sure.  Ronnie just so happens to live in a military town and has been put off soldiers FOR LIFE so the last thing she needs is to be attracted to one, but in walks Kale Emerson and he wants a tattoo.  In the meantime, Ronnie is fighting the sexual chemistry between them and they end up making an arrangement – no strings, just sex.  After all, neither of them wants commitment or a relationship and Kale’s being deployed in eight days but a lot can happen in eight days.  Will it be broken hearts all round or can Ronnie deal with her issues and give Kale a chance to prove that he’s one of the good guys?

I’m going to get right down to it and say that whilst I did enjoy the story, I got a little pissed off with Ronnie’s attitude at times as she often came across as rude and abrasive although I expect this was just the hurt talking.  Unfortunately, there were some issues with the editing, and one particular intimate scene that was littered with spelling and grammar mistakes.  It definitely detracted from the moment and as soon as her “PUBLIC bone” was mentioned, I lost it.

In conclusion, I enjoyed the book but it was a shame about the editing.  I’d definitely be willing to read more from this author though.

The Valentine’s Arrangement was published on 31st January, 2013.  To find out more about Kelsie Leverich and her books, please click here to visit her website.