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His Very Own Girl [Kindle Edition]

Carrie Lofty
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of Flawless and Starlight comes an emotional, sensual romance set during World War II about a female British civilian pilot and the American paratrooper medic who opens her heart. An eBook exclusive from Pocket Star! 

After the War took the lives of Lulu Davies's parents and her fiancé, she promised herself she would guard her heart carefully and concentrate on her great love--flying the biggest and best airplanes in the sky. Lulu is a pilot in the British civilian air force, ferrying planes around Great Britain and keeping her eye on a coveted spot in a training program for world-class pilots. She's perfectly content to strive for greatness in the skies, and dance with a few GIs on the way. 

Brawny, quiet American medic Joe Weber signed up with the paratroopers to escape his checkered past; he's hoping that jumping out of planes and patching up soldiers will earn him respect and a hopeful future. Joe's first real test of medical skill is on a pilot whose plane takes a hard landing in a training field; after rushing to the crash scene, he is stunned to come face-to-face with a gorgeous Rita Hayworth lookalike. And when the two cross paths at a dance hall a couple weeks later, he can't resist the urge to find out more about this spirited, dark-haired beauty.

Their flirtation breaks all of Lulu's rules, but dance by dance, week by week, walk by walk, she finds herself falling in love with this honest, vulnerable man on the run from his demons. But as Lulu and Joe's undeniable attraction gains momentum, World War II steadily intensifies toward D-Day. Only time and hope will tell if the two lovers can overcome the past to form a beautiful life together in peace-time.



Editorial Reviews

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"His Very Own Girl depicts the era of WWII vividly; it's one of the strongest historical romances I've read. I want others to read it . . . with tissues at the ready. Grade: A-" ~ Dear Author

"I am a sucker for historicals. I am also a sucker for women being able to move outside their traditional roles and not just succeed but excel. I am also a sucker for a happy ending. Lofty provided everything and more. Grade: A" ~ The Book Pushers

"His Very Own Girl is on my list of the best of 2012. I've loved other Carrie Lofty books. I've ranked them high on the power of the story, the complexity of the characters, and the grace of the prose, but even among an impressive volume of work, this one is special." ~ The Romance Dish

"From the first electric moment to chance meetings, these two found something special in a very chaotic and hard time." ~ Smexy Books

"Lofty has brought WWII to life with His Very Own Girl. Incredibly well written, this book will take you back...and cement Carrie Lofty's place as a must-read author." ~ Reading Between the Wines

From the Author

Battlefield medics rank among the quiet heroes of military service. Because parachute regiments dropped into surrounded positions, their medics were often embedded with the same company. Joe was lucky. Others were frequently moved, never having the chance to bond with men they were tasked with treating.

Female pilots from around the world flocked to Britain to "do their bit" with the Air Transport Auxiliary. Men declared F4--unfit for military service--were also welcome. These selfless civilians freed countless pilots from ferrying duties. The organization was the first British agency to offer equal wages for men and women, yet the ATA's contribution to the war effort has been largely forgotten.

So many men and women plunged into marriage when the world seemed destined for destruction. I hope this book does justice to the lovers and the unsung heroes of World War II.

As always, I look forward to your comments! I welcome you to visit CarrieLofty.com and to follow me on Twitter (@CarrieLofty).

Product Details

  • File Size: 3670 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IDG2I2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and stunning - a wonderful romance. October 8, 2012
By Amanda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I "ADORED" this story. It was beautifully crafted and flawlessly written. As a WWII story, part of the conflict came from the war itself, but Carrie Lofty took it beyond that and I was quickly drawn into the complex and compelling lives of Lulu and Joe.

Lulu is a British pilot, Joe, a US medic - drama and angst right there. By the end of chapter one these two felt like dear friends. I laughed with them, cried with them and wondered right up until the end if a HEA could ever be possible under the excruciating conditions of the war in which they found themselves. I have to say, it was one of the most believable romances I've ever read. And what a gorgeously sensual romance it was! 5 stars all the way and I will certainly read more from this author in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely September 28, 2012
By Amanda
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Llllllllloved it.

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OK ok I'm kidding. Well. Mostly, I'm kidding.

His Very Own Girl is the first WWII book I've read. Now that I think about it, I don't think I ever read a WWI plotted book either. I'm usually a Victorian or Edwardian era romance reader. I'd never really thought about that before now.

Anyway, it was really fun to see this different world that was so craftily created. Probably one of my favorite parts about the entire book was how detailed it was. I could so easily visualize the scenes and the characters. The flight scenes were fantastic and easy to understand for someone that knows nothing about the technical side of flying. Carrie Lofty did an amazing job with that. It kept my engaged and interested.

The chemistry between Lulu and Joe was easily felt as well. It made me happy that I could feel their desire and intrigue for one another. Lulu's thoughts on keeping men at a distance were easy for me to identify with, even without having been in her particular situation. She was an incredibly strong character, doing history changing things.

Joe, oh Joe. Such a good guy. Gentlemanly, honorable and protective with a touch of uncertainty. He had a rough past that he sometimes seemed to be unable to overcome. I wanted to hug him when he would get into a down in the dumps mood. He was so afraid that his past would turn people away once they learned of it. I did want to shake him at times but even his faults were endearing.

I really loved the differences in Lulu and Joe's personalities but in the things that were important, they seemed to mesh well. There story is really lovely. It's perfect for anyone looking for something a bit different, with strong female characters and dashing men.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful love story September 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

When I first saw this book I thought "Wow I don't think I've read anything in fiction centered around this era". This might just be because of the lack of romance novels that want to tackle such a sad time but I've watched more than my share of movies. They are always the hardest stories to read/watch and they especially tug at the strings of my heart. That being said, Ms. Lofty captured the time with precision and emotion.

Reading HIS VERY OWN GIRL was almost like watching a movie and the story had me so involved I couldn't put it down. It's a story of love in trying times, of the strength of two people to do what was right for their lives, for their countries, for so many other people and to find their way back to each other.

Lulu Davies is a British pilot who has already experienced a big loss in her life. Her fiance killed himself after coming back home from the war with PTSD. She's been alone for a while and swore she would never give her heart to anyone else again. Only one night dates for her from now on.

But then came Joe Weber, an American paratrooper who had been tapped to be a medic. They first meet when he drags her out of her own plane after she had to do a rough landing. From there, they see each other a few times, and always Lulu intended it to be the last. But Joe is persistent and he keeps going after her until her resolve starts to break down.

While they flirt and date and fall in love, war is going on around them. At times I felt that I could've done with less of the war times descriptions because it just always seemed so real that it made me sad. And speaking of sad, this book is such a tear jerker.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII people thinking past the wedding! October 9, 2012
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The central conflict of this romance was not class, kidnapping, arranged marriage. No one is surprise!pregnant.

This is a book about two people working their way through World War II. Joe is a reluctant paratrooper medic, and Lulu is delighted to be ferrying planes around where they need to go.

They have an acknowledged mutual attraction, but Lulu is wary. She has been badly burned by the psychological damage the war has caused, and so she has a one-night-only policy. Joe has a dark secret that makes him skittish about anyone wanting to be with him. Both of them are adults, but alone in the world.

The thing that they actually have conflict about is their vision of the future. Lulu loves flying, and fears what her world will contract down to at the end of the war. Joe is very much a man of his era, and has trouble conceptualizing manliness without being very protective of women. He hates that the war has "forced" women to work, hates that they are in danger, hates that Lulu tells him over and over again that her work is more important to her than a potential relationship with him. She is having fun, but on her terms, her own methods of staying safe.

Through the whole book, even when they are unwrapping prophylactic kits and making whoopie, the fun shuts down when they touch on what they might be to each other after the war. Her job is a dealbreaker for both of them.

The history is super satisfying, and each of the characters was distinctive and crisp. I love Joe's mental self-castigation:
He wanted to touch her, kiss her, lay her down across the bar... Jesus, his imagination had no manners.
In contrast, Lulu: She let out an exhale that bordered on a hoarse scream, then pulled a face at the controls. "Very well, if you insist. Plan B.
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More About the Author

Websites: www.CarrieLofty.com | www.KatiePorterBooks.com | www.LindseyPiper.com

Since 2008, RITA-nominated and RT Reviewers' Choice-winning author Carrie Lofty has over twenty books to her name--or four names, to be precise. Her historical and paranormal romances from Pocket have been described as "nuanced and superbly realized" (The Chicago Tribune) and "sexy, brutal and somehow innocent" (All About Romance). Now Carrie is celebrating her first New Adult romance, BLUE NOTES featuring a shy piano prodigy and a New Orleans playboy shouldering his family''s crumbling empire.

With Lorelie Brown, the Katie Porter co-writing team has been honored with a Reviewers' Choice award for Best Erotic Ebook, and the first m/m nomination for RT's Book of the Year. Back-to-back releases of their La Femme Nakita-inspired "Boston Boys" series will begin in May from Samhain.

During her junior year abroad, Carrie lured an unsuspecting Englishman to the Midwest, where she's kept him a happy ex-pat for sixteen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master's degree specializing in the Old West, Carrie is a movie buff, a former ballroom and bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service.

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