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Patriotic Duty (Duty & Desire, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

C.J. Pinard
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Book Description

Newly divorced party girl Cara Reid just wants to have fun. Much too young to even be a divorcee, she and her bestie, Miranda, set off to have fun and maybe a few casual hookups and live life. One night at a military bar, Cara meets Riley Forrester, a hot Army soldier who makes her melt with one look of his deep ocean blue eyes. But Riley is only staying the summer in California and then has to go back to Colorado when it's over. Cara tells herself he’s just a summer fling and is determined to enjoy herself and let him go once the summer is over. But when Riley receives orders he wasn’t expecting, she’s forced to make a decision on whether she’s going to be there for him when he gets back, or move on with her life. What she wasn't expecting was to fall so hard for the beautiful soldier boy, and now she's faced with accepting her feelings or letting him go.

Contains adult content. For readers 18 and up.

Patriotic Duty is book 1 in the Duty & Desire series, and while it's recommended to read them in order, it's not necessary.


BKM said: ...the writer kept the twist turning until the HEA came was beautiful and worth waiting for.

Lisapiza said: ...The chemistry between these two sizzled up my iPad

Heather W. said: This book takes you on a ride that you won't regret taking!!!

Michelle H. said: I felt like I was a part of the story, fell in love with the characters!

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    • File Size: 1734 KB
    • Print Length: 210 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00E6ZZ4DS
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    • Lending: Enabled
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential in this realistic tale. August 24, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I struggled through the first few pages of this one. The author commits that terrible sin of telling, not showing. I was told everything from how the heroine, Cara, chose to wear a particular piece of clothing, its exact colour and style, to how she walked down the stairs, took her key from her bag, put it in the lock and walked to the car, turned the key, drove out the drive... Frankly, the diatribe of meaningless detail was annoying. I started to wonder when anything interesting was going to happen.

    When she finally meets the hero, Riley, it is after a number of false starts and flirtations with various men. Cara is no angel. And that was when the appeal of this story finally hit me. Cara is real. Very, very real. She's that struggling single mum who lives a very boring, edge-of-poverty existence in the 'burbs of average life. She's not about to be whisked away by some gorgeous billionaire, because Cara will probably never cross paths with one in her entire existence.

    Her life is about her admin job in a prison, making ends meet for her young son, avoiding her ex as much as possible and drowning the banality of her existence in weekends of drinking and occasional debauchery alongside her questionable BFF. I didn't admire her morals and I don't think there was much emphasis on her mothering, but I couldn't deny that I didn't feel for her or that I would never want to be her.

    Then along comes Riley. He doesn't seem too different to the other losers she's hooked up with to date, until he somehow insinuates himself into her life and makes her reality that much more interesting and bearable. I really liked Riley. I liked that he was quiet and strong and true.
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    34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars I hate the main character. July 20, 2014
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    I was put off of this book at the dedication. It's one thing to dedicate a book to military spouses, but this author takes it one step further by saying military spouses have the hardest job in the military. Seriously?! Pretty sure my 19 year old neighbor who died in Afghanistan had a harder job than me, the spouse of a submariner. Spouses have a difficult job, but it's a lot easier than deploying.

    I tried to get into this book, but the main character is just a terrible person. She is so incredibly judgemental. By page two or three, I already disliked her based on her inner dialogue. Her best friend is even worse, if that's possible. It was just not fun seeing the world from their eyes, which is shame, because the author does have writing talent. I just won't be reading anything else by her.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good story at all July 22, 2014
    By ECN
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    I didn't really like this book from the beginning but I don't like to stop a book halfway, just in case there's a turning point that makes the story worth reading all the way through. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case, for starters, there's nothing special about Cara and to be honest, she's a little too careless for my taste, why would you bring someone home that you just met for a few minutes in a bar? Also, her friend Miranda is incredibly annoying and cannot speak in a regular person's tone, she's always squeaking and every single one of her lines were irritating and down right unnecessary to the story.

    The book was very repetitive and lacked spark and novelty. When I read, I like to dive into a fantasy land, or at least a more glamorous land, reading about Cara having lunch and dinner at McDonald's and Chilli's with her child-like friend was just blah.

    I'm open to suggestion if anyone has read any good books lately.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Startet out as a fun night - but turned to soo much more February 10, 2014
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    Loved the story about Riley and Cara, and I have highlited several spots, because you just cannot describe love in any better way.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Stand it by the Second Chapter.... October 14, 2014
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    I couldn't even finish this novel. There was just so much to dislike about the story and the characters that I couldn't convince myself to keep reading it.

    First off, I couldn't stand the heroine, Cara. She's immature and naive. It's hard to like someone who goes out and gets black out drunk in the first chapter. She's supposed to be a single mother, but she acts like a party girl. I just couldn't find it in myself to like her.

    If it's possible, her best friend, Miranda, is even worse. She acts like the same party girl that Cara does, but half the things that come out of her mouth are offensive. The fact that she says, "Military meat--yum!" made me want to throw the book across the room. She then follows it up with "Where's the beef?" when they find the bar quiet and empty.

    I found myself extremely frustrated with the book when Cara and Miranda go out to a bar and within an hour of meeting a couple of guys, bring them back to Cara's house for sex. You'd think as single mothers, they'd be a little cautious about these things, but they're not. They're immature and trashy. While I understand that single mothers need to have fun too, that's not what was going on. This was a couple of young women who get inappropriately drunk and make poor choices on a regular basis. I simply could not like these characters if I tried.

    As far as the actual writing goes, I just couldn't get into it. The dialogue was stiff and unnatural. For example, a guy at the bar asks Cara, "What job do you have?" That's just not something that a guy in a country bar would say. It just doesn't flow. Miranda and Cara talk like Valley Girls and it drove me nuts. There were several other places were I noticed typos or awkward sentences.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars The racist remarks ruined it for me
    Being in the military myself, I was looking forward to a great military romance. It started out a bit odd as the main character seemed to really be into getting drunk and hooking... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Taija
    5.0 out of 5 stars Touching love story
    Very touching and the good guy & gal win in the end just as it should be in a perfect world. Guts and glory and a deep love make this story a page turner.
    Published 6 days ago by housemouse
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Okay book would be better if it had a better ending
    Published 6 days ago by terri smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars While i normally read strictly military/war type books,
    While i normally read strictly military/war type books ,this book was a pleasant change and i will probably download more books from this author
    Published 6 days ago by J Rice
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful endings
    Poorly written but a wonderful story. Glad you are helping support the wounded warriors! They deserve so much more than our country gives them.
    Published 6 days ago by Aj
    5.0 out of 5 stars L.O.V.E
    This in one of the books I Just couldn't put down. I tell all my friends about it and who they must read it. It gives you hope that love don't die.
    Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story of loveandcaring
    fantastic book as a viet nam vet I understand what he went through.......he had cosmetic scars and I had emotional scars....... Read more
    Published 15 days ago by william clark
    1.0 out of 5 stars Watching Paint dry is easier
    Wow, not often a book leaves me so frustrated...this one was a dud. Kindergarten writung, no flow, lackluster, sedentary and oh, so BORING!!!!!. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a very good book for a fast read
    This book was a very good book for a fast read. I loved the characters. I am currently reading the other books that go along with this series. This book left me wanting more!
    Published 17 days ago by Heather Tuggle
    5.0 out of 5 stars This book had everything...LOVED it!
    Sassy, strong, independent, single mother takes a chance with alpha soldier who is so sweet to her. I fell in love with Cara and Riley's story... Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Miamigirl
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    C.J. is a west coast native who has lived on both coasts and now lives near the middle, in Colorado! Coming from a family of writers and editors, she feels writing is in her blood and hopes people will lose themselves for a little while in the fantasy and fun of her stories. She also loves sweet red wine, the SF 49ers, and unlike most authors, doesn't have any cats (allergies!). When she's not writing, she can be found chasing around her kids or working at her day job, which she totally feels interferes with life, but it also gives her inspiration for her books, since reality is sometimes way more interesting than fiction.

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