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

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  • File Size: 5153 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publication Date: July 28, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6ZZ4DS
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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!) but does have an unusually mellow Boston Terrier named Samson. When she's not writing, she can be found running her kids around 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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By eBook Addict on August 24, 2013
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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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ECN on July 22, 2014
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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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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Alexa Quinn on 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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jessica McKelden Cave VINE VOICE on 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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