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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: 1402 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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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential in this realistic tale. 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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    31 of 39 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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    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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    10 of 12 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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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful military and romance book May 5, 2014
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    A beautiful military and romance book. There is both pain and love, but then so is life, both in and out of the military. The ending makes every bit of pain worthwhile though, just as in life. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars love February 25, 2014
    By Em
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    It had me crying in the middle then I didn't want to read it anymore so I waited a day then couldn't resist so I continued and am so glad I did.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! August 24, 2014
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    Not only is this book filled with romance but its also a great love story. I am a military wife myself and I know the struggle of being away from your service member and worrying non stop so to have them come back together is great. This life is not easy and not everyone can withstand the pressure put on a relationship from this kind of life. Riley struggle is a real one for a lot of service members and the support of loved ones makes all the difference. I can't wait to read his point of view.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read July 13, 2014
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    ** spoiler alert ** This was a very well written book and worth every minute of my time since it didn't cost me even a penny! I love checking out new authors when they have free books! This books is about a young 26 year old female who is learning life isn't alway filled with happy endings. After getting married young having a son she learns she may have been the only one happy in her marriage. So she has no choice but to move on and find happiness in her know life of her and her 2 year old son. She does make a new best friend who also is a young divorced mom with a 2 year old and they spend their time together. They love their country bars, because there is no thugs there living in CA that is an issue they run into. The thing is the country bars have Military men but they are doing the country a service by entertaining and sleeping with active military or so Cara's best friend tells her! One night when out Cara meets Riley and that is when her world really changes. But is he like every other Military man is he after just one thing? Can he be trusted with her heart? Can she love another man? When he receives orders and has to leave her she is broken but waits for him even when trying to move on because it was just a summer fling she tells herself. He comes home and things are right between them, he is stations in Colorado now and she is in CA but that is the least of their issues. When Cara's transfer is accepted and she ends up in Colorado can she avoid him for ever? Can she move on and be happy knowing he is so near. Can Riley live with what he has done to the two of them because of fear?
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    More About the Author

    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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