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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.

REVIEWS:

BKM said: ...the writer kept the twist turning until the HEA came slowly...it 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: 1753 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E6ZZ4DS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 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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25 of 30 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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9 of 10 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Cara is a 26 year old divorced mother with a 2 year old child and Riley is a military man stationed in Colorado but is temporarily stationed just outside San Francisco for 3 months. Cara and Riley meet at a bar and a beautiful romance develops between the two of them, but unfortunately their romance has an expiration date of that 3 months.
One of the things I really loved about this story is that it's about two regular people living regular lives and falling in love. Cara definitely fights a little bit with her low self esteem and that is a hindrance with her ability to properly express her true feelings.
This wonderful romance takes a few twists and turns; some you see coming, and some you don't. Your emotions will go on a rollercoaster ride, but in the end it is most definitely worth the amazing HEA ending.
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8 of 10 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great romance
This story was great. It was well.written and had a fantastic plot. The characters were to die for and it was fun.
Published 1 day ago by Andrea
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible writing, horrible characters
Awful. I got about 5% in and couldn't stand it anymore. Horrible writing, horrible characters.
Published 2 days ago by Kristy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
Patriotic Duty is full of light hearted comedy, deep seeded emotion, and thrilling hotness! The imagery that is used in CJ's writing makes for a smooth, vivid read.
Published 2 days ago by Leslie Herrin
5.0 out of 5 stars Meets an in training Army guy and falls in love with him and how...
Meets an in training Army guy and falls in love with him and how things affect them while in combat and upon his return home.
Good story
Published 3 days ago by Jannie Annie
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacked a bit
I tried to hard to like this book because I believe the author had a good story in mind. But too often they got lost in unnecessary details or added scenes to the book that were... Read more
Published 5 days ago by txgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent read
I liked Riley and Cara's story... But I felt like the characters weren't developed that well. I still don't really know that much about them...
Published 5 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 6 days ago by Dawn Chere
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Was so bad
Published 6 days ago by gg
4.0 out of 5 stars great tribute to all wounded soldiers
Heart warming, great tribute to all wounded soldiers.
Published 6 days ago by wanda collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Fun short read - don't go in expecting too much and you'll come out pleased.
Published 6 days ago by Jan N.
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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. 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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