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Lieutenant Chloe Michaels is ready for her first posting in the military police company at Fort Hood. She has focused on this day through her years at West Point and never had the time for a real romance, but she does have an anonymous friend online, Different Drummer. Matched through a website that only allows messages and texts, no pictures, they have been friends for 8 months as Chloe has moved across the country training. She values their friendship and Drummer’s advice as they grow closer and closer. She especially values him as her real life work colleague, Thane Carter proves difficult.
First Lieutenant Thane Carter is at the height of his success as senior platoon leader of his military police company. His love life is not on the same track. His does not want to play the field and wants a real relationship with someone to share his life permanently. He may not have a real-life girlfriend, but he does have Ballerina Baby online.
From the beginning of her new posting, Chloe and Thane each wish the other could be more like their online friend and less irritating. When the two decide to meet, Thane learns that his Ballerina Baby is Chloe. Now, he has to wrap his mind and emotions around the fact that his online love is at the desk right next to him at work and fraternization could lead to them being kicked out of the job and service they both love.
Even though the plot is not new, the addition of the military ramifications gave it an interesting twist. The story is fast paced and easy to read. I feel the author’s writing shines in her dialogue, especially the contrast between their online and real life interactions. I feel it was very realistic and it kept me entertained as well as engaged throughout the book. Chloe and Thane made me cheer for their HEA. (There may have even been a happy tear in my eye at the ending.)
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I enjoyed Chloe and Thane’s romance. It’s got witty banter, the ability to show your true self while holding back some things that will make life and career incredibly complicated. Watching this couple work through their online love and real life careers made for an interesting, at times, laugh out loud enjoyable experience. I rarely make comments about the story I’m given to read whether I’ve purchased it or receive it through NetGalley it’s the author’s story to tell, not mine. I will simply say that there were times when the military slang and terminologies were not common to me and because of that I feel I might not have given the true importance to some parts of this story that they deserved. That’s not a mean-spirited criticism, but a wishful observation.
The Lieutenant’s Online Love releases in Mass Market Paperback (on Amazon) on April 17, 2018 – (again on Amazon) it is part of the Harlequin Special Edition Box Set for Kindle readers on May 1, 2018. So just because it’s not available for your e-reader today, look for it in a couple weeks.
I would recommend this story to any Contemporary Romance or Military Romance reader who enjoys lively banter, hidden identity, enemies to lovers romance and a very good love story.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
I loved the way the characters interacted online and how it contrasted with their real life interactions. I found myself invested in the characters and wishing for them to have a HEA. Additionally, the author brought a sense of realism to the characters and setting that most books fall short on. The actual rules governing military officers were woven into the story and actually helped to drive the plot. I must confess that, while I knew the most superficial rules that officers couldn't fraternize with enlisted, I had no idea just how stringent some of the other rules were.
I enjoyed every page of this novel and was sorry when it ended. This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I've added her to my must read authors' list.
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