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- Publisher: The Fictionist Publishing (November 10, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 10, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M2XIAHZ
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Emily is recently widowed - only four months, but her marriage has been dead for a while. Mike is an active service Marine colonel, not long divorced. This book tells the story of how they meet, and have a second chance at love.
The book is unabashedly lusty - I thought the amount of sex going on between the covers, and elsewhere, was straining credulity, but perhaps this has to do with the intended readership. While often explicit, the author manages to keep it romantic rather than pornographic.
The story is told from Emily's point of view, and clearly reflects first-hand knowledge of the impact of a relationship with a soldier on active service, as well as the social life of the periphery of the Marine Corps. Characterization is very good throughout (also beyond the central characters), the plot is entirely plausible and character-driven enough to be interesting. The pace is very good, and the conclusion satisfying. Bill Day was, perhaps, the weakest character (caricature).
One of the strengths of this book was its honest reflection on how the goals of a mature woman looking for love differ from those of a young one. A very good book in this romance niche genre.
The only draw back I found were a few editorial errors which didn't detract from the delightful story which shows how we of the older crowd aren't ready to sit back and let life pass us by just yet. I'm looking forward to the second in this series aimed at the mature readers who still believe in second chances and true love. There aren't enough of these types of books written for the mature women who read and want to be able to relate to the main character without having to back up to young adulthood to do so.
The setup is classic romance novel, and there's plenty here to delight the hearts of stalwart fans of the genre. Mike is tall, dark, and handsome, and an officer in the Marines to boot (considerable attention is lavished on how good he looks in his various uniforms). Emily is a petite spitfire who isn't going to let a man boss her around. Two things make "We Shall Ne'er Be Younger" something other than a rehashing of genre tropes. First of all, the main characters are both in their fifties and are looking for a second chance at love after coming out of lengthy unhappy marriages. Second of all, the writing has a fresh and open character, eschewing the highly stylized nature of a lot of romance writing for a direct and honest approach that really does sound like something the woman next door might say or think. Since I tend to find the stylized language of the romance novel one of the hardest things to take about the genre, I found the writing style very refreshing; other readers may feel differently about it, but I thought it a welcome innovation.
Another refreshing innovation was the depiction of Mike, who absolutely is the alpha male you expect in a romance hero (a running joke throughout the book, by the way), but whose pros and cons are portrayed in a very natural, life-like manner. Like many romance heroes, he is occasionally hot-tempered, controlling, and sexist; unlike most of his brethren, he doesn't mean to be the jerk that he sometimes can be, and Emily's attempts to navigate his moods while also examining her own motives are an unusually realistic description of a relationship between the sexes. Critics of the romance genre tend to zero in on its heroes: why, they want to know, do women voluntarily read about relationships with alpha males who often act in ways that any sensible woman would find offensive? There are so many answers to that question, starting with a thirst for adventure (who doesn't like taming tigers?), but one rather sober one is that this is an issue that any woman who gets in a relationship with a man, no matter how mild-mannered, is probably going to have to face, and it's helpful to read about it. And, as recent research into video gaming and internet culture has proven, it's not the alpha males women have to worry about, it's the betas, it's the betas...
In short, this is a fun, readable, and in many ways realistic addition to the genre of military romance, that still has plenty of fantasy sparkle. If you're scornful of the Marines or the US military, this is definitely not the book for you, but if you want to read a second-chance romance about people who are still young at heart--and have plenty of aspirational sex, FYI--you are likely to enjoy this book.
This book is beautiful.
I love that it centres on a couple in their fifties, and that it reveals how incredibly exciting new love is despite your age.
I also like that Emily is perfectly imperfect. She's not got model good looks, but does her best to have a good figure.
I was completely absorbed in the author's world of cotton candy love clouds.
I grinned inanely throughout most of this book.
Sure, they encounter obstacles; it's a romance novel and would be dull without any.
Emily has years' of experience, and I love how she has to struggle to keep Mike at bay.
This builds up some exquisite sexual tension which explodes across the pages eventually.
This is not an erotic book. It's a steamy romance. It's all appropriate and delectable.
It also keeps one foot in realism whilst having a dreamy hero (who has his flaws, obviously).
To call this a military romance seems to do it an injustice.
It's a steamy romance featuring a marine.
I felt all kinds of warm fuzzies reading this book.
Definitely recommend to a friend material.