Series: Love on Location #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 24, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Format: eARC, 169 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Best friends with benefits…
Avery Forrester has never been the type to settle down—not to one place, not to one job, and certainly not to one man. Still, when her long-term best friend with benefits comes home on leave with a plan—including marriage and children—she realizes she’ll have to do something drastic in order to keep him. Luckily, drastic is what she does best.
…isn’t enough anymore.
U.S. Marine Holden Morris has never backed down from a challenge. And this time, that challenge is persuading wild child Avery Forrester, the woman he’s loved his entire life, to marry him. He wants the whole deal—a wife, a family. But convincing her to become a military wife won’t be easy. Then again, he knows Avery—in every way possible. Armed with that kind of knowledge—carnal and otherwise--how can he possibly fail?
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I often turn to Entangled’s Brazen imprint when I’m looking for a quick and sexy read. More often than not, I tend to stick to authors whose work I’m familiar with, but every now and then the blurb for a new (to me, at least) author’s book will sound so good that I just can’t pass it up. That’s exactly what happened with One Week with the Marine by Allison Gatta. I’m a total sucker for the friends first trope and when you add in friends with benefits and a hero that’s all in when the woman is resistant, well, I couldn’t pass it by. And I’m glad I didn’t.
I really enjoyed this book. As I said, I’m a big fan of the friends first trope, so Avery and Holden hit the spot. I enjoyed their chemistry and the underlying feelings neither of them was quite ready to deal with. There was no slow burn in this one, seeing as how they’re friends with benefits. They got right down to the hot and dirty with little time to waste. That was all fair and good — and don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the sexy times — but I found myself more interested in seeing what would happen when they let down their walls a little. Or, I guess I should say, when Holden knocked down Avery’s walls. Did I mention I love it when a guy is 100% in, bound and determined to get the girl? Well, I do… and that’s just part of the reason I loved Holden.
In actuality, One Week with the Marine was probably closer to a 3.5, but I’m rounding up because I don’t do half stars and it was more than a 3 star read for me. It held my attention, I liked the characters and the friends-to-lovers romance was great. This was my first Allison Gatta book, but it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to seeing where she takes the Love on Location series and the secondary characters I met in this book.
Have you read any of Allison Gatta’s books?
Do you have any recommendations for me?