Monday 24 July 2017


Title: One Week With The Marine
Author: Allison Gatta
Genre: Sexy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2017
In One Week with the Marine by Alison Gatta, Avery Forrester loves her friends with benefits relationship with US Marine Holden Morris. Except when he comes to town this time around, she finds he's wanting to change the rules of their arrangement. Will Avery give their relationship the chance it deserves, or will she continue to let her fear of relationships keep her from being with the man she's always loved? 

It took me until the hero was introduced into this story for me to completely warm up to it, but in the end, I really enjoyed it because of the tough obstacles these two face on their way to happy ever after. Such as overbearing parents that believe Avery isn't good enough for their son, a heroine that isn't ready to give up her independence since she doesn't want to be like her mother, and a hero that faces a tough decision when it comes to his career. The way this story started had me totally amused due to what the heroine is doing with her friend and what they're talking about. Condoms make for interesting conversation, especially when the words 'balloon animals' are added in. Will Avery's good friend Myla be able to convince the heroine that relationships can be a good thing?

As for the dialogue, it had me smiling at times and had me sympathizing with the main characters at other times. Holden's parents put too much pressure on him and I could understand why he reacts the way he does. Couldn't they be a bit nicer to Avery for their son's sake? I could also understand why Avery dislikes being around them, because they have nothing nice to say. Don't they understand the saying 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.' Furthermore, I liked how determined the hero was to win the heroine's heart, because he has a plan that includes forever after with her. Will he be able to accomplish most of the things in his plan?

While the heroine, I could understand why she acts the way she does, because getting close to people means she could get hurt. However, I liked that there isn't anything she wouldn't do for those she cares about, especially when it came to the suggestion her friend Myla gave her about keeping a journal. Does what Myla suggested really work? Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is the decision she made towards the end of this story that proves she will do anything to be with the man she loves.

Overall, Ms. Gatta has delivered a hot and riveting read in this book where the chemistry was exciting, the romance wonderful and I hope Myla, one of the secondary characters gets her own happy ever after. The way this story ended wrapped this story up nicely, as Avery and Holden overcome the odds of disapproving parents, career goals and deciding whether their relationship will be a long distance one. Yet, what I liked most of all was the decision the heroine made to be with the hero. No way is she letting him get away. Not when she can do her job anywhere. I would recommend One Week with the Marine by Alison Gatta, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope or books by authors Jennifer Blackwood, Samanthe Beck, Nina Croft and Candace Havens.

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?
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"You wanted to give this a try. This, us, thing."

"I do." He scrubbed a hand over the bristle of his chin and she fought back the urge to drool. Why did he have to look like a damn Brawny advertisement during their serious discussion?

She joined him on the couch. "Okay. Let's do it. I've made a list of terms and conditions--"

"No terms, no conditions." His mouth was a hard line of determination. He slid closer--so that her knee grazed the firm muscle of his leg. Even that slight touch sent an electric spark surging between her thighs. He had her. It was over. A one hit K. O.

"Then what--"

"You'll belong to me--"

"Belong seems a little caveman-ish--"

"We're together. That's it." He cupped his strong hand around her nape and every ounce of air in her body was gone. There was only him, the mintiness of his breath, and the scorching heat of his firm lips as he kissed her. She responded to him without thinking, deepening the touch until she lost herself in the swirl of his tongue, the taste of his mouth. When he pulled away, the room was spinning, moving in slow motion circles and all she could see was the handsome face in front of her. If this was the hard sell, then she'd fallen for it. Hook, line, and sucker.

About The Author
Allison Gatta is an avid writer of steamy contemporary romance, an obsessive viewer of bad television, and an occasional player of overly-complex board games. In her free time, she thinks up fun, new characters and argues with her family over sci-fi trivia. She is a firm believer that Voldemort would vanquish Darth Vader in a duel.   Allison lives in the bustling city of New Haven, CT with her husband and their scrappy pup, Sophie. She is fueled by coffee and feedback, so feel free to get to know Allison though twitter (@Allison_Gatta), Facebook (Allison Gatta), or her website


1 comment:

  1. Holden sounds yummy and my sort of hero. I'll be sure to read this.