Thursday, December 26, 2013
Cinderella Wore Combat Boots by D.L. Jackson
Cinderella Wore Combat Boots by D L Jackson
Sometimes Fairytales come true...
First Sergeant Cori Valentine faces a bleak future. She’s turning forty in three weeks and life as she knows it is over. An injury received while on deployment has earned her an early retirement from the Marine Corps, something she’s not sure she’ll survive. Things get even better when interfering Marines set her up on a blind date for a party she doesn’t want. The guy has to be a total toad to want to go out with her. Right?
When Madame Eve informs Retired SEAL, Sol Keller she’s found his perfect match, he doesn’t believe it, but takes up the challenge. One look at the First Sergeant in a sexy dress and combat boots has him wondering if fairytales really can come true. Madame Eve might be the legendary Fairy Godmother, and Cori his Cinderella. Sol intends to show the Marine beauty a Prince Charming she’ll never forget, and that retirement isn’t the end of her story but merely the beginning.
Star Rating: Five Stars
Review: What a kickass story!! I absolutely loved this one, not that I haven't loved others' but this one hit close to home.
Everyone deals with some sort of insecurity or phobia, some more than others. This is especially the case when you've suffered a career altering injury like First Sargent Cori, or retired Navy Seal Sol who lost a limb while on a mission.
First Sargent Cori doesn't know what she's going to do without The Corps, she never thought that she would have to face this decision. Enter Gunny who contacts Madame Eve at One Night Stand and sets Cori up with retired Navy Seal Sol Keller for her retirement party. Cori reluctantly goes along with the goof, never expecting to be knocked on her ass when she meets Sol and sparks fly between the two of them.
But is she willing to leave everything that she knows behind to try something new, or put her trust in someone she barely knows?
And what about Sol? What are his hidden secrets?
I have once again fallen in love with DL's portrayal of Cori and Sol, two war scarred heroes that have had to find something else to do with themselves after injuries sideline them. You can see the insecurity in both Cori and Sol, and I can relate to Cori as she tries to figure out what the hell she's supposed to do now.
The reason this hit close to home is that I myself have Cystic Fibrosis, and I look like any other thirtyish year old female. I don't look sick, but I am and someday CF will most likely kill me. It's a daily battle to do my treatments, medicines and take care of my family, and battle depression. When I met my Soul thirteen years ago I sincerely thought at that time that I would never find him. That I would be forever damned to be alone because of my CF.
But that's not all my husband came into our relationship with his own battle scars. When he was seventeen months old he managed to pull a pot of boiling hot water and noodles onto himself, sustaining third degree burns over a third of his body. He had to endure months of hospitalization, and years of brutal teasing and bullying from others.
I remember when we had just met he asked me if his scars bothered me, and I asked him 'What scars?'
Because at that point I hadn't seen any of his scars, I didn't know the story behind them either. His scars cover the upper left pectoral, down to his elbow on his left arm, and the left half of his back all the way to his waist. When he asked me the question he was referring to the few scars that grace the side of his neck and jaw. I honestly hadn't seen them ( I have to admit that I am an ass girl, and my hubby.... *fans self*)
In summary, because I could go on and on and on, lol, there are somethings that we just have to learn to let go and strive forward. And others that if we find the right person won't matter at all. We're each unique and beautiful in our own ways. Each of us have that something that will make us stand out to that one person. They won't see our flaws, and we won't see theirs, we'll both complete and strengthen the other.
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