Review of ‘A Marine’s Conflict’ by Jax Meyer
When I started reading this book, I had a chip on my shoulder. Why? Because it starred different characters than the mains featured in this lesbian military series books 2 & 3 (Cam and Sharon). It happens, you fall in love with the principals at the start of a series and then the author plays musical chairs. Next thing you know, new people are infiltrating. That’s where I found myself.
Then Gunnery Sergeant Mags Newsome storms into the picture, strong and in charge so much so that when she meets Dr. Lane Chapman at a bookstore, the British Professor is flustered and drops the Rad paperback that is discreetly tucked into her textbook. Lane is flat out gorgeous in that “pencil skirt and glasses” librarian way that many of us love and the Marine is a goner.
Mags and Lane scorch the pages and we’re better for it. But it’s not just their heat that captivates, it’s how fiercely drawn these two are, as a couple and as individuals.
The Marine Corps means everything to Gunny Newsome. This is the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell so a committed relationship is out of the question. But as Mags spends more time with Lane, priorities flip and life without her becomes impossible to imagine. For Lane, it’s a matter of living the life of a military spouse without being able to publicly show her love and concern when Mags is deployed or away at training. It’s brutally suffocating trying to hold in so many potent emotions. But this book is not about the tragic. It’s about discovering a chance at happiness and taking that leap of faith. Romance fans rejoice because this is a gushingly old fashioned courtship.
And suddenly, I’m emotionally invested in Mags and Lane, hoping and wishing for more of their stories because that’s what good writing does, leaves you wanting more. Last note, ‘A Marine’s Conflict’ can be read as a stand-alone. 5 stars.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.