COACH MADDIE AND THE MARINE

COACH MADDIE AND THE MARINE        BLAIRE EDENS

Coach Maddie and the MarineAfter the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.

For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can't help falling for her.

MY REVIEW:
     How do you fight a connection that was meant to happen?  You see this meeting had been 8 years in the making.  Both parties had tried to move on and really thought they had until Maddie Westerfield’s 8 year old nephew Andrew decided to take matters into his own hands.  You see Maddie’s sister Callie is on deployment for 3 more months and Maddie is caring for Andrew.  Well, the coach of his football team was deployed too and now they are out a coach.
     Andrew sneaks out of the house scaring Maddie to death only to be brought home by Lt. David Sterling.  At that moment she is feeling relief and anger at Andrew for leaving without permission.  What is killing her though is the man that brought him home is the man that led the charge that got her husband, Frank, killed.  She is feeling shock, anger, hurt, surprise, and wanting a whole lot of questions answered but is too caught off guard.  Yet, she is frozen, she just can’t.  It’s just not the time or the place she has been caught off guard and she thought she had worked through this not to mention she finds him attractive and that is not a feeling she is liking at all.
     When she introduces herself as Andrew’s aunt and gives her name he is taken aback also but does not react.  He is a Marine and stays the course.  After talking with Andrew she says he is off the hook she will find a parent or do it herself.  He’s kind of disappointed because in his mind this would be his way to give back to Frank for him not coming back.  Yet, after her first practice as coast not 10 minutes in parents and boys had turned on her.  It was a good thing David had decided to just show up because the mob had surrounded her and the Alpha Male in him took over.
     Not wanting to admit to her attraction to him the day before considering who he is, she couldn’t keep the admiration and lust from flaring when his Alpha Male shows.  Being in denial they know they can’t take what they are individually feeling but it has been so long for either of them.
     Watch these two maneuver through the landmines of the past pains and heartache.  See how they make it through each day with him being a Marine and her distaste for a relationship with one.  See them both deal and cope with their fears. Will it be together or apart?  Will those fears and pains tear them apart as friends?
     Really enjoyed this story and all the author brought to the table.  Showing the workings of the emotional turmoil that happen when family members are deployed but especially single moms.  The hardships those left behind feel when killed in action and those meant to guide them lose them in action.  I give this 5 stars.   Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at:
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