REVIEW: Soldier of Fortune | Shelley Munro | Ellora's Cave
Author: Shelley Munro
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Erotic Romance / Contemporary / Military
Length: 134 pgs
Reviewer: Angelika Devlyn
"...Louie's weapon of choice comes with some serious issues."
New Zealand soldier, Joanna "Mac" MacGregor, has a contract in the security sector with Chesterton, UK which lands her in Baghdad, on a dangerous six month assignment in the Red Zone to keep workers safe during the reconstruction process. But she's running away from her former lover, Louie Lithgow, who is also there and his presence is going to be a big problem. She can't believe her bad luck, but it gets worse. They're full and she has to share a room with him. Not only are they fighting the same dirty war, but they have their own personal war to contend with - an attraction that neither of them can deny.
As the only woman on camp, Louie (although loathe to admit it and sound defensive) is very protective of Mac. Add to that, he is her boss and any move on her would be classed as sexual harassment and the fact that if he doesn't pull himself together and stay focused on his mission, he's going to get everyone he's responsible for killed. But when two people crave each other, whilst dealing with the stress of war, and other personal problems, what happens is inevitable.
Soldier of Fortune is an emotionally charged story, which combines heaps of sexual tension, hot sex, with oodles of inner and external conflict. Wanting sex but no love and romance is always going to cause problems, especially when two people "shouldn't" get together, and their situation dictates that they must resist. I feel Shelley Munro has written the military aspects into the story with a realism that packs more detail into not just the plot, but the tension between them. Baghdad is no place to let their emotions run away with them, not when their own and their friends survival could be jeopardised. To see how they cope is part of the beauty of this story and their romance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, when Mac is forced to "go it alone" as the only woman on the team, this made for a suspenseful read. The real fight, however, is keeping their affair a secret and their reputations intact in a place where testosterone rules and Louie's weapon of choice comes with some serious issues. A worthy addition to the erotic romance reader's virtual bookshelf!
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