Published by Diversion Books on May 22nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Military, Romance
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling authors Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan team up for a collaboration featuring two sexy contemporary romance novellas.
OFF BASE: KENNA AND BECK by Tessa Bailey A welcome home he never expected...and will never forget... When Kenna Sutton is tasked with driving home newly returned Beck “True Blue” Collier, she expects the strategic Army mastermind to be a pasty number cruncher. Never at a loss for words, Kenna is nonetheless rendered speechless by the gorgeous, inexperienced and tightly-wound Army major that lands in her passenger seat. Outraged by Beck’s lack of a welcome home after seven long years overseas, Kenna takes matters into her own hands, giving Beck something he’s only ever fantasized about in his bunk. Beck has never shied away from a test of will and Kenna gives new meaning to the word challenge. One problem? Kenna’s father is the lieutenant general presenting Beck with the Silver Star and Beck is determined to treat Kenna with the respect she deserves, even if her eyes beg Beck to act out his most secret desires with her. Desires he's always been told were the work of the devil. But how long can one lonely, starving man hope to resist the woman he craves?
OFF BASE: HUNTLEY AND CULLEN by Sophie Jordan Being a good girl has its drawbacks... Huntley Collier, an emergency room nurse and all-around do-gooder, is tired of living in the friend zone. Cullen Brooks was given the job of babysitting Huntley when her brother—his best friend—deployed. But their friendly coffeehouse hangouts and TV marathons leave her wanting more. When one crazy night leads to too many drinks and an explosion of long-denied lust, Huntley's dreams become a reality. And reality is one hot, wild place she never wants to leave. But only a good girl can bring down a bad boy... Known as Sullen Cullen around Black Rock, Cullen Brooks doesn’t have many friends, but Huntley is one of them ... and despite his decidedly unfriendly fantasies of the curvy blonde, she is far too sweet for his darker tastes. Keeping his hands off is easier said than done, however, when demure, little Huntley responds to his touch like the wildcat he never expected...and can't stop pursuing, despite his better judgment. But when Cullen suddenly faces losing her, will this bad boy risk it all to keep his good girl?
So everything about this book was calling my name… I couldn’t even wait until I got back from BEA to start it. I downloaded it while sitting in a restaurant in New Jersey and read it all in the next 24 hours.
Off Base is written by Tessa Bailey and Sophie Jordan… two authors who I’ve enjoyed previous stories from, so I knew I had to give this one a try.
I found myself loving every single thing about Beck and I even really liked Kenna. And together they were just explosive. Picture this…. A marine… a Southern boy… and a virgin. Good lord the boy’s eagerness had me dying!
“I already know you’re going to be the best of my life, Kenna. How do I make sure I’m the best of yours? Tell me.”
I’m just going to be straight here. This was a 5 star read up until a certain point of Tessa Bailey’s story. I’m not going to give anything away, but if you read it, and you know me, you’ll absolutely know when this took a weird turn for me. Let’s just say, it wasn’t necessary and really killed the mood.
The two stories are tied together in that Huntley in Sophie Jordan’s story is actually Beck’s sister. She’s pined for the moody and sullen Cullen for what seems like ever, and the death that Beck shares in the first installment has a huge impact on Cullen and actually brings these two together.
I struggled a bit with the back and forth between these two, but Jordan totally can keep up with Bailey in the sexy stuff.
Overall, this was a really amazing read. (I’m just going to pretend that one thing didn’t happen) Fans of military romance absolutely need to pick this one up, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.