Review: Duty Series by Sandra McGregor
Rating: Title: Duty Calls Author: Sandra McGregor Publisher: Sandra McGregor Release Date: September 7, 2011 e-Book Copy provided by the author in exchange for a review [box type="warning"] When Duty Calls Alyson Sanders’ sister to deployment overseas, Alyson takes on the responsibility of her one-year-old niece. When the mother is killed in action and [...]
[box type="warning"] When Duty Calls Alyson Sanders’ sister to deployment overseas, Alyson takes on the responsibility of her one-year-old niece. When the mother is killed in action and her personal effects include a letter naming Lt. Col. Mitchlen as the father, Alyson must decide whether or not to contact the man to let him know he’s a father.
At first, Dale doesn’t believe that Katie Ann is his daughter—until he sees her picture. Not wanting her childhood to be as chaotic as his own, he shows up on Alyson’s doorstep to see his daughter and to let Alyson know that he is seeking custody, pending the results of a DNA test.
Neither wants a court battle, but both have strong reasons for refusing to give up custody and it doesn’t help when the little girl becomes attached to the big man with the deep, rumbling voice.
Tensions run high as they’re drawn together, but a child’s future hangs in the balance and neither wants to make a mistake by following their heart.[/box]
[box type="warning"] When Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Mason (Chief) Sterling IV is shot down over the sands of Afghanistan, he soon finds himself at the mercy of Victoria Connelly, the headstrong physical therapist he must work with if he wants to get back to his men. Since he knows his body better than Victoria, and since he buffed it up once before, he decides to augment her therapy program with additional workouts of his own.
When two headstrong overachievers butt heads, there can only be fireworks, especially when Victoria discovers that Mason has been working behind her back—and effectively lying to her. Despite his growing feelings for her, she stood in the way of his getting back to his squadron, but he never intended to hurt her and now he knows he has blown any chance of them getting together.
Victoria is in a dilemma. She can no longer claim responsibility for his rapid improvement, so she must now decide whether to report his actions and risk ruining his career or try to find an alternative answer to the issue—an answer that just might get him out of her hair, but is that what she really wants?[/box]
Mason’s plane has been shot down and he has been severely injured. Part of his recovery process is to return to Washington to an intense therapy program. However, all he can think about is getting back to his men and how the therapist is standing in the way of that. Victoria has something to prove. As the daughter of a Senator, she has worked hard to show that she is a capable therapist & person and does not need Daddy’s help to make it in life. Her very first patient is Mason and he is truly unexpected!
I think this book is my favorite of the three. Again, it is a truly realistic story and one that your could definitely imagine happening. You always hear about our troops being hurt and also the casualties, but it never really hits home the struggle they face when they return home. This book is such an eye-opener about the feelings, thoughts & struggle our men face when they are injured in the line of duty. Not only do they have to recover physically from sometimes horrific injuries, but they also face depression, survivor’s remorse and the over-whelming need to return. Mason’s strength is phenomenal and Victoria is such an amazing match for him. She’s firm in her opinion & beliefs about his treatment, but also understands & sympathizes with him. Can she bring him out of his depression and help him feel whole again? You’ve got to read and find out……;)
[box type="warning"]Major Colby Jones is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, but he’s tired of being overseas and missing holidays with his family. He’s at a crossroad in life, trying to decide if he wants to remain in the military where he can fly jets or if it’s time to move on to another career. Recently divorced from an unfaithful wife, and with the indecision about his future, the last thing he wants or needs is another woman in his life—especially one who is a military widow and has two young children. Even if he were interested in a ready-made family, is it fair to ask her to risk marrying another military man? And if he left the military, how in the world would he afford to support them?
Dianna Thompson’s first impression of Colby is that he’s the typical class clown, showing off and making a loud entrance. Even though she’s been widowed for two years, the last thing she and her children need in their lives is another man—especially one in the military—one who has a dangerous job.
Colby nor Dianna can deny the attraction, but when her two children, especially her son, becomes attached to the handsome and fun-loving man, she knows they will all be hurt when Colby leaves for his next assignment. Can they put the past behind and allow love to find a way?[/box]
Colby has just returned home after 2 tours overseas and he’s tired. He’s unsure whether he wants to stay in the military and needs to make a decision soon. He loves flying and can’t imagine doing anything else BUT his heart is not into being away from friends & family any longer. He is lonely and wants to find that one person to settle down with & have what his parent’s have. Dianna lost her husband to the war and it has been hard for her, and her children, to adjust to not having him. She promises herself that she will never fall for another uniform. She knows that her heart cannot take another loss.
This story is about discovery, hope, love & trust. Colby & Dianna both discover that things they say they will never do, abruptly fall to the wayside upon meeting each other. Through their previous experiences they both hope that they can make it work, but they have a few obstacles in their way. The love that they share between each other & what Colby showers on the children is so sweet & endearing. Their connection knows no bounds. And finally, the trust that they each have to be willing to exhibit to overcome past fears and just be – made for a heart-warming & tearful ending. Such a sweet romance!