Marine for Hire (Front and Center)
Author: Tawna Fenske
Date of Publication: February 3, 2014
Sam Kercher is every inch a wickedly hot Marine. Tall. Sexy. Lethal. When his best friends call in a favor, Sam is forced to face an entirely new line of duty—playing nanny for their newly divorced sister and her squirming seven-month-old twin boys. If Sam can dissemble an M16 in his sleep, diaper duty should be a cakewalk…right?
Unfortunately, Operation Nanny isn’t quite that simple. Sheridan has sworn off overbearing military men, so Sam must protect her from her dirtbag ex without revealing just how much he has in common with her brothers. Or that he’s been ordered not to touch her. Ever. Problem is, Sheri’s one hell of a gorgeous woman, capable of making this hard-bodied Marine even harder. And Sam wants her bad.
Protect the girl. Care for the babies. Hide his identity. And keep his hands off. But even the most disciplined Marine has weaknesses…and Sheridan is one Sam might not be able to resist.
If you know me, you know I have twins, so I’m always delighted to read books about parents with multiples, though more often than not I find them somewhat unrealistic. I’m absolutely ecstatic to report that this book handled the twin issue very VERY well.
OMG, the whole book was hilarious. I knew I was in for a treat and a delight when, at location 70, when Sam’s friend/SHeri’s brother approaches him about stepping in as a temporary nanny, Sam’s response is:
“I appreciate you saving my life in Baghdad. I do. But can’t I just buy you a beer or a car or something?”
That was only one of many great lines in here. Like I said, the realism for a mom of twins (esp. one who’s doing it on her own) was spectacular, as seen here (location 117):
“I spent all morning thinking Jeffrey was Jackson and Jackson was Jeffrey. And then I got halfway through putting on their diaper rash cream before I realized it was toothpaste. What sort of mother does that?”
“Well, they are twins. And now their little backsides are minty fresh and tingly.”
Having had trouble in the early days recognizing/remembering which was which of my girls (and they are fraternal, not even identical), I totally buy the not recognizing thing.
Sam, who despite his claims to Sheri (because he has to to get into her life) has no clue how to take care of a baby and his priceless reaction to changing a diaper made me giggle so hard:
The baby screeched with displeasure. He studied the squirming bundle and tried to remember the steps in the video.
Point the barrel in a safe direction and move the selector level to “safe” before pressing the magazine release button and —
S**t, no. Those were the steps for disassembling an M16 rifle. Well, same idea, Sam thought as he stripped off the waterproof pants and the soggy cloth diaper.
The ex-husband that Sam is protecting Sheri from is a total jerk, and completely worthy of his nickname, Lieutenant Limpd**k. Didn’t see the end result of said jerkness so that was a bit of a surprise.
Watching these two go, not to mention all the fantastic humor to be found throughout, only a small sample of which is given above, made for one of the best all around reads I’ve had in a very long time. I can’t wait to read more books by Ms. Fenske. 5 stars all the way and thank you Entangled!
Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.