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October 24, 2007

A Military Man

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Military Reads

I hadn’t read a military romance for ages but the other day I just had the urge to pull one from my to-read pile. I’m also going through a Western themed splurge so I’m definitely thinking alpha male! Here are some of my favorite reads with military heroes.

1. Cullen’s Bride by Fiona Brand – a Silhouette Intimate Moment by a New Zealand writer.

2. Forget Me Not by Marliss Melton. This is the book I pulled out of my to-read pile. It’s the writer’s first book. Wow! I enjoyed it so much I’ve ordered the rest of her backlist.

3. On Danger’s Edge by Lise Fuller. This book won a RT Reviewer’s choice award.

4. Suzanne Brockmann – It’s hard to choose from Suzanne’s books. One of my all-time favorites is Letters to Kelly. It made me cry.

5. Lora Leigh – I’m a real fan of Lora’s so I’m adding her Navy Seal series to my list. The first book is Dangerous Games. Actually Amazon says this is book 2 so I’m slightly confused.

6. Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair. I read this book ages ago and have been a Cherry Adair fan ever since.

7. Seven Days to Forever by Ingrid Weaver – another Silhouette Intimate Moment

8. Catherine Mann with her Wingman Warriors. Anything, Anywhere, Anytime is one of her books.

9. Denise Agnew writes great military heroes. Try Primordial.

10. Eye of the Storm by Maura Seger. This is set during the second world war and came out in 1985. I must reread it to see if it’s as good as I remember. Amazon says it’s a civil war story. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

11. All the Queen’s Men by Linda Howard – not strictly military. The hero John Medina is a CIA Black Ops Specialist.

12. Summer in the City of Sails by Shelley Munro – you didn’t think I’d leave out my own did you? :grin: The hero is a member of NZ’s SAS.

13. Unforgettable by Shelley Munro. Go on – buy me! I’ve been getting Five star reviews all over the place!

14. And one extra one – just for Mr. Munro. Any of the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell or if you prefer check out the DVD’s featuring the hunky Mr. Sean Bean. One of the recent Sharpe books is Sharpe’s Escape The stories are set in the early 1800’s.

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  1. Cassandra Curtis

    Great List! You know, the only thing better than a man in uniform, is a man out of it and in bed. :wink:

    My T13 is up at http://midnightmooncafe.blogspot.com

    Mine is not as inspiring a list…unless you are Stephen King. :P

  2. Shelley Munro

    LOL – I have to agree with you about the uniform!

  3. Red

    Men in uniform are so very hot. And YES, buy Shelley, OMG those books were great! :grin:

  4. Tempest Knight

    I’ve never read a military romance before. I might try one. :) Thanks for the heads up!

  5. Jennifer McKenzie

    I love Military characters. Thanks for the list.

  6. Savannah

    Military characters are the best..i have to check these out….

  7. Ann Aguirre

    I’m not a big fan of those, but I loved All the Queen’s Men.

    I actually stopped reading Suzanne Brockmann when she broke away from historicals. Maybe I should give her a try.

  8. Alice Audrey

    Oooooo nice list! I’m copying it down.

  9. Lorelei James

    Man, I loved Fiona Brand’s books!

    Kiss and Tell is the book that got me hooked on romances :)

    Great list – I’ll put UNFORGETTABLE on my list to buy!

  10. Christina Phillips

    I haven’t read many military romances although I DO love guys in uniforms… will *definitely* give a couple of these books a try!! :grin:

  11. Kate Willoughby

    Yep. When guys in uniform come into Starbucks, where I work, I get a little weak in the knees. LOL

  12. Jennifer Shirk

    Awesome list. I totally agree with #4–but I love ALL of Suzanne Brockman’s. :razz:

  13. Elle Fredrix

    Wow! I could have written this list. I read/loved nearly every one of these!

  14. Morgan St. John

    OMG! Finally. someone else who has read Letters to Kelly!!! I love that book! Did it make me cry? I don’t know about that, but the dialogue between the hero and the hero’s hero is just inspired. LOL

  15. Shelley Munro

    Ann – All the Queen’s Men was great. If you liked that you’ll love some of Linda Howard’s other books. They’re not all military.

    Red – thanks so much!!

    Tempest – I love them, although not everyone does. That’s what I love about romance. There’s something for everyone.

    Jennifer/Savannah – I’m in great company, then!

  16. Shelley Munro

    Alice – I hope you enjoy some of the books.

    Lorelei – I love Fiona’s books, too. She has some new ones coming out this year. Not military but rom suspense from Mira.

    Christina – it’s the dead body thing, isn’t it???? That’s why you haven’t tried a military book? :lol:

  17. Ava Rose Johnson

    Mmm, I love men in uniform too. So hot!

  18. Shelley Munro

    Kate – sounds like great scenery in your Starbucks!!

    Paige – that’s okay. There’s loads of great books out there. As I mentioned to Tempest – something for everyone!! :grin:

    Jennifer – Suzanne does write a great book!

    Elle – you have great taste LOL

    Morgan – I loved that book so much. I’ve just gone through my keeper shelf weeding it out so I can fit more on. I picked up Letters to Kelly and had to put it back. I couldn’t bear to part with it.

  19. Shelley Munro

    Ava – you and me both :lol:

  20. Gina Ardito

    I love a man in a uniform! I’ve got several of these on my “keeper” shelf, especially that Brockmann one! Love it.

  21. Jennifer Y.

    Great list! I will have to try and find some of these…they sound good!

  22. Heather

    Love military romances, but like you it’s been a while since I’ve read one. Might have to rememdy that! :wink:

  23. Kaige

    I’ve never read anything like these, but you’ve made me curious, I should prolly start with #13, right? ;) Thanks for sharing, Shelley!

  24. Debbie Mumford

    I love Linda Howard’s John Medina!

  25. julia

    Sharpe! I love Sharpe! And Horatio Hornblower, too. Two series I watch over and over again. Great list!

  26. Harris Channing

    Great list. Great job on the releases.

    MMMMM gotta love a man in uniform!


  27. Shelley Munro

    Julia – another Hornblower fan! Hubby and I love both series.

    Debbie – have to agree about John Medina. He’s a great character.

    Kaige – thanks! Any of the listed books are great reads :grin:

    Gina – I have to agree. Suzanne Brockmann writes a great book.

    Heather – I have renewed enthusiasm for them :-)

    Jennifer – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

    Harris – yes, men in uniform have that certain mystique :lol:

  28. Amy Gallow

    The contrast between Sharpe and Hornblower is so great that I wonder if it’s not the actors rather than the characters you’ve fallen in love with.
    For me, I remember when the Army ordered soldiers not to wear their uniforms outside the barrack gates in Australia because it might offend the sensibilities of the Anti-Vietnam protesters.
    Times have changed.

  29. Shelley Munro

    Amy – do you think so? Both Sharpe and Hornblower are loyal to their friends, do the right thing, don’t always follow the rules but seem to squeak through. I would have said there are lots of similarities in the characters. I’ve read some of the Sharpe books but not the Hornblower ones. I’m not sure how close the TV series follows the Hornblower books.

    I’m glad times have changed. I think anyone who enters the military and fights for their country and peace is a hero.

  30. Amy Gallow

    Both Sharpe and Hornblower fight to win. There the similarities end. Hornblower returned to Spain and captivity rather than break his given word and agonized when he had to give his word as a gentleman to save the world from a third attempt to rule the world by Napoleon (see “St Elizabeth of Hungary” in “Hornblower in the West Indies”)
    Sharpe deliberately flouts the opinions of others because it enhances his belief he is an outsider(true). Hornblower believes every friend would see him as a failure if they only knew the truths he knows about himself.
    Both series touched where they fitted and ignored both storytelling and logic where they didn’t-which was very annoying in the carefully researched Hornblower series, whose exploits were replicated by real life seamen of the time.

    Sorry about the other remark–you touched a nerve.


  31. Mechele Armstrong aka Lany of Melany Logen

    Very cool list. I think I will add a couple to my TBB list.

  32. Shelley Munro

    Christina – LOL – I like teasing! :wink:


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