Ms. Heather Long has done it again; she has written another keeper, Marine Ever After, which I could read over and over again. It’s about a bridesmaid and a groomsman who hit it off so well during their first encounter, they have a one night stand. However, this one night stand is not arranged by the esteemed matchmaker and owner of 1Night Stand, Madame Evangeline, who has helped many men and women in Long’s Always A Marine series find their perfect match and their own brand of happily-ever-after. Instead, this one night stand is a culmination of Marine Paul Torres and Nurse Lillianna Hansen’s, stimulating conversation and sizzling sexual attraction for each other.
Paul meets Lillianna at Luke and Rebecca’s wedding. Luke and Rebecca are the first couple of the Always A Marine series, who utilize Madame Evangeline’s service, reunite with each other after years of separation, and decide to get married. So I guess I must concede that the shrewd Madame Evangeline should get some credit for Paul and Lily connecting with each other. They have a wonderful night of passion but the next morning Paul finds himself all alone, wishing the connection he feels with Lilly could have gone beyond just one night. He tries to get Lily’s contact details, but to no avail. Only a few days later, he takes up active duty in Germany.
Though Lily is a bit more stoic than Paul is, she finds it difficult to keep her mind from thinking about his sense of humor, his Alpha tendencies, and his touch. About three months after, she discovers she’s pregnant and after much hesitation she contacts her baby’s father, Paul. Paul is delighted when he learns he’s soon to be a father, and does all he can to convince Lily to make a more permanent arrangement. Of course, being the strong-headed woman Lily is, she resists. But how long can she do so when Paul proves over and over again how wonderful life can be if they live it together?
The day to day grind of working at a hospital, the poignant scene at the airport, the way the Marines band together to help Paul win Lily, Paul and Lily’s reunion after months of separation, the contrast between loving someone from a distance and loving the person up close and personal, all make for a wonderfully satisfying read. And wait until you read what A Dummies Guide to Loving A Marine is all about; it’s simply fascinating.
Marine Ever After is Long’s fourteenth installation of the Always A Marine series, and like its predecessors can be read as a standalone. Fans would be delighted to see some of their favorite heroes and heroines from earlier books either being mentioned or making guest appearances in this story. It’s not very likely they’ll tire of this series in the near future. So, in a nutshell, I’ll simply say, “Keep them coming, Ms. Long! Just keep them coming!”
-Reviewed by Roxy