Men of Courage II – book review

Men of Courage II
by Lori Foster, Donna Kauffman, Jill Shalvis
Release Date:  February 1, 2005
Publisher:  Harlequin
Book #2 of the Men of Courage series 
(three short stories by three different authors)
Number of Pages:400
Kindle Edition
Source: MCL
Contemporary Romance M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 6/23/18 to 6/26/18

A couple of years ago I read the first book in this compilation series and really enjoyed the stories.  I was hoping the same could be said for the stories in this book. Let’s take a look…

The first story in this compilation is An Honorable Man by Lori Foster.  This story deals with the Air Force a lot and I appreciate the author’s note about how unfamiliar with military life and terminology she was before starting this story, so she did her research.  It’s no secret that it’s a pet peeve of mine when military stories use incorrect information. So, although I noticed some inconsistencies, they didn’t have to do with the military portion of the story and I appreciate the time Ms. Foster took to do justice to this story.  Liv and Hamilton have great chemistry.  Liv’s view of the military and her unwillingness to compromise drove me crazy.  Why was she so unwilling to give up her dream life but expected Ham to give up everything he wanted?  He is certainly a patient man!  The story moved fast and was definitely suited for a short story format.  Although I really enjoyed this author’s story in the first book also, I still never got around to reading any of her other work.  I must make an effort because I think it’ll be worth my time. ~ 4 stars

For some reason, I thought I had read Donna Kauffman before.  Well, I did in the first book of this series.  I couldn’t find a record of reading any of her other stories though.  Her contribution to this compilation, Blown Away, has to do with a missed opportunity between a couple of storm chasers.  Their relationship ended before it had even had a chance to begin years before.  Now Marty and Cooper are, once again, thrown together in perilous circumstances.  There are feelings on both sides, but neither of them are brave enough to come right out and admit their feelings.  Although there is a lot of danger that leads up to them being in the same room, the inner turmoil they both experience once that happens is more full of action than the tornado outside. ~ 4 stars

Jill Shalvis is a favorite of mine and the reason I picked this series up in the first place.  Her story Perilous Waters does not disappoint.  The genuine anguish Wyatt feels while trying to protect his heart from his lost love Leah is palpable.  Leah’s yearning for Wyatt’s love and forgiveness is heartbreaking.  This is a beautiful story of love, loss, and forgiveness. ~ 5 stars

These three stories all ended up dealing with couples who had a past together and, for some reason or another, went their separate ways.  I enjoyed reading about how they all found their way back to each other.  This was a fantastic compilation.

4.33 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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