I received this book for free from DRC Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Marking Mariah by Liz Crowe
Published by Kindle Worlds on 07/19/2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: DRC Promotions
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When a severe concussion sustained on a mission in Egypt equals a discharge for one-time soccer super star turned Delta Force IT expert, Terrance "Trigger" O'Leary, he spends half a year drunk, and in more strange beds than even he is willing to admit.
After wandering back home to Lucasville, Kentucky he's hired by his old friend, now the principal of the local high school. Honestly believing that his new job as soccer coach and part time bartender will be all he needs to fix himself, he’s determined to leave everything about his old life behind.
But a chance encounter at a karaoke bar turns into a smoking hot hook-up with a woman whose deep mocha skin and hypnotic singing voice turns him inside out. A woman he's a little surprised to meet again the next day—Mariah Bailey, recent winner of "Singers,” a national talent competition, and the high school’s new music teacher.
When terrifying, inexplicable violence rips the sleepy community apart, Trigger must leap back into action— which forces Mariah to accept his feelings about her, and the fact that even he can't always save the day.
Real characters, charming town, alpha-hero!
I’m just letting you know that Terry could be a good, or a very bad thing for you. by Kieran Love
Terry can’t keep anything! First he lost his twin brother, then he lost his soccer player career and now he has been discharged by the military. What is left out there for him?
Mariah had big dreams for herself. But life snuck up on her and sweep away her dreams with a dose of responsibility. Now she is stuck in between love and burden, the onus and bonus of life choices. Could she dare dreaming big again?
Marking Mariah blends two author’s known book series; Liz Crowe idyllic small-town setting and Susan Stoker’s special force unit; and creates a charming novella with what could become a new path for those series.
Ms. Crowe’s has cohesively created a fast-paced story with emotional characters and a good plot. Like with most novellas, I’ve ended up wanting to know the characters better. I have already marked down both series that have given birth to this novella into my to-read book piles, hoping that I will learn more about them.
All characters are complex, with depth and their own emotional turmoil. They feel real, like they could be any of us, or our friends and families. Everything in the story was very credible and has happened once or twice to most of us. I completely understood and relate to this tale.
This a story of family, friendship and love. What I did not expect was the bit of cliffhanger at the end. Ms. Crowe, I hope the next story comes soon! I will be waiting for it. Until then, I will be reading all the Love’s books because I fell in love with that charming little town.
I told you before you left-you will never stop being Delta. Once an Operator, always an Operator. by Ghost
P.S: This is a great book cover. It tells the reader part of the story to be read. We can see a man forged by an athletic career as a soccer player, and we can see the military upbringing in his posture, scars, hair and glasses. We could also guess that he is definitely a hot alpha-male!