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Review: The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray

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Author: Jeanette Murray
Title: The Officer and the Secret
Release: July 2, 2013
Reviewer: Chrissy
Series: Semper Fi #3
Source: Publisher
Purchase: | Book Depository

After a rougher than expected deployment, Captain Dwayne Robertson craves the sense of normalcy that his friends can bring him. But when he returns home, there’s an unexpected, but pleasant, twist in the mix—Veronica Gibson. As he struggles to adjust to daily life again, Dwayne craves Veronica and the peace she brings him. But Veronica isn’t without faults. Dwayne hates lies, and Veronica’s entire past is a well-guarded mystery. When the completely unexpected happens, they both realize it’s time to lay their cards on the table and hope they’re ready for love.

One of the perks of working at the county library is having access to advanced reader copies. Every so often, a cart of ARCs will be placed in the lunchroom for us to pick through at our leisure. Needless to say, by the end of the day said cart is bare. Lucky for me, during my first few months of work I was able to snag quite a few advanced reader copies, including The Officer and the Secret by Jeanette Murray.

This book is the third installment of Jeanette Murray’s Semper Fi series. But since each book follows a different character I had no problems starting in the middle of the series. The Officer and the Secret follows Captain Dwayne Roberts, a man who is searching for stability and someone who can cope with the secret that he is hiding. Cue Veronica Gibson, a lovely lady that Captain Roberts has forged a friendship with, a lovely lady who has a secret of her own that she hopes that no one will ever discover.

The plot to this book may not be completely original (after all the majority of book in any genre contain characters with secrets that they don’t want their love interest to learn about) but this was overall a fun read. I liked the characters and I enjoyed the plot. The other is able to perfectly entwine romance, suspense, drama, humor, and eroticism while keeping readers on the edge of their seats. I will definitely be checking out the remaining books in this series.

Chrissy fell in love with books at an early age. It all started with Judi Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. At the tender age of five she decided that she wanted to be a writer. Later, she graduated to books like A Wrinkle in Time, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Goosebumps series, participating avidly in her school’s Book It program. High school brought on new challenges and loves. She began writing for the school’s newspaper and literary magazine. The works of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson quickly overran her bookshelves. But when Chrissy was introduced to the world of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, a grand love affair was set in motion. She is an avid reader of romance, urban fantasy, horror, erotica, and cozy mysteries. After working for the city library for six years and being surrounded by the works of greatly admired authors, she decided to devote her life to writing full time and hasn’t looked back since. When she is not devouring book after book, Chrissy loves to cook, bake, volunteer at the local animal shelter, and feed her addiction for horror movies. She lives in Maryland with her family and beloved pets.
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