What's the difference?

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Fleet Week Romance, #1
Marie Johnston
Self-Pub, Jun 2015
Ebook, 66 Pages
Only in Digital Format
Genre(s) Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Source Author

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My Disclaimer:
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all opinions are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review


What it's about... 

Olivia has given David one last chance. If he stands her up again, they are finished. He can't accept that she's serious.

Kane is a Navy Lieutenant on a ship tied up at a pier in NYC for Fleet Week. He can't resist the lovely lady steaming over her phone at the table next to him.

With very limited time allowed by the ship, Kane works on convincing Olivia to attempt a long-distance relationship as his ship gets ready to leave on deployment for half a year or so. She agrees, but really isn't sure this is the thing for her or that it will work.

Can e-mail and the occasional phone call hold a relationship together? A fragile, new one? What's the difference between a workaholic boyfriend who stands her up and a boyfriend who isn't there and can only send emails? Olivia really has to think this one through.  

Technical Tidbits...  
The cover has that great blue with a Navy ship facing the Statue of Liberty so we know immediately where we are. In front of those is a very attractive young couple looking hot, but a bit shy, just like Kane and Olivia. And she's the one pulling back a bit. I think this cover really hits the spot on portraying the story and it's attractive into the bargain!

The storyline is very interesting and so much like real life. Having been in the Navy and married to a sailor, I'm aware of all sorts of ways sailors get together. When the ship is tied at the pier for a Fleet Week type thing, all sorts of things can happen. The wives who can, all travel to be their with their husbands wherever the ship has pulled in. The single guys go out on the town for the most part. 

And the lack of communication while the ship is underway is accurate. You never know when you'll be able to talk or send email. You write letters a lot, since you know those will be delivered fairly regularly. It's not easy, it takes effort.

The characters are great. They are real people you could get to know.

The pace is good. It's not terribly fast. The beginning has to move along because you have to feel they don't have much time. But then you have to feel the time dragging during the cruise while they are apart, so things slow down in the middle. They pick up again as the ship nears the end of the cruise and communication gets easier and Olivia starts to see what Kane was trying to tell her.

The tension is there throughout. I kept feeling like I should sit down and talk with Olivia about what Kane was going through and why it takes effort on both parties parts. And what a low-down dog her ex was!

And this is where you STOP if you don't want to see any SPOILERS...

The good, the bad, and the ugly...and how much it lit up my life... ✰✰✰✰✰


Olivia and Kane were absolutely adorable! They were both young, attractive people who just wanted to be in a solid relationship and be valued for what they were. Kane was the perfect man for Olivia to meet after the neglect she had suffered from David. Kane would almost worship her, and she needed someone who would really value her and bolster her up. It's not that she needed to be treated like a princess, but after being second best to David's ambition, she needed some bolstering.

Once she figured out what the difference is between a boyfriend who stands you up and one who just isn't there for months at a time, she starts to understand Kane more and more. And to value him!

When David pulls his nasty trick, I wanted to cry right along with Olivia. Did he really think that she would take him back if he did something like that? BUT, it bothered me that Kane immediately accepted what David said on the phone. Didn't he have any faith in Olivia? I know it was a strange situation, but why take David's word. Why didn't he ask to speak with Olivia?

This is only 66 pages, but there's a whole lot packed into it. The second book is about half again as long, so the series is getting larger, at least.