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The Valentine's Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich

Friday, February 7, 2014
The “emotional, spicy-hot story” (Belle's Book Bag) that propelled Kelsie Leverich to the New York Times bestseller list!

Tattoo artist Ronnie Clark is counting the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. Love leads to heartbreak, and she’s vowed never to let herself get hurt again.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his midtour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his soldiers to finish leading their mission. He’s dedicated to his men and to his country, and he’s not interested in getting wrapped up in a distracting relationship…but casual sex, that’s a different story. From the moment he sees Ronnie, he wants her. And he agrees to her terms: no romance, no fluff—just passion.

But as their sexual chemistry ignites, the lines of their arrangement get blurry, and Ronnie starts to push Kale away. And when Kale realizes he’s found his match in this gorgeous razor-tongued woman who is hell-bent against love, winning her heart could be the toughest battle he has ever fought.

Review: Leverich's story The Valentine's Arrangement is the perfect read for this upcoming Valentine's Day. Ronnie Clark is an easy character to latch onto because she's smart, funny, strong and she says it like it is. She's also a tattoo artist, which in and of itself is spectacularly-awesome. I really love Ronnie because she's a very independent spirit and she sets her own rules, even if she ultimately breaks them.
I love the detail that Leverich uses to describe her dislike for Valentine's Day. It's initially what drew me into the story. The character's voice just jumps out at you and pulls you in. I'm not a huge fan of stories told in third person, but The Valentine's Arrangement was an exception. I found that reading in the third-person POV really helped me connect with the characters.
Sergeant Kale Emerson is an interesting counterpart to this story and he makes for a great love interest. I loved the contrast in the two characters (especially their stories), and I also enjoyed watching them unexpectedly fall in love. That is really where the fun begins. There is definitely some high emotional roller coasters throughout this story, but its definitely worth picking up. Plus who says no to a bad ass heroine and a hot military stud? Not me.

Rating: 4/5 DIAMONDS
Reviewed by: Vanessa

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