Sergeant First Class Avi Grant’s return to Tallgrass, Oklahoma is a long-deferred wish come true. With her final tour in Afghanistan over, Avi can focus on her future-a job here at home and a family of her own. There’s just one thing she has to do first: visit her beloved commanding officer’s widow and share her grief. The last thing she expected was to feel an instant attraction to the woman’s son. Too bad the sexy surgeon is impossible to ignore . . . and even harder to resist.
The sting of his parents’ divorce still niggles at Ben Noble. So when a warm, funny, and beautiful young sergeant arrives, mourning his stepfather’s loss as strongly as his mother does, Ben can’t help but feel conflicted. If his parents taught him anything, it’s that love doesn’t last-especially with a career soldier. But try as he might to keep his distance, Ben begins to see that Avi-and the spark she brings to his life-is the stuff forever is made of. As Avi’s leave ticks away, can Ben convince her to take a chance on forever with him?
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Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband’s Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.
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- What is on your nightstand?
Lotion, lip balm, tissues, and my CPAP machine. No books because I can’t read lying down; it gives me a headache, and my sleep specialist is adamant about no reading in bed! Yes, I look totally gorgeous in jammies, a full-face mask, and hoses connecting to the machine!
- What author would you totally fan girl?
In real life, it’s only been Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. When I had the opportunity to meet him years ago, I did everything but squee. (Well, at least I kept that part under my breath.) I adore Julia Quinn both for herself and her books, and Jayne Ann Krentz has always been as friendly as her books are great.
- What makes you cringe?
Books with tons of mistakes. Scorpions. Errors, especially misused apostrophes, in professional publications. People more stubborn than me. An author chastising a reader for a bad review. Misbehaving children in public.
- Are you worried that your google history will get you into trouble?
Nah, but wouldn’t that give me something fun to write about?
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I wish I could plot every point, but I’m a flower – er, a flow-er. I’ve turned in more proposals than I want to admit that get to roughly the middle of the book, then say “I don’t know how yet, but everything works out fine, and they live happily ever after.” Fortunately, my editors have been willing to trust me.
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