I read about these characters in an earlier book in Ms Long’s Always a Marine series and loved them. I’m so happy to be revisiting them and learning what their future held after one fantastic night with 1 Night Stand. As usual, Ms Long does not pussy foot around but takes a Marine’s real life and brings it to the forefront.
Jazz is a strong determined Marine doing a mission she believes in when she is seriously wounded. Her body no longer does what she wants and her mind is letting her down. As all good Marines, she is determined to get back to where she was, but to do so she’s going to need help. She doesn’t want to be a burden on the two men that she’s been seeing but they see it totally different.
Logan and Zach were Marines who now work at Mike’s Place, a place for service members and their families to heal, live and support each other. They’ve been through tough times before and are just thrilled Jazz is still alive for them to help. Sharing her comes naturally to them, though they recognize that not everyone is going to see this as a normal relationship. But, as Jazz pushes them away, can the convince her that not only is she going to be okay but that their relationship is too?
This hard hitting short story is absolutely awesome from the characters to Mike’s Place to the issues that confront everyone. Underneath the fights, the treatments and the chaos, is a firm foundation of caring and love that comes through between Logan, Zach and Jazz as well as all of the people at Mike’s Place and Jazz’s mother. This foundation is what enables Logan, Zach and Jazz to not only heal but to consider being together. It’s more than never leaving someone behind, it’s caring for them after they are with you. Intertwined with this incredible caring are two men who can’t wait to get one feisty Marine in their bed. Once they do, will they be able to convince their wounded warrior that she not only is beautiful but that she doesn’t need to choose between them?
Absolutely a fantastic love story and an awesome romance. I was there and I was cheering and crying and pushing and totally involved. It doesn’t get any better than this.
At the end of their night of frenzied passion, Jazz Winters walked away from the only two men who’d ever made her feel like a woman. Logan Cavanaugh and Zach Evans let her go, but only if she swore all her future leaves to them. For fourteen, excruciatingly long months, they’ve waited for her, visiting when they could, but the demands of Mike’s Place only let them go one at a time.
Jazz’s fear that a ménage can’t last a lifetime is founded in her very middle-class, middle-American upbringing. The stress of years of military service in hot zones, combined with life-threatening injuries, pushes her to the edge. When she comes home, she’s the wounded warrior, not the woman she thinks they want. But Zach and Logan are right there to help her, even when she resists.
She’s not alone. And whether she chooses one man or both, they have no regrets and they won’t surrender.