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by Merline Lovelace

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ISBN: 0373285086
ISBN13: 978-0373285082
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Merline Lovelace
Language: English
Publisher: Silhouette Signature Spotlight; Original edition (March 8, 2005)
ePUB size: 1908 kb
FB2 size: 1982 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 619
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This book was published in 2005. It reprints two stories originally published in 1993 and 1994.

3 stars for BITS AND PIECES.

Formulaic romance from the early 90s. It's ok. It's pleasant and nice.

Colonel Jake is a test pilot at Eglin Air Force Base. Maura has a Ph.D. in engineering and was recently hired to help with aircraft and weapon delivery designs. Jake is quiet and commanding with nerves of steel. Maura is his free-spirited opposite. Her home is cluttered. She wears eccentric and colorful clothing. Jake is impressed with her engineering abilities, and they begin a relationship. Jake was divorced 3 years earlier. Jake's 15 year-old daughter Lisa walks the beaches looking for "bits and pieces" of pottery and arrowheads left by Indians a few hundred years earlier. Maura sees Lisa on the beach one day and helps her. They become buddies and continue their hobby together. Someone is sabotaging test flights. Everyone is a suspect including Maura.

Not bad. I believe this was the author's first published story. It was pleasant and nice. It had a decent plot with nice characters. I would not recommend buying it, but it's fine as a library read. I had no problems other than it's nothing new or different. It's a little on the short side.

Story length: 206 pages. Swearing language: moderate. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Approximate number of sex scene pages: 7. Setting: 1993 Eglin Air Force Base, Florida gulf coast. Copyright: 1993. Genre: contemporary military romance.



Conflicts were contrived. Plot, characters, and romantic development could have been better.

Colonel MacRae (Mac) is the lab commander at Eglin Air force Base. Dr. Maggie Wescott was recently hired as chief of environmental engineering. She has delayed the lab's testing of a new fuel until environmental safeguards are put in place. Mac's wife died 6 years earlier in a car accident. He is raising his 9-year-old twin sons. He and Maggie are drawn to each other.

This is what I expect for early 90s romance writing. It's not as good as what's being written today. Guy meets girl. She gets mad at him. He apologizes and they get back together. I did not like the reasons she got mad at him. They felt contrived to fit the formula. For example, when he first kisses her, she likes it. Then he stops because he wants to be a gentleman. But she is mad that he stopped, supposedly because she's embarrassed that she showed pleasure. I don't find that kind of conflict interesting. It could have used more story.

Story length: 105 pages. Swearing language: none. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 2. Total number of sex scene pages: 6. Setting: 1994 Eglin Air Force Base, Florida gulf coast. Copyright: 1994. Genre: contemporary military romance.
Well for one by chapter 5, Maggie &Jake had been to bed with each other, wished there had been more story substance before that happened. Also when the test failed I knew who was responsible. The characters were ok, but I've read better.
Enjoyed this for your light read. Like to see more of her books about the Military tester and her grit.
Very predictable. I had it figured out as soon as I finished the first chapter. not much substance to this book.
I will actually give these stories 3.5 stars. I do subtract one star for how quickly these couples fall into bed, but then they are shorter stories so you can't wait too long. There is nothing terribly exciting, or unknown in either story, they are rather innocuous but I enjoyed my sunny afternoon on the deck reading them. It did bother me that the environmental watchdog, Maggie, thought it silly that people would want to spend an evening helping endangered sea turtles make it to the sea--that was a glaring error for which I deducted another half star. They are cute little fuzzy stories with decent male leads, macho but not cave man. Whether that afternoon is worth the current price, only you will be able to decide.
"One of the Boys". At Eglin AFB, Florida, test manager Maura Phillips is attracted to uptight Deputy Commander for Operations Colonel Jake McAllister. He reciprocates as he wants the free spirited civilian. They go out on a date, but regret that the other is not right for them. When a test that Maura analyzed almost resulted in a tragedy, the military wonder whether the flaky Californian is a serious risk. Jake knows she is compassionate about her work and the safety of the crews; he plans to prove her innocence even as they fall in love encouraged by his fifteen year old daughter.

"Maggie and her Colonel". At Eglin AFB, Armament Division Commander Colonel Alastair MacRae is irate with the new civilian Chief of Environmental Engineering. Dr. Maggie Westscott explains why she rejected his team's test proposal. Mac asks Maggie to help his team revise the test parameters to meet her environmental concerns. As they work together on the project, they fall in love. When a colleague accuses Maggie of sabotaging a test to help her former company gain a contractor's edge, she wonders what her Colonel believes.

ONE OF THE BOYS is a rewrite a fine military romantic suspense (BITS AND PIECES) that includes the impact of the Global War on Terrorism on domestic bases since the original novel was published. The story line is fresh and tense starring two opposites. MAGGIE AND THE COLONEL is a bonus tale from around the same time frame, but not updated with the GWOT impact. Still this remains an insightful look at military life as only retired officer like Merline Lovelace could provide. Fans of military romantic suspense will enjoy the two stops at Eglin AFB.

Harriet Klausner
Enjoyed this story, the other reviews are accurate and detailed. Just wanted to add that "One of the Boys" is a reissue of Bits & Pieces (Kismet) from 1993.