Today is my stop on the blog tour for Aliyah Burke's new gorgeous romance Her Marine Next Door!
Book Details and Synopsis:HER MARINE NEXT DOOR
Author: Aliyah Burke
Publication Date: December 14, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
My next door neighbor Parker Jax is not my type. He’s covered in tats, rides a motorcycle, and his parties keep me up all night. The fact he’s sexy as sin doesn’t change the fact we are oil and water.
I’m a quiet artist. He’s a rowdy marine. I’ve got a broken heart. I’m convinced he doesn’t have a heart at all.
Thankfully, my bad-boy neighbor is on leave from the Marines for only thirty days. But then the jerk has to go and show me that he has a soft side beneath all those hard muscles. He actually leaves his own party to help me, and he didn’t even have to.
Fantastic. Now I owe him.
I’m not worried, though. What are the chances he’ll need me to do anything before the month is up?
But when a woman shows up with a kid at her side, knocking on Parker’s door, it turns out those chances are pretty good…
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The cover is just gorgeous and smoking-hot, so I really couldn't resist requesting this new romance from Aliyah Burke. Who doesn't love a story featuring an alpha-male marine with a job description that says 'Be ready to lay your life to protect'? The blurb was stubbornly pointing me in the direction of the bad boy-good girl trope, but, to be honest, my associations with marines are more along the lines of strong, disciplined, and loyal. 'Semper Fidelis'.
As promised by the blurb, Parker is swoon-worthy sexy, and does know how to talk to women to make them melt from desire. Once you get to know him a bit better, he isn't that far from what I had expected him to be.
Skylar has survived one of the most tragic things that can ever happen to a woman, so if she is a bit cautious about starting something new (short-tem, long-term,or just a one-night-long-super-short-term, noone can blame her. Then Parker's tormented ex shows up with a three year old child who is supposedly Parker's son, and Parker asks her to play the role of his fake fiancee. All these tropes are well-tried and well-loved for a reason. The course of true love is never easy, and everybody needs to define what kind of partner they want in life.
Aliyah Burke does know how to write heated scenes, but she also tugged on my heart strings with Skylar's devotion to Cullen, Parker's little son. It is clear that both Skylar and Parker needed to move on from their past, which they have outgrown, but were almost stuck in, while Cullen deserved a loving stable family and parents who'd always put his needs first.
The ending was beautiful. So, to expand on my first question: who doesn't love a book featuring an alpha male marine that discovers the true meaning of home with a loving woman? good old happily-ever-after never gets too old.
Thank you to NetGalley, IndieSagePR and Entangled Publishing LCC for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
ABOUT ALIYAH BURKE:
A USA Today Bestselling author, Aliyah Burke is an avid reader and is never far from pen and paper (or the computer). She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached http://aliyah-burke.com/blog/contact/
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She is married to a career military man, and they are owned by 4 Borzoi. Her days are spent sharing her time between work, writing, and dog training/showing.
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