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Series: The Officers' Ex-Wives Club #1
Also in this series: Southern Fried Blues, Moonshine & Magnolias
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Genres: Contemporary, Humorous, Love & Romance, Military, Romance
The laugh-out-loud, heart-tugging standalone prequel romance in the bestselling Officers’ Ex-Wives Club series!
This sexy military pilot is about to meet his match in an unpredictable physics professor!
Kaci Boudreaux is every Southern mama’s nightmare, including her own. This former Miss Grits would rather tromp around in boots shooting off potato guns—and her mouth—than dress pretty and play nice with the boys. Especially her chauvinistic fellow professors, her ex-husband, and those military cargo pilots she accidentally started a war with.
Lance Wheeler is every Southern belle’s dream, except his ex-fiancé’s. After being left at the altar, he’d love to take his C-130 and fly far, far away. But since his bird technically belongs to Uncle Sam (as does he), a distraction in the form of a feisty fireball of a physics professor will do while he’s waiting for his next deployment with the Air Force.
He’s into her for the fun. She’s into him for the challenge. But when their secrets start slipping out, their hearts will be on the line. She needs roots. He wants to see the world. What will they do about needing each other?
*Her Rebel Heart is the newest book in The Officers’ Ex-Wives Club series, books #2 & #3 were released first, and is a prequel and therefore labeled as book #1. Each of these books can be read as a stand-alone but reading in order will make for a better experience.
I adore this series so much and honestly can’t remember smiling so much throughout the entirety of book like this in a long time.
The book starts off with an immediate show of chemistry between Lance and Kaci and quickly moves into a pretty hilarious rivalry. I was practically in stitches reading about catapults, potato guns, boars and grand theft auto.
Kaci is a sexy, sassy southerner who can “bless your heart” with the best of them. She wants nothing to do with a military man; she’s been there, done that and blew up the t-shirt; however, even she can’t deny the way her body and mind react to Captain Lance Wheeler.
The first night that Lance happens upon Kaci in a bar also happens to be the day he was supposed to get married, until his fiancé broke it off. After sharing a steamy kiss with Kaci and running away because he didn’t feel ready, he keeps crossing paths with the feisty woman who challenges him at every stop. Quickly they find themselves in a prank war, if you will, and hilarity ensues. Each time they meet you can practically feel the tension between them, both sexual and competitive, but they are fighting at every turn. Until, one day, Lance see’s beyond Kaci’s sassy ways and figures out her biggest weakness. Fearing that he’ll expose her and possibly ruin her career, she strikes a deal with him so that they both can get what they want from each other. But favors turn to feelings and heartache is bound to follow.
I really can’t say enough about how much I loved this book. As a northerner, sometimes the overly-sweet southern speak can be overwhelming (I won’t even get into all the Alabama fan worship) but it’s also part of what makes this book, this whole series, so much fun. It’s sexy without being explicit but definitely not lacking in the passion department. Jamie Farrell has a way of weaving this incredible world with characters and places that I don’t just want to visit, I want to move to and immerse myself in. As a matter of fact, I’m so ready to stay lost in Gellings Air Force Base that I’m headed for a re-read of the second book, Southern Fried Blues.
My favorite romances to read are friends to lovers, second chance romance, and lifelong love stories. I read mostly YA, NA and contemporary but I've been known to enjoy a good erotica romance now and again. I enjoy sex in books but it's not required for me to enjoy a story. Too much sex can be worse than none, in my opinion.
I don't really enjoy books with love triangles and/or cheating, and I don't read a lot of paranormal/fantasy or suspense books.
On any given day you'll find me camped out on my couch with my Kindle in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, the tv on in the background (Food Network or Hallmark Channel) with one or both of my kids and my husband trying to get me to answer them about when we might eat again.