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Subject: Men in Uniform
Date Posted: 10/31/2007 4:12 PM ET
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Lately it seems the only books that seem to really satisfy me are of men in uniform.  You know, SEALS, special forces, fireman, cops etc.  Am I the only one who loves this genre this much? LOL   I'm former military myself so that's one reason why I love the military romances.  Your thoughts on why you like these?

Sherri

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 4:48 PM ET
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nope, all I have to do is see a cover with one on it and it's a done deal! I think I like the strong tough alpha guys and plus they're probably in great shape..and cops have handcuffs..sigh..ok, gotta stop thinking about this topic and get ready for preview night at quilt festival!

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 5:06 PM ET
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I think for me it's the way the "men in uniform" characters tend to be written more than that they're men in uniform. There also tends to be adventure/suspense/mystery involved with the story.

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 6:07 PM ET
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I agree Jennifer.  I can remember what boot camp was like and the guys usually had it a little tougher.  I guess you know deep down, those Alpha males don't have any quit in them, not to mention stamina....<sigh>  See what you got started Susanna?! 

Sherri

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 7:58 PM ET
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not my cup of tea; don't read contemporary and don't think i'd ever be tempted to read one of these.

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 8:02 PM ET
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I love them. For a while, I think it was because DH is an ex-Marine and I understood a lot of the jargon and stuff, then they just got interesting on their own. I love all types now, cops, military, firemen, etc. They have it all  as Jennifer said (and they're wonderfully hunky, too)!

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 8:56 PM ET
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Even though i haven't read alot of these kinds of storylines, i can totally understand why you would. Women generally think of Military,Police and Firemen as strong,protective and honorable.Gotta love that!

Date Posted: 10/31/2007 11:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/1/2007 7:52 AM ET
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There's a similar scene in "Next to Die" by Marliss Melton Patricia.  Its very touching.

Sherri

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 9:47 AM ET
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Eileen,  I have a lot of Marines in my family:  husband, son and daughter-in-law.  At a Marine Corps Ball one year, a highly decorated Marine with 9 fingers told me that there are no ex-Marines only former Marines and that encounter with him has stuck with me.  I think it is true.

I love the men in uniform characters for all the reasons you ladies mentioned.  They are made of  some tough stuff and many of them have  been through some bad stuff as well, but they still let their soft side come out.  Can't get a better story line than that.  I think I'll go hug my former Marine  :-))

Lori V. (cjsmom) - ,
Date Posted: 11/1/2007 10:28 AM ET
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Ohhhhh Yeah!!!  As most of you know I LOVE books about men in uniform.  I am not sure why except that my one that got away for an Army Ranger.   Plus for all the reasons you have sadi.  My Dad and Gradfather were Army!  I grew up with all the stories and the respect they have for others and the country. 

This was not a good day for me to try and answer this question and read all of your answers.  I have a meeting with the Major, Cpt and Sgt with my local Army Rangers to work on thwir Holiday Ball this afternoon.  Now I am going to be thinking about all of this.  (better turn up the air)  :)

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 11:09 AM ET
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need any help Lori??!!

Date Posted: 11/1/2007 4:21 PM ET
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Yeah, I'm in.  Just let me know! LOL Sherri

Date Posted: 11/4/2007 10:36 PM ET
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Hey guys!  After being a member for over a year now I have FINALLY found a forum that ISN'T in the games section!  I have read and REALLY enjoyed Suzanne Brockman's Troubleshooter Series about Navy Seals.  She is one of the few authors I have broken down and purchased the whole collection to keep on my shelf!

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 7:07 AM ET
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Welcome to the Romance Forum Kim!!!

Yeah, gotta love those tough on the outside and vulnerable on the inside guys lol.

Date Posted: 11/5/2007 8:25 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/5/2007 9:05 PM ET
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Patricia it was really good.  I passed it on but I wish I had kept it on my keeper shelf.

Sherri

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 5:44 PM ET
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Hi Sherry,

I'm with you, love "a man in uniform" books!  Catherine Mann, Merline Lovelace & Suzanne Brockmann are some of my favorites for this category.  Several years ago Jill Shalvis wrote 3 books on firefighters that I loved.  I may be biased as I am a big fan of Jill's writing.  I had a uncle that served as a Marine pilot in WWII, my dad served in the Air Corp, no Air Force yet and my other two uncles were soldier's in the army.  I have a real soft spot for those military men. 

I'll go check out your bookshelf to see what you have been reading!

Take care, happy reading,

Donna M

Date Posted: 11/7/2007 8:45 PM ET
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