Book Review of Ex Marks the Spot (Harlequin Next, No 81)

Ex Marks the Spot (Harlequin Next, No 81)
Ex Marks the Spot (Harlequin Next, No 81)
Author: Merline Lovelace
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3

Following a wound suffered while on duty in Iraq, USAF Colonel Andrea "Andi" Armstrong accepts medical retirement as an infection setsin. Not even forty, Andi decides to move to a location where many veterans reside, the Florida Panhandle.

However, to her chagrin the rental she leases is next door to the home of Colonel Dave Armstrong, her former husband. Living near him would be difficult except for one problem, Andi is still attracted to her ex spouse. Dave is ecstatic as he feels he has a second chance to make it with the woman he never stopped loving.

The second chance at love is well written, but it is the look at military life during and after serving that make the tale special. The engrossing story line focuses on the themes of the impact of a married couple both being in the military hurting their relationship and on the impact of retirement at a relatively young age (twenty and double pass means you're out) though in Andi's case it is due to medical reasons. Merline Lovelace is at her best as she uses romance to place a powerful spotlight on life in and after the military.

Harriet Klausner