Award-winning author Karina Bliss launches her Special Forces series with a sweet, funny, growing-from-tragedy, kind of steamy friends-to-lovers romance.
Love heals all wounds…
Special Forces soldier Dan Jansen has come home from Afghanistan with one objective: to marry Josephine Swann. First he has to convince his childhood friend that their marriage ‘agreement,’ a tipsy scrawl on a beer coaster three years ago, is binding. And that platonic love is enough to build a passionate future on.
Protect those you love…
Jo has only thought of Dan ‘that way’ once; the night before a surgery that changed her life forever. Friendship is all she has to offer as she struggles to care for her grandmother and resurrect her business.
Both have wounds only the other can heal. But that requires surrendering their secrets. Can two best friends create a love story for the ages?
Previously titled: Here Comes The Groom
“Karina Bliss is an excellent writer whose plots are so complex and her characters so realistic that readers are given much more than cookie cutter rehashes of classic stories. Also, her solutions to the problems are unique…” Desert Isle Keeper. All About Romance.
“I’ve announced the next book club pick: Karina Bliss’ Here Comes the Groom, and it’s lovely fun reading. I would venture to say it causes one to be washed on the warm baking sands of love’s splendid shores of good reading bliss…” Smart Bitches Love Trashy Books.
“If I had to summarize what I think the skill of a good romance author is, then it is this ability. To use what everyone loves about the romance genre, without letting those conventions take over. And you do this really well.” Dear Author.
The Special Forces series
The Soldier’s Wedding
The Rescue Mission
Bring Him Home
A Prior Engagement
New Zealander Karina Bliss has written a biography for a rock star, swapped identities with her twin, raised three orphaned children with her ex husband, worn a cow costume to a Bachelor and Spinster ball, considered marriage for the sake of a baby, and been mayor of a small town.
Oh wait, that’s her characters.
Outside her imagination, she’s always been a professional writer, first as a travel journalist and then as a romance author. Her deeply held convictions include: love conquers all; yoga pants are daywear; and what a woman really wants is a man who cleans. Unfortunately, she does not live with one, (nor indeed has raised one). Please buy her books so she can pay for one.
She has also swum with sharks. They were very small. Babies, really. But still count.
No wonder this is on my re-read shelf!
There are so many great things I could say about this book, I don’t know where to start.
SAS Special Forces soldier Dan Jansen returns home from Afghanistan carrying a ton of guilt and almost desperately focuses on the one good thing in his life- his best friend, Swannie. He decides now is the time to enforce the pledge they made to marry each other by the time they turn thirty-three.
Except, his bride-to-be is surprisingly reluctant.
Jo Swann is fighting demons of her own and doesn’t have time to put up with her best friend’s shenanigans. He’s booked the wedding, sent out invitations, and even ordered the flowers! It’s beginning not to feel much like a joke anymore…
While there are many laugh-out-loud moments in this story, it’s so much more than that. Jo’s grandmother has dementia, the newspaper she’s inherited is in danger of a hostile takeover, and oh yeah, she’s recovering from a mastectomy.
At the same time, Dan learns his parents are separating, and his cousin’s wife and son (the SAS soldier who died in battle) are having a hard time accepting the loss. Hell, so is he.
These two are going through the worst of times and deserve a chance at true happiness.
My favorite lines:
The weather had been moody all day, trying on all four seasons like a teenage girl who couldn’t decide what to wear.
Bliss, Karina. The Soldier’s Wedding: Special Forces #1 (Kindle Location 1558). Karina Bliss. Kindle Edition.
He kissed her. With so much yearning, so much need and persuasion that she had no choice but to kiss him back. With a groan, Jo wrenched her mouth away. “The fear’s always going to be there,” she warned.
“In the SAS they teach you that it’s how you dance with it that makes the difference.”
She closed her eyes.
Sliding one hand behind her nape, Dan nuzzled her neck. “Dance with me,” he murmured against her skin, felt her responsive shiver.
Bliss, Karina. The Soldier’s Wedding: Special Forces #1 (Kindle Locations 1655-1659). Karina Bliss. Kindle Edition.
If you’re looking for a book that will tug at your heartstrings and make you believe in love- this is the one.
I give The Soldier’s Wedding 5 lovely kisses!