Review: The Valentine’s Arrangement by Kelsie Leverich

Posted December 30, 2012 by Holly in Blog Tour, Reviews / 0 Comments

“I didn’t want the line to get blurry, and I sure as hell didn’t want you to cross it.”

Ronnie Clark, an edgy tattoo artist with hopes of high tailing it out of the forsaken Military town she followed her now ex-fiancé to, is counting down the days until Valentine’s Day is over. Ronnie doesn’t do romance. She doesn’t do flowers or dates, and she sure as hell doesn’t do love—not anymore. After her fiancé slept with a female solider while deployed, she has vowed never to fall in love again, especially with a soldier.

Sergeant First Class Kale Emerson is home on his mid-tour leave from Iraq, but he only has one thing on his mind—returning to his deployment to finish leading his soldiers on their mission. The last thing he wants is a relationship, but casual sex, that’s a different story. And when he meets the renowned tattoo artist Ronnie Clark, a snarky, blunt, takes no prisoners kind of woman, that seems to be all he can think about. 

But when Kale realizes he has met his match with a bombshell woman who is hell bent against love, will just sex be enough? And if it’s not, will he be able to convince Ronnie that the proverbial hearts and flowers aren’t so bad after all, even if he is a soldier? 

“You changed something inside me, something I didn’t ever think I would want, or feel—but you did, and now I can’t go back”

This book contains explict sex scenes and is recommended for readers 18+
(and what scenes they were! I sweated out my blow out!)

The Valentine’s Arrangement will be available January 1st 2013

My Review:

After seeing my blog Kelsie contacted me asking if I’d be interested in reading her book, she said she thought I’d love her heroine and SHE WAS RIGHT!!! After she sent me the synopsis I knew Ronnie and I would become BFF!
Ronnie is a sarcastic, snarky, take no BS, get to the point straight shooter very much like myself…and like me she HATES Valentines day (or as I like to call it “singles awareness day”) because to Ronnie

“It’s excuse for women to whine and dote and bat their eyelashes for glittery gifts
in the hopeful forms of diamonds. It’s an excuse for men to have an opening for sex”
I mean really now, why people go batshit crazy on Valentine’s day is beyond me what about the other 364 days a year? Right? Because nothing says I love You like getting one of these singing Wild Thing! 

So yea I can relate to Ronnie’s view on V-Day…mind you these were her feelings BEFORE she found out her fiance (who’s been deployed in Afghanistan for the past six months) has been sticking it to his squads female medic for the past three months so now she’s just too through with love and soldiers she’s just throwing herself into her work; she’s a sought after tattoo artist waiting till she can get the hell outta Fort Drum and put the Army & soldiers behind her because done with soldiers…until…one night a Captain America looking tall, built, and all kinds of sexy SFC Kale Emerson comes in to meet with the BEST tattoo artist around,  Ronnie Clark. Yea Kale’s buddies thought it would be funny to leave out the part that Ronnie was a smokin hot WOMAN…the minute these two lay eyes on each other you can feel the sparks fly! Just one problem, remember, Ronnie is done with “fu*king soldiers” and Kale doesn’t do relationships, 
“just casual sex for him. Casual is simple, sex is simple to Kale relationships were hard enough and then to throw in field time, late nights, and overseas deployment” 
Now like I said the sparks were flying from the start so they decide, on Valentine’s Day that for the rest of Kale’s R & R leave it’ll be just sex between them till he heads back overseas BUT someone starts to have more than just sex feelings for the other…
Kelsie did a great job conveying both Ronnie and Kale’s feelings, you could feel Ronnie’s fear, hesitation and reluctance for dealing with a soldier again and you felt Kale’s confusion at the feelings he was having towards Ronnie. It was great seeing these two deal and work out the feelings they were having towards the other; the writing was honest and real and the sex between these two was hot plus it was nice seeing Kale work so hard to chip away at the ice surrounding Ronnie’s heart, he was like a man on a mission lol! I like how we also got a glimpse into what relationships are like for those in the military, what it feels like for the deployed soldier and for the loved one back home (I give military spouses SO much respect and credit because I don’t think I could handle deployments and what could come from them) I liked everything about The Valentine’s Arrangement but I do wish it was a little bit longer but I say that about most books I like lol…maybe we’ll get a part two someday *hint hint Kelsie :-D* 

Since I’ve had the book I’ve read it twice so far and I’m giving it

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*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*


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