Book Review: A Soldier’s Embrace by Julie Romero

Posted 4 July, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:

Kidnapped from a stagecoach, debutante Elizabeth Davenport escapes her gold-thirsty captors with her virtue intact, only to find her heart stolen by the dashing Cavalry Officer who rescued her. Elizabeth is anxious to leave behind the dirty, dusty West, but not the Cavalry-committed bachelor, Lieutenant Ryan. Though separated by class, her heart cannot forget him.

Lieutenant Eric Ryan fails at nothing, except romance. Determined not to break Elizabeth’s heart, he pushes her toward another. But he has a nagging suspicion there is something hidden behind her fiancé’s scholarly manner. With Eric’s desire growing for Elizabeth, he finds himself on new ground. However, he’s soon to realise that falling in love could be dangerous for both of them.

About the Author:
Julie Church-Romero was born in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California and developed a love for reading at an early age. After becoming a manicurist out of high school, Julie entertained her coworkers by writing comical poems and funny stories in between seeing clients. They became so popular she found herself writing them once she got home. Being the daughter and sister of writers, her family encouraged the budding creativity. After publishing several short stories, Julie took a long lived position at a teen magazine publishing company where she transcribed interviews by teenage heartthrobs. It was during these years she met and married her best friend, Kyle. Several years after marriage, Julie began taking evening college writing classes. Once again she began filling notebooks with stories and historical research for long ago events that fascinated her. At Christmas one year, Kyle surprised her with a lap top computer. Not knowing anything about technology, she stared at him dumbfounded, the half unwrapped box still in her lap. Kyle explained it was for the book she would write one day. And she did.

A lover of American history and her family’s Denver Colorado roots led her to write A Soldier’s Embrace, her first published novel. Now a medical secretary, she is currently working on her second novel. She and Kyle currently reside in San Diego, California.

My Review:
Absolutely AMAZING! Julie Romero is my new favorite historical author! She pulled me into the story, gripped me completely and kept me on a roller coaster ride throughout. I wasn’t sure where I would land by the end of the book but WOW! I was quite pleased with the outcome.

Elizabeth Davenport’s character is strong and full of fight and beauty, as she finds herself kidnapped by what she thought was Calvary men. Traveling with her Aunt back to Denver and her soon-to-be fiance, her stage is robbed and she’s kidnapped by these Calvary men, one of whom bears a VERY strong resemblance to her intended; so much of a resemblance that for a minute she thinks he has a twin. But, he wouldn’t lie to her….would he? Traveling along side Elizabeth, I felt for a moment as if I could feel everything she felt, the trembling, the attack, the rescue. All of it was as if I was Elizabeth.

Lieutenant Eric Ryan was a Calvary man among the Civil War, that every woman would swoon over. I know I did just from reading about him coming to rescue Elizabeth! I could feel the pounding of hearts, the sweating, the pain, the instant attraction between Ryan and Elizabeth, even as they both denied what was in their hearts. The action of the rescuing, the Indians, the stage robbers, all stole my breath away! It was amazing!

Julie Romero did a fantastic job at creating a passionate and vibrant historical romance novel. I love her writing style and her ability to fully capture my attention with just the first page. The action she fills the spaces with, the words and characters, all come to life before me as the reader, and really gripped me.

I highly recommend this novel to all history lovers, all romance lovers! Julie Romero is an author who’s work quickly finds a place in your heart, and takes you back in time among the horses, the Civil War, and a time where, when you found true love, you clung to that and never let go. Definitely 5 star rating from this happy reader, who is looking forward to more of Romero’s work!

You can purchase your copy here.

*A copy of this eBook was provided for review by the author for Romancing the Book (A Soldier’s Embrace)*

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