The description was so well written that I thought that this novel was going to be an easy, lighthearted, romantic read. I was actually looking forward to reading Coach Maddie and The Marine. The first half of the novel lived up to my expectations but then there was the other half.
As the novel continued to progress, it began to feel somewhat rushed. The novel started to jump around, especially near the end. I also felt that the attraction between them was nice but the jump from attraction to talks of marriage made me feel that there were gaps in the timeline that left me questioning how fast this relationship was going. Another issue I had would have to be the fact that Maddie's deceased husband, Frank, was skimmed over. There was so much more depth that I ended up craving for a deeper story.
All the characters were likeable and cute, but I was hoping for more chemistry between both Maddie and David. I also wished that their relationship slowly built up from attraction to thoughts of marriage. Don't get me wrong I liked them together but I felt that their relationship was rushing from one thing to the next.
Coach Maddie and The Marine was a cute read. However, I felt that there was so much potential for more if the novel had been longer and there was more depth put into the novel itself. It could have been an emotionally moving story if it had not been rushed or had holes within the novel.
If you are looking for a contemporary romance, then check this novel out. It is a delightful read that can be read within hours of starting the novel. If you want a complex novel filled with depth then I would have to suggest checking another novel out.
Summary from Goodreads:
After the combat death of her Marine husband, grief counselor Maddie Westerfield has thrown herself into helping other families—leaving no time for dating. Which is just fine with Maddie since falling in love again, especially with another man in uniform, is out of the question. No matter how gorgeous he is. Plus, she’s busy looking after her eight-year-old nephew for her deployed sister.
For the last eight years, Lieutenant David Sterling has lived with the guilt of losing one of his soldiers in an ambush in Afghanistan. So when the opportunity presents itself, he jumps at the chance to help the beautiful widow coach her nephew’s football team. But keeping things strictly professional between them is harder than he expected. And even though he knows a relationship with Maddie will only lead to heartbreak, he can't help falling for her.
Expected Publication: January 11th 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Bliss)
About The Author:
Blaire Edens lives in the mountains of North Carolina near the farm that's been in her family since 1790. When she's not plotting; she's busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She's generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one's looking.
ARC was kindly provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.