Review: Major Attraction by Julie Miller

major attractionTitle: Major Attraction

Author: Julie Miller

Mills & Boon imprint: Blaze

Year of publication: 2004

The heroine: Relationship therapist/writer Josephine Cynthia Gardner

The hero: Marine Ethan McCormick

The blurb: Popular Dr. Cyn’s latest sexual advice columns are sending military men in D.C. running for cover–except Major Ethan McCormick. Cyn–real name Josephine Cynthia Gardner–is out to prove that guys in uniform don’t make good relationship material or lovers.

Ethan is unfazed by the attack on his profession. Sure, he’s a stickler for the rules, and you could bounce a dime off his neatly made bed. But he’s more than ready to muss those same bedclothes with the right woman….

Dr. Cyn’s on a mission to scout out a hot military man, seduce him and report back to headquarters. But after one sizzling night with Ethan, she’s willing to confess to a major attraction. One that’s far too real and all-invasive. But what will happen when Ethan discovers she’s an “under-the-covers” operative?

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: Another awesome book by Julie Miller! I don’t think she can write a bad one. This book was fun. Josephine Gardner, known as JC to everyone, writes a sex column called Dr Cyn. Her editor challenges her to write about relationships with military men, something JC is reluctant to touch because her father, in the Navy, cheated on her mother for years while he was on leave. She has no interest in military men at all and believes they’re not capable of long term relationships, so she takes the bet to prove her editor wrong.

Ethan McCormick is in line for a promotion, but feels he won’t get it unless he has a partner, something his boss is big on. He needs to find a fake fiancée, and quickly, or the promotion’s down the drain. After rescuing JC from being harassed by two drunk marines at a bar, he persuades her to pose as his fiancée for two weeks. JC accepts, because it means she can write her series about military men with first hand experience.

Except somewhere along the way, their relationship becomes more than just show and tell. They can’t fight their attraction, and when JC is threatened by someone who has taken exception to her comments about military men in her columns, Ethan will do whatever he has to to keep her safe. She tries to tell him she’s Dr Cyn, but he brushes it off, not realising what she’s saying. When he finally finds out, he’s understandably angry, believing he was being used all along (he admits he was using her, too, but at least he was up front about it). He’s mad for a week, until JC goes to his commanding officer to confess all, and he realises he’s in love with her. Luckily for him, she feels the same, and it turns out she was wrong about military men after all 🙂

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