Series: The Lonely Hearts #3
Published by RiverHouse Publishing, LLC on July 25, 2011
Genres: African American Romance
Staff Sergeant Brett Black has a bad feeling that something is going to go terribly wrong. And as a Recon Marine, he pays attention to his gut. Only nothing can prepare him for what he encounters when he arrives at home from the base. His wife is leaving him, and there is nothing he can do about it.
Abandoned with a kid, the super alpha-male has to become domesticated quickly or find a willing substitute to help him with his son. Only the substitute he finds is no substitution.
Courtney Lawless is a true wild card. The budding librarian loves the classics and carries herself like a lady by day. But she also is full of life and surfs the waves of the Atlantic Ocean by night. Since her parents won’t pay for college because of bad decisions in her past, the reformed bad-girl takes a job as Brett’s live-in nanny to finish paying for school.
Brett has never seen a woman of such complex duality. Used to a wife who won’t clean, cook or even talk to him, when he starts to live with Courtney, he realizes what he’s been missing his entire life. Educated, amazing and refreshingly honest, the only thing that that this transparent beauty hides from her new boss is that she’s also the Lieutenant Colonel’s daughter.
Faced with another deployment to Afghanistan soon, the brooding Marine is forced to come out his shell to fight for what he loves, only this time, the war is at home.
Enjoy the interracial must-read romance of the summer, The Grunt, the third a longest book in Latrivia S. Nelson’s Lonely Heart Series and today.
Special note from the author:
As a proud wife of a decorated, United States Marine, I’m happy to write this book about finding love while serving the Corps. I think you’ll find Brett to be a strong alpha male with endearing qualities, and you’ll find Courtney to be a strong, loving woman. The combination makes for a classic love story that sizzles with passion but warms you from the inside with sincerity.
This is also the longest book in The Lonely Heart Series. As a full-length novel, I think you’ll enjoy the extra pages and a few laughs.
Like so many others, my husband was wounded in Iraq. His road to recovery was hard not only on us but also on our two children. It took a lot. Words cannot explain the pain and worry of receiving “the call” that your husband has been severely injured. As a young couple, we relied on our families, our faith in God and the military for support.
A part of the proceeds from this book will be contributed to Soldier’s Angels for those who have served and have been injured. We are aiming to present a check during the Christmas holiday. I would encourage you to consider them as your charity of choice as well.
Again, I hope that you enjoy.
Latrivia S. Nelson
The Grunt duology by Latrivia S. Nelson easily became a favorite of mine within the year of 2018. But, this review isn’t about talking about my first, second, or third reading of The Grunt duology, it’s about my choice to gush about how much I love this mini series and why.
In part one of this duology we are introduced to the main characters Brett, his little boy Cameron, and Courtney. The author constructed each character within this duology in harmony with the story. By tastefully allowing the story to be told as organically as possible, and allowing the characters to reveal themselves as the story progresses, she checked off a lot of what I look for in both a story and subsequent series. She doesn’t splash the race of each character in your face making those characteristics the focal point of the story, as I’ve seen in many interracial stories, but allows the story to be told and the characters to be a part of it.
With each of the characters mentioned the readers find that they are all encountering their own share of heartache and problems which corrals them into each other’s lives. Because of these issues readers are able to see the somewhat slow progression of the romance and somewhat complete resolutions to them.
This mini series has heavy roots in the Marine military branch and the author does a good job of showing her research and personal experience through both parts of The Grunt. I loved reading about this new life view, but this aspect was just a small boon that made me love and adore everything this mini series had to offer.
In part two, we’re given the continuation to a conflict that was introduced in part one along with character development for Courtney and Brett individually and as a couple. We also get to learn more about Courtney’s brother who was introduced to us in part one and some of his struggles that directly impact the Black family.
There’s so much I could say about this mini series but I really urge you all, if stories like is are your cup of tea, to try at least these two books. There are so many underlying lessons and great things I could say about series but I want you all to experience it yourself.