Book Review #46: Coach Maddie and the Marine

Author: Blaire Edens

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Date of publication: January 11, 2016

No. Of pages: 134


To overcome depression and grief after the combat death of her Marine husband, Maddie Westerfield submerged herself into the workload of a grief counselor. She always kept her optimism alive with a simple fact that one day she will fall in love again. But this time, it won’t be with a man in uniform. But fate had planned something entirely different.

Lieutenant David Sterling considered himself as a failure. He failed at taking revenge against the untimely death of his brother. He failed at protecting one of his subordinates at the time of an ambush. Now he is looking for peace and penance to survive with his guilt. That is until a chance encounter with Maddie changes the direction of his life.


I am indulging into the lighter sections of my review load before I deal with the heavier ones. The main idea behind the story definitely had a good chance for development. The characters are well-thought out and have been given room for development through the story. However, the momentum of the flow was quite hurried towards the end and felt like a rush job. As a result, by the end of the book, it felt as if the characters are trying hard to catch up with the pace of narration, which definitely made it difficult to appreciate the sweet bloom of romance between the lead characters and give them a fruitful ending. Thus, for me, the sweet, romantic elements couldn’t be fully appreciated at all despite the simplicity of narrative style.

The title of the book is pretty straight-forward, and the characters represent the same. Despite the sweetness of the picture, the title definitely created the expectation in my mind to see a man in uniform featured in the cover image.

My opinion: There is definitely room for improvement when it comes to the flow of the story since the main plot has potential for creating a good book.

My rating: 2 out of 5


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