Sunday, October 27, 2013

Camouflaged by Selena Laurence

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Camouflaged (Hiding From Love Novella #0.5)

Camouflaged (Hiding From Love Novella #0.5)

Gabe Thompson enlisted to help out his buddy, but three years later he's 100% US military bad boy, serving in the desert of Afghanistan where the days are hot, but the nights are hotter.

Alexis Garcia is out to save the world. The University of Texas freshman has come to Afghanistan to do aid work with the United Nations. She's all about the peace, and she has no use for the camp's biggest, baddest, gun toting player.

But, sometimes camouflage is more than a color, and people aren't what they seem. When conflict develops not only between Gabe and Alexis, but also all around them, they're forced to look deeper, and what they find will rock their worlds and change their hearts forever.

Camouflaged is the prequel novella to Top 100 bestselling Military Romance, Hidden.


I focused on those gorgeous lips. "I think you're all bark and no bite, and that you're trying to chase me away with your bad attitude because you're afraid of me. I bet you like to be in control of everything all the time, don't you?"

She swallowed and I felt everything below my belt tighten to the point of pain. I dug my hand into the hunk of hair at the back of her head and gently pulled her toward me. She didn't resist as my heart rate picked up and her breaths came in little pants.

"You're afraid you won't be able to control a guy like me, aren't you? And you know what? You're right. You wouldn't be able to control me. But I'd take you on the ride of your life, and you'd thank me for it afterwards." I leaned in ever so slowly, my lips hovering over hers as her eyes fluttered shut. I could feel the heat from her face, and her chest grazed mine, setting off sparks all up and down my spine. Her hair was like strands of silk, and I gripped the back of her head tighter, pulling her that infinitesimal bit closer. She had a quick intake of breath and I felt my chest clutch.


5 It works for me smooches!

It was sad, but a fact of life in this country-the women were at the mercy of the men, and often the men were anything but merciful.
Gabe is a soldier, stationed in Afganistan. He has a sexual relationship with a local widow, Natalya. As a widow with no husband to support her, Natalya is forced into a life of prostitution. While Gabe is completely up-front with her, that all he wants is sex, she grows to love him. Gabe cares for her. You can see it in his jealousy of her other men-in how he takes care of her in the little ways that he is able to-fixing things up around the house and bringing her things like blankets and chocolates.

…having sex with her got more and more difficult when I knew there were emotions involved-her love, and my guilt.
Gabe ends things with Natalya. While most will find him to be a complete ass for doing so, I loved Gabe from the start. He reminds me SO much of my guy friends from high school. Gabe was honest with her from beginning. He was not looking for love. But, like most women, Natalya let her emotions take over. As women, we seek out what men try to avoid, love and commitment.

Just after breaking things off with his "whore," a group of Human Rights inspectors shows up with a bunch of college interns to check out the conditions in the area. Gabe gets buddied up with Alexis. Alexis is a spitfire and is not impressed by Gabe's "charm." She calls him on his shit and rather than turning him off, her feistiness only makes him want her more.

"Does that crap work for you… the whole 'Oh babe, let's get busy, you and me.' Are there girls in the world who find that attractive? Do you get laid with lines like that?"
"Yeah, it works for me… and you know what I think… I think it works for you too…You're afraid you won't be able to control a guy like me, aren't you? And you know what? You wouldn't be able to control me. But I'd take you on the ride of your life, and you'd thank me for it afterwards."
Holy smokes!!! Gabe *fans self* Gabe… *fans self again* I cannot believe this sexy man came out of the mind of the sweet little lady, you see below. He is such a GUY and I love that. His character is my absolute favorite thing about Camouflaged. While he is a womanizing, smart-ass that thinks with his dick first; Gabe is also a lover and a protector. He is brave and selfless and when he and Alexis find themselves in a hopeless situation, Gabe is a soldier through and through. He is a hero.

Camouflaged blew me away. I was surprised at how well developed the characters were and how amazing the story was for a novella. A lot of authors don't master this in full novels two and three times the size of Camouflaged. Well done Selena!!! I am anxiously awaiting being reunited with my new book boyfriend in Concealed.

Read this book ladies!! Gabe will make your toes curl! And it is only .99! You have no excuses... get the book... read it... love it... and fan-girl all over the lovely Selena Laurence!!! She is amazing!


Selena Laurence lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she knows what to do with. Her husband, Mr. Laurence, spends as much time as he can at the office and the gym in order to avoid the kids, the dog, the laptop and the reading, but he always shows up for the soccer games, and he makes a mean Mocha Latte.

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