Monday, December 31, 2012

Military Monday and *Giveaway*



If you saw my last post about Military Romance novels you might have read its become a recent curiosity for me. It's not really an obsession, per se....but I do now find myself scanning the shelves for uniforms when at Wal-Mart or Target.  I've run across a common thread and I haven't decided how I feel about it.  So while updating you on my recent reads, and giving you a chance to win some books, I thought I would open this up for discussion.

Here's my discovery.  Most of the books that I've read have the same, but very interesting conclusion.  They have all ended with the military member miraculously timing his declaration of true love and marriage with him someone being able to end his career in the military.  Many times the conclusion is portrayed to the reader by inference that he is choosing his love, and his women, over his career.  The women in the story almost always doesn't know if she can handle his career and either wonders this allowed all through the book or actually makes that a prerequisite for the returning of her love, or for accepting a proposal.  I don't know about you but this completely sticks in my craw.  For one it portrays us women in a completely negative light.  Why yes, I will love you, but only if you give up the career that you've been in for however long, because I am too week and fragile to handle this difficult lifestyle.  Why yes, I'll love you but only if you completely give up who you are so that I can have everything I want.  Clearly loving and being with me is a fair trade for whatever you will now have to do to find a career after what seems to me to be a sudden and quick break from your current career.

Now I know I'm totally thinking about this too much, and I'm most definitely reading too much into this.  Are these books not more likely to appeal to the Military Women?  I mean, I don't know about the rest of us in this category but I wouldn't mind reading a romance novel that ends with the guy remaining in the military.  It seems to me that there can be love and romance within the military life!  So now that everyone is rolling their eyes at me, LOL, how about I give you a chance to check the out yourself.  Personally I think they are better than any Shades of Grey book out there even though I haven't read Shades of Grey.  But the military life, while not to be completely romanticized to the point where reality has to place....is pretty darn romantic if you ask me.

What are your thoughts?

Prize: 3 Harlequin American Romance/Operation Family Books
I found all of these at Wal-Mart at different times.  I'd never noticed them before, so I wonder if being in a high volume military location has anything to do with that or not; or maybe I never really paid attention to them before.  This is my first dive into Romance Novels.



The SEAL's Stolen Child (Harlequin American Romance, No 1430)A Baby For Christmas

A SEAL's Secret Baby (Harlequin American Romance, No 1415)

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14 comments:

  1. I haven't read these yet but I'm very curious!!! Romance and the military kind of life...I'm hooked =)

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    1. check out my goodreads page for some reviews on some of the ones I've read, not just the ones above. there are some better than others :) thanks for stopping by

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  2. I have only read Cassie Edwards romance novels
    Lilhottemomma@yahoo.com

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    1. i'll have to look those up...do you have a favorite?

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  3. I don't know that I would call the military lifestyle romantic, but it sure is honorable, heroic, and amazing. I grew up in the lifestyle, then raised my children in the same lifestyle. I tend to avoid romantic books about military men because of the same reason you mentioned. It's just not realistic. Military men tend to be Alpha and just how many Alpha males are going to be attracted to weak minded and scared women who can't handle that kind of dedication?

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    1. thats what I appreciate about many of the books that I've read, it showcases the honorable nature of many military men. Some of my favorites are my favorites because they endorse the idea that many military men are honorable and not the negative stigma that is attached many times.

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  4. I haven't read one in a while. I am not sure what my favorite part is.

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  5. First time for me to read them if I win. keeping fingers crossed.

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  6. Not sure what my favorite part is either..I haven't read a romance novel in forever.

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  7. suebunting1977at(gmail)dot(com) I have romance novels before but never military ones! I know nothing about military life.

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  8. I have read general romance novels before, and I guess I love the usual happy ending!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  9. I read romance novels, but never military ones.. I usually read historical romances:) I love how there is always tragedy but that it always works out in the end:)

    babydjs_mom@yahoo.com

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  10. never read a military romance novel. I saw an officer and a gentleman and thats the closest thing i can think of military

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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