Just Once – 4 Stars

just once

Rebecca Brooke

letters home series (book 3)

Release Date: May 19, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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book blurbA chance encounter changes everything.

After the loss of his closest friend, and with a scheduled deployment closing in, the last thing Army Ranger Colin Dunham wants is to start any new relationship. But Joey, with her gorgeous eyes and blunt honesty, grabs Colin’s attention from the moment he catches her watching him from across the bar. He knows one night is all they can have. This mysteriously addictive girl ends up taking over every one of his dreams and nightmares, though, crossing the line of another night he’d rather forget.

As dreams become reality, Colin steps in to protect Joey from a threat he never imagined. And when tables turn, it’s Joey who must protect him.

Circumstances are never what they seem.

Can just one night lead them to the other side of heartache?


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about the authorRebecca Brooke

Rebecca a New Jersey native has had a passion for reading all of her life. No matter the genre, turning her dreams into stories for her readers to treasure is more than she could ask for. She lives with her family wishing every day could be spent in the summer sun.

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my review4 Stars

Wooziers. Just Once is heavy on heartache and drama –  I needed a bowl of ice cream to cheer me up half way through Colin and Joey’s romance.

These two met one night at the local bar and had a case of instant lust. They acted on it but then went their separate ways without making any effort toward meeting up again in the future. Little did they know that they would get a surprising second chance to make things right.

After fate plays matchmaker, Joey and Colin make a real go at getting to know one another and you’re smitten with their budding romance.  However, what everyone quickly realizes is that Colin is struggling with his traumatic past and they both worry about how it will affect them as a couple.

So when everything goes to hell and it skydives down, you’re not really surprised.  Colin’s PTSD was slowly squeezing the life of him and their relationship.  He spirals out of control and Joey has no way to help him.  He rebuts all of her efforts and sets himself onto a destructive course – it’s sad and their issues are probably more realistic than I what I know as a civilian.

The author takes the reader on a long, up hill emotional battle for these two to get their happily ever after.  It’s gut-wrenching but it just makes you want this couple to find happiness and solace together just that much more.

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Just Once was my first book from Rebecca Brooke and while I enjoyed it, I wish I had started with Letters Home.  I think my problem was that when I read Colin and Joey’s romance – which is technically a standalone – I did not have the desired emotional connection to Colin that would have been there after reading the previous books in the series.  So I would recommend starting there and not with this book.

That being said, in my opinion – I think this series is definitely worth checking out.  Just Once was filled with intense, captivating character and intriguing plotlines.  It’s well written and incredibly believable.

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