I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.From the Start by Cheryl Etchison
Series: American Valor #3
Published by Avon Impulse on May 23rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Military, Romance
Source: the publisher
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Ranger Battalion Surgeon Michael MacGregor (boy that’s a mouthful) first meets Kacie Morgan at her sister’s bachelorette party. Kacie is reluctant to start anything with anyone especially with a guy who not only has her ex’s name but also is in the military. Michael on the other hand can’t get Kacie out of his head and a second chance meeting leads to them to eventually becoming friends with benefits.
Kacie is in a position in her life where she is ready to take charge of her life instead of wasting it on a guy, she’s moving away for a fellowship for physical therapy at Duke and since Michael is in the military he isn’t going to around much longer either. They both didn’t count on one by one breaking the rules they had decided on and falling in love.
I really liked them both, individually and together. Michael was such a great guy, he really loved his brother and as shown in the book was willing to follow wherever to keep him safe but this did mess up with his life plans instead of being a doctor with family like he had planned, he was a bachelor and a military doctor.
Kacie was also lovely. She had to deal with jealousy over her younger sister’s upcoming marriage to a man she was deeply in love with while Kacie who has spent the last seven years as a girlfriend to a fighter pilot has to start all over again. Now she’s has her future planned, starting with doing something she really wants like the fellowship and it doesn’t include anymore military guys alas we can’t choose who we end up falling for.
I also liked their relationship, no matter that they wanted to just keep in physical, their caring for each other showed through and neither could the friendship that they had developed. The book has quite a good variety of banter, sweet and angsty moments between the couple to make it a good read. They were adorable together and I really wanted them to have their happily ever after.
Quibbles: Michael’s brother Danny, View Spoiler »apparently Michael’s mother made Danny promise the same thing she told Michael but it seems like where Michael was driving himself insane over worrying over his brother to the point that for the last decade he had planned his life/what/where he was going to be on where Danny was. On the other hand, Danny seems to have not really giving that promise much thought (and I’ve not his book so I don’t know maybe he does care about his promise) and it was very jarring to have one brother just be so worried while the other has apparently known that why really Michael was in the military and yet still continues to act the way he did. I don’t know it made me feel angry at Danny. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, while this was my first read from the author it definitely won’t be the last. I quite enjoyed it and I will definitely be checking out more from the author!