Doctor Josephine Cynthia Gardner - Dr. Cyn to her readers - is one of the hottest sex advice columnists on the East Coast. Her witty writing style, tempered with tried and true advice, is a hit with men and women alike. But her new assignment is making her have serious doubts. Her editor wants her to see if military men live up to their expectations of being great lovers. Cyn bets her editor that military men are just playboys with a girl in every port. Heaven knows, her emotionally cold, bigamist, career Navy father was like that. So Cyn goes undercover at a military bar, covertly writing down her observations and determined to prove herself right. But once Cyn meets Ethan, she begins to question if all military men are "love 'em then leave 'em" kind of guys...because she's tempted to have Ethan for keeps!
Major Ethan McCormick is the ideal Marine, and the ideal candidate for a promotion. But all of the other candidates have significant others, and he thinks it will be a detriment to his chances if he doesn't show up with at least a fiancee. The problem is, he's been so hurt in the past by a betrayal, he's devoted his entire life to his career and hasn't dated in over a year. Once he spots Cyn in a bar, however, he knows that she's the ideal candidate for his "fake fiancee" for the next two weeks, until he snags that promotion. Ethan discovers that his feelings for his "fake fiancee" are becoming all too real! But once he discovers that his J.C. is really Dr. Cyn, the woman who has been trashing the reliability and sexual prowess of military men in her column, will he walk away from her for good?
This book was a joy to read, I had a very hard time putting it down! I laughed out loud on several occasions, the book was hilarious as well as wickedly sensual. The sparks flew - literally. I never knew reading about learning how to dance or making dinner could be so hot ;) Ethan was just yummy - a Marine in every sense of the word, tall, handsome, strong, dedicated to country and family, and trust-worthy. As for J.C., I really identified with her. Having a bad father figure really works on you when it comes to adult relationships. She was a fun character - witty, smart, independent, yet painfully lacking in trust at times. Since Ethan had his own heartache in his past to work through, it was interesting to watch them work together on making their "fake" relationship a real one.
Did I mention how hot this book is? Be prepared to take a cold shower once you get done reading this one! ;) This book is definitely a winning combination of romance, humor, trust issues, sensuality, and a bit of a mystery (someone's stalking J.C. - who is it?). I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a passionate read.