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Review: If you Believe in Me by Natalie J. Damschroder

If You Believe in Me by Natalie J. Damschroder
Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Military
Ebook 99¢ (79 pages, ENTANGLED)
Three years ago, Amber Benedict fell in love with Kale Riker and pledged to wait for him to return from the military. Even though she rarely hears from him, she’s steadfast in her belief: he’s coming home to her, and soon. Then the government tells Kale’s family that he’s missing in action, and they have given him up for dead. Kale Riker has been away from civilization and Amber for three long years. He’s been promised he can retire his commission when he completes his current mission, but now he’s seriously wounded and facing a long recovery. Worse still, security risks force a communications blackout, leaving him no way to let Amber know he’s alive. Can Amber hold out against an entire town pushing her to give up on love while Kale fights to get back home to her before Christmas?
Author Site: nataliedamschroder.com

He'll be home for Christmas... (4 stars)

I have to admit straight out the gate that some of the pieces of IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME's plot didn't make sense to me. Suspending disbelief though, it's an enjoyable story for anyone who loves a good story of lovers being reunited.

The only thing I really was frustrated with was that due to the short nature of the story, I didn't feel as invested in the HEA as I'd have liked. There just wasn't quite enough time to get to know Kale and Amber enough to be 100% rooting for them. Though it's a nice story I think making it a bit longer to add in a few flashbacks or something to give readers more insight into why they miss one another so much would have strengthened it's romantic core. It's not very common to find a romance where the characters are already in love but literally have no contact until the very end. It felt like I was reading the second half of a book, not the whole story.

That quibble aside I couldn't help but like IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME. As a former Army wife I'm a sucker for this kind of thing and I bet most romance readers who like military heros will enjoy it too. A little cheesy, a dash melodramatic, but a quick and satisfying romance read for the holiday season.

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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