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by Paula Quinene
GENRE: Historical Romance
Army soldier Johan Landers is bent on getting himself killed on Guam during WWII, but falls in love with Jesi, a native girl, and must fight to return to her.
“Drink,” she said.
Johan closed his eyes and took a sip. Then a gulp. Coolness spread through his body. She’s nice. It was the most delicious thing he’d put on his tongue. Refreshing. The girl held the cup for him until he finished.
The girl nodded.
She set the cup aside and stepped away to pick up the coconut and machete again. Keeping her left hand out of the way, the girl held the machete in her right hand, centered it on the coconut, and hit the coconut in the middle. It split in half. She brought the coconut to him. Using the skin that was between her teeth, she scooped the coconut flesh and fed him.
Johan savored the soft meat. It wasn’t as sweet as the stuff his granny used to sprinkle on cake. But it was really good.
The girl was about five feet and a couple inches, and it looked as if she could use something to eat, though she wasn’t as thin as the other refugees he’d seen. She wasn’t trembling anymore. When she finished, she set aside the spent coconut and cardboard.
“Thank you, Miss. My name is Johan. What’s your name?”
She narrowed her eyes at him for a moment.
“Jesi, my name is Jesi.”
Her voice was pleasant. He was exhausted. What is it about her eyes? She stood up, startling him, and walked deeper into the cave.
When I think of WWII, Guam is definitely not my first thought. However, it truly did play a big role in WWII and this is the perfect setting for this book. This book is a very interesting and intriguing concept filled with love, romance, history, honor, and culture. The passion and love just leap off the page! You can definitely feel Johan and Jesi’s connection and chemistry!
Johan is suffering from the loss of his beloved. He feels so guilty and distraught that he enlists in the US Army and is sent to Guam during WWII. Johan is reckless and constantly puts himself in possible life-ending situations.
Johan meets Jesi, a local girl, when he is awaken by her screams as she is being tortured by three Japanese soldiers. Johan immediately goes to save Jesi and quickly defeats her captors. Johan instantly becomes mesmerized by Jesi and their passion heats up for some exploding love scenes. I'm not sure I'd say these scenes are erotic. Maybe somewhat blushing; but not anything close to the 50 Shades World.
I liked the main characters, Johan and Jesi. I could see their story unfold and their infatuation take over. This story felt very real and genuine. I also really liked that both characters, Johan and Jesi, are strong, intelligent, competent characters that both bring something to the table.
However, the love story angle isn’t really anything new. A couple from two different worlds falls in love even though they aren’t supposed to. With their worlds pulling them apart, can these two overcome all the obstacles or will they find love can’t conquer it all. Regardless, this story was still interesting and intriguing! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a historical romance book that is filled with love, passion, chemistry, excitement, honor, and culture.
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Paula Quinene was born and raised on Guam. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science in Exercise & Movement Science, hoping to return to the island as an anatomy teacher. A resident of North Carolina since 2000, Paula’s homesickness – or “mahalangness” – has motivated Paula to write A Taste of Guam, Remember Guam, both cookbooks, and her first novel, Conquered.
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