September Tango by Scarlett Jade and Llerxt the 13th
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** How often do you get a book that has a guy writing the male POV? Not often. This book is written by Scarlett Jade and her husband, Llerxt the 13th, a whirlwind romance between a US Soldier and the girl back home he should have always loved to begin with. Loosely based on their own romance. **
The town of Major is nothing more than a major disappointment for Zoe Parker. She is living in a grey world after the death of her beloved Momma, and can’t seem to shake the growing depression that threatens to consume her. Things only get worse when she discovers her longtime boyfriend is banging every chick in town.
Her daddy is gone most nights, and all she can think about is the boy who really caught her eye in high school more than five years ago… The one with gorgeous dark skin and smoldering eyes… Too bad he was dating her best friend. Now she floats around, moving through the daily routine with small dreams about getting away from the small town, and finding a real man to claim her heart…
Staff Sergeant Calvin Hall of the US Army is finally putting his boots back on American soil for some R&R. It’s been five years since he joined the military, and he hasn’t looked back since. After dealing with his own troubling past, he wants to lay back and enjoy some time to put it all behind him. But fate has other plans for him… A beautiful woman snags his attention the first day in town and the pull between them is too strong to resist. The problem? She is his ex-girlfriend’s best friend, she is just as broken as he is, and he has a war he has to get back to in two weeks.
Who says a summer romance ever has to end? What if thousands of miles and a war separated you? Would you keep dancing? Or would it simply be… a September Tango?
I have to start out by saying I really really really liked Beautiful Downfall by Scarlett Jade, but I LOVED September Tango.
Watch the trailer while I try to come up with a review that has no spoilers.
Let me start off with the fact that I am always impressed when you have a book written by two authors and it gels. You can’t tell where one author stops and the other takes off. It’s even more perfect when that author is a husband-wife team and you have an actual guy writing the guy’s point of view. I’m taking Scarlett and Llerxt’s word for it. It gelled that well. You couldn’t feel a change in author at any time of the book. It was awesome.
This was a perfect whirlwind romance and by whirlwind, I mean really fast. When you know, you know. I’ve never had that love at first sight thing in my life, but I’ve known others who have and they have wonderful marriages. These two are perfect together. Zoe deserved some happiness after the drama with her boyfriend and other (no spoilers) things that happened to her in the book.
I want to add that I think it’s interesting having an interracial couple write a story about an interracial couple, especially about an interracial couple in the south. I always have this hope that we’ve come a long ways in being tolerant of people, if not accepting, then things come up in the news, or I go visit family in the south. My uncle told me years ago when I asked him something about something I had overheard someone say at a store, I’m not repeating it, it wasn’t nice, but he said, baby, things are different down here then they are in Iowa. I’ve never understood not liking someone simply because of the color of their skin and I don’t get not letting people love who they love. While things regarding skin color are different the farther south you go from what I personally have witnessed, I’ve had comments said to me about being married to a Mexican here in Iowa, so we haven’t come as far as I wish we had.
Zoe and Calvin don’t deal with a lot of problems in this book that interracial couples deal with, but that’s because Calvin took a proactive approach. I really would like to see some conflict regarding that in the next book because it’s a reality of the society we live in.
All in all, beautiful book. There are some love scenes that are rather spicy, so I wouldn’t recommend this to the under 18 set or those who are faint of heart, if you are, keep a fan handy because you’re going to need it while reading.
I cannot wait for the next one in this series. I will be grabbing it the day that it is released, unless I can talk Scarlett into letting me read it before. Ha! I cannot wait to see where Calvin and Zoe’s story goes next.
Speaking of that, for the FTC, I bought this book on my own. It wasn’t given to me nor am I being compensated for this post.