The Lieutenants' Online Love

Caro Carson
The Lieutenants' Online Love
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Publisher
Harlequin
Release Date
April 2018
ISBN
9781335465764
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
When "You've Got Mail" meets the US Army, you've got a new romance by RITA-winning author--and West Point graduate--Caro Carson.

What happens when your internet crush…

Shows up in real life?

First Lieutenant Thane Carter has experienced great success as the senior platoon leader of a military police company at Fort Hood. But tbh, his love life stinks. Thane wishes his maddening—and off-limits—new coworker, Lieutenant Chloe Michaels, could be more like his online friend "BallerinaBaby." It's complicated, all right—especially when Thane learns that his workplace nemesis and his internet crush are one and the same!

Book Review by Avonna Loves Genres (reviewer)
Apr 12, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
10 people found the following review helpful
THE LIEUTENANTS' ONLINE LOVE by Caro Carson is a sweet contemporary military romance with no sex, romantic relationship build-up, misunderstandings and realistic dialogue both online and face-to-face.

Lieutenant Chloe Michaels is ready for her first posting in the military police company at Fort Hood. She has focused on this day through her years at West Point and never had the time for a real romance, but she does have an anonymous friend online, Different Drummer. Matched through a website that only allows messages and texts, no pictures, they have been friends for 8 months as Chloe has moved across the country training. She values their friendship and Drummer's advice as they grow closer and closer. She especially values him as her real life work colleague Thane Carter proves difficult.

First Lieutenant Thane Carter is at the height of his success as senior platoon leader of his military police company. His love life is not on the same track. His does not want to play the field and wants a real relationship with someone to share his life permanently. He may not have a real-life girlfriend, but he does have Ballerina Baby online.

From the beginning of her new posting, Chloe and Thane each wish the other could be more like their online friend and less irritating. When the two decide to meet, Thane learns that his Ballerina Baby is Chloe. Now, he has to wrap his mind and emotions around the fact that his online love is at the desk right next to him at work and fraternization could lead to them being kicked out of the job and service they both love.

Even though the plot is not new, the addition of the military ramifications gave it an interesting twist. The story is fast paced and easy to read. I feel the author's writing shines in her dialogue, especially the contrast between their online and real life interactions. I feel it was very realistic and it kept me entertained as well as engaged throughout the book. Chloe and Thane made me cheer for their HEA. (There may have even been a tear in my eye at the ending.)
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Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Apr 30, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
2 people found the following review helpful
I got a copy of this book to read after reading the review here by Avonna Loves Genre and because, hello, "online". I love anything computer-related. :)

So, I dug into this book eagerly, and we open with Chloe writing to her online friend, on the verge of revealing something personal and silly, because she had the sense he was upset about something and she wanted to cheer him up. Wow, good opening, I thought, my interest caught.

However, the first few chapters also contain some information about the military, the schools, etc, the author setting up the roadblocks for Chloe and Thane's relationship or inability to have one. It was a bit boring, though I understand the necessity of readers having said background. Then came the time they both went to the party outside their condo, without knowing each is the other's online friend. I have to say…it's true what they say about not having conflict being boring. Here, Chloe and Thane are definitely attracted to each other and they flirted heavily and yes…boring. I almost put the book down. It's only because I knew there are some fireworks up ahead that made me forge on. So, dear readers, if you felt like I did, please don't give up. Read on and you won't regret it.

I definitely didn't. After the conflict came, the story became more interesting and intriguing, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I did the usual "Ashia maneuver", meaning, I sort of skimmed to the end, then came back to read more slowly. I only usually do that when a book captured my imagination and made me itch to know what happens next!

I love Thane--how he arranged things so that he and Chloe could have a chance. You'll definitely love a guy who is thoughtful and sweet and always thinking about your welfare. I wish there's a real-life Thane! I get the sense that Thane is clear about his feelings for Chloe--that he loves her and would do anything to protect her and/or arrange things so they could be together. While Chloe's feelings are not so clearly stated. While I couldn't help but feel there's an imbalance, I do think it's understandable though…you'll know why when you've read the book.

Very satisfying and enjoyable! Highly recommended. Overall rating: 4.5 stars
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