This was a different story. It was really good, but it’s not very often I read a story where the Groom is the one who is pushing for the wedding.
Jocelyn (Jo) Swann, a no-nonsense single woman, she isn’t afraid to say what is on her mind, and she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She runs a local news paper that was started by her grandfather and she cares for her aging grandmother who has dementia. Her best friend is in the SAS, Australian military. They have been friends since they were very young.
Dan Jansen, Jocelyn’s best friend. Dan is single and a man who feels that he has to take care of everyone in his life. He is a protector and a fierce friend. He is deployed for six months and when he comes home he is not the same man. He lost two very close friends during deployment and to others were seriously injured, whether physically or mentally. He has a new take on life after this deployment and he has retired from the service. He plans to take over the farm that was run by his father now and make a life there.
After a breakup that Jo had a few years prior, Dan and Jo signed a marriage pact on the back of a coaster. Since Dan has gotten home from deployment he is bound and determined to fulfill that contract and marry Jo. The problem is that Jo has changed as well. She has gone through somethings while he was away and she is afraid to make the committment to Dan.
Most of the story goes through Dan trying to convince Jo to marry him and her trying to get everyone in town to believe that it is a joke. I like how Dan is so committed to Jo and the way that their lives are so intertwined. It is refreshing to read a story where the one who has reservations about commitment is the woman and not the man. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next in the Special Forces Series: Stand-In Wife, Ross Coltrane’s story. Ross is one of the men that served with Dan and he is also a very close friend. He is in this story and I would love to get to know him more. I give this story a 4.5 star rating, and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Bliss.