Book Review: Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance (Recalled to Love Book 2) by Lisa Carlisle

Dress Blues: A Second Chance Military Romance

(Recalled to Love Book 2)

by Lisa Carlisle 




Is it ever too late for a second chance at love?

Volunteering at a cat shelter is much calmer than the adrenaline-fueled skirmishes of Vivi Parker’s last deployment in the Marines, but her limp is a constant reminder of what she endured. The shelter is her sanctuary, her one relief from memories that haunt her. At a fundraiser, she runs into a man she could never have while she served, but had never forgotten.

Active duty had its challenges, but starting over as a civilian in Boston is more difficult than Jack Conroy anticipated. When his mom and sister drag him to a cat benefit, he never expects to see a woman he last saw in Dress Blues—a woman he couldn’t have, but could never forget.

Vivi fears she’s no longer the woman Jack was drawn to, able to tackle rock climbing walls or other outdoor challenges. And Jack has decisions he must face.

Military rules forbade their burgeoning passion. But now, years later, the rules have changed.

Yet, so have they.


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


She was caught scooping poop. How devastatingly alluring.


I’ll wait out here… I don’t think he’ll want to see me until my Jolly Roger lowers its sails.


They’re just scars. We all have them. Some on the inside, some out. They don’t make you any less beautiful, Viv.


Pride is overrated. I don’t think taking it down a notch is going to kill you.



My Review:


Dress Blues has an interesting premise and entertaining storyline, and with an added bonus of kitty cats. And I am totally mental when it comes to kitty cats. A devastating injury ended Vivi’s career in the Marine Corp and left her badly scarred and self-conscious of her limp and limitations. She spends her free time volunteering at a cat shelter when not studying or in classes.   Jack and Vivi had felt an instant attraction years ago, but unable to act on it due to the military policy of no fraternization.   Those rule no longer apply and the chemistry is still strong and the gravitational pull remains, yet each is struggling to find their way and establish a new life plan. I enjoyed this quick, easy to follow and thoughtful story. Jack and Vivi’s story was relevant, sexy, and engaging.   I am relishing this series and look forward to the next installment.


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Lisa Carlisle

Lisa Carlisle
USA Today bestselling author Lisa Carlisle loves stories with dark, brooding heroes and independent heroines. She’s honored to be a multi-published author writing in different genres since she’s wanted to be a writer since the sixth grade. For much of her professional career, she’s written non-fiction — but she’s discovered writing romance is the most fun. Her romances have been named Top Picks at Night Owl Reviews and All Romance Ebooks.

When she was younger, she worked in a variety of jobs, moving to various countries. She backpacked alone through Europe and lived in Paris before returning to the U.S. She owned a bookstore for a few years as she loves to read. She’s now married to a fantastic man, and they have two kids, a cat, and many fish.

USA Today Bestselling Author of Romance and Suspense

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