I have to admit I never expected to be prejudiced towards a book, but to say I was skeptical when I started Out of Love by RC Boldt is putting it lightly. I was sure I had the book pegged from the beginning. We are all familiar with the classic set-up with the over-the-top alpha military hero who needs to save his woman (before she even is his), baby this and baby that. Well, it turns out, I was meant to be taught the lesson of “don’t judge a book by its blurb”, cause this book took my prejudice and expectations and threw them out the window. Despite the fact that this is a military romance with an alpha, this book is everything but that classic set-up.
Out of Love stars Foster Kavanaugh, who is a former Navy SEAL, has started a security-consulting firm along with a few other veterans. He is an alpha male, but so much more than that. He is very conflicted based on his past actions, and it worried that these actions will stop him from getting what he wants. The person he wants is his office manager Noelle Davis. She is beautiful, sassy, and in trouble…
As stated earlier, this book is very different, in the best possible way, from the standard military romance. It is great to witness a hero, who despite his exterior, is not a cocky SOB, but as someone lives with some of the same doubts as the rest of us. Noelle is the girl, we all dream of being. Her strength is her best quality, she might be in trouble but she doesn’t want to be treated differently for it. I really loved her, but the showstopper really was Foster. I love books with dual POVs since it provides insights in both characters, and what we saw inside Foster’s showed a man who is strong, funny and a little self-deprecating, but with a soft side.
This book was so well written, I did not want to put it down. The storyline is somewhat predictable, but that is the way with romance, but the underlying plotline is so intriguing, I cannot wait to see where this story will go, so I can say with certainty that RC Boldt just made a new fan with this book.
However, I have to admit, I was a little confused some times, there were several side characters and I had a tough time keeping track of them all, which is a real shame. But I expect we will meet in future books, which hopefully will help clear up my confusion. But this is not enough to not give this the 5 star rating it deserves.