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Love In Uniform: 5 Must-Read Military Romance Books

What is it about a man in uniform? Does it instantly make them that much more attractive? Is it that uniform reminds us of a soldier’s loyalty and dedication to something bigger than themself? Whatever it is that draws you to men in uniform, below are 5 military romance books to cuddle up with.

Secure Her (Chase Security Series Book 4) by R.L. Dunn

Will his heart open for the right woman? Zach “Ice” Wentworth, Head of the Domestic Law Enforcement Unit for Chase Security, has just returned to the office after losing a female operative—his former submissive—in an undercover mission gone wrong. A Dominant since his early days in the Navy, Master Ice craves a new submissive—but not someone he works with. He’s haunted by guilt and has vowed to never lose another female operative under his protection. US Attorney Saoirse Kennedy arrives in Zach’s office on a mission to stop a prolific human trafficking ring. She’s smart, brave, and decisive when it comes to work, but in matters of the heart, she’s naïve and, unbeknownst to her, a natural submissive.

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Guarded: An Everyday Heroes World Novel by Rachel Leigh

When I left this town, I left behind a piece of my heart. I did it for us. Enlisted in the army, served overseas—it was all for a better life. A life she deserved. A farmhouse with a white picket fence, a dog, kids—the American Dream. Going home to her has always been the plan. I just didn’t anticipate any other reasons for escaping this sandpit. Now I’m back. Burying our dreams. A shattered heart and no mending in sight. Guarded like a shield to protect me from a pain that I never knew existed. I didn’t think I could possibly move on, let alone with someone else. And, never with her sister.

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Heedless (The Hellbound Brotherhood Book 4) by Shannon McKenna

Whatever it takes to protect her… Security expert Nate Murphy came to Shaw’s Crossing to kick ass and help the Trask brothers fight off their enemies. He didn’t expect to get knocked off his feet by the elusive, gorgeous Elisa, a mysterious woman who works for one of his friends. Elisa’s holding something back…something big. Nate’s an ex-soldier and ex-bouncer whose specialty is breaking heads…but the fear in Elisa’s eyes makes him want to crush whoever put it there. If only she would tell him the truth…

Secrets and lies…

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Rogue Legend: A British Special Ops Military Romance (SAS Rogue Unit Book 8) by Louise Rose-Innes

Ten years ago, Pat’s SAS unit was tasked with transporting a ruthless human trafficker back to England to stand trial when they were ambushed. He was the only survivor. Now he’s got an opportunity to put things right. One chance. One-shot. But at the crucial moment, his target’s girlfriend gets in the way. Compromised, he’s captured by the very man he was trying to eliminate. Two years of selling her soul to the devil to get inside The Falcon’s compound and it’s ruined by some maverick ex-military operator on a personal vendetta. Typical. Now, undercover agent, Melissa has to blow her cover to rescue him, just when a new shipment of illegal immigrants is about to enter the U.K.

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Because She Married Me: Book 6 by Mia Dailey

A Marine fighting on the front lines. The woman he loves covering the story as a journalist. A nightmare that could destroy everything...or, perhaps, mark a new beginning. When Steven invites her to follow him into his mission in the Gulf War, Nicolette decides to listen to her heart and join him. Her job won’t be a problem, either; Nicolette’s manager found her reporting on neighborhood happenings in Atlanta brilliant, and can’t wait to read her new articles on war. And with Nicolette staying on a boat in the Persian Gulf, a few miles away from where Steven would be fighting on the front lines, there shouldn’t be any reason to worry about her safety...or so they all think. Steven feels it’s a dream come true that Nicolette agreed to follow him. He believes it must be a gift from above that will protect him against harm while he’s fighting in the Gulf. And at first, it does seem that way...until things get complicated on the front lines and in the air, and Steven finds himself fighting for his life. And not just his, and his fellow Marines’. Nicolette’s life is in danger, too. He could lose everything.

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Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

Ingredients

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

1 cup coarsely chopped cipollini onions

3 cups chopped & stemmed mushrooms, mix of shiitakes & creminis

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

1/4 cup chopped sage, plus 8 leaves for garnish

2 tablespoons minced rosemary

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

5 cups cubed crusty ciabatta + nine-grain bread*

3 lacinato kale leaves, coarsely chopped or torn

2 cups vegetable broth, plus more for reheating

1/4 cup dried cranberries

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

-Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8x12 or 9x13 casserole dish.

-In a very large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and several grinds of fresh pepper, and let the mushrooms cook until they begin to soften, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring only occasionally. Add the garlic, celery, sage, and rosemary, and cook until everything is soft and the mushrooms are golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

-Add the balsamic vinegar, stir, and scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the bread and the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and toss to coat. Add the kale and cook until it begins to wilt, about 1 minute. -Add 1 cup of the broth and stir.

-Transfer to a casserole dish and pour the remaining 1 cup broth evenly over the stuffing.

-Sprinkle with the dried cranberries, remaining whole sage leaves and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit for at least 15 minutes or until ready to serve.

Notes

To reheat, add a bit more stock and bake until warmed through and slightly crisp on top.

*Crusty bakery bread works best in this recipe. Soft sandwich bread will become too soggy.

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