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Tell It To The Marines (Trade Paperback) - Amy J. Fetzer In Hot Conflict childhood friends, running for their lives in Panama, finally decide (after 18 years!) to screw their friendship—literally.It was good, but not that good. Somehow the story “leaked” around the edges. No (plausible) explanation was given as to why they never tried to sort their feelings before. He was a boy from the wrong side of the tracks, she was a pampered little princess (that never stopped people before!), he pushed her into the arms of the wrong man (idiot!), she married said wrong man (idiot!...and that also never stopped anyone before!), the wrong man died three years ago, but they still stayed apart...Why does it always take a rescue mission in the middle of the jungle for people to actually have a meaningful conversation?!In Hot Landing Zone a female scientist, instead of following her rescuer's orders, jeopardizes the whole mission to rescue a bunch of papers.Another story I didn't "feel". They were both annoying, she with her "smartness", he with his "brooding". I just wanted for them to get laid, get rescued and be done with it. Well, it happened in that order. The last chapter also didn't do it for me. Sure, the lust was there (they were stranded!), but I didn't feel the Hot Target 5 Marines are sent into the Amazon jungle to extract a Peace Corps volunteer. An attack on the getaway chopper leaves one of those Marines stranded in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by dope cookers, trying to keep the volunteer alive, though she doesn't seem to need that much help.Finally I felt the love. This was by far the strongest story in this anthology. Both Sam (despite her initial stubbornness) and Rick were likable characters, nice and "normal", and though the attraction blazed hot almost from the get-go, there was also something else there. And it came through in the story. The whole buildup, the escape, the pursuit, the almost death experience, it all worked in painting a picture of a love-blossoming-in-the-middle-of-the-jungle. I even understood Sam's reservations in telling Rick who she really was.And the last chapter? LOVED it.2x 3 stars1x 4 stars