They say that everyone loves a man (or woman) in uniform. So much so that there are whole platoons of romances with military or ex-military heroes and heroines. Enough to make military romances a special force in romance of their very own.
If you’d like to see a romance featuring those currently serving, you can’t go wrong with M.L. Buchman’s Night Stalkers series. His series focuses on the four men and women who crew a DAP Black Hawk helicopter for U.S. Army Special Forces as part of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), generally referred to as SOAR. This is the elite unit that transports Navy SEALs and Delta Force teams in and out of covert missions, and it really exists. The romance series featuring the crew of one chopper is fantastic in the way that it not only features each member of the crew, but that the men and the women are equally soldiers and equally career military, whether they are officers or enlisted. The series starts with The Night Is Mine and features a female helicopter pilot flying missions in combat zones.
No matter how appealing military heroes might be, war zones aren’t necessarily the best places for romantic trysts. There’s a solution to that; the ex-soldier who can still save the day and win his, or her, love interest’s heart. There is often an added appeal to these stories, either of healing a wounded warrior, or that the veterans are part of an elite unit still performing undercover special operations the government can’t or won’t acknowledge.
For stories on the espionage/special operations side of that equation, the Black Knights Inc. series by Julie Ann Walker is all kinds of fun. The Black Knights are not only an undercover special operations unit, but their cover is a custom motorcycle shop. As far as those special ops go, think of The Expendables movies, except the Black Knights really do get their girls. The first book in this hot series is the very appropriately titled Hell on Wheels.
In the category of wounded warriors facing danger while still in recovery and possibly not being sure they are ready or willing to find a happily ever after, one terrific series to read is Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series (Troubleshooters, that kind of says it all, doesn’t it?) The first story is The Unsung Hero, about an injured Navy SEAL that no one believes, his misfit team, and the girl next door.
If you want something special for the Fourth of July holiday, try Jack Absolute by C.C. Humphreys. A spy for the British in the middle of the American Rebellion who falls for his opposite number on the rebel side. Absolutely delicious!