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Meet Mr. July ~ The Letter (Calendar Men #7) by Mina Carter #Review

Title: The Letter
Author: Mina Carter
Series: Calendar Men #7
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Sergeant Rick Week’s career ended in a hail of bullets and the death of a friend. After months of recuperation, he’s finally able to fulfill a promise he made to that friend. All he has to do is find a girl and deliver a letter. Simple. Maybe…

Hattie Jameson lost the man she loved. KIA. A year and a half later, she’s trying to move on but a letter for a charity calendar shoot addressed to her late fiance, Billy, rocks her. Not as much as the sexy as hell Scottish soldier who turns up on her doorstep. The man who was with Billy when he died. She shouldn’t find him attractive. Not at all…

Meanwhile fate, and Billy himself, have plans to bring the reluctant lovers together.

Five Stars

The Letter is a novella gem! Sergeant Rick Week seeks out Hattie Jameson with a very heavy heart. He has to deliver a letter…

“Every solder wrote that letter. The missive that would be sent should the worst happen.”

I’m not going to lie. Since this is a novella, sparks fly right away between Rick and Hattie, but what I love about The Letter is that Mina Carter puts so much heart in the way she tells their story. These are two people who have experienced something so tragic, with Billy, Hattie’s fiancé and Rick’s friend, as the common bond between the two.  Rick and Hattie meet at a time in both their lives where the possibility of love is good. Time has passed, the pain has healed a bit and now they deserve to be with someone special. The emotions were described so realistically, my gosh! The stuff that went down with Rick and Billy put my heart through the wringer. Mina Carter also made me believe in Rick and Hattie’s romance that I cried happy tears! This story touched my heart in every way.

Did I mention that Rick is Scottish? Oh, yes, he is! He’s traveled a long way from home. I also loved how this story relates to the calendar mentioned in the series.

“Are ye sure about this, lass? Once I put you down,” color branded his cheeks, “I’ll no’ be able to stop.”

Set around the Fourth of July in the US, The Letter is a perfect fast-paced, romantic, steamy read for the summer, or any time of year, really! If you’re a fan of romance novellas with military heroes, then you absolutely need to meet Sergeant Rick Week…Mr. July! Loved, loved, loved!!!

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The Calendar Men Blog:
All the stories in the Calendar Men series are standalone, steamy novellas.

About the author
Mina was born and raised in the East Farthing of Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England) and spend her childhood learning all the sorts of things generally required of a professional adventurer. Able to ride, box, shoot, make and read maps, make chainmail and use a broadsword (with varying degrees of efficiency) she was disgusted to find that adventuring is not considered a suitable occupation these days.

So, instead of slaying dragons and hunting vampires and the like, Mina spends her days writing about hot shifters, government conspiracies and vampire lords with more than their fair share of RAWR. Turns out wanna-be adventurers have quite the turn of imagination after all...

(But she keeps that sword sharp, just in case the writing career is just a dream and she really *is* an adventurer.)

The boring part: A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She's addicted to coffee and would like to be addicted to chocolate, but unfortunately chocolate dislikes her.


  1. I honestly don't mind when the romance moves along quickly, especially in novellas, as long as the author does it well.

    1. I totally agree, Christy. I think writing a good novella where the romance is convincing is hard. This one is well written. :)