The Devil Goes to Washington

I don’t read as many romances as I used to, but when I posted on my social media for book recommendations, this one was recommended to me. I threw caution to the wind and gave The Devil Goes to Washington a chance. I’m glad I did.

Have you sat and thought about the one that got away? Or an ex that you had unfinished business with? I think almost everyone has done that once or maybe twice in their life. Some think about it all the time. The thing with thinking back is that you sometimes hit a wall, a light pole, or a stop sign.

Sometimes, there’s a happy ending. I was lucky to have mine. I’ll tell you the story of Lopez and our six-year-long run around the bush.

Picture it, Afghanistan 2016 and I’m a Staff Sergeant and bombs go off each night, I have troops I’m supposed to take care of. I’m away from my kids for the first time ever, and this is also my first deployment. I couldn’t tell anyone how I felt because that would show weakness to people who already think women are weak, so I went online to find someone to talk to who may actually listen.

I wanted to talk to other military people because they could understand how I talked. Most civilians don’t know the words that are coming out of my mouth (or most military people, for that matter, LOL). It took him almost a month to respond.

He was great to talk to, witty, funny, stoic at times, etc. We would talk here and there when we would catch each other online. We would lose touch whenever he would be occupied with whatever life had for him and vice versa. I would move duty stations, do different deployments, etc. I always wondered where he went and what he did. After six long years of playing hopscotch around the world, I was five hours away from him and had been for five weeks. I was a week away from going home, so I took my shot.

He hesitated and I thought, this is it, I’m not going to keep playing this game I’m going to let it go and quit wondering.

He showed up in a taxi with a bag in hand to stay the weekend outside of a pizza restaurant I was at, and I was smitten. We stayed together for the weekend, and then I went back to my duty station. We haven’t stopped talking since. Six months later, I was deployed again to Kuwait, wrote to him daily, and talked to him on the phone. I returned from Kuwait, and he moved in with me. Six months after that, we got married, and here we are, almost 12 years later, still riding this wave of crazies.

Sometimes you look back, and sometimes you don’t. Either way, follow what you think is best for you because sometimes your heart just knows, and that’s what I found in this book. The road to love is never paved in gold. It’s probably the craziest ride you’ll ever take, but I promise it sure as hell will be worth it when you stop guarding yourself.

Check out my review below or other reviews on Goodreads or here for more commentary.

The Devil Goes to Washington by Michelle Moncrieff

The Devil Goes to Washington: Wife for Hire Shared World

The Devil Goes to Washington by Michelle Moncrieff

The Devil Goes to Washington: Wife for Hire Shared World by Michelle Moncrieff 

I enjoyed this short read. There were a few moments when I had to go back and re-read a sentence because I felt something was missing that could have been hashed out more; however, it wasn’t anything that would stop me from enjoying this delicious storyline.

Who doesn’t love the idea of being saved? I enjoyed the characters, and my whole heart was with the little boy in the story. I loved this particular trope because it wasn’t overplayed like so many. The male character wasn’t so obnoxious that I wanted to smack him; the author made him just the right amount of snarky, and I wanted to love him and wanted the girl in the story to give him a chance.

I felt it had the right ingredients and kept the storyline moving along. The sidelines that were added made it so much more interesting than stories that I feel lacked the depth that this author put into it, and I appreciated those. I felt a little twist like Bridgerton here, which I adored, and I would love to read more from her in the future.

Great job, keep at it.

Until next time, my friends

CJ

The Devil Goes to Washington Book Review by Cj Ives Lopez

I don’t read as many romances as I used to, but when I posted on my social media for book recommendations, this one was recommended to me. I threw caution to the wind and gave The Devil Goes to Washington a chance. I’m glad I did. Have you sat and thought about the one that […]

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