3.5 Stars for Serve & Protect (D.C. Files #1) by Megan Linden #MM #Romance @megan_linden


Title: Serve & Protect (D.C. Files #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Megan Linden (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 28, 2015 – 167 pgs


What happens when you fall in love in the heart of politics?

Sam Daniels’ life turns upside down when he meets an amazing guy and gets a job offer he can’t refuse almost at the same time. Working in politics and sustaining any kind of personal life is never easy, but when you’re running a campaign to elect the first woman to the office of the President of the United States, it may become nearly impossible.

Blake Morin, after spending years as a SEAL, lives a quiet life with his daughter and he’s fine with that. He can’t deny the attraction between him and Sam, but is he ready to enter the world he used to avoid?

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This story, while well thought out and well executed was just missing something for me.  It seemed that the characters were always talking about how they were apart and despite the distance, they wanted to make things work.  While I understand how taxing a long distance relationship can be, I felt that it was just too much of the story.

I didn’t feel that Blake’s SEAL background had a lot to do with the story, which is why I did not categorize it as a military romance.  While he was a SEAL, I felt his character was more focused on his daughter than his military background.  I did love Olivia.  She was a funny, light character.

I really enjoyed Blake and how he was so impressed with Sam.  Conversely, I enjoyed Sam’s determination and loyalty to this prior employer.  I did enjoy the fact that this book showed how much work a long distance relationship can be and to cherish the time you have together.



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Megan is one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since they were a little kid and then didn’t do anything about it for years. Then as a teenager she was introduced to fandom and… well. She fell head first into it and never looked back. At some point she decided to try writing her own characters in her own stories. And that’s where she is today.

When she’s not writing, Megan works as a psychologist and continues to learn the hard way that she can’t give all her clients their happy ending (she truly believes everyone can save themselves, though). That’s why she makes sure to give it to her characters, always.

She loves tv shows, books, fanworks, and pizza (not necessarily in that order).

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