Saturday, September 9, 2023

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Her Irresistible Guardian by Michelle Dalrymple @RABTBookTours


Men in Uniforms: Marines, Book 2 (can be read standalone)


Military Romance

Date Published 07-27-2023


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Four years.

It's been four years since Olivia ghosted Dax as he departed for Marine Boot Camp.

Now a Lance Corporal, easy-going Dax "D" Cameron is shocked when the woman who left him with a shattered heart is standing before him.


The mix of fury and desire that bubble inside him rocks him to his core. Yet he's stationed stateside for the meantime, and if Olivia can explain herself well enough, it might help him finally get over her.

Which would be good, because his new training can't allow for any distractions. Let alone the buxom, golden, chestnut haired woman from his past. Any mess up or mistake can bring disaster for his entire squad.

When Olivia Hastings turns around to find Dax standing in front of her, she can't believe her eyes. It's the same Dax, only more muscular and his laid-back smile is wiped from his face. He seems larger somehow, and his presence after so long tears her words from her lips.

While she does owe him an explanation, he owes her one as well, because he bailed on her to join the Marines without even asking her what she thought about the idea or how it might affect their relationship. And now that she has a possessive ex dogging her heels, the last thing she needs is to have her emotions riled up by Dax's reappearance.

Because he's more irresistible now than he had been before he left.

Four years, however, wasn't enough time to extinguish the heat between them. And when they make their apologies, sparks fly even hotter than they had in the past.

But it turns out Olivia's ex is more than just an irritation -- he's dangerous. And when his jealously gets out of control, both Olivia and Dax are in his sights.

Can Dax and Olivia overcome their haunting past and her dangerous ex? Or will the challenges be too much for them to bear?



Interview with Michelle Dalrymple

    How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

    About 60, if you include my writing curriculum books! Right now my favorite Military romance is this one, Her Irresistible Guardian, because it’s based on a Marine I know!

    If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

    Yes! I am writing Her Tempting Protector now! In this book, we have a reformed bad boy, David, who entered the Marines instead of heading to jail for a theft offense. He had completely turned his life around, and in doing so, helps out a stranded Serenity when she had a flat on the side of a busy road on a hot day. Without looking for anything more, they hit it off. But she has a health issue and his bad boy past comes back to haunt him.

    Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

    Each book can stand on its own, but the characters carry through, so it is a richer story if a reader can read the series. But not everyone can pick up a series in the first book. I can’t count the number of times I picked up a romance in the middle of the series and was grateful I could start reading and not feel like I was missing something.

    How did you come up with the title for your book?

    As part of the Tactical Protectors Series, I tried to title each book with a “protector” styled word, and a steamy romance one – irresistible, tempting, etc.

    How long did it take you to write this book?

    This book only took me about 3-4 weeks, not including editing and the like. I’m a college professor, so sometimes classes get me busy, but if I don’t have a lot of classwork to focus on, I can write a book in as little as two weeks!

    What does the title mean?

    In this case, the title is that, even though she knows he’s a bad boy and she’s not looking for anything serious, he’s too tempting to deny!

    What did you learn when writing the book?

    I teach on a military base, and I base my characters off the students I encounter there. I have learned so much about how the base is set up and how the Marines on that base live. My favorite thing to learn was when they were telling me about how they use Jet Skis for tactical duty on the coastline, and that was how I landed on their duty for the books.

    What surprised you the most?

    How funny these guys are. Nothing phases them and they get a kick out of hard, challenging work. And many of their funny stories or duty information provided ideas for writing. I tried to bring a lot of that into my books.

    Have you ever killed off a character your readers loved?

    Not yet. :S

    What do you do to get inside your character’s heads?

    Since both my hubby and my students are Marines, that helps me get some insight. Then I focus on the character as I see him (or her) and put myself in that space with them. If I was stranded with a flat on a hot day and an uncooperative spare tire, how would I feel? What would I be doing? And what would I think when a tall-ish, blonde, well-built Marine stopped and offered to help? If I get stuck, I have a slew of great reference and writing books to get me kick started.   

About the Author

M.D. Dalrymple is a pen name for Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple for her contemporary series. She writes police, Marine Corps, and campus romances based off real places and experiences. Are you looking for pulled from the real word romance? Grab the Men in Uniform, Men in Uniform: Marines, or the Campus Heat series today!

Writing in the dry heat of the Southwest, M.D. has written over 60 books under different pen names. She has a half-dozen kids, too many pets to count, and her hubby who is also a writer and is her happily ever after!


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