Book review: “Compromising” by C.C. Brown – a story filled with angst and drama with a satisfying ending

Compromising (Fraternizing, #2)

Format: ebook, paperback
Series: book 2 of Fraternizing series
Rating: 18+ for language, sexual content, dark themes
Genre: Romance
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In the 2nd and final book for Cassie and Alex’s story, it picks up right where the first book left off. Alex is in the brig reeling from the events that happened at the end of the first book, while Cassie is in the hospital recovering.

Alex has a lot on his plate as he is being court-martialed and charged with fraternizing, which could ultimately end his career, but he doesn’t care so much about that. He’s more concerned with seeking revenge on the man that hurt Cassie.

When Alex and Cassie get together, she tries to move on and forget about what Allen did, but Alex can’t forget it and it creates a wedge in their relationship. It becomes too much for them and it forces them apart. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that they are more miserable apart then they are together.

In the final book of the short series, we get a story of two strong willed people who try and get through the honeymoon phase of their relationship and deal with the hard issues of life. Alex really spirals down in the story and Cassie really comes into her own.

The story is filled with heartache and frustration. You can feel the angst and pain that both characters are going through and you can understand both sides of the story. Alex is a man’s man who feels he needs to protect the people that he loves. Cassie is a stubborn, strong-willed woman who won’t have any person controlling her. She wants to make a name for herself and tries to help Alex, but he’s far beyond help.

The story doesn’t have quite the amount of romance that the first book had. There is a few very passionate scenes, but nothing like the first book. In this book, it focuses more on the characters and developing their relationship. You get to see what happens when you let pride control your actions and forget that the most important thing in a relationship is to compromise.

The final part of the book, we get to see what happens to Alex and Cassie five years after everything is resolved. You get to see their happily ever after and it makes you happy to see that they were able to survive through the heartache that they endured before.

While the story focuses more on the relationship and the characters as individuals, it’s not as intriguing as the first book. The first book had you from start to finish while this one was interesting at first, slowed down a bit, then finished strong.

C.C. Brown has announced that she is going to be writing two more books involving characters from Cassie and Alex’s life. You will get one story with Alex’s sister Adrianna and Jansen, which doesn’t have a title yet, and another book with Riley and Nat called Challenging. Both books don’t have a page on Goodreads yet, but are both set to come out Summer 2014.

“Fraternizing” by C.C. Brown Review – an enticing story of forbidden romance

Format: Available for eBook, paperback
Series: 1 of 2 of Fraternizing series
Rated: 18+ Mature Adults
Genre: Romance
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The book is told in dual POV where it follows Sgt. Alex (Alejandro) Cruz and Cassie Bennett as they begin a love affair that is forbidden against the Marine’s rules.

The movie starts off with introducing Alex and him celebrating with his friends. He meets a woman at a bar and they hit it off but things get cut short. Cut to the next day, Cassie is regretting now learning the man’s name from the bar but when she goes to class that day she finds out that the man is her teacher.

Alex and Cassie try to act as if they don’t have any attraction between them. Alex tries moving on with other women and Cassie focuses on her studies and her new best friend, Dalton but thye find that the more time they spend together, the harder it is for them to deny their attraction.

One day, the attraction boils over and they connect. They try and pursue a relationship but in secret. It works until Alex gets an opportunity and he chooses the Corp over Cassie. Cassie is heartbroken but she fights against the pain, not wanting him to control her.

It’s not until days later that Alex sees that his feelings for Cassie is worth more then any award that he could get at the Corp. He fights to win Cassie back and when he does, they make a pact to keep their relationship a secret because if they get exposed, there are high reprecautions to both Cassie and Alex.

Things are going fine until Cassie gets duties to put her across the country in North Carolina with the man that’s been harassing her since the start. Alex finds out about it and he fights to control himself so not to expose their relationship, but ends up losing that fight when trying to protect Cassie

It looks like Brown put in a lot of research when working on this book. She used a lot of terminology about not just their clothing that they wore, but slang names they used against each other. In her profile, it says that she is a Marine Corp wife, which could explain where she got the information.

Alex and Cassie both come from a rough road and they used the military as a way to start over. Alex is a real man’s man. He is rough around the edges and has an ego to match. He loves his job and it used to be the most important thing to him until he meets Cassie. Like the age-old story, his hard heart softens when she enters his life and he’s willing to give up everything he has for her.

Cassie is just trying to get by on her own, after her boyfriend and mother fail her. She doesn’t want to get into it with a man, let alone her superior and give up the fresh start that she was so desperate for. She doesn’t let him or anybody else push her around. She is a strong woman who fights for what she wants. It makes sense that she would be the kind of person that would attract someone like Alex and it makes sense that a strong, protective man like Alex would attract her. They both just want to be loved for who they are.

The book can get a bit graphic at times with the language and the sexual situations, but that’s the world that we live in nowadays, especially in the military. While the language was harsh and bit much, it never did go over the top to the point where it was trying to hard. It fit with the characters and never wavered.

There is a little bit of a cliffhanger in this story. Not the type that will have you cursing at the book, anxiously waiting to see what happens next, but definitely one to keep you interested and give you an idea of where things will start off in the next story.

It is an interesting story watching as Alex and Cassie meet and try and fight their attraction for one another, then fail as they give into temptation. It’s a story of what’s more important in life: Duty and honor or love.

Recommendations: The Fighting series by JB Salsbury, Marked series by JM Sevilla

Next in series:

Book #2 – Compromising (2014)