Love At The Pentagon

A Nick & Gia Story

Romance - Contemporary
308 Pages
Reviewed on 02/23/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Love At The Pentagon: A Nick & Gia Story is a work of fiction in the romance, interpersonal drama, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to mature readers owing to some instances of adult language and adult themes and relationships throughout. Penned by author Kimberly A. Biggerstaff, readers are invited to follow the story of Nick Foster, a four-star general at the Pentagon, and Gia Lorenzo, a smart and beautiful woman of Italian ancestry in the U.S. Marine Corps who lost her husband in a plane crash. Despite the strict rules against fraternization, Nick finds himself drawn to Gia, sparking a forbidden attraction between them. As they navigate the complexities of their feelings and the risks to their careers, the novel explores themes of love, loss, and taking chances.

Author Kimberly A. Biggerstaff sweeps readers off their feet with this charming and suspenseful tale of forbidden attraction. I was really impressed with the character work around the central pairing, which develops a heat-filled dynamic that drives the novel forward as we wait with bated breath for each interaction, waiting for those vital sparks to turn into something more. With a fast-paced narrative and a touch of adventure, the novel is well-paced and offers many twists to captivate readers right through to the long-awaited, slow-burning conclusion. The challenges Nick and Gia face in pursuing their relationship amidst the constraints of military life are realistically portrayed but also suitable heightened for suspense and drama at just the right moments. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Love At The Pentagon: A Nick & Gia Story for fans of romance who want strong characters, exciting dynamics, and plenty of tension and complexity in their love stories.

Laura R. Brush

Love At The Pentagon by Kimberly A. Biggerstaff gives an insider’s look at the strict rules imposed on the U.S. Armed Forces. At the tender age of seventeen, Gia Lorenzo took the solemn oath to serve her country in the U.S. Marine Corps. She was a vision of intelligence and beauty, her Italian roots lending an enigmatic charm to her bearing. Tragedy struck when fate claimed the life of her Marine spouse in a harrowing plane accident. Yearning for solace and a fresh beginning, she, with her young son in tow, ventured to the political heart of the nation, Washington D.C., to embrace a new role within the hallowed halls of the Pentagon. An unspoken rule lingered concerning fraternization, the intimate melding of lives between officers and enlisted members, disregarding the chasm of rank and grade. This was a forbidden dance, a perilous temptation that could unravel the threads of a disciplined career.

Kimberly A. Biggerstaff deftly explores the tense and rigid emotions within the regimented confines of the United States military, an environment largely unfamiliar to civilians. She eloquently captures the dichotomy of a deep-seated romance flourishing against a backdrop of inherent instability. In Love At The Pentagon, the evocative dialogue plays a pivotal role in conveying the underlying anxiety that permeates the storyline with each turn of the page. Concurrently, the nuanced exchanges between adults and children serve to subtly mask the adults' inner turmoil while navigating sensitive topics, adding layers of complexity to the interplay of characters. Biggerstaff’s personal experience in serving her country gives her saga credibility and exceptional insight. This was an informative and interesting book for me.

Frank Mutuma

Nick was a good Marine but stayed single after he lost his pregnant wife to cancer. Not able to move past this loss, despite numerous efforts, he turned his focus and energy to his military career. This saw him advance through the ranks to serving in the Pentagon as one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff members, where he met Gia. Gia had also been raised in a family that respected American patriotism. She was married and had a son, but her husband died in an accident, leaving her to raise Kevin alone. After their first encounter, Nick can't stop thinking about her, and soon after, a relationship develops. The fraternization rules forbid such relationships, and they can be court-martialed. To discover how things unfold between this couple, pick up Love at the Pentagon by Kimberly A. Biggerstaff.

Love at the Pentagon by Kimberly A. Biggerstaff is wonderfully written, with a unique plot and interesting characters. I found it thought-provoking on various issues, such as LGBTQ rights and tolerance for people's choices. I loved how informative it was about the lives of those serving in the armed forces. The author ensured that the characters were well-developed and relatable. The narration was perfect, and the steady pacing kept me intrigued and on my toes, always eager to discover the next twist in the plot. Readers will also appreciate the seamless flow of the plot, which ensures no room for confusion. I look forward to reading something else by this author.