Review: The Army Ranger’s Surprise by Donna Michaels

I requested this book even though I hadn’t read the rest of the series because it said that it could be read as a standalone and although it was easy enough to follow without having read the previous books, I think this is probably a book that works much better if you have read the rest of the series. There were so many secondary characters and I found it impossible to keep track of who was who. They seem to all be characters who have been in the previous books so I imagine that if I had read the others, it would have been good to see them again but as I was reading this as a standalone book I just didn’t care about them. Initially this made it difficult for me to get into this book. However, it was worth it because this was an enjoyable romance novel (I only wish I had read the rest of the series first).


There were some genuinely sweet and sexy moments in this book and some points that really made me laugh. Once I stopped trying to remember which character was which and who was married/engaged/involved with who there was an enjoyable story here. It isn’t quite the story that’s advertised, Kaydee doesn’t find out she’s pregnant until near the end of the book and from the description I expected the novel to be focused on their response to her pregnancy but the book was still enjoyable. I also really liked that Kaydee and Leo’s grandparents also have a relationship, it’s nice to see older characters being given happily ever afters.

Overall an enjoyable book but I would read the rest of the series first.

Rating: 4/5


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Autistic Book Project

For autism acceptance month I wanted to do something positive so I came up with the idea of sending books written by autistic authors to organisations that work with autistic people. I will be sending books using money I raised on patreon and my own money but I am also sharing this so that other people can also send books. I think representation is important and it’s important that autistic people see ourselves in books and I also wanted to support autistic authors by buying more copies of their books.

How it works

It’s really simple. Pick an organisation from the list below and send them a book written by an autistic author.

Some organisations have very specific guidelines. For example, some do not accept second hand books or hard back books. These guidelines have been included in individual posts.

I’ve linked to two prison book projects in the US. Both websites have links to other projects providing books to people in prison. Many accept second hand books so you might want to find one that is close to you to make it easier to donate books.

If you do send books I would love to hear about it. You can tweet me @brookewinters33


Which books to donate

Each organisation has information about what kind of books they are looking for. I’ve tried to include some suggestions on each post but I do not know every single book by autistic authors so there are probably many more that could be sent.

I have an ever expanding list of autistic writers that might give you some ideas:

Financial donations

I appreciate all of the offers of financial support for this project but I will not be accepting money from anyone. If you want to contribute but can’t afford to buy a book, some of the organisations do accept second hand books and you would just have to pay postage.

For authors and publishers

Some of the organisations that I’m in contact with regarding this project want to take part but do not want information published publicly for confidentiality reasons. If you are an author or publisher who would like to donate to children and young people in foster care and schools, please email me at

For organisations that want to take part

If you would like to be added to the list of organisations to donate to please email me

You do not have to be an organisation that works specifically with autistic people. Autistic people use all kinds of services.

List of organisations to donate to:

Pelham Public Library

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Books for Prisoners

Women’s Prison Book Project

Welsh Secondary School (This is an Amazon wish list)

Donate Books to Women in Prison

The Women’s Prison Book Project provides books to women and trans people in prisons. You can find out more information about them here:

Please send new and used paper back books to:

Women’s Prison Book Project
c/o Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Some suggestions of books you might want to send:

Odd Girl Out by Laura James

All the weight of our dreams, on living racialised autism.

This Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (this is a pre-order so it will be sent when it’s published)

Transcendent 2, the years best transgender speculative fiction.





Donate Books to Prisoners

Prison Book Programme ( is an organisation that sends free books to prisoners.

You can find more information about them here:

Books can be sent to:

1306 Hancock Street, Suite 100
Quincy, MA 02169

Please only send paperback books that are either new or gently used. They cannot accept self-published books.

Please check out the guidelines before sending books (not all books can be used)

Some suggested books:

All The Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialised Autism.

Transcendent 2, the years best transgender speculative fiction.




Donate Books to Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children’s hospital in London. They accept gifts for the children who are in their care and find that often teenagers get forgotten when people send gifts. As well as books you could consider sending a stimming gift (like fidget spinners).

There are some guidelines for sending gifts:

-Do not send second hand books. All books must be new.

-Do not gift wrap items. Staff need to be able to match them to the children and teenagers.

Please send to:

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
40 Bernard Street

Some suggestions of books you might want to send:

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Suzie Spins by Emma Dalmayne

The Someday Birds by Sally J Pla

I love being my own autistic self by Landon Bryce




Donate Books to Pelham Public Library

Pelham Public Library is a library in New Hampshire USA and they are looking specifically for Young Adult books by autistic authors.

Books can be sent to:

Kathryn Kania

Pelham Public Library

24 Village Green


NH 03076

The libraries website is:


Some suggestions of books you might want to send:

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas


Autistic Books for Autistic People

This Autism Acceptance Month I want to do something positive. I want to get books by autistic authors to autistic people who are otherwise unlikely to be able to access them. Autistic people are over represented in hospitals (including psychiatric wards), prisons, substance misuse services, children’s homes and foster placements, and homeless shelters. Autistic people are also more likely to be living in poverty and unable to afford books.

I think that it’s important for autistic people to see ourselves represented in all kinds of fiction and for us to have access to non-fiction books written by autistic people. I also think it’s important to support autistic writers.

My idea is for the autistic communities, allies, publishers, book shops and anyone else who wants to support this project, to come together to get books to autistic people.

There are two parts to this. We need to get books and we need to find places to send them to where autistic people can access them.

Getting Books

If you are an individual who can afford to buy a book for an autistic person, I will be providing links to wish lists where you can buy a book that will be sent directly to people/organisations. I will make it clear who the wish list is for so if you specifically want to provide books to autistic people in prison or autistic children in hospital etc you can do so.

If you are a bookshop who would like to donate books by autistic people, I will promote your bookshops on Twitter. Please email me (see below).

If you are a writer or publisher who would like to donate copies of your own book please email me (see below). I will promote your book on Twitter.

If you are a business who would like to support this, again I will promote you on Twitter.

I will not be taking any cash donations and books will be going directly to the intended recipients.

Getting Books To Autistic People

I have contacted some organisations already about distributing the books but my contacts are limited and I want to get these books to as many people as possible.

I would really like to hear from people either working for or with connections to:

-Homeless shelters


-Hospitals/psychiatric wards

-Substance misuse services

-Children’s Homes

-Local Authority Virtual Schools


-Day Centres or homes for disabled adults


If you know of or are part of any other organisation that you think should be considered for this project, please let me know. I’m sure there are lots of places that would benefit that I haven’t thought of.


There will be guidelines for sending books. Different institutions have their own rules about what you can send to them and not following these rules will result in books not getting to the intended recipients.

No one will be given personal details of any vulnerable people. Books are being sent to institutions and organisations and not individuals to protect people. Many places (like refuges) will have their own safeguards to protect the people who use their services.

I will not be accepting any donations of money or anything other than books. Please do not ask people to donate money to you to buy books for this and please do not donate to anyone asking for donations for this (obviously you can get together with your friends and put money together if you can’t afford to buy a book).

Thank you to my patreon supporters

I had a patreon that I was using to raise money for something that unfortunately never manifested. I will be using the money that I raised through patreon to buy books for this project so I just want to thank all of the people who supported me on patreon and let them know that this is what their money is going on.


You can email me

Tweet me @BrookeWinters33

Or comment on this post.