Series: SOS Agency
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 2nd, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 288 pages
Format: Digital and Paperback
Paperback ISBN: 978-0373279975
A navy SEAL takes on a death-defying assignment to save the one who got away…
With the island nation of St. Marc erupting in civil war, SEAL Jarrett Adler must rescue the woman he never got over—his alluring ex-wife, Lacey. Jarrett regrets failing her as a husband, and he hopes protecting her will offer a second chance to win her trust.
As charming and sexy as Jarrett still is, Lacey knows he won't stick around. She's found her niche in nonprofit work and longs to create a family of her own. But when death threats and bombs arrive at her door, she turns to the man who still holds her heart. Can Jarrett and Lacey navigate their way home—and back into each other's arms?
“You don’t care about anything, do you? Just like before.”
Something flickered in his gaze. “You don’t want him as a donor. I do care. I care about hustling you out of here.”
She searched his face, the grim set of his jaw. Something was going on and he wasn’t about to tell her. Jarrett was a SEAL accustomed to secrecy. But her life was transparent now and she hated secrets.
“Joseph Augustin is a respected member of the upper class here in St. Marc. Why wouldn’t I want him as a donor?”
His gaze flicked around the courtyard. “Not here. We need to talk someplace where we won’t be overheard.”
Fine. “The hotel has a walkway around the gardens.”
As she reached down to grab her backpack, a staccato burst of gunfire exploded in the streets below the hotel. Jarrett leaped to his feet and pushed her down to the ground, covering her body with his own. His muscled weight pinned her down. She heard a handgun’s slide being racked, and looked up to see Jarrett, weapon in hand, crouching low. Screams and shouts erupted around her, and heavy footfalls pounded against the concrete courtyard.
Jarrett spoke into her ear, his deep voice rumbling. “I told you, this country isn’t safe. Now do you believe me?”
Bonnie Vanak is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance. Navy Seal Seduction is her first romantic suspense for Harlequin.
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4 out of 5 stars
Navy SEAL Seduction by Bonnie Vanak is the first book in the ‘SOS Agency’ series. This contemporary military romantic suspense story features the complicated relationship between Navy SEAL Jarrett Adler (Iceman) and his ex-wife Lacey, who has established an NGO on a tiny island in order to provide support and employment for oppressed women by making them self-sustaining. Unfortunately, not everyone supports her efforts, including her ex, who is determined to remove her from the unstable and dangerous nation before it explodes. Once again, they are at odds, complicated by their painful shared past which may prevent them from being able to move forward before time runs out.
This exciting story gives an intriguing glimpse of an exotic locale peopled by folks who are struggling to survive in a harsh society. The tragedy of the struggle for women to support their families, their maltreatment by men, and their hopelessness that Lacey is trying to combat by providing them with gainful employment and a chance at a positive future is nicely balanced by the challenges faced by Jarrett and Lacey who made several mistakes during their marriage and must find a way to move past their pain and distrust to find a future of their own. There are poignant interludes as each main character finds a way to open up about fears and disappointments and lovely growth as they try to rectify and move past the painful events that tore them apart.
I love the insight that reveals the sacrifice made by those who are serving in the military as well as those who are left at home to worry about them. The challenge of reintegrating into civilian life is also touched upon and the genesis of the SOS Agency is revealed. There is a fair amount of violence reflecting the harshness of life on the island but there is also a delicious and sensuous connection between the main characters and a heartwarming look at the bonds of family that has formed. This was an exciting yet touching story and I look forward to reading about the other military men who become active members of the Agency.
A copy of this story was provided to me for review