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Sunday, February 23, 2014

A SEAL's Salvation by Tawny Weber (Book Review)


by Tawny Weber
published in Jan 2014

Subject: Navy SEAL Petty Officer Brody Lane 

Current Status: On leave 

Obstacle: The one girl who was off-limits… 

Where navy SEAL "Bad Ass" Brody Lane goes, trouble follows. Being run out of his hometown years ago for misbehaving with Genna Reilly—the sheriff's daughter—was one thing. Now Brody is about to step into real danger. Not the suggestive letters he's been exchanging with Genna, but the kind of trouble that can send a soldier home injured and broken inside… 

Genna's entire life has been orchestrated by her family. The right job. The right friends. Enough! Brody's return offers the promise of lust-filled pleasures. Of flesh teased and tasted. She's not expecting to find a soldier with distant eyes who has secluded himself from the world. But this good girl knows exactly how to bring a bad boy back to life…. 

Uniformly Hot! The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell.

I read this as part of Harlequin's 'Just Can't Get Enough' Campaign.  

I really liked the way Brody was portrayed as the resident bad boy - but we were allowed a glimpse inside that showed it was mostly an act.  When his best friend's little sister comes on to him one night, he tries to fight it.  He thought he had done a good job of staying away from her, even though it wasn't really what he wanted.  Unfortunately, soon after he gives in, her sheriff father shows up and reads him the riot act.  He allows himself to be run out of town to save Genna any more wrath from her father and to save his grandmother any more embarrassment.   It was no surprise to me that he rose to the top as a Navy SEAL.  

He thought he has put Genna and the small town prejudices behind him, but after receiving a letter from Genna with sad news about his friend and her brother, he seems compelled to writer her back - and so a flirtation develops through the U.S. Mail.  He doesn't think that anything will come of it as he never plans to return - but then a mission goes bad and his grandmother insists he come home to heal.  It is his psyche that is more damaged than his body though, and he doesn't think that it will heal anywhere.

While he has been gone, Genna has become friends with his grandmother, and is secretly thrilled that he is returning home.  She is still under daddy's watchful eye, and thumb, and is even working for the Mayor in a position that her father 'created' and insisted that she take.  It is under this guise that she first visits Brody upon his return home.  The sparks fly, but the reunion ends in flames.

I really enjoyed the way the author brought these two back together after their one fateful tryst - and she doesn't make it easy for them.  She throws conflict after conflict at them and they have to fight each other, circumstances, and Genna's parents to finally realize what it is they really want.  

I can't wait to read A SEAL's Kiss and will be reviewing that for you next month as well as bringing you an interview with the series author - Tawny Weber.

~I received a complimentary copy from Harlequin and Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.~


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