Special Operator Lucas Shipley thought his living arrangement was temporary, since getting booted from the house by his wife. He sleeps on a couch in the apartment with four other divorced Navy SEALs, thinking he’ll get the call to come home any day. He ignores the not-so-helpful advice his buddies are giving him about marriage, women and romance. Until he gets served with divorce papers.Realtor Marcy Gelland is hired by Lucas’ soon-to-be ex-wife to liquidate all their real estate holdings and help her orchestrate a speedy departure from Lucas’ life. Based on what the hot-headed SEAL wife has told her, Marcy understands Lucas deserves every ounce of pain coming his way.
But when Marcy and Lucas are left alone together in the remote Northern California woods, they ignite a personal bonfire that threatens to burn down the whole forest. Marcy is forced to see she is wrong about Lucas.
Amidst the backdrop of hardened bachelor SEALs with their unsolicited, anti-long-term relationship advice, and a terrorist training camp operating nearby, Lucas must do what he’s always done: be the hero and save the day. But will it be in time to save Marcy?
This was an amazing story that pulled me in from the beginning, and hooked me with a plausible plotline that had me thinking about not only the sacrifice our men and women of the military make to keep us safe, but the hardships they endure after returning stateside from a mission. In this situation, Lucas has been kicked out of his home and is living with his “bothers”—men from his team—while waiting for his wife Connie to cool down and call him back. However, as the story develops, Lucas finds his wife steadfast in her resolve to end their marriage and seeking retribution for the demise of their marriage.
Enter Marcy, the real estate agent given the contract for the sale of the home. Witnessing the anger and bitterness Connie has toward her husband, she imagines the worst about Lucas. But when the two meet for the first time…there is an energy and spark that can’t be denied. Having never been drawn to someone so strongly, both Lucas and Marcy give into the chemistry felt. But after two days together, Lucas is called out for an immediate training leaving Marcy to determine how to move forward with the real estate contract and how to share the information with Lucas’ wife. And, wow, do claws come out!
The real story comes when Lucas is sent to a “training” in Tennessee. While the guise it that this is a training, the teams knows they are really there on a mission to gain intelligence on a foreign training camp. But as the danger becomes greater and as tension rises, communication breakdown threatens the relationship Lucas has built with Marcy. And when decisions impact Marcy, causing her to leave town…safety becomes an issue.
Will Lucas be able to maintain the focus needed for this mission? Will the connection to the team be more that Lucas is willing to give up and more that Marcy can accept?
This story had me completely engrossed in the military aspect. As much as I loved the relationship that was started and explored with Lucas and Marcy, I found myself needing questions answered about the mission. It was a book that also provided a little food for thought while thinking about the possibility of foreign training happening on US soil with little involvement by the US government due to political correctness and worry about foreign relations. So, if you love romance, action, adventure, and military stories, this is the right book for you. And don’t worry if you have not read the others in the series, you can pick right up and go back to read the first books in the series like I am!
Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling novels are almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. All of her SEAL Brotherhood Series are available in audio book. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense since the end of 2012.
Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun. Honeymoon Bite, Book 1 of the Golden Vampires of Tuscany Series, has earned the Amazon designation of #1 Gothic Romance. It and Book 2 in the series, Mortal Bite are both available on audio as well.
Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class. All three books in this popular series are also in print and audio formats.
A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.
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