Series: Team Poseidon #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Call to Honor
The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…
Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he's heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.
Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there's no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…
Call to Engage is book 2 in the Team Poseidon and you really should read these in order. While each book focuses on a different couple, there is a larger story arc that continues from book to book. If you start with Call to Engage, you will be a bit confused about the drama regarding the SEAL team.
Call to Engage is also a second chance romance between a now ex-husband and ex-wife. Elijah is a SEAL and was injured during his last mission. He heads back home to where his ex-wife Ava is to trying and sort through the wreckage of his life. These two still have a chemistry they can’t and don’t ignore. Ava thinks the fling will help her. Elijah has no plans to let her go again. Both have matured since their marriage ended and they are different people now. I enjoyed reading about their relationship and seeing them fall back in love again. The event that created the beginning of the end for them View Spoiler »the death of their son at 4 months old « Hide Spoiler
The suspense comes from the continuing drama with the traitor on the SEAL team. Ava ends up helping the team when the shit hits the fan. Terrorism, the hunt for Brandon Ramsey, and more all add to the drama of these two trying to repair their relationship.
Like book 1, my biggest struggle was the pacing. I felt both books drug on at points and were longer than necessary. I did also find it annoying that both Ava and Elijah were telling themselves they were just having sex for closure. I wanted them to WANT to repair their marriage. Eventually they get to that point, but again, I think it took too long.
Call to Engage brings together second chance romance with military danger and drama to give you a story that will heat up your sheets and keep you guessing!
- POV: 3rd person
- Tears: no
- Trope: second chance, military
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Ava and Elijah’s son died at 4 months « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »not for Ava and Elijah but some aspects of the overall story carry over « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes for these two « Hide Spoiler
That was the only word in his head as the aftershocks trembled through their bodies.
And then he came down.
Not in a nice, slow, gentle descent, either.
Nope, he crashed like a plane plummeting from the sky to ram into a mountainside.
He’d just had sex.
His ex-wife. The only woman he’d ever loved. The only one he’d ever wanted to love. The one who’d broken his heart into tiny little pieces and tossed them aside.
His body still slick with sweat, the scent of Ava wrapped around him like a second skin, Elijah wondered if she realized that while extracting her promise of no regrets, he hadn’t offered the same.
After all, Elijah knew just how pointless promises could be. Especially the ones between him and Ava.
His body spent, his mind worn, he couldn’t find anything left to offer up on the altar of past regrets, though. He wrapped his arm tighter around her shoulders. Ava responded by snuggling closer, her thigh nestled between his as she shifted her chin into the indention where his shoulder met his chest. Her breath fluttered over his throat, soft and easy in sleep.
Oh yeah, he knew he’d regret this in the morning. Hell—he glanced out the window, gauging the time from the angle of the moon—it was nearing dawn and the regret was already winding through him. Shoving aside pleasure, easing out satisfaction.
Closing his eyes against it, he drifted into sleep with her hand entwined with his, the twisted band of her ring rubbing gently between his fingers.
And he knew it for the talisman it was, the hope that lifted him from his nightmares.
If only for tonight.
Because nobody knew better than Elijah that tonight was all they had.