Series: SOS Agency #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also in this series: Shielded by the Cowboy SEAL
Also by this author: Shielded by the Cowboy SEAL
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?
Navy SEAL Seduction
This book grabbed my attention right off for a few reasons. First, the H and h are ex-husband and ex-wife. You don’t see that frequently in romance novels. Second, the reason for their divorce is sad and pulls at your heartstrings because its a common reason for divorce. Third, the political backdrop in the book appeals to the History buff in me (I did get my BA in History before getting my M.Ed!)
Navy SEAL seduction is the story of Jarrett, a SEAL who travels to the island of St. Marc to bring his ex-wife home before a civil war occurs. Lacey has started a nonprofit on the island to help single mothers and young women be independent. You find out that she has more reasons for staying than just the organization she started. Jarrett agrees to stay with her and help until they can get out of the country.
I thought Vanak did a good job keeping the story relevant. The events that transpire in the story could happen in many places throughout the world today and I appreciated the realness in the story. I was also drawn to the exes trope; I always want to see 2 people who have been through a terrible tragedy together find peace and happiness so I was rooting for Jarrett and Lacey extra hard. Its obvious from page 1 that there is still love there; but there is a lot of hurt and guilt as well.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: mortal peril, military
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: Standalone
- Cliffhanger: No
- HEA: View Spoiler »Yes, Lacey and Jarrett work through their past pain and admit they are still in love « Hide Spoiler
Her mouth trembled as she sat. “I can’t stay here. This is an expensive hotel. I’d planned to go to the L’Etoile d’Amour.”
Recognizing the name as a place one of his teammates had visited during a deployment here, Jarrett choked on his sip of wine. “The hotel of love? Lace, that’s a place where you pay by the hour and you bring your own sheets!”
“It’s inexpensive and only for one night. And I know the owner.”
Jealousy wormed through him. “How do you know the owner?”
“He’s donated to my NGO.”
Long as the man didn’t donate anything else, like his DNA. Jarrett inwardly swore. Why was he reacting like this? He’d thought his feelings for her had died. Obviously not.
Hands on hips, she glared at him. “I’ll hire a taxi and go there. You can’t keep me here.”
Think fast. Don’t let her get away. If he lost her for the night, he lost her for good.
Jarrett went to her, clasping her shoulders, feeling delicate bones beneath her soft skin, feeling her quiver beneath his touch. “You’re right. I can’t. Don’t go, Lacey. I’ll make you a deal. Stay the night here and I’ll give you a ride back to your compound tomorrow. You can make arrangements to return your truck.”
Anger faded from her expression, replaced with wariness. “Spend the night with you, in your room?”