A Seal’s Seduction by Tawny Weber
Release: Feb 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Source: I purchased this book to read and review
Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Blake Landon Current Status: Two weeks of enforced leave Mission: Distract himself in any way possible Obstacle: A woman who tempts him to break the rules…including his own! Navy SEAL Blake Landon (a.k.a. “Boy Scout”) knows the rule book inside and out. Checked. Rechecked. But when a mission ends badly, his entire team is ordered on leave. And that’s when Blake sees the tall redhead whose dark eyes suggest that the rules— especially those in bed—are made to be broken. Scientist Alexia Lane has sex on the brain—partly for work, but mostly because she needs a man who makes her girly parts do the happy dance. Her only no-no? No military dudes. But Blake’s rockin’ bod promises delicious pleasures, and Alexia is halfway to sexual Nirvana before she can find out he’s actually a Navy SEAL. And where one rule is broken, more are sure to follow….
A SEAL’s Seduction stars Blake, a SEAL on forced leave after the death of a friend on a mission, and Alexia, a admiral’s daughter incognito. Blake was leading a mission when things went wrong and he witnessed the death of his friend. At the funeral, his commanding officer gave him and other members of his team, leave to come to grips with the death of their friend. Of course, leave, with nothing to do, is the last thing that Blake wants as it gives him too much time to think. He’s a man of action, and would prefer to head back out into the field. Alexia is finally back living in the same town as her parents and her brother. She’s been hired to do a job that she is excited about, in an area of research that she feels is important. Too bad, her military dad is still trying to get her to toe the line, and is trying to meddle in her job prospects. Being in the same city has her brother almost makes it worth while, though. One day at the beach, she catches sight of a yummy man and decides to pursue him – having no idea that he is military.
I liked this book. Although I’m quite fond of men in military type story lines, this one had more depth than many others. It wasn’t a simple story. I don’t want to give up the whole story, so I’ll leave the details for you to discover. My favorite part in this book was when Alexia was talking to her mother about the inherent dangers in the job of someone in the military.
“Father served his entire career in the military. He fought in two wars. How was that not scary?”
“Because that was his job,” Margaret said with a flick of her bejeweled wrist, as if dismissing the question as ridiculous. Alexia waited to feel slighted, stupid, as she would have so often in the past when her curiosity was rebuffed. But her mother didn’t seem to be closing the dialogue. Just responding.
“It’s that easy? Because it’s his job, you weren’t afraid?”
“Darling, he was trained to fight. Trained in strategy. He knew how to use weapons and all of that big scary equipment and had an entire platoon of men just as well trained, just as dedicated, fighting at his side. As I said, it was his job. And he was very, very good at it.”
“But his job put him in constant danger. He had people shooting at him, trying to blow him up. Didn’t that worry you?”
“Did you watch the news yesterday?” Margaret asked.
Shaking her head no, Alexia frowned. What did that have to do with anything?
“I don’t recall what city it was – I just caught the tail end of the newscast. But it was rush-hour traffic and someone became angry. He stopped his car in the middle of the gridlocked traffic, pulled out a weapon and started shooting. He killed three people before he was stopped.”
Alexia’s breath caught at the horror. “Those poor people.” she breathed.
“Exactly. They were only trying to get home, living their safe day-to-day lives. And someone tried to kill them.” A combination of anger, disgust and pity creased Margaret’s face. “At least a soldier is trained and prepared. Nobody knows when their time is going to come, darling. It could be on a mission or at the grocery story. So sitting around wringing one’s hands and worrying is a waste of time and energy, don’t you think?”