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A SEAL at Heart (West Coast Navy SEALs #1)

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Being a SEAL means everything to Petty Officer First Class John Roaker. So when a head injury coupled with a bout of amnesia makes him undeployable, he has to find a way to heal from his wounds and recover his lost memories. Enlisting the help of beautiful psychoanalyst Laurie Smith, he discovers his unlocked memories hold a dangerous secret about his last mission that thr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published December 1st 2012)
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♡Karlyn P♡
DNF This was a tough book to DNF as the core of this story had great potential. But the delivery was just not there for me, and I found myself struggling to keep an interest with these characters.

The opening scene starts off with a riveting rescue ops, so I had great hope the rest of the story would deliver more of the same. Jack is a Navy SEAL, injured on duty in South America. He saves several fallen comrades, and they escape a total goat-fucked operation.

Weeks later Jack is back in Coronado,
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SOS Aloha
Sep 07, 2012 SOS Aloha rated it it was amazing
Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.- Tori Amos

A HEART OF SEAL opens with a mission going “sideways”. One SEAL is still able to pull his injured teammates to safety – Petty Officer First Class John “Jack” Roaker. Back at Coronado, home of the West Coast SEAL Teams, Jack cannot remember why the Op went south. He is placed on medical leave to heal. Jack doesn’t thrive under traditional treatment – individual counseling, group therapy, etc. Ult
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Blodeuedd Finland
Lots of seals running around these days, but when they are in they are in. In this one we have a wounded soldier, messed up in body and spirit. And a heroine who will save him.

John is as I already told you not as happy seal. He suffers from amnesia after a tour into hell. He is tough, but not really the commitment kind of guy. Laurie is sweet, nice, and knows better than to date a seal. Also she have a very protective dad. Trouble alert.

The story was light (in the way it read, not in what was in
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Marran
Nov 24, 2012 Marran rated it it was ok
eh I don't know what to say other than it fell flat..I felt no chemistry, the sex was boring and just well sex..no sizzling what so ever... and her "fathers" reaction was ludicrous and oh well a lot in this book are just plain stupid and boring...

I like the idea of a psychoanalyst helping with memory loss and PTSD and the tapping (that we only got once even though the reaction was big??)the hallucinations of his best friend.. but other then that this book is not worth the time it takes to read i
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Shirley Frances
2.25 for the concept and likeable characters.

John Roaker is a SEAL who has been placed on medical leave after returning from a mission gone haywire. He has lost some of his memory regarding the mission and is placed into treatment. His mentor advised him to seek different alternative therapies and in comes Laurie Smith. They meet and are instantly attracted to each other. And so it begins.

I am not a fan of the 'insta-love' concept and this book didn't convince me enough to overlook that fact. No
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E.
Aug 24, 2012 E. rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars!

“A SEAL at Heart” by Anne Elizabeth is the poignant and intriguing tale of Navy SEAL John Matthew Roaker (known as Jack) who returns from a horrific assignment with amnesia and the realization that his swim buddy and partner was killed during an op that he can’t remember. Distrustful of the therapists who are supposed to help him heal, Jack is frustrated by the stonewalling he is receiving and hurt and confused by the lack of communication from his surviving teammates. A chance enco
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Cocktails and Books
I always enjoy a good military romance, but this was one that gives readers a completely different point of view...that of a soldier recovering.

Jack Roaker finds himself back in San Diego trying to recover from a SEAL mission gone wrong. He's lost his memory of the mission and his best friend. Desperate to figure out what happened, Jack's willing to do what he has to to regain his memory, even if that means letting Laurie Smith, the woman he can't get out of his mind, use her massage therapy on
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Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Sep 13, 2012 Tracey Cramer-Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
A Seal at Heart has many of my favorite things: a wounded military man and a strong-willed, no-nonsense heroine, as well as a healer theme. I love military intrigue (the opening scene when the hero’s mission goes bad hooked me right away) and exploring the friction and challenges soldiers experience in their personal relationships.

This novel did not disappoint!

The voices and military “feel” was authentic, the commitment and camaraderie right-on. (As an ex-Army medic and helicopter pilot, the onl
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Susan
Jack is stuck on medical leave until he can remember what went on during his last mission. He remembers that something didn't feel right, but the actual memories are gone. To add to it, he keeps having visions of his buddy telling him that time is running out and he has to find the truth. The Navy doctors he's seeing aren't helping a bit. When he meets Laurie he is first attracted to her. When he finds out that she is also a therapist he goes to her for help. Her methods are different but they s ...more
Lhenry
Dec 13, 2012 Lhenry rated it it was ok
I loved the beginning of this one, very suspenseful and exciting and leading to high expectations, but the rest of the story wound up being a bit disjointed and stilted. The author seemed to be more telling about how great the Seals are than really showing us, except for that first scene. Jack keeps remembering bits of what happened and tells it to Laurie, but him describing what happened diluted the both the terror and the heroism. In fact much of the dialog between Laurie and Jack and other ch ...more
BBMoreB ~
Aug 21, 2012 BBMoreB ~ rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
Thanks to the publisher, Sourcebooks, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early!

This story obtained my interest immediately. It substained it throughtout most of the book, but nearing the end ultimatly lost the ablility to retain. Almost a DNF, I discovered that both a well-crafted story and character were not enough to maintain the story, something was missing.

Disclosure: NetGalley provided this ebook to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, a
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A SEAL at Heart by Anne Elizabeth
Book #1: West Coast Navy SEALs Series
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

When John Roaker came home from his last mission, he came home with some pretty serious injuries and a whole lot of holes in his memory. The doctors assure him that given enough time and therapy, his memory will return but John just isn’t feeling the whole share his feelings and hug it out vibe. In fact, John is pretty sure his head is going to explode if he has to sit through one
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Lana
Oct 05, 2014 Lana rated it liked it
While I enjoyed reading this one during a recent book-reading marathon, I had some issues with it.

I had trouble connecting with the hero. As a SEAL, he was a great guy. As a boyfriend, not so believable. YMMV. I had trouble believing their relationship was real.

There were more than a few parenthetical explanations for acronyms, and they got a little tedious. I'm a military brat. I read books with military heroes, male and female. I really didn't need basic acronyms explained to me, much less mor
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Sarah Magner
Sep 17, 2014 Sarah Magner rated it really liked it
Easy to tell I'm reading a powerful book when I'm tearing up at the end of it--especially over a character that I never even "met". Laurie and Jack's relationship was powerful with both crazy chemistry and a strong emotional connection. I imagine that the author is also very true to the SEAL/military mentality and represents circumstances well. However, not having any military familiarity outside of other romance novels, I did get a little lost in the language/relationships that weren't as well ...more
Teresa
Dec 26, 2013 Teresa rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book. I liked the depth of the characters and their ability to change throughout the course of the story. The hero begins the story just after a failed mission as a member of a SEAL team. His career as a SEAL is in jeopardy if he can't remember what happened. He is able to change from (view spoiler). The heroine is able to change her thinking about men in general, m ...more
Nancy
Oct 22, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
Somehow, it was all his fault. His best friend, his swim buddy Don, dead. He got them out. Alive or not because you never leave anyone behind. He has a heck of a scar on the back of his head to prove he was injured. So why can’t he remember what happened? His life as a SEAL depends on his remembering. Hell, his LIFE depends on it!
After playing psycho babble for a few days, Jack decides to try something different. He’d met a lovely lady at a party – a physical therapist – maybe she can help him r
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Jan 19, 2013 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Everything about their last OP has felt off. Now John “Red Jack” Roaker wishes he paid more attention to his gut. His best friend and swim buddy is dead. His memory is full of holes. And if he does not fill in those blanks soon, his days as an active SEAL are over.

Growing up a SEAL pup, Dr. Laurie Smith is fairly confident she does not want a relationship with an enlisted man. The day she meets Jack, however, those concerns are blasted by a wave of sexual need.

Group therapy is the worst kind of
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Trish
ARC provided by NetGalley

I really, REALLY, wanted to love this book. Really. And the beginning of the book had potential. I loved the fact that Jack was going to be a complicated and damaged character. He has lost his memory of an Op and the threat that he may never be operational again scares the hell out of him. What does he have left in his life if he can't be a SEAL. It is is life, his heart, his very soul. Routine therapy isn't helping.

And on top of everything else rotten in his life, he
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Emily McGuire
May 18, 2013 Emily McGuire rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Military Romance, Contemporary readers
A Seal at Heart, isn't your typical military thriller romance novel. While many delve into nonstop action, this novel takes you into the real life of a Navy Seal after they go through a trama of losing a teammate, an op gone wrong, and fighting to find memories of what happened in order to be put back into the field. Jack Roaker goes through exactly that. Determined to find his way back into being eligible for deployment, Jack has a deadline till his job he loves is gone. With the help of a phys ...more
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3 Stars

Jack, a Navy Seal, was wounded in a mission gone wrong. He is unable to remember what happened. Without those memories, Jack cannot be reactivated. Laurie is a physical therapist that uses massage, among other holistic treatments to help her clients. She is the catalyst that helps Jack remember. Together they uncover the truth.

In A Seal at Heart, we see a lot of the world of Seal life and death. Miss Elizabeth goes beyond a story about
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Carin
Oct 17, 2012 Carin rated it it was amazing
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ARC NetGalley Review: A SEAL at Heart by Anne Elizabeth

John Roaker (Jack as everyone calls him) is a career SEAL and when a OP he is on goes sideways and he loses not only his swim buddy, Don, but when an injury also causes him to loose a large chunk of his memory of that OP it puts his career in jeopardy.

Laurie Smith grew up with SEAL's her dad was a SEAL and when he died the man that adopted her was a SEAL. Laurie knew bet
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Donna
Dec 06, 2012 Donna added it
Petty Officer John Roaker is a SEAL. That’s all he is. So when a mission goes bad, kills his best friend, injures him and his team, and takes his memory. What is a guy to do? The regular Navy shrinks aren’t helping. Enter physical therapist and psychoanalyst Laurie Smith. The fact that she is smart and beautiful may be what gets hi interested but the fact that she gets results is what gets him to stay. While recovering his old memories John and Laurie are making new ones. Can Laurie handle lovin ...more
Michelle
Mar 22, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
This is my first from Anne Elizabeth and it was an enjoyable story but it felt like it fell just a little short for me. I almost always enjoy a good SEAL romance and one of the fun original points of this story is that it seemed to concentrate more on our hero, Jack, and his thoughts and emotions and less on our heroine, Laurie. I really liked how a romance unfolded from the almost exclusively the hero’s point of view. I thought that the story explored some pretty important ideas, PTSD and post- ...more
Linda Carroll-Bradd
Feb 17, 2014 Linda Carroll-Bradd rated it really liked it
I was not prepared for the deep emotional and psychological elements but was drawn into the story because the author made me care so much for the characters. Highly emotional read.
Michel Reinhard
Jan 06, 2013 Michel Reinhard rated it really liked it
Wow... this was a really good read. I am a sucker for Navy Seal and Military Romances. This book was quite different from the other military romances I have read. This book focuses on the home life after the missions, the Seal community, and the Seal family bonds. It lets you see into the mind set of a Navy Seal and how their training affects the way they think and live their lives. The book deals with many issues that they have to deal with when they return home to their families.

Seal At Heart
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Rachel Smith
Sep 29, 2015 Rachel Smith rated it liked it
3.5, but not rounding up to 4. Overall I enjoyed it, but some of the author's style choices got on my nerves. Not sure if I'll read more.
Lindsay McKenna
Dec 07, 2012 Lindsay McKenna rated it it was amazing
Any reader who loves romantic suspense will want this book on their shelves. Those who love incredible romance and love, will want it as well. I truly enjoyed Anne's deft picture of the SEAL community. She knows because she is a part of this spec op family and community. The SEALs are heroes, plain and simple. Their families are heroic as well, given the demands and pressures/stresses on them. I highly recommend this book. I'm hoping this book is just a beginning and we get more SEAL books from ...more
Tory
Jan 24, 2014 Tory rated it it was ok
Shelves: military, amnesia
The patient/client dynamic in this book bothered me at times. This may be because I work in a mental health field. Jack at times seemed to be using her. In their first interaction, he jumps to conclusions and is a jerk. I did like Laurie. I understood her reluctance to be involved with a military man - but that also made it strange that she jumped into the relationship with Jack. I liked Laurie's relationship with her adopted father.
Rebecka
Sep 30, 2014 Rebecka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-loans
I had to force myself to finish this. The writing is just not good. She tried to make the characters witty and it just didn't work, the comebacks and jokes were lame at best. It seemed like the writer had trouble finishing a complete thought sometimes or would jump in and out of conversations. I don't think she knows what a physical therapist does either and that's one of the main characters.
Snarky Mom
Jan 15, 2013 Snarky Mom rated it liked it
Feeling pretty ambivalent about this one. I feel like the "answer" to the mystery wrapped up in his missing memory was anticlimatic. Typically I judge books by how quickly I look to see what else that person has written that I can read. Will not be looking for other books from this author to fill up by TBR pile in any great urgency.
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