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A SEAL at Heart by Anne Elizabeth
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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. Ultimately, his XO (executive officer to the commander) unofficially advises him to find a way to remember … or risk being disqualified as a SEAL.

Jack literally bumps into Laurie Smith at a SEAL fundraiser. Their mutual attraction is explosive. But it is dampened when they discover the other’s connection to the fundraiser – Laurie’s SEAL father struggled with alcoholism and she is not interested in any relationship with another SEAL. Likewise, Jack knows it is unwise to tangle with a SEAL “pup”, especially one “adopted” by his training officer, Gich.

Yet Laurie inspires Jack to seek her services as a physical therapist, hoping that it will trigger his memory. Hence, the dance begins between the two as they heal together from the wounds of being a part of the SEAL world.

Anne Elizabeth takes readers into the heart of that world – the unquestionable commitment to team members, the trickle effects on personal relationships, and the genuine outreach which creates nontraditional families. As a member of that world, Anne Elizabeth delivers authentic details of Spec Ops and the resulting camaraderie within the community. Anne Elizabeth gives us a strong heroine who can hold her own against an alpha hero. Laurie doesn’t save Jack, but teaches him to save himself. Along the way, Laurie finds her own satisfaction that she can contribute to the SEAL world.

Like Laurie’s donated basket at the fundraiser, A SEAL AT HEART is full of treats – exciting, surprising, and soothing. The exciting – sizzling passion between Laurie and Jack. The surprising – what inspired Jack to become a SEAL. The soothing – Jack’s affinity with nature.

Finally, Anne Elizabeth incorporates SEAL traditions – in training, during missions, off duty, and in mourning – that fold the reader into the SEAL world, too. A SEAL AT HEART is clearly a story from Anne Elizabeth’s heart – a loving tribute to military veterans and their families.

Recommended read for those who enjoy military themed romantic suspense and for those who are curious about “rest of the story” when the op is over.

I received an ARC from Sourcebooks for this review.
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message 1: by E. (new) - rated it 4 stars

E. Great review!


Susan This looks really good. I love military romances, and have added this one to my wish list.


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