Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: 'Irresistible SEAL Book 1' by Amanda Heartley

Oklahoma-born California author Amanda Heartley has penned and published over twenty books that fall onto that popular genre of Chick Lit: she writes heartwarming billionaire, military and sports erotic romances, featuring strong, sexy bad boys with a heart, and feisty, sensual women. This book IRRESISIBLE SEAL is Book 1 in her best selling Navy SEAL Romances.

Amanda has a fine sense of military life as she demonstrates in her Prologue as we meet or main character – ‘I tolerated their hazing, admiring another beautiful sunset in the godforsaken stretch of sand and stone that had been my home away from home for as long as I could remember. Joining the Navy right out of high school—it was either that or spend a month in juvie after shoplifting one too many packs of cigarettes from the local bodega—I’d been recruited into the SEAL program and never looked back. At the time, it had been an impulsive move. A desperate act to prove that not only could I make it in the Navy—something my alcoholic father assured me would never happen—but I could excel in the best-of-the-best program within it—the legendary SEALs. I’d more than risen to the challenge and now oversaw an entire unit, leading them on more than a dozen battle-tested missions in the last year alone. “Good job, Spud,” I said, pulling the new recruit to one side and helping him off with his pack. “and welcome to Camp Bravo.”

But from Afghanistan to the US Amanda lets her story begin and the synopsis she provides outlines that well – ‘After an unhappy childhood, Luke Carter joined the US Navy and has dedicated the last twelve years of his life to the SEALs. But the relentless overseas tours have taken their toll on his mind and body and now he dreams of what life might be like outside the military. Love, romance, his own space—maybe even a family he can call his own. Juliet Morgan works in the fast-paced world of finance. Beautiful, headstrong and smart, she chooses her career over love and puts all of her energy into her new job—a job she was ‘persuaded’ to take far away from her beloved Manhattan by her rich, overbearing father. She’s not looking for romance, but feels lonely and lost in her new environment so she turns to online retail therapy to lift her spirits and accidentally stumbles across a dating site where she’s awestruck by Luke Carter. The sparks flicker to a roaring flame with each sizzling message between them—then the battlefield nearly claims Luke’s life and he’s rushed home to the States. Although he’s only an hour away from Juliet, in his mind everything’s changed and his pride gets in the way of the love, passion, and happiness they both so desperately crave. Can Juliet break down the walls of this irresistible SEAL, or are they both destined to a life of loneliness?’

A very good mixture of military flavor and the distances wars create are mixed well with steamy erotica. It works well. Grady Harp, October 17

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