Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Phillip Banks
Mission: Resist one saucy redhead's attempts to de-Scrooge him…and seduce him!
Silversmith Frankie Silvera has lost her creative mojo. And she knows how to get it back—by getting her sexy on with a certain hot sailor. Just the thought of Phillip's hard, Navy-trained body against her, and everything goes molten. He's the "inspiration" Frankie needs for the holidays!
Navy SEAL Phillip Banks is the prince of protocol. But after his last mission went horribly off-course, all of that control has dissipated. Now he's at the mercy of one very determined female who is pulling out all the stops on Operation Christmas—including red-hot lingerie and the promise of oh-so-wicked delights… But does giving in mean giving up everything he's worked for?
I do love a female character that goes after what she wants without sacrificing who she is to get it!
Frankie Silvera needs to get her creative motor going ASAP. As a silversmith, there’s no worse thing than not having new and fresh ideas for her business. The good news is that she knows just what she needs to cure her of her creator’s block: Navy SEAL Phillip Banks. The bad news? She’s going to have to work harder than ever to get him to provide the kind of “inspiration” she’s looking for.
Phillip was all about protocol in the Navy and in his personal life, but after a mission went terribly wrong, he is now back in his family home trying to regroup. He wants to get back to his life in the military but at the same time; he’s tempted by what Frankie has to offer. She wants to help him learn to appreciate Christmas and all that it stands for.
I’m quickly becoming a big fan of author Tawny Weber’s books, particularly this series. What’s sexier than a Navy SEAL in need of some Christmas cheer? Not much and really, who wouldn’t want one under their tree?
Frankie’s occupation was interesting to me. I’ve never actually met a silversmith before but I’m fascinated by the work that they do. I could understand how easily Frankie could have burned out her creative side; it’s tough to come up with unique designs without the proper motivation or inspiration. From what I could tell, her style matched her personality, quirky, unique and passionate. She’s a very loving person, which wasn’t immediately obvious at the beginning. She knows when to push Phillip to his limits and when ease him into something new. She can be both confrontational and subtle about her approaches and to me it was interesting watching her take someone as distant, cool and complicated as Phillip and help him reveal his human side, complete with emotions. She has a history with Phillip’s family, she’s the granddaughter of one of their longtime employees but I don’t recall any mention of her in the previous book so it’s as if she is a brand new character. As Christmas with a SEAL progressed, I saw different sides of Frankie and wanted to shake Phillip because he took so long to fall in love with her! Stubborn man!
As a SEAL Phillip was well trained on keeping his emotions, thoughts and actions under strict control and I understood that about him, I even admired it about him but only to a point. In a previous book, readers are introduced to his estranged sister Lara and while I loved her story, I was very curious about why she and Phillip were estranged and what their childhood had to do with it. In that book there was no explanation and the same occurs in Christmas with a SEAL. I did think this was a letdown because while I don’t want chapters and chapters dedicated to Phillip’s childhood and his relationship with his parents and sister, I felt I needed some kind of explanation of why he didn’t care for Christmas, and why he was not close to his only living relative. There was no real insight or background on Phillip. There were questions I wanted answered like just what kind of childhood did he have to make him the way he was? This bugged the hell out of me. Why did he and Lara grow up so distant? I’m the type of reader that needs to know how and why a character is the way he/she is, it helps me connect with them and in certain situations it helps me to sympathize with them instead of judging them based on their present actions.
Christmas with a SEAL was just the right kind of holiday story to brighten up my day. It had a strong female character, a dashing, if damaged hero, Christmas cookies and of course, the Christmas spirit.
Final Verdict: I want one of Tawny Weber's SEALs under my tree this Christmas!