Good Monday morning all! I hope your summer is going well. Mine is full of sweltering heat and feeling like I didn't shower 15 minutes after I'm done showering. I can't wait for winter!!! In the meantime, have any of you read Sara Jane Stone?
About Sara Jane Stone
Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat.
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Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Entangled - Brazen
Release Date: June 30, 2015
For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.
Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend's little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia's mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.
But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn't willing to risk...his heart.
Art therapist Lucia Lewis once suffered and survived a horrific attack that left her with scars on one side of her face. The scars have kept her from living the life that she wants and it isn’t until she attends a masquerade ball and meets a mysterious man that she realizes just what she’s been missing.
Navy SEAL Cade Daniels agreed to keep his best friend’s sister out of trouble in Vegas but instead of a scared, shy and ordinary woman, Cade finds the total opposite and is irresistibly drawn to her. As he spends more and more time with Lucia, Cade finds himself wanting to be the one who helps her heal even while being certain he’s not a long term guy.
This time it’s the heroine that is the brooding, scarred character and it does make a difference in the way a story is told and its emotional impact on the reader. I loved Lucia; I love how author Sara Jane Stone wrote her as this loving, caring human being who was in need of some love and care herself. Lucia was a survivor but she didn’t survive unscathed and while she was more than happy to help others, she had a hard time accepting it for herself. I hate reading books where the heroine has “body issues” and she’s like a size 2, with perfect hair and perfect teeth. It makes me want to say “B**tch get out of here with your BS!” But not Lucia. As self conscious as she was about herself, it didn’t stop her personality from shining through and I loved how she kept soldiering on even when things got tough.
With Cade, I felt he was a different kind of alpha male. He was definitely a take charge man but he knew that with Lucia that wouldn’t work if he wanted to help her heal. He was tender and considerate of just how far he could push her before he had to back off and try again later. For considering himself a short term kind of guy he was so nurturing towards Lucia and that had me falling for him myself. He’s the kind of guy you want to watch your back in a fight but also the one you want to come home to at night.
With a surprising amount of development and growth for a short story (around 160 pages) To Tempt a SEAL had my attention from the beginning. I immediately connected with Lucia and her story but more than that I loved her for her courage, even when she thought that she wasn’t very courageous. Cade didn’t save her as much as point out what was already there and appreciate he as she was. I loved him for not trying to change her and for seeing her for the woman she already was.
I enjoyed Sara Jane Stone’s story so much that I’m hoping that there will be a story for Lucia’s sister Natalie who seemed to be the total opposite of her sister. I’m curious as to what residual issues Natalie might have as a result of what happened to Lucia.
Final Verdict: Emotional, passionate and addictive, I couldn't get enough of this couple!