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Monday, May 9, 2016

Review: To Seduce a SEAL by Sara Jane Stone

How's this for a romance novel couple: A country singer and her bodyguard? Sounds sexy right? Well it was!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: May 2, 2016

U.S. Navy SEAL Dante Raske is all about guarding his heart and serving his country, but now that he’s busted his knee on a mission, he needs something to keep his mind busy. Playing bodyguard for a sexy little country starlet until he’s cleared for duty? Just what the doctor ordered.

Chrissie Tate refuses to be a one-hit wonder. If she’s going to take care of her family, she can’t let herself get distracted—especially not by the hot as hell Navy SEAL hired to be her bodyguard. But when a crazed fan attacks, she changes her tune. She’ll keep Dante around…if he agrees to teach her self-defense.

Except their close-contact lessons quickly become steamy bedroom sessions. And it’s up to this Navy SEAL to save Chrissie’s career—and his heart—before their explosive passion consumes them both…

Dante Raske's injury took him out of active duty but the Navy SEAL can't just relax until his leg heals so he agrees to guard  country singer Chrissie Tate while she concentrates on becoming more than a one hit wonder. Chrissie doesn't really want Dante as a bodyguard but when she's attacked by a fan she demands he teach her to defend herself and that leads to all sorts of delicious temptations.

Hmm, I’ve read two previous books in this series and for some reason To Seduce a SEAL felt a little bit like an entirely different series. It was a bit “fluffier” than the previous two, not that they were dark and moody mind you but compared to this one it seemed that way.

Dante went from active duty Navy SEAL to a reluctant bodyguard because of a knee injury and I liked that the transition wasn’t easy for him at all. He’s an intense character who was used to life or death situations and serving his country. Even though it was temporary, his mental struggle with what he saw as kind of a demotion from Navy SEAL to glamorized babysitter made him seem a bit more real to me. It added a little bit of character angst to an otherwise light hearted romance.

Chrissie was a hard working woman who worried and took care of almost everyone in her life yet neglected to take care of herself. I could appreciate the hard working and selfless part of her that just wanted to help her family after enduring a tragic loss but she was a little too giving in my opinion. I got that her family came first and that was great but she needed to stop the “I’m going to give my all to my family and leave nothing for myself” bit because it got old quick. Chrissie was still a good character mind you; I just didn’t care too much for that particular aspect of her personality.

Naturally there was a spark of physical attraction between Dante and Chrissie when they first met but with Dante hell bent on being back on active duty and Chrissie weighed down by many responsibilities, the two characters fight their initial attraction before giving in and wow, they burn each other up. I mean, they can’t get enough of each other and while it starts off as physical it grows into something more important and that’s when the real obstacles kick in because Chrissie travels constantly and Dante is planning on returning to active duty. Not exactly helpful for any relationship but for these two it seemed like an impossible task. I do like the way they worked things out in the end, there wasn’t any over the top drama or a life or death situation, just a moment of clarity and a pretty romantic ending.

Author Sara Jane Stone went light on the conflict with this one and while that wasn’t a bad thing, I will admit that sometimes the fluffiness went into cheesy territory and was at times a little unbelievable. I was used to the grit and angst of the previous books so it took me a while to adjust to this one. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an enjoyable book because it was. The plot was well put together, the characters likable, I just thought it was too silly and sappy sometimes and that not enough emphasis or attention was paid to Dante’s background as a SEAL.

Final Verdict: Certainly different from the previous books in the series, To Seduce a SEAL was an enjoyable enough read. It’s definitely on the fluffier side of the spectrum with Dante and Chrissie being a more mushy kind of couple. Still, there’s plenty of heat and humor to be found here so I wouldn’t pass it up if you liked the previous books.

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