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Navy SEAL Seduction (SOS Agency) Mass Market Paperback – July 5, 2016
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Bonnie Vanak is a multi-published author of paranormal and historical romance novels. After a career in journalism, she became a writer for an international charity, traveling to poor countries like Haiti to write about issues affecting the poor. When the strain of her job demanded a diversion, she turned to her childhood dream of writing books. Bonnie lives in Florida with her husband and three rescue dogs. Visit her website at www.bonnievanak.com or email her at email@example.com.
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After her divorce from Jarrett, Lacey started a nonprofit organization that helps abused women on the island escape from their abusers and become self-sufficient. She's made a home for herself and the five year old girl she has adopted. But threats and strange occurrences have her worried.
The story started out with a confrontation between Jarrett and Lacey. He's used some trickery to separate her from her coworker and she isn't happy about it. She's even less happy about his determination to make her leave St. Marc and lets him know, in no uncertain terms, that she isn't going anywhere. An eruption of gunfire emphasizes his point, but Lacey will not budge. He goes with her back to her home, still determined to get her out.
From the moment they meet again, it's obvious that there are still strong feelings. Jarrett has never forgotten her and feels that he failed her during their marriage. Lacey wants him gone because he rouses too many painful memories for her. The painful events that led up to their divorce were made even worse by their lack of communication. Jarrett hadn't wanted to inflict the things he had seen and done on Lacey's innocence, so he kept it all inside. When she lost the baby, he didn't know how to express his own feelings of loss. On her side, Lacey was so determined to be the perfect Navy wife that she never told Jarrett how much she worried about him, and how much she hated that he was always gone. When he left again a few days after the miscarriage, she'd had enough. Five years later, both of them have gone through considerable changes. Lacey has found her confidence and finds it easier to express her feelings and her needs. Jarrett has begun to realize just how much he has lost and that duty to country isn't enough anymore. I loved seeing them start talking to each other and opening up about the way they had felt back then.
I also loved seeing that their connection became even stronger in the present. Jarrett appreciated her strength, her commitment to her people, and how deeply she loved her daughter. Lacey felt safe with Jarrett near, trusting him like she trusted no one else. She also loved the way he connected with her daughter, helping the child deal with the traumas she'd been through. Then to add the icing to the cake, their attraction was stronger than ever. They had always been good together, but now the chemistry between them opens their eyes to the fact that their love had never died. The question becomes one of whether they can get past their old hurts and have the life they dreamed of together.
The intensity of what was going on around them kept me turning the pages to the very end. It was the political unrest and his fears for her safety that brought Jarrett to St. Marc, but it was the immediate danger to her that set his instincts off. He was determined to find out who was behind the vandalism and death threats that she had been receiving. He had his suspicions, but getting the proof was proving to be more difficult. There was also the problem of finding out who had killed little Fleur's mom and who seemed to be determined to finish the job by killing the child too. There were some terrific scenes of nail-biting intensity as Jarrett's SEAL skills are the only things keeping the ones he loves alive. When the political unrest collided with the threats against Lacey, she was thrown into incredible danger. I loved seeing her remain calm and remember the things that Jarrett had taught her, keeping her alive long enough for him to find her. Following along with Jarrett's investigation, there were so many possibilities for who was behind the trouble. Every time I thought I had a handle on who it might be, something new would come to light and change everything around. I have to say that I was completely surprised by who "El Jefe" turned out to be. Even after that there was still one surprise player who showed up at the very end, finally setting Fleur free of her fears.
I loved the epilogue and seeing the decision that Jarrett made about his future. I'm looking forward to more of the series and getting to know his teammates.
This exciting story gives an intriguing glimpse of an exotic locale peopled by folks who are struggling to survive in a harsh society. The tragedy of the struggle for women to support their families, their maltreatment by men, and their hopelessness that Lacey is trying to combat by providing them with gainful employment and a chance at a positive future is nicely balanced by the challenges faced by Jarrett and Lacey who made several mistakes during their marriage and must find a way to move past their pain and distrust to find a future of their own. There are poignant interludes as each main character finds a way to open up about fears and disappointments and lovely growth as they try to rectify and move past the painful events that tore them apart.
I love the insight that reveals the sacrifice made by those who are serving in the military as well as those who are left at home to worry about them. The challenge of reintegrating into civilian life is also touched upon and the genesis of the SOS Agency is revealed. There is a fair amount of violence reflecting the harshness of life on the island but there is also a delicious and sensuous connection between the main characters and a heartwarming look at the bonds of family that has formed. This was an exciting yet touching story and I look forward to reading about the other military men who become active members of the Agency.
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The story has a lot background to the charity, and its benefits, that Lacey created, and is now running. Also, the political unrest and the troubles it has brought into the characters daily life is front and center of the tale. The danger that is upon the charity, Lacey, and her daughter, is constant. The attacks in a different form keep everyone on alert, and tense. The unexplained disappearances, the deaths around the compound, all are signs, that their lives are in danger.
I liked the connection Lacey and Jarrett have. Despite their divorce four years ago, and the heartbreaking events they went through right before it, there's no bitterness and anger towards each other. Soon they find a way to communicate and work together, to keep everyone as safe as possible, and the charity running.
The bond between Jarrett and Lacey's daughter is adorable, and her trust in him speak volumes of his good character.
The passion between Jarrett and Lacey never died, and soon flames again. Yet, they have issues they have to deal with, things they never solved in between them, and the quiet conversations, opening up to each other, built their new, fragile relationship more than all the sexy times they have.
The story touches your heart with all the loss, sorrow, and pain of the past. It is humorous, with the witty dialog between Jarrett and Lacey, sweet when it comes to Lacey's daughter, dangerous when the action picks up, and completely swoon worthy with new flame developing between Lacey and Jarrett. All around entertaining story
~ Four Spoons
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