A SEAL’s Desire (Uniformly Hot!), by Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze; June 1, 2016
Christian Laramie is a hot, talented, smart, and charismatic Navy SEAL originally from Texas. Sammi Jo is the assistant manager of The Barclay Inn, engaged to the owner’s son, Sterling, and not in love with her future groom. She has worked hard her entire life to overcome bad memories of her mother, and to move beyond her mother’s reputation. Christian is a legend with the ladies in both San Diego and Texas, determined to never settle down, and definitely not to fall in love. Sammi Jo doesn’t know what it’s like to be in love and certainly doesn’t understand why people put so much emphasis on sex, resigning herself to an acceptable marriage and life – but not love and passion. Just as Christian returns to his hometown during leave, Sammi Jo’s cheating fiance is kidnapped, and she is warned not to tell Sterling’s father or the police. Knowing that Christian has returned and is at the family cabin, Sammi Jo pays a visit to her old friend asking for his help. Surprisingly to them both, there is immediate attraction and chemistry which awakens something within Sammi Jo, and stirs feelings in Christian that he never knew possible.
Tawny Weber has nailed it with this one! A SEAL’s Desire is not only a romance, but is a suspenseful story about two people realizing what they really want and being strong enough to go after it. This novel is a fabulous portrayal of a woman that’s always agreed to what others want, then grows and transforms into someone assertive and passionate. Sammi Jo is a character that you cheer for, just waiting for her to step up and tell it like it is! The Barclays, both father and son, are both very unlikable men. The eldest Mr. Barclay is rude and demanding, whereas his son Sterling, is a liar and a cheater. Sammi Jo’s friend Blythe, is another believable and likable character, but the other woman are fake and oblivious as to what Sammi Jo feels or wants. Weber’s new novel is very much a feel-good read as you watch Christian and Sammi Jo bringing out the best in each other, and watch them learn things about themselves that they never imagined.
A SEAL’s Desire is not some literary masterpiece to be taught in college courses by any means, however, the author’s writing, language, and characterization pull you in from the first paragraph. This is a novel you will start and finish in one sitting, and will leave you longing for more of Christian and Sammi Jo in the near future. I certainly hope that their story will continue!
Want to know more about the author? Visit her webpage at: http://tawnyweber.com/
*I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.