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The Angel and the SEAL

by Petie McCarty

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

The Angel and the SEAL . . . a cozy mystery with romantic suspense from the Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure out who . . .

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay’s teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay’s teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs. 

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory’s whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother’s death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay — the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

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Excerpt Two:

A scream ripped through the air.

Mac jerked his head up in time to see the end of the dock collapse—with Cory in the middle of it—and Vern streaking for the water. The black Lab galloped out of the rear garden, barking his fool head off.

Mac vaulted from the tractor and had his feet under him before he grabbed his next breath. Panic put wings to his feet. Cory hadn’t bobbed up by the time Vern reached the collapsed end of the dock. The old man disappeared beneath the surface, and Garth perched at the end of the sagging dock, barking his complaints.

Dear God, not Cory. Don’t let anything happen to my Cory.

Mac’s feet left the lakeshore on a dead run, and he sliced into the water, stroking before he completely submerged. A handful of power strokes and he reached the spot where Vern had gone down. Mac dove under to find the old man red-faced and struggling to hold his breath while he heaved on a dock piling that had toppled over and pinned Cory’s legs to the lake bottom. In the crystal-clear water, Vern’s eyes had gone wide with fright. Cory monitored his approach but lay limp and had ceased to struggle.

Smart girl. Conserve your air.

Two dock boards remained pinned to the collapsed piling and framed her lithe body like the sides of a coffin. He stroked to her side, put his shoulder under the closest dock board, and prayed it would hold tight to the piling as Mac pressed upward with all his might. Thank God, Vern saw what he intended, and though short on air himself, the old caretaker scooted around and tugged Cory free from beneath the piling.

Mac waited until they were well and clear before he dropped the mass to the lake bottom. His heart jolted hard when he saw Vern go limp. He had nothing left.

Mac wrapped one arm around the caretaker and the other around Cory and pushed hard for the surface, thankfully but a few feet up. Mac managed to hold both their heads above water and kicked hard for shore. Garth howled and whined as he paced the length of what remained of the collapsed dock. Mac dragged both bodies up and out of the water the minute his feet found purchase on the lake bottom, then he laid them both out on the sandy shore. Vern rolled to his knees and began to cough and hack.

Mac crouched over Cory lying limply on her side, her eyes closed. He detected a weak heartbeat when he laid two fingers to her throat and leaned his cheek close to check for breathing. Hearing only his own labored breathing, he tugged her chin down with a thumb and stuck a finger into her mouth, intent on clearing an air passage.

Teeth clamped hard on his finger.

“Yeow!” He managed to yank the entire digit free.

“Well, get our finger out of my mouth,” Cory huffed and struggled to sit up. “What are you doing?”

Mac stared open-mouthed. “Trying to resuscitate you.”

“I was just spent, not dead. I used up everything I had struggling to get free of the piling.”

Before she could lodge another complaint, Mac dragged her to his chest and held her as though he’d never let her go.

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Oh my.  I’ve been reading Ms. McCarty for a while now, I will have to say that this is her best book.  Why?  It is chopped full of suspense, action, romance and it deals with what constitutes a family when you feel like you have no one left.

Mac and Cory have a second chance at romance when things go south with her brother but the miscommunication between them, the mixed signals and basically not have a true sense of faith between them almost lets them NOT have that second chance.  Ms. McCarty wrote them with such emotional depth that at times, I wanted to smack both of them for their lack of trust in each other.  Oh, it led to some somewhat hilarious dialogue but once the dust settles, these two just need to sit down and actually talk to each other and not assume about the other.

Mac found his family with the SEALs and particularly with Brian, Cory’s brother.  What he didn’t expect was how badly their dad didn’t want Mac near Cory because of his childhood.  That nearly broke me about his childhood but it also made him realize that he could have a family with Cory and lodge family in the end.  He didn’t need the SEALs anymore but they needed him.  He found Cory again and wasn’t going to let go.

Cory could be extremely stubborn when it came to Mac.  At times, I wanted to smack her more than Mac.  She only reacted to Mac throughout the book without asking the key questions and only assumed on her part.  On the other hand, she is very loyal to her employees and almost too strong for her own good.  Her conversations with Senior were great.  She didn’t take much off of him and let him know it.  She just didn’t do that with Mac as much.

The suspense plot in the book is amazing.  There is always something going on.  Sabotage on the resort and the two goons that are after her for whatever they think Brian left her.  I’m telling you…its nonstop with the action.  Ms. McCarty has done her homework with it and it shows.  The mystery part is spot on, too.  I NEVER figured it out.  Like, seriously.  Never.  Plus, like the book says, there is always an angel and I didn’t figure that one out either.  In fact, I’m still in shock over the angel.  Part of the mystery deals with the Mafia.  Oh yes, old school Mafia.

I have really enjoyed this series by Ms. McCarty.  Its a sweet romance series with mystery and suspense.  I never know how it is going to end up or who the angel is but it doesn’t matter.  I can count on her for an exciting, emotional and a mystery/suspense tale that leaves me satisfied and looking forward to the next one.

 

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Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—”The  Most Magical Place on Earth”—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.

Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas

Visit Petie’s web site online at http://www.petiemccarty.com or her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/petie.mccarty.

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Trusting Her Heart
(Meet Me at the Altar #3)
By Tara Randell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can a love built on lies…

…survive the truth?

Serena Stanhope fears her dark past might ruin the life she’s built as a successful shop owner. Especially when handsome Logan Masterson suddenly arrives in town asking questions about her background. He seems to have his own secrets, but the pair share an instant connection and Serena finds herself falling for Logan. He could destroy everything—or he could be the chance at love she thought she’d never have…

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Logan sat close enough that his shrug brushed against her arm. “Competitors. Mostly from his point of view.”

“In high school?” she asked.

“Yep. Gotta love memories from good ol’ Golden High.”

Curious about the handsome man beside her, Serena made a mental note to research Golden High School. She figured both men were in their early thirties, so she could narrow down the years they attended.

“Well, he seems invested in placing Golden on the map.”

Logan leaned closer and a trickle of pleasure danced over her skin. “How about you? Part of Team Golden?”

She shifted, widening the space between them. Put starch in her tone. “As long as I have a store here, yes.”

His gaze met hers again. The way he gauged her, as if trying to uncover all her secrets, took her breath away. Danger, Serena Stanhope, danger.

Panic rose and she sucked in air too quickly, almost choking. Logan reached over to slap her on the back as Deke and Grace sent curious glances their way.

“You all right?” he asked in between her coughing.

No, she wasn’t.

Logan’s knowing gaze unnerved her in more ways than one.

 

My apologies to Ms. Randel with the lateness of this review.  I started back to school this week and its been a rough one.  That said, I have to admit that I have not read the other books in the series, so my review is solely based on this book alone.  Do you need the other books in the series?  Honestly, I don’t know.  There is a mystery arc that is resolved in this one but I got the general idea of why Jasmine’s boys did what they did.

Logan and Serena were perfect together.  Ms. Randel wrote two flawed characters with some trust issues, family secrets that need to be resolved but overall good people that just needed to learn to communicate and listen to each other and pass judgment too quickly.  I fell in love with both of them from the beginning and I sighed at the ending.  I wish I had a cottage.  The secondary characters bring extra richness to their romance.  Logan’s grandmother is a HOOT!!!  She reminded me of my grandmother.  If I had a complaint, I didn’t like Deke too much.  I know, I didn’t read his book but at the same time, I felt like he was a little too harsh on Serena.

I don’t want to get into a lot of the book but you just need to read it.  Full of secrets, guilt, forgiveness and in the end love will conquer all.  It just takes longer for others to see what is right in front of them.  Logan and Serena show a bunch of growth in the end but I will have to say, Logan is the one that has to grow up more.  Serena had already been through so much because of her dad…

Overall, I just love Ms. Randal’s writing and stories.  She always brings the emotional, sweet and yes, heartwarming romances that I love.

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USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Falling for Her Bodyguard
(Grace Note Records #4)
By Amy Vastine
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She needs his protection…

But can he protect his heart?

Radio personality Kelly Bonner isn’t convinced she needs a bodyguard, especially one as intensely good-looking as Detective Donovan Walsh. Yet beneath Donovan’s tough-guy facade is a man struggling to raise his sister’s children. A man Kelly could care about…if he’d let her. Now she’ll have to find a way to convince her big, bad bodyguard that his family—and his heart—are safe in her hands.

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“I want to know how you feel. Even though you think feelings are stupid, I want to know what yours are.”

This was where Donovan always failed. He wasn’t good at sharing his feelings. Kelly might have thought he was good at everything, but this was his Achilles’ heel.

“I don’t know what I feel. I’m not thinking about my feelings. I’m thinking about catching this guy who wants to hurt you. I’m thinking about how Graham needs to do well on his finals so he can pass his classes this semester. I’m thinking about how I have to take Avery to the dentist next week. Worrying about how I feel is a luxury I can’t afford right now.”

“Ignoring how you feel doesn’t make it go away. How you feel about me and how you feel about what I just said impacts everything you do. You can’t hide from it. Just tell me.”

Donovan didn’t know what she wanted to hear him say. He didn’t have a laundry list of feelings like she did. Was she important to him? Sure. It was his job to serve and protect. If someone was in danger, it was important to protect them. Did he like being around her? Sure. She was a nice person. Nice people were pleasant to be around. Did he think about kissing her? He didn’t try to think about it. Had he ever thought about it? He had and it caused this strange sensation in his chest. It started in the center and emanated outward. It made him uncomfortable. Uncomfortable wasn’t how he wanted to feel.

“I want to help you,” he offered.

“I know you want to help me, but how do you feel about me?”

She was relentless.

Donovan turned onto his street and pulled into his driveway. There was only one way to prove that these feelings didn’t matter. He got out of the truck and walked around to her side. He opened her door and helped her out. He had her somewhat trapped between his body and the truck. He would move if she asked him, but she was silent.

“I’m going to kiss you to prove there’s nothing going on,” he warned her, waiting for her to protest. She didn’t. Her lips slightly parted and she stared deep into his eyes, making it hard to breathe.

He leaned down and pressed his lips to hers. Softly, gently. Convincing himself that this made him feel nothing was hard to do when it made him feel so much. His whole body felt like it was on fire and she was both the flame and the balm that would take away all the pain. His hand cupped her cheek and he tilted her face upward so he could deepen the kiss just a bit. Her arms snaked around his neck and held him in place.

The whole world dropped away and there was nothing but Kelly and this feeling—this feeling he couldn’t begin to label. All he knew was he loved it and hated it at the same time. He wanted to push her away and pull her closer. Nothing made sense. Instead of giving him clarity, he felt more confused than ever.

 

Let me count the ways that I loved this book.  First off, I love that it was a bodyguard story.  I’m such a sucker for those.  I love the reluctant cop that has desk duty and has to “babysit” someone when he would rather be doing ANYTHING else.  Donovan pulls off the “I’d rather do anything than this” better than any other hero with this going on.  Plus the fact, that he doesn’t have a clue when it comes to his nephew and niece.  The thing is about him, he owns it.  It admits it and doesn’t really apologize for his shortcomings.  He knows that he has a lot to figure out and it doesn’t help that he can’t really call someone for help.

Kelly is the type of heroine that I love in a sweet story.  She doesn’t hold back in her “I do not need a bodyguard” attitude.  I can’t even imagine being the daughter of two cops and being “watched” all the time.  I felt like that added to her naivety at times.  She admitted it to Donovan and he didn’t judge her for it.  He could somehow understand why she didn’t really want him around.  I also loved how she interacted with Avery and Graham, Donovan’s niece and nephew.  She treated them as people and throughout the story, they really added depth to the reluctant romance between Donovan and Kelly.  Oh yes, these two never saw the romance building between them so when it actually happened, I actually sighed out loud.

The suspense element in the book is very subtle but well written.  Ms. Vastine only drops breadcrumbs along the way and I never figured it out.  In fact, when the stalker is revealed I was shocked.  I figured it someone else.  Wrong again…not the first time.  The romance was something else that was subtle.  I really enjoy how Ms. Vastine never rushes her characters to fall in love.  Plus, she doesn’t use the big misunderstanding to break them up and then put them back together.  She treats the romance with the nod that they are grownups and have real issues for them to overcome as individuals before they can fall in love and admit it.

Did I mention that Boone is in the book?  *sigh*  That man…there is a scene at the beginning with him that’s hilarious.  Trust me…it is funny.  Graham is a character that really had the most growth in the story.  He is very important to the relationship between Donovan and Kelly.  I won’t spoil it for you but I just fell in love with that teenager.  Ms. Vastine, again, writes her secondary characters that enhance the book and then somehow sneak up on you and you just want to hug them.

Buy the book.  Read the book.  Fall in love with Donovan and Kelly like I did.  I dare you and come back to tell how much I was right.  I can wait.  Ms. Vastine has written another wonderful story about learning to trust, fall in love and believe in yourself.

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Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart husband, three teenagers who keep her on her toes, and their two sweet but mischievous pups.

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