A SEAL’s Seduction by Tawny Weber

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A SEAL’s Seduction by Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Blake Landon

Current Status: Two weeks of enforced leave

Mission: Distract himself in any way possible

Obstacle: A woman who tempts him to break the rules…including his own!

Navy SEAL Blake Landon (a.k.a. “Boy Scout”) knows the rule book inside and out. Checked. Rechecked. But when a mission ends badly, his entire team is ordered on leave. And that’s when Blake sees the tall redhead whose dark eyes suggest that the rules— especially those in bed—are made to be broken.

Scientist Alexia Lane has sex on the brain—partly for work, but mostly because she needs a man who makes her girly parts do the happy dance. Her only no-no? No military dudes. But Blake’s rockin’ bod promises delicious pleasures, and Alexia is halfway to sexual Nirvana before she can find out he’s actually a Navy SEAL.

And where one rule is broken, more are sure to follow….

Sex can be used to express an intense, passionate attraction but sometimes, it’s the only thing offering an escape from an emotional traumatic event. But when it happens between two people that click, that connect on an unexpectedly deeper emotional level they weren’t prepared for, then things get complicated very fast.

Ms. Weber had me meeting the hero after the death of one of his best friends and teammate. That pretty much set up the major part of the hero’s internal conflict and it was effective in getting me to care for him. Add to that the heroine’s emotionally distant and ice-berg impersonation of a father and I was treated to a shallow and dysfunctional family whose surface was all ‘perfect family’ for the public. Not a very sympathetic family life by any means. Cold waters run deep in this book, which means the heroine’s character was someone I could easily root for as well.

The author had Blake and Alexia meet with an explosion of hot passion and no holds barred beach frolicking. It wasn’t supposed to amount to much, on either side. What happens next is the stuff of messy romances between two people who have a lot of issues to wade through. I liked how the author chose the progression of their relationship. Sure, it’s rocky with a lot of tug and pulls, surprises, both pleasant and unpleasant, and an unconventional reconciliation, but Ms. Weber kept my interest hostage throughout with very clever and tight writing.

As if the hero and heroine didn’t have enough on their hands with their own internal angsts, which thankfully did not overshadow the romance, Ms. Weber tossed in a firecracker of an outside conflict. That one event, although very suspenseful and exciting, broke the dam of silence and propelled Blake and Alexia into facing their own fears head-on with surprising and delightful revelations helping them out.

My one area of letdown would be Alexia’s dad. I’m thinking just one or two more paragraphs could have addressed my need of feeling that he truly would end up happy with his daughter’s eventual choices. I realize that the author felt that his character was so ingrained with reserve that he would have a hard time letting go beyond what he did, but that didn’t stop me from wanting more. Heck, I would have been happy if all it was would have been a secret smile, perhaps shared with his wife, as he watched Alexia from a window as she made the final momentous choice. Just that little bit would have been the cherry on my romance sundae.

When all is said and done, the happily ever after is the goal and it’s satisfactorily reached.

A SEAL’s Seduction is an exciting and hard-to-put-down book with action and tumultuous and adventurous sexy explorations that make this novel fun to read. It’s hard to go wrong with a story about a skilled Navy SEAL whose expertise is topnotch both in and out of bed. Try it; I think you’ll like it!

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