A SEAL’s Surrender by Tawny Weber

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A SEAL’s Surrender by Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Subject: Lieutenant Commander Cade Sullivan

Status: On leave

Mission: He’s home to take care of some family business.

Obstacle: Eden Gillespie. The girl who always lands in trouble…has landed in his bed!

Lieutenant Commander Cade Sullivan is the job. His commitment to the Navy SEALs is absolute-almost. Worse still, he’s been summoned home, where his privileged family is the town royality and women vie to be one of Cade’s conquests. One of them in particular….

Ever since they were kids, Cade has been rescuing Eden Gillespie. Now she’s decided she owes him one heck of a thank-you-one that involves a bed, naked bodies and sweet satisfaction. But when their sexy trysts are discovered, Eden becomes a bit of a town sensation-and not in a good way. Can she convince her SEAL to risk one last rescue operation?

Uniformly Hot! The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell.

Healing through rescue is not a totally unique idea but when Ms. Weber throws together a very clumsy but adorable lady with a hero who, despite the mental anguish he suffers, can’t seem to stop himself from coming to her rescue, readers are in for an entertaining treat.

Cade Sullivan has a lot of issues to work through in this story. Some of the angst is about the healing from the loss of his teammate but the other is about his place in his family and the town’s community at large. He’s got a bloodthirsty father with a heart that seems to be made of ice and it causes a special kind of conflict, the personal kind. The hero has a lot of juggling to do and his stress is high, until he finds a saucy, funny, sexy lady in a tree.

Eden has been crushing on Cade for what seems like forever. The author creates a sense of history and helps a reader understand why the heroine’s feelings are so strong and why she hasn’t done anything about it in the past. The past is what haunts her because small towns have long memories, and some small-minded people seem unable to grow up for just as long. Again, Ms. Weber showcases why she is so good at personal conflicts – she fleshes out her characters so they seem real to a reader. When a character you come to care for is hurt or sad, your emotions are affected. The author accomplished that in this book. I wanted Eden to finally take that chance and discover if her dreams meshed reality.

A reader will discover that there are a lot more bumps and tribulations before the happy ever after can be realized. Both characters find out that the differences between their fantasies and reality comes with some major concessions, adjustments and compromises of the misconceptions they both harbor. Ms. Weber had Eden starting to act the way a hurt and spastic heroine would act, then put on the brakes and presented a much different outcome than expected. I liked that and it made me like Eden’s character even more.

The family conflicts were a bit clichéd (Cade’s dad and Eden’s mom) but effective nonetheless.

This wouldn’t be a Blaze romance without some very steamy sex and the author had no problems delivering on that score. The scenes were peppered with emotional connections making their placement effective and necessary to the story.

A SEAL’s Surrender is a wonderful continuation of a back story arc that started with A SEAL’s Seduction – two men who lost a respected and loved teammate through the violence of war – and then presented these two strong men, broken in spirit, finding love, happiness, hope and the promise of a better future ahead. This was a nice, smoothly written enjoyable story worth taking the time to read. I had a great time watching them fall in love.

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