Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekly Reader

Only three books on my list again this week. Busy, busy with edits and another minor eye infection caused by allergies. My theory here is better three great ones than twice that of the mediocre category.

I think I've fully and totally admitted to being a Navy SEAL slut - it's an addiction, one I have no interest in breaking -- especially when they're as good as these.

Don't Let Go by Marliss Melton -

Navy SEAL Solomon McGuire knows all about loss. He thought he had married the perfect woman and created the perfect family. But five years ago, he came home from a grueling mission to find his "perfect" wife had taken their beloved son, Silas, and completely disappeared. Ever since then, he's spent every dime and every spare second desperately searching for Silas. But when Silas is miraculously found and brought to him, Solomon realizes that he and his beloved son are strangers. Determined to remedy that, he's desperate for help. He needs someone with a gentle touch and a warm heart...

After her divorce, Jordan Bliss lost everything that was important to her. But she finally found someone who gave her life meaning: a little orphan named Miguel. Determined to adopt him and create the family she's longed for, she was horrified--and furious--when Navy SEAL Solomon McGuire ripped Miguel from her arms in Venezuela and forced her to leave him behind. Who the hell does he think he is?

So, when he comes to her months later, asking for her help with his own son, she openly scorns him...until she sees Silas. Never one to turn her back on a child in need, she finds herself reluctantly aiding the one man she vowed to hate. Soon she sees the man she villified has a softer side and a heart she soon can't live without. But can these two hearts trust themselves enough to let go and find love?


This is book five in her Navy SEAL series. I like Solomon and Jordan's story well enough, but Solomon just wasn't the man for me. And I have to admit I got annoyed with Jordan when against all advice - there was a bloody revolution going on in the damn country, woman! - she goes back to Venzuela to retrieve Miguel. This, of course, led to the predictable conclusion that Solomon's SEAL team had to go rescue her. Being a mother and a grandmother, I can understand the imperative to get to a child that is yours, but she had several other options - one which Solomon gave her and she didn't take it. Didn't help that she said "I'm sorry" later. Plus, for me the real romantic story was Rafe and Jordan's sister Jillian. We met Rafe several stories ago - a wounded warrior if ever there was one. His transformation from loner to loving Jillian was worth the buy of the book. (4)

SEALED with a Kiss by Mary Margret Daughtridge

He can handle just about anything, except this . . .

Jax Graham is a member of an elite military team, but when it comes to taking care of his four-year-old son after his ex-wife dies, he's completely clueless.

One person can help him, if he'll let her . . .

Family therapist, Pickett Sessoms knows just how to help a rough, tough Navy SEAL deal with a scared and lonely little boy, but not if he insists on going it alone.

When Jax and his young son Tyler get trapped by a hurricane, Pickett takes them in against her better judgment. Jax figures Pickett's high maintenance, just like all the women he knows, and she figures he's not commitment material. But when an outing turns deadly, Pickette discovers what it means to be a SEAL, and Jax discovers that even a hero needs help sometimes . . .


This is the first Navy SEAL story I've read that is essentially an emotional one, not an action-oriented rescue scenario. And it was all the better for it. Jax's growth as he tried to determine what was best for Tyler in the context of his military career and his desire to be a good father was wrenching and true to military life. I enjoyed Jax's support of Pickett, giving her pride in who she was (at times against what her family thinks). And Tyler's issues as a military dependent were right on the mark. I couldn't have asked for a better story, and this one is one I will read again and again. Favorite line: "One SEAL is a majority." LOL! (4+Gold)

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Sirantha Jax had the Midas touch. She and her pilot could do no wrong until the incident on the Sargasso. She's the only one who could say what went wrong, but she doesn't remember. Or doesn't want to. Now she's sitting on Perlas Station, waiting for the other shoe to drop. If dream therapy doesn't kill her, the Corp will, and after losing everything but her mind in the crash, she isn't sure she cares. Until the man in the suit strolls into her cell...

I got lost in this on page one. It's tone resembles a combination of Stephen King's The Gunslinger and the Firefly/Serenity show - one of my favorites. I loved March. I'd so take him home - smart mouth, hard attitude and all. Took me a minute to get into the "I" orientation of the story, but Ann has a real way of turning words on end and twisting the plot so it doesn't go the direction you think it's going to! This is a great read. Curl up with a bag of cookies and enjoy this one! (4+Gold)

Another trip to Borders this week, where I discovered they had put out Alyssa Day's Atlantis Awakening, Book 2 of her Warriors of Poseidon series. Unfortunately, I had already ordered it from Amazon. Even so, I spent way too long agonizing over whether to buy another copy just so I could jump into it NOW! I finally talked myself out of it -- I do have a budget and bills to pay after all - darn it anyway! So I bought Virginia Kantra's Close Up, only to come home and find Atlantis Awakening in my mailbox! YAY! (Thanks for the great note, Alyssa - you made my day!) I'm reading this one now - I couldn't wait. I fell in love with Ven in Book 1 - so watch for this review next week.

I hope you all have a great week and that you find your own wonderful reads! `

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