Title: Heart of a SEAL
By: Dixie Lee Brown
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Blurb: They’re brothers in arms, Navy SEALS risking their lives for their country . . . and the women they love.
This is Luke Harding’s story.
Six months in a desert hellhole taught Navy SEAL Luke Harding things he never wanted to learn about life and death. Only tender memories of the beautiful brunette he met a few weeks before his deployment helped get him through the torturous days and nights. Back in the States after a perilous rescue, physically and emotionally damaged, Luke’s about to plunge into a new kind of war. In a seemingly bucolic Idaho town, Sally Duncan faces real—and unpredictable—danger.
All Sally ever wanted was a safe place to raise her nine-year-old daughter. Her identity hidden behind a façade of secrets and lies, can she trust Luke—a man she barely knows—with the truth? Even as they give in to long-denied passion, a killer with a personal vendetta is setting an ambush that will leave them praying for a miracle and fighting for the future they may not live to see.
Excerpt: Screaming wasn’t really Sally’s style. The best she could do at the moment was crawl out of the reach of the enraged lunatic and hope he came to his senses.
“Go ahead. Touch her again and see what happens.” The suggestion, coming from the darkness behind Emmett’s vehicle and delivered with steel-edged composure, took her completely by surprise.
Sally swung toward the new player, forgetting Emmett for the moment. The voice was all too familiar, stirring unwelcome memories. Eyes watering from Emmett’s blow, she squinted to see the man standing in the darkness just beyond her yard.
“Luke?” Sally staggered to her feet, clenching her teeth against the sick feeling that swirled in her stomach.
It couldn’t be him. Not the man she’d fallen hard for before he deployed with his SEAL unit over a year ago. Not the man who’d refused to see her when she hurried to the hospital in Bethesda after hearing he’d been rescued from a terrorist prison. Rushing to his side because she’d thought they meant something to each other, she’d quickly learned the truth of the matter. His disregard had let her know, in no uncertain terms, that the feelings had been one-sided. That man had no reason—or right—to show up at her door.
Sally searched the shadows near the street, where the voice had originated. When she finally made out his silhouette, her breath caught in her throat.
Luke didn’t spare her a glance.
“Who the hell are you?” Emmett turned to face him.
“Does it matter?” Luke’s words contained a dangerous warning that Sally had never heard before.
As he stepped from the shadow of the SUV, his military fatigues and the duffel he carried reminded her of the homeless people who’d camped on Elk Creek last fall. A knife in a leather sheath hung at his side. His face was etched with lines of exhaustion, and he might have carried himself stiffly, but otherwise he was the same man she remembered. Light brown hair, longer and a bit more disheveled than the last time she’d seen him, always tempted her to run her fingers through it…even now.
Review: I am going to this book 4.5 stars. It’s a wonderful romantic suspense with the right amount of sexual heat and heart pounding action.
We meet Sally and Luke, both with pasts that are haunting them. Luke had been captured while in Afghanistan and the only thing that kept him alive was the thought of her and her daughter. When he gets back to the U.S. He doesn’t allow her to see him in the hospital and She doesn’t understand why. Ass she’s been hurt by men before and refuses to see him after his discharge. This is hard for her as she does have feelings for him and Trying to fight it is difficult. Especially since her daughter adores him like a father and he has always treated her like a daughter. When he gets the courage to talk to her, he finds her being assaulted by the richest man in town after a horrible date. When he gets a chance to explain why he wouldn’t let her see him. The loss of his pride, the horrible injures, and he nightmares You can feel his desperation and love and admire that he knows his weaknesses.
I enjoyed how strong Sally really is, after she saw the way Jen, her daughter, reacted to him, she allowed him to spend the night. It’s a good thing he does as he rescues him from her house that explodes, and he takes over all protection duty.
He’s good at what he does and he calls in his friends to give him a hand. They concentrated on her father who is a Russian Mob Boss that got out of prison, but that was not the one. During the whole time he makes sure that Jen and Sally have everything they needs. He makes time to hang out and has asked Sally to marry him.
I really do enjoy how all the characters interact with each other. Luke’s friends adore Jen as much as he does and you can really tell the family bonds building. The fact that Luke will do anything for Sally, including losing her life. He feels the same.
And he needs the strength of his friends and family to rescue Sally. A wonderful read that goes by fast. Full of emotions and action. Highly recommended.
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Dixie Lee Brown lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by gorgeous scenery and at least three hundred sunny days a year. Having moved from South Dakota as a child to Washington, Montana and then to Oregon, she feels at home in the west. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who are currently all the responsibility she can handle. Dixie works fulltime as a bookkeeper. When she’s not writing or working, she loves to read, enjoys movies, and if it were possible, she’d spend all of her time at the beach. She is also the author of the Trust No One romantic suspense series, published by Avon Impulse.
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