Title: The Angel and the SEAL
By: Petie McCarty
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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.
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.
Review: This wonderful novel deserves the 4.5 stars I gave it. All the characters were well developed with complex backgrounds and a mystery that is hard to figure out. In fact, there are two mysteries going on at the same time. The first one is who is sabotaging Cory’s resort and the other is figuring out if her brother, Brian had sent her a formula from terrorists for a nerve gas that could cause a lot of destruction.
Cory is a strong woman who does not want any special attention. She runs her resort with only a few employees to help out. Money is tight for her and the sabotage is making things worse. If it continued, she would be forced to sell. There is a rich man, Percy Standish Senior whom thinks he owns the whole town and often comes to persuade Cory to sell the resort to him so he could build honeymoon houses. His son, Percy Standish Junior, often called Junior by the townspeople does not support his father’s method and offers her comfort. What she doesn’t know is that the whole town is behind her and gives her discounts on every service. When her septic tanks had been sabotaged, Mac was told by Jed McKim, who owned the septic business that Cory had helped those in the town by supplying free cabins to those that have nowhere to go. The way she handles the kidnapping attempts and finding out her brother had not deserted her like she thought was amazing. I know if I had been hit with so many changes in my life, I would probably be in the corner whimpering and rocking.
She does have a very tight group of people who have supported her through anything. Vern had worked at the resort back when her father was alive and maks sure that she is protected and safe. Then there is Cook whose real name is Angelica Luz who treats her like her own daughter, and then a young man named Jasper who was hired even though nobody else would in the town. These people are loyal beyond anything. Then there is her black lab named Garth who constantly keeps an eye on her. She is incredibly stubborn along with her being generous as she refuses to take Mac back into her life even though he shows her with words and actions that he loves her.
Mac is strong and capable but he hides part of himself that believes he is not worth loving. His past has left him with deep scars inside that affects his relationship. He was in love with her when he first met her when he came home with Brian. Yet, he left her without saying goodbye because of what her father said about him. When the navy finds out that Brian had met with the terrorists whom had the formula without his commander knowing and sent it to Cory. Watching Mac’s struggle to regain Cory’s trust breaks the heart. You know that he wants to help her, protect her, and start a family. The obvious love between the two keeps you rooting for them through the terrosts attacks and the sabotage of the resort. Each trouble that comes along they work together to keep things from completely falling apart and rolling the people closest to her to form a circle around her.
The poor man has to fight his jealously every time Cory goes out with A guy. What she doesn’t know is that she is very attractive to the other sex. His main rival was the sheriff who he believes is the best choice for her even though he couldn’t stand seeing them together. Mac’s feelings are a mess along with Cory’s. They feel the heat between them and they share several passionate kisses. There are no real explicit love scenes but that does not detract from the story
The only things that could have been changed was how Cory reacted to Mac. She won’t allow him near her because of the past. Even when she was told about the main reason he was driven out. It seemed to take way to long for them to work things out. I also thought the way the terrorists were taken care of was abrupt.
A novel that explores how your past can affect your future and if you want something bad enough you need to fight with everything you have. Trust is a large part of this relationship and without it there is no way to build a relationship. It shows that if you are strong enough you can keep the life you have with the support of family. The mysteries are well handled and leave the reader turning each page to find out what is really going on. The angel in this story is unexpected and her brother had charged someone to make sure she had her angel as long as she needs them.
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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.
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