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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on December 6, 2016
Sabotage of a space mission project sends Navy SEAL Captain Bennett Sheraton undercover to the top secret facility as part of the astronaut program. His orders are to assist Dr. Kimberly Warren get things back on track with the shuttle launch and find the culprit of sabotage and the killer of two of his SEAL brethren who were first sent on the mission. Bennett is a take-charge get the job done sort and he meets his match in the brilliant and controlling Kimberly who has a possessive attitude about HER shuttle and HER project, but between the sparks of confrontation comes understanding and a sizzling passion that neither can stifle.
The Soul of a SEAL is book four in the West Coast SEALs series. Each book will read standalone or out of order easily though those familiar with the series will recognize secondary characters Melo and Alisha from the earlier Way of the Warrior anthology novella.
A Navy SEAL, a genius lady scientist, a space program and a mystery- what more could I ask for? Loved diving back into Anne Elizabeth’s Navy SEAL world and see it move to a new setting of the space program.
I loved this latest SEAL hero and every scene with him had something extra. It was fun to see the camaraderie between Bennett and fellow SEAL, Melo. Kimberly was an interesting personality, but I never quite warmed up to her. Her attitude came across more as petulant and temper tantrum that, isolated geek lady or not, didn’t set well on a woman of thirty. I also found it distracting and odd that two otherwise dedicated to their jobs and super-intelligent people had to jump each other’s bones right in the middle of a huge mission and an investigation on a time crunch. That said, I enjoyed their turbulent fast-paced romance and liked them together.
The suspense element and the overall mission plotting was well written in that things are happening and there were plenty of suspects. It was a whodunnit set at a top secret facility. Several have motives and agendas. One of the villains is obvious, but there were still some twists. The final big scenes were well worth the build-up. I think I held my breath for three chapters.
All in all, another strong installment in the series. Love the way the author writes her SEALs and their world. Recommend these for those who want authentic military romance.
INTERESTING SEAL FACT
FAKE SEALS don’t know the history of the Teams from Scouts and Raiders thru to SEALs or the year that SEAL Team was founded. FAKE SEALS cannot GIVE you information about their time in the Team, because if they did…they’d have to KILL you. That’s not true. This person is FAKE.
“Nope,” said Melo. His usual upbeat demeanor was sullen as he moved methodically around the room, checking places he might stash information. “I’m not finding anything. Are you?”
Having moved into the middle of the room, Bennett’s eyes scanned the whole place. “Something’s missing. What’s missing, Jonah?”
“Besides their cell phones and weapons?”
Bennett nodded. “They both preferred the tiny stickers, not the big Ka-Bars our Frogmen fathers used. If those items aren’t here and weren’t on the bodies, then…”
“The killer has them,” finished Melo.
“Let’s write a program to scan for weapons and to turn those phones on. Those are good trophies too.”
“I’m on it, but it will take me some time. I do a lot of it in my head.” Melo tapped his temple with his finger. “By tonight, I’ll have something for you.”
“Good. We have a date to keep. Don’t want to keep Dr. Warren waiting.” Bennett stepped out of the room and closed the door behind his Teammate. He hated thinking about the position they were in. Being in the dark about who the enemy was could be very dangerous.