The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth #Excerpt #Giveaway

The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth #Excerpt #Giveaway

The Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth #Excerpt #GiveawayThe Soul of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth

Series: #4 West Coast SEALs
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 6, 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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Love may be the toughest battle of all

Captain Bennett Oscar Sheraton
Navy SEAL, the best of the best

Dr. Kimberly Warren
Brilliant engineer, founder of secret space program

When scientists on Dr. Warren’s super-secret space mission start dying, Navy SEAL Captain Sheraton is sent in as an astronaut candidate with a hidden agenda—find the person sabotaging the program.

Kimberly and Bennett’s instant attraction may prove to be a major distraction—or it might be the key to both of their dreams coming true…

Review

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.

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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.

EXCERPT

Bennett’s mouth dropped open. The place had been hit. Cushions, pillows, and even the mattresses had been slashed. Stuffing spilled out on the floor, and there were broken computer parts littered all around the room. “Not what I would call ‘preserving the scene,’” Bennett said.

“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.

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About Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT Book Reviews magazine. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego. Visit her website at www.AnneElizabeth.net.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • This sounds like an awesome story.

    • It was pretty exciting and my first astronaut setting.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever read one with a space shuttle. Not familiar with the author or series but it sounds like it was a good one! Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

    • Yeah, this was my first one, too. I loved the mystery, the military element, and the added space/astronaut element all together.
      I’ve enjoyed her series since I tripped over the second book and have kept with it. She does well with the authentic part of the SEAL life.

  • Oooo, 3.5 stars, not bad! I love a man in uniform, so military romances are often books that interest me. I do like the ex-military ones too. It’s too bad that you didn’t fully connect with the female protagonist, but it sounds like there were a lot of elements to make up for this.

    Great review, Sophia! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • I’m a sucker for military romances and the uniform, too. I can get picky about heroines so I really try not to hate on a book just b/c of a heroine.

      Loved the elements of this book. Thanks, Alyssa!

  • Debbie Haupt

    I love these kinds of stories, thanks for the chance to win one!

    • You betcha! So much good stuff going on in this one. Good luck, Debbie!

  • It sounds quite nice. The cover is appealing too in fact. It’s been a while since I haven’t read a SEAL novel but it’s always good. thanks for the review I didn’t know about this one!

    • I haven’t read many SEAL novels, either, Melliane, but I love this series. Glad to introduce you. 🙂

  • That cover is delish! Ugh..what is it with ill-timed sex scenes in books lately? LOL

    Great review. 🙂

    • Yeah, that cover had me staring without a blink for some time. Haha.

      I know, they’re all we have to make the shuttle launch and we have a murderer here and its a no fraternization situation, but hey let’s use the anti-grav chamber for some nookie. Just, yeah…

  • oh i have such a weakness for SEAL’s and I like that it has some fun aspects to it. I am glad it had some unique twists to the story.

    • Same here, Renee. Such a weakness. I see a military romance particularly with a SEAL and I perk right up. I did love the intrigue that came with this story.

  • This sounds like a delicious read! I am just writing a review for a book where I thought the sex wasn’t necessary to an otherwise great story. The story was great, but it felt like the story would have been better served had the story and the characters had been focused on more.

    • It was definitely a tasty read. Ha, yes, there are moments when sex is out of place in a story, I agree.

  • I like the sound of how the plot centers around a space program! Sounds fun! Sorry to hear you never fully warmed up to Kimberly, but it does sound like the hero was a great character. I am not a fan of sex scenes that don’t seem timed well, especially when it doesn’t fit with their personalities. The mystery here sounds very well done.

    • Yes, I’m pretty sure it’s my first romance set against the space program and I loved that it had a murder mystery, too.

      LOL, I rolled my eyes when they are working around the clock to get the shuttle ready for launch and looking for killers, but decided to stop off in the anti-gravity chamber to scratch an itch. Yeah, bad timing indeed. 🙂

  • Oh I almost grabbed this one for review. I’ll have to check out the series. The jumping each others bones thing during a mission or danger always just kills me. I want to lecture them right then and there. lol

    • Yes, it has been tough these last few months b/c there were so many great review opportunities to choose from that I couldn’t possibly have read all the ones I wanted. Oh the stress…LOL

      My stars, yes! This pair do it in a public place and the gal gets all bent out of shape b/c someone had the audacity to be monitoring the security feeds and report them. I was laughing b/c right after I had the thought it was nuts to stop for even a quickie under the circumstances, my second thought was that they were doing it where someone could see them (no fraternization rules broken and on video feed. LOL, not bright, folks!).

      • Oh gosh. It is so hard! I have a pile of requests in my inbox and I’m doing the internal war with myself. oooh pretty! No! Say no! You have too many!… but..pretty! lol

        Oh man. Yeah I would so wanna thunk them! lol What were they thinking?!! ha!

        • The internal monologue going on while my finger shakes over the keyboard to say no or yes is insane. I feel like an addicted person trying to resist my drug of choice.