Series: Uniformly Hot SEALs #4
Published by Harlequin Blaze Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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The goal of Mission: Engagement is simple—a fake engagement concocted to bring happiness to Sage Taylor's ailing father.
1) Treat it like a military mission
2) Keep the truth undercover
3) The "engagement" lasts as long as the professor's health depends on it; and
4) No sex…especially with each other!
But the incredibly spirited (and a touch quirky) Sage has never been one for rules. Especially when they involve Aiden's rock-hard navy bod and a ton of smokin'-hot sexual attraction. Which means in order to seduce this sexy SEAL, she'll have to completely outmaneuver him.
I’m not sure why I haven’t read a military romance before, especially considering my husband is in the military and I have more friends and family that I can count that have military experience, it’s definitely a lifestyle I can relate to. I think I was expecting that this would have more of a military theme to it, but the SEAL in the story was basically on leave the whole time, so if you are expecting more of a military theme this may not be the book for you. But even thought it wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be, it was still a pretty enjoyable read.
Sage is a free spirit to say the least, she travels the world whenever she wants and blogs about the different causes and things she comes across. It’s definitely not the normal lifestyle, but she likes it, even if some of her childhood friends don’t necessarily understand it. I liked that she was pretty confident in how she wanted to live her life. I liked that when she found out her father was sick that she was more than ready to stick around to be there for him, and even that she would go along with the fake engagement to keep a smile on his face.
Aidan’s definitely a good looking guy, and I liked that he is smart. I really don’t like when people portray military people as being less than in the brains department, but this guy is super smart. He’s also a bit on the stoic side, but Sage and her father are really the only people that he cares about back at home, so it’s easy to see why he goes along with the fake engagement idea that Sage came up with. I do wish he talked more, to Sage or his friends, or really anyone, but then again I know my fair share of military guys who thing one word responses constitute a conversation (p.s. it does not).
I can relate to some of the conversations in this book. I think anyone who has been in a relationship with someone in the military, trying to figure out if the military life is for you is definitely something that should be talked about, it certainly isn’t something everyone is cut out for. I liked that they address that. The one thing I felt was really lacking was the ending. I think the ending could have lasted a bit longer. And I really thought the book could have benefited from an epilogue, even if it was only a couple of pages, I really would like to know what happened in their future. Even with that I would still recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary romance.