Series: Uniformly Hot SEALs #5
Published by Harlequin Blaze Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Military, Romance
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Subject: Navy SEAL Lieutenant Dominic Castillo
Mission: Protect—not seduce!—his sexy target
Dominic Castillo loves his SEAL team like brothers—except one, who made sure Castillo was left behind during the latest mission. But when his rival is kidnapped by a vicious drug lord, Castillo receives a black ops mission of his own: protect his rival's sister. And any mistakes will either result in her death…or his.
Lara Banks clearly has no interest in being protected by a military man, especially an acquaintance of her estranged brother. So why is she doing her best to drive him crazy with pure temptation? Lara insists on having her naughty way with him—over and over—but is fulfilling their fantasies worth the price?
I love military romances, I think because I like the whole hot alpha guy thing, and let’s face it you don’t find a lot of military guys in romances who aren’t hot alpha guys. Plus you know the whole hero thing works for me.
So in this book Dominic is a Navy SEAL who is left home instead of going on a mission because he had a bit on an accident before they were scheduled to leave on the mission. To say he is not happy about being left at home is a bit of an understatement. But in the end, it’s a pretty good thing he was left behind. One of the guys on his team is taken by a drug lord, and Dominic is tasked with finding his team member’s estranged sister and keeping her safe from harm. Enter Lara. Lara, who has no intention of letting anyone push her around and barely believes anything Dominic is telling her. All she wants to do is go to work as a showgirl in Reno, so she can afford to finish get computer security degree.
The premise of the book works for me, although throughout the course of the book I really didn’t feel like there was enough of the whole danger element, if felt kind of like an afterthought, or just a catalyst to give these two characters a way of meeting. I didn’t mind the instant attraction between the two of them, nor did I mind that they were quick to cross into the physical aspect of their relationship long before they even started to get to know each other (after all the two of them were very steamy on the page, and who doesn’t like that).
I did like Dominic’s character. Like I said he is a hot alpha military guy, and I loved that about him. He’s a good guy, he’s respectful to women, and in general just wants the best for Lara. He doesn’t judge her or her life. He also has a hella cool family, who I liked just as much as I liked him. To be completely honest, I don’t think I have any complaints about his character.
I do have some complaints about Lara. I love a strong female character. I liked even more that she was smart, more than just a pretty face. But her personality left something to be desired from me. I didn’t really understand her motivations about her feelings for her brother, especially given the high risk situation he was in at the time. I also didn’t like how she was kind of holier than thou, I mean she really thought the worst about people kind of all the time, and was willing to put herself in harm’s way just to prove a point or get her way. I felt like she had to fight Dominic every step of the way just because she could.
In the end, I did enjoy the book, and I enjoyed Dominic and Lara’s chemistry. I thought there could have been a tad less in the hot and steamy and a little bit more about the danger Lara was in, but other than that, I thought it was a really enjoyable read. If you like military romances that sizzle on the page, you should check out this book.