Series: Uniformly Hot!
Published by Harlequin on January 21, 2014
Genres: Contemp Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
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Subject: Navy SEAL Petty Officer Brody Lane
Current Status: On leave
Obstacle: The one girl who was off-limits…
Where navy SEAL "Bad Ass" Brody Lane goes, trouble follows. Being run out of his hometown years ago for misbehaving with Genna Reilly—the sheriff's daughter—was one thing. Now Brody is about to step into real danger. Not the suggestive letters he's been exchanging with Genna, but the kind of trouble that can send a soldier home injured and broken inside…
Genna's entire life has been orchestrated by her family. The right job. The right friends. Enough! Brody's return offers the promise of lust-filled pleasures. Of flesh teased and tasted. She's not expecting to find a soldier with distant eyes who has secluded himself from the world. But this good girl knows exactly how to bring a bad boy back to life….
Uniformly Hot! The Few. The Proud. The Sexy as Hell.
I liked this little novella. It was a fun, fast read and who doesn’t love a Navy Seal hero?
The story is a typical “good girl/bad boy” tale. Genna Reilly, daughter of the local sheriff, has a thing for her brother’s friend from the wrong side of town, Brody Lane. One night on a dare she tries to seduce him and her father catches them at it. Of course the sheriff is none to happy so he threatens Brody with an ultimatum. Next thing Brody knows he’s packed off and heading into the Navy.
Fast forward a few years and Brody comes home after a horrible accident while on a mission and to recoup from his injuries. He stays with his grandma who conveniently lives near Genna. They reconnect with quite a bit of animosity on his side at first, but eventually he decides to give her a chance and they wind up trying to be friends and ultimately become lovers. Of course they try to keep it a secret at first but soon everyone finds out and Genna has to decide what’s more important. Making her family and friends happy or being with the man she loves.
Meanwhile Brody is trying to come to terms with the mission that went bad and his future with the SEALS. Of course he believes he needs to give up that life and decides to find a way to settle down near Genna and start a life with her. In the end, though, they both realize that they need to be true to themselves in order to be able to be true with each other. Genna decides to make a life for herself on her terms and Brody stays with his team and a job he loves, and of course they live happily ever after.
What I liked about this book was that Genna and Brody weren’t too cliché. They had moments, but I could understand them. I also liked that most of the tension came from outside their relationship once they decided to be together and not from each other. Yeah, there’s a moment here or there where they aren’t happy with a decision the other makes – like Brody working at a local bar instead of going back to the SEALS – but every relationship has it’s ups and downs.
If you’re in the mood for a quick read with some steamy moments, then this is a good choice.