Subject: Lt. Commander Mitch "Irish" Donovan
His Mission: Babysit a fitness queen with a hands-on approach!
Navy SEAL Mitch Donovan always plays to win. The push-up contest at the Halloween party should have been a piece of cake. Except that the cake in question is a hot woman dressed as a delicious dessert. Now the only exercise on Mitch's mind is restraint
Livi Kane may be The Body Babe, but she has zero confidence. This hunky SEAL, however, makes her forget everythingexcept for a workout involving his hot, naked bod and a whole lot of sexy, sweaty delight. But Mitch has his secretsand Livi certainly has hers. All it will take is one unexpected encounter to turn this steamy attraction into an even bigger secret that will start showing any day now
About the Author
Avid reader, neurotic writer and die-hard shoe fanatic, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy stories for Harlequin since her first book hit the shelves in 2007. When not obsessing over deadlines, she’s watching Johnny Depp movies, scrapbooking or hanging out on Facebook and Twitter. Come by and visit her on the web at www.tawnyweber.com
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"My, oh, my, talk about temptation. A room filled with sexy sailors, an abundance of alcohol and deliciously fattening food."
Olivia Kane cast an appreciative look around Olive Oyl's, the posh yet funky bar that catered to the local naval base and locals alike. She loved the view of the various temptations, even though she knew she wouldn't be indulging in any.
Not that she didn't want to.
She'd love nothing more than to dive into a forty-ounce margarita and chow down on a plate of fully loaded nachos. But her career hinged on her body being in prime condition, so she'd long ago learned to resist empty calories.
And the sexy sailors?
One of those, she wouldn't mind indulging in. Livi barely kept from pouting. She was pretty sure a wild bout with a yummy military hunk would do amazing things for her body, too.
It wasn't willpower that kept her from indulging in that particular temptation, though. It was shyness, pure and simple.
But it was Halloweentime for make-believe. And tonight, she was going to pretend she was the kind of woman who had the nerve to hit on a sailor, to throw caution to the wind and do wildly sexy things without caring about tomorrow.
As if hearing her thoughts, Livi's companion nudged her arm.
"Look, it's like a roomful of kids trickor-treating," Tessa drawled. Livi glanced at her best friend as the brunette looked around the bar, humming warmly. The sound was at odds with her halo and fluffy white wings.
Livi laughed. "Sure, if you replace candy with tasty men, and swap kids with horny women out for fun, of course."
"Mmm, no. Not my flavor," Tessa said dismissively, despite her sexy wink at the guy staring at her. Tessa flirted like some women breathed, but she had no interest in military men. "I don't mind indulging your sweet tooth for a while. I'm sure I'll find something to my liking later."
Later, meaning after she'd humored Livi's foray into window-shopping through fantasyland. And Livi knew Tessa wouldn't pressure or berate her for dragging her to a sailor bar where Livi would only sit around mooning over hotties like a high school wallflower before going home alone. Or worse, feeling guilty enough to go with Tessa to her club of choice to watch her flick men off like flies until she found one that interested her.
The petite powerhouse always managed to boil everything down to her favorite common denominator sex. She did it with a wickedly confident smile and an air of assurance that was probably just as enticing as her curvy body and sultry looks.
Tessa was exactly the kind of woman Livi wished she could be. Oh, they were alike in some ways. Both were fit, smart and savvy. They had tons in commonlike Tessa, Livi spoke her mind. She didn't hesitate to talk about the sexy side of life with its myriad pleasures and delights. But unlike her friend, none of that came naturally to her. Hey, neither did one-armed planks, and she'd trained herself to do those.
Livi always thought she'd done a decent job training herself to ignore her shyness, too. She didn't let her discomfort keep her from doing her joband given the job she had, that was saying a lot.
Dubbed The Body Babe at twenty, she'd built her initial reputation as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Certified by ACE, ACSM and AFAA, Livi had a degree in exercise science with a minor in nutrition and had started with dreams of training athletes. That she'd ended up as one of the biggest names in the world of personal training, the founder of Stripped Down Fitness and the star of the Fit To Be Naked videos and training programs wasn't because of her body, and had nothing to do with ambition. She owed all that to her ex-manager absconding with investor funds, leaving her financially screwed. That he was also her ex-husband had been the icing on the cake.
Instead of breaking, as she'd known he'd figured she would, Livi had pulled up her spandex, tightened the laces on her sneakers and rebuilt her career. She'd had a lot of helpyes, including that of strippers. She'd ended up with the Fit To Be Naked program and a reputation as the woman with an ass that bounced quarters and a wicked way with a stripper pole, and she'd made it work.
So it wasn't that she had an issue with sex. Livi loved sex. Once she got to know someone, she was totally comfortable with the subject. And if she hadn't been, the last year spent training, taping and touring with burlesque strippers would have cured that.
More than curing it, Livi had come to realize how much she wanted what they had. Exotic, erotic, pleasure-filled experiences. Relationships, one-nighters, hot times. She no longer had any illusions about love or happy-ever-after. But dammit, she wanted hot sex.
She wanted to find a gorgeous guy, haul him into a quiet corner and see just how hard the Navy made those bodies.
Which was why she was here, she reminded herself.
Since trying to pretend her shyness wasn't an issue hadn't been getting her anywhere, she'd decided to try a different tactic. To simply get the hell over it.
Because she wasn't going to have a great sex life until she did.
So she'd approached her shyness the same way she'd have handled the weight loss of a recalcitrant client. She researched her options, made a list, worked out a schedule and incrementally pushed herself a little more day by day.
Which brought her to tonight.
A fun evening of socializing and maybe a little flirting, with the built-in reward of meeting hot guys who could inspire her fantasies until she was ready for actual sex again. And nobody, but nobody, inspired fantasies like sailors did.
And where better to indulge than in the safety of her aunt's bar?
Anticipation zinging through her system, eyes eager for their treats, she scanned the bar, which was filled shoulder-to-shoulder with costumed partiers. After a few seconds and another scan, Livi frowned.
"Where are the Navy hunks?" she wondered, shifting to her tiptoes to see if they were on the other side of the room. At an inch under six feet, she usually didn't have to even stretch her neck to see over most people. But apparently vertical was the theme of this year's Halloween costumes. And while there were a few guys who were obviously sailors, they weren't the yummy kind.
"This bites," she said. "I was so excited for tonight, and now I feel like I got an apple in my trickor-treat bag."
"And you were looking for a banana?"
Livi laughed then nudged her friend. "C'mon. Maybe we'll find something better on the other side of the bar."
"After pushing through the mob to get this far? No way. Why don't you wave or something to get your aunt's attention. She'll know where the treats are. Maybe she can ring that ship's bell of hers and call them in."
The bell? But everyone would stare at them.
The very thought made her skin crawl. But that's why she was here, Livi reminded herself. Just another opportunity to overcome the debilitating chokehold shyness had on her.
She closed her eyes, took a deep breath and reminded herself she made her living by being stared at. This was no different. It only took her a couple of deep breaths to believe it.
Then with a few murmured apologies, Livi angled herself from her left side to her right through the crowd, pushing her way to the front of the bar. Not an easy task for a woman dressed like a Twinkie. But after a second she caught sight of her aunt's distinctive blue Mohawk.
The older woman jerked her thumb toward a drunk, obviously telling him to get the hell out. The guy was twice her size, but none of her bartenders provided backup. They didn't need to. Nobody messed with Roz. Livi wished that kind of thing were genetic. But search as she might, Livi couldn't find a grain of that sort of confidence in her DNA code.
It wasn't just Roz's looks, although her hair added a good six inches to the slender woman's already impressive height. Nor was it the array of tattoos snaking down her body. Nope, it was authority. Roz exuded it like Tessa exuded sex appeal.
Livi wondered what she exuded. Yawns, most likely.
She winced when everyone within earshotand given that Roz was pretty loud, that was a lot of peopleturned to stare. Livi pasted on her public smile, ignored the buzzing in her ears and offered her aunt a finger-wiggling wave.
She turned to ask Tessa what she wanted to drink before Roz got there, but her friend was plastered up against a guy wearing a toreador costume, listening as he whispered something in her ear. From the wicked grin on her face, the something was pretty naughty.
"Livi, I didn't think you'd make it," Roz said as she skirted around the bar to give her niece a hug. Not an easy feat given how wide Livi's costume was. Roz stepped back to give her a frowning once-over. "A body like yours, what the hell are you doing dressed like that?"
"Halloween is about the fantasy," Livi explained. "My fantasy is junk food. Since I can't eat it, I figured I'd dress like a Twinkie and be it."
And then there was the cream filling. Her hard, rocking body hadn't inspired any guys to push past her inhibitions and see what she had going on inside. But maybe tonight the subliminal message of her costume would.
"Hey, Roz," Tessa called over Livi's shoulder.
After a few minutes of small talk, her aunt said she had to get back to work. Livi looked around for a comfy barstool to perch on, but Roz had other ideas.
"Now, you girls head to the back room," Roz said, giving Livi a hug as she issued the order. "You can crash the private party theretell them I sent you. It's quieter, less crowded."
"But I came to see you," Livi protested through a mouth that had gone dry at the words crash and private party.
"You came to drool over the frogs," Roz said dismissively, referring to the Navy combat divers who frequented her bar. "And you will see me. Later. My relief bartender gets here in twenty minutes, we'll visit then."
Livi wrinkled her nose. Roz always had her pegged, which surprised them both, given that Livi had never metor even known ofher aunt until two years ago.
"In the meantime " Roz reached behind them. "I need your help with a party in the back room."
Oh, no. Helping with a party meant facing tons of people. Strange people. Ones she'd never met before.
"Here. Take this with you," she said, handing Livi a foil-covered tray, then giving a second one to Tessa. "You can pretend you're a waitress if it helps."
Livi reluctantly took the tray and the dismissal, even as her mind raced with excuses to get out of going.
"I could really use the help," Roz added. "I'm short-staffed and it's crazy in here."
"I'm not crashing a party. I'll just deliver the food then meet you back here." Knowing the only thing Tessa disliked more than military guys was serving food, Livi gestured toward the tray in her friend's hand. "I can take yours, too, if you want to stay here and enjoy the view."
"You'll change your mind once you see the party," Roz predicted.
"Yummy?" Tessa asked.
"Delicious," Roz confirmed.
"I'm there," Tessa purred, proving once again she didn't have to be interested in partaking to appreciate the view. "C'mon, Livi. Tastiness awaits."
This was why she was here, wasn't it? And playing waitress was the perfect out if it was overwhelming. With that little pep talk and a deep breath, Livi maneuvered her spongy goodness toward the back and prepared to be social.
"Stay close," Livi instructed as she wrapped her free hand around Tessa's so they didn't get separated as they pushed through the crowd.
They barely made it halfway across the room when she felt Tessa slow down. Livi glanced over to see her friend had gone into full-on flirt mode. Hair was being tossed. Her eyes were glittering and her smile had taken on a wicked glint.
"Target spotted," Tessa said, making as if to break away. "Oh, no, you don't," Livi said, laughing as she tugged Tessa along. She used her Twinkie bulk to push through the bodies, pulling her friend in her wake. "You're crashing this party with me, remember? I'm sure there are plenty of men in there for you to choose from."
"Yeah, okay. He had a small dick, anyway," Tessa said as they reached the hall leading to the private section of the bar.
Her hand on the doorknob, Livi threw a frown toward Tessa's rejected target. "How could you tell that?"
"The way he was sitting." Tessa tilted her head so her hair flowed in a dark wave over one bare shoulder before shimmying a little so the fabric fell across her breasts just so. Then she offered Livi a wink. "He had his legs crossed above the knee, did you notice? No guy with a dick big enough to satisfy me can cross higher than the ankle."
For a brief second, Livi could only goggle. Then she laughed so hard her nerves dissipated. And that, she realized, was probably why Tessa had said what she had.
Then again, Tessa knew a lot about dicks. So maybe she was being supportive and telling the truth.
"You know, if you were actually as oversexed as you pretend to be, you'd have dropped dead from exhaustion years ago," Livi said, still giggling as she pushed open the door.
They made it two steps inside before stopping.
"Oh, boy," Tessa murmured. "Now there's a treat I wouldn't mind showing a trick or two."
Livi mentally echoed that with a purr.
Oh, boy, indeed.
The room was filled with men, all so gorgeous they blurred into a yummy candy store in Livi's mind. It was a good night when a woman could choose between a gladiator, a kilted highlander and a bare-chested fireman.
But Livi only had eyes for the superhero.
Deep in conversation with another guy, he might have been sitting in the corner, but he still seemed to be in command of the entire room. He had a power vibe. And he was a super hottie.
His hair was as black as midnight, and it brought to mind all sorts of fun things to do at that hour. The supershort cut accentuated the shape of his face with its sharp cheekbones and strong jawline. His eyes were light, but she couldn't tell the color from where she was standing. Livi wet her suddenly dry lips and forced her gaze lower, wondering if the rest of him lived up to the promise of that gorgeous face.
Her heart did a slow thumpity-thump as her eyes meandered over his broad shoulders and down muscular arms encased in a tight blue shirt. She sighed her appreciation at the definition of his pecs beneath the bright letter S on his chest.
The man of steel. She wondered if he was hard all over.
Then he grinned at something his companion said.
And Livi got shaky. Her knees melted, her thighs trembled and nipples sprang to attention. That was an orgasm smile. She'd heard the girls at the club talk about those during training sessions, but she'd figured strippers exaggerated everything from their bumps to their grinds.
But now she knew.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Upon finishing, my initial reaction: Can I give this book six stars? Just sayin'. My Thoughts (full review): The Uniformly Hot SEALs series is THE BEST SERIES of contemporary romance ever in the world! I have marked two of them as my favorites, so that tells you how insanely great they are. This one sucked me in from the first chapter and did not quit. It was so hard to stop reading. Mitch and Livi are perfection. It all starts with a bet, and snowballs from there. The attraction is obvious, and the kisses are spectacular. It's all innocent fun at first, but feelings are developing and people are considering them boyfriend and girlfriend. Is there something more to this hot love affair than either of them realize? Because it feels like it is, and deep down they're both wishing and hoping that it is, even though they're not sure if they're ready for it. A SEAL's Secret is the perfect romance to pick up when you're looking for something super sexy. I loved Mitch and Livi together--they had moments together where there were disagreements, but they spent more time enjoying each other's company. It was a welcome change of pace. Both Mitch and Livi were well developed characters and easily likeable. Tawny Weber is absolutely the best and I'll never stop reading her books! My Rating: Exceptional
Tawny Weber has another winner in this next book in her Uniformly Hot SEALs series! From the moment Livi & Mitch meet, the sparks fly. Livi is afraid of repeating the mistakes in not only her own past, but that of her parents', too. Will passion turn into something more? And what is Mitch's secret? You'll have to read this wonderful book to find out!
One word to describe Tawny Weber AWESOME!!!!
I loved it!!! Navy Seals HOT I love these series and everyone needs to read it and i cant wait until the next book 5 stars
This novel is so sinfully hot that it sizzles at times. Yet at the same time, it’s also decadently sweet & emotional. I really appreciated the way that Weber developed the romance in tandem with the complex and intriguing lives of these main characters. Not only that, but the premise for this novel was definitely unique and kept my attention. Weber had me laughing out loud more than once. I loved the mix of fitness videos with the Navy SEALs. It was fantastic. Weber made the military an integral part of this novel, rather than simply mentioning it as a career choice for her hero. I quite enjoyed the main characters in this novel. Weber develops the characters so that they are very similar yet at the same time polar opposites to one another. I thoroughly appreciated the way that these two grow as individuals throughout the novel. I also appreciated the fact that they were willing to look beyond themselves. The fact that they were both such fit, strong individuals made for a very compelling couple. Also, the fact that being a SEAL wasn’t simply what Mitch did for a living, but rather an integral part of who he was as an individual really brought a great many concepts home, humanizing him yet also setting him apart. As usual, Weber has delivered a fast paced, steamy romance that kept my attention throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it & would definitely recommend it to those looking for a steamy military based romance. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, so if Livi doesn't want Mitch, I will surely take him! Hot, sexy, hot Navy Seal man... uhm... I think YES!!! This book will have you fanning yourself! A damn good HOT read!!..lol. But of course you have to try and get past the cover of Mitch.. that seemed to be the hardest part. Once past it, you then find yourself enjoying another amazing read from Tawny Weber! *Received for an honest review*
A Very Good Book California Lt. Commander Mitch “Irish” Donovan is a Navy SEAL that plays to win, always. At a Halloween party he does a push-up contest that should have been a piece of cake. Instead he is dealing with a woman dressed as a delicious dessert and is very hot. The only thing on Mitch’s mind now is exercising restraint. Livi Kane is known as the Body Babe but that doesn’t mean she has any confidence. Dealing with a hunky SEAL has managed to make her forget everything except a different kind of workout. One that involves his hot, naked body and a lot of sweaty sexy fun. Both Mitch and Livi have their secrets though. Though with one unexpected encounter their steamy attraction is turning into an even bigger secret that is about to start showing any day. This is a fun story that has a sexy SEAL and adds a lot of fun to it. The characters are complex and reading how they work through their different dilemmas makes for a fascinating read. It is also interesting to read how Livi grows in the story and finds a way to a happiness that eluded her before now. It also will have readers hoping that a couple of the secondary characters will be getting their own stories and their own happily-ever-after. Received a review copy
Tawny Weber is a favorite author of mine. Received this book for an honest review. I own many her books. Her books can be hot and steamy reads. This book was indeed hot, but it was so much more than that. Each of the characters had their own insecurities and personal issues that had to be faced. What was so interesting to me was that the image each presented was a strong confident individual. Yet there was still pain and uncertainty hidden beneath all the bravado. Loved the story.
Great addition to the series. Totally worth the read!
Cute, funny and scorching. I was looking forward to this read, and I can say, Ms. Weber didn't disappoint! This was full of everything that is expected in Ms. Weber's SEAL stories: laughter, angst, drama, and entirely-too-good-for-her-own-good sexy scenes. I highly recommend this book and the entire series to readers across the board! ABOUT THE BOOK: Subject: Lt. Commander Mitch "Irish" Donovan His Mission: Babysit a fitness queen with a hands-on approach! Navy SEAL Mitch Donovan always plays to win. The push-up contest at the Halloween party should have been a piece of cake. Except that the cake in question is a hot woman dressed as a delicious dessert. Now the only exercise on Mitch's mind is restraint… Livi Kane may be The Body Babe, but she has zero confidence. This hunky SEAL, however, makes her forget everything—except for a workout involving his hot, naked bod and a whole lot of sexy, sweaty delight. But Mitch has his secrets—and Livi certainly has hers. All it will take is one unexpected encounter to turn this steamy attraction into an even bigger secret that will start showing any day now…
A Seal’s Secret is a sexy romance novel with two great lead characters and a really fun supporting cast. Livi is a fitness guru who hides her innate shyness, but wants to break out and have some fun. Mitch is a Navy SEAL who focuses on his career above all else. But the two meet at a Halloween party, and after a funny bet to see who can beat the other at push ups, end up in a storage closet where sparks start flying. Though the attraction is mutual, Livi and Mitch have to deal with past hurts and family and career obligations, all of which threaten their budding relationship. Weber is great at crafting the chemistry between the two, and I really liked how the initial attraction is built upon. The characters’ best friends are also attracted to each other but fight like cats and dogs, which brings a lot of fun to the story. I really liked this book! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Love reading about military heroes.
Very good read.
After reading this novel you are bound to be excited in more ways than one. The book starts out with two friends going to a bar on Halloween. The main character Livi is dressed as a twinkie and is going to the party to basically find a man. Livi is a fitness guru with her own successful workout series, but lacks self esteem hence her dressing up as a twinkie. She manages to find a man and much more. This book is filled to the brim with sex, but in a good way. Not everything goes Livi's way because of the secrets they both have, but the end of the books leaves you smiling. I finished this book in about two hours, as it was explosive. The author Tawny Weber has a great sense in how to captivate an audience, and knows how to write a successful novel. I will definitely be reading more books by Weber. I would recommend this book for mature adults only due to the sexual nature. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Fun steamy and sensual story of a Navy SEAL and fitness expert, at the crossroads of their lives. Livi, one of the leading fitness experts in the world, is hiding the fact that she is terribly shy, and would rather steer clear of groups of people. She is recovering from her divorce, and the financial devastation her ex left behind him. Under her mother's steal hand management, her career is at the top, her life busier than she desires. Mitch, the super hero of the SEALs is confident, the best of the best, his main focus in his career, and to be advancing in the right direction, leaving no room for a relationship. They meet on Halloween night, and the sparks are off immediately. The chemistry between them is scalding hot, but the requirements and commitments of their careers put it in a hold. Only giving it time to heat up even more. If that is possible. Soon the fun and sexy relationship is on, and slowly, but surely they get to know each other, on and off the bedroom. Things are going well, until their careers twist together, and they have to decide, what is the most important thing in their lives, what are their priorities, what are their passions and goals in life. Passionate, entertaining, and thought provoking story ~ Four Spoons!
Very good read. Different. Great plot, great characters and flows nicely!!
Basically, I enjoyed this book even though the story line was a little week. There were some important secondary characters that were just dropped. Also, I have a hard time believing the total turnabout of the controlling mother.
Trademarked Tawny Weber sweet heat! SEAL Mitch Donovan and fitness goddess Livi Kane end up going head to head in a push-up contest, and it's increasingly clear that there may only be winners in this steamy match of wills! Mitch and Livi are enjoyable characters and they have very real and understandable issues that keep them from immediately riding off into the sunset together despite their considerable chemistry. Ms. Weber brings her writing skills to bear in unfolding Mitch and Livi's tale, from revealing their hearts to the passion they clearly share to the great friendships they share with their supporting cast. This is a terrific installment in Ms. Weber's Uniformly Hot SEALs series--looking forward to the next! **I received a free ARC of A SEAL's Secret from Harlequin Blaze in exchange for an honest and unbiased review**
OMG, yet another fabulously HOT SEAL story by Tawny Webber. Need I say more?
Sexy, funny and romantic, I could not put this book down! It was great seeing Mitch and Livi move from lust to love. It can be read as a standalone, but after reading this book you will want to read all the rest. I'm really looking forward to their friends Tess and Gabriel/Romeo's story. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 star The story has laughs, steam, secrets, and heartbreak. This is Livi and Mitch’s story. Livi met Mitch at her Aunt’s bar at a costume party. When a bet was made that she couldn’t do as many push-ups as Mitch she was confident she could win. The bet was a date or a kiss depending on the winner. What happens when it’s a tie? Will she be able to handle a date and a kiss? With her insecurities will she be able to handle Mitch at all? What will happen when they are told they have to work together and neither of them wants to go along with what is asked of them? Will it end whatever they thought they might be able to build together? Will it affect their careers? Can they get back to being with each other or has all been lost? I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next story from this author.
Awesome and wonderful book. This is the sixth book in the series but you do not have to have read the previous stories in order to enjoy this one. Mitch has met his match in Livi(Olivia) who is a fitness instructor with her mother as her manager who pushes her to go go go and not even a SEAL is good enough for her. Mitch, who comes from a wealthy family, is told that Livi is not good enough for him. Luckily the two ignore their family members and decide they go forward with a relationship. This is probably one of my favorites of all the books I have read from her. Their relationship starts out slowly and then gets hot plus the humor is there in the story right from the beginning. Great read.
Awesome, Loved It! This was an awesome book. This is the sixth book in the Uniformly Hot Seals Series by Tawny Weber. This book can be read as a standalone, but once you read one you will want to read every book in the series. Mitch is a sexy Navy Seal that always plays to win, he never comes in second. Livi is known as The Body Babe, she knows she has a great body, but has no self confidence. Her friend and aunt talk her into crashing a party with Navy Seals, and was instantly attracted to Mitch when she first lays eyes on him. Her friend makes a bet with Mitch’s friend that Livi can beat Mitch in a push up contest. They problem is both Mitch and Livi like to win. This book has romance, humor, and sexy Navy Seals; it kept me reading all night long. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I highly recommend this book as well as this author’s other books. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.