Christmas with a SEAL (Harlequin Blaze Series #819)

Christmas with a SEAL (Harlequin Blaze Series #819)

by Tawny Weber
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Christmas with a SEAL 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
SusanFrank More than 1 year ago
Fun book. It starts out with Lara and Dominic's wedding (A SEAL's Fantasy). Lara is Phillip's sister, so he is there at the wedding, even though he really doesn't want to be. They weren't close growing up and have only recently reconnected. Also at the wedding is Frankie, one of Lara's friends. Frankie is the granddaughter of the Banks' family housekeeper and had a crush on Phillip while growing up. She is a jewelry maker who is currently going through a creative dry spell, and thinks that some hot sex with her girlhood crush will loosen things up. He doesn't recognize her and she doesn't tell him who she is, and disappears the next morning before he wakes up. Phillip's reputation in the SEAL team is that of always being in control, focused on the rules and the right way to do something. But his latest mission had something go terribly wrong and he is having a hard time dealing with it. He's recovered physically, but his emotions are all over the place. Plus his career has hit a bump and he's sent on temporary duty to teach at the Naval Academy while the other members of his team go after the people who captured him. He's stunned to find his one night stand (who he hasn't been able to forget) at his parents' home. He knows he should keep his distance, but the attraction is just as hot now as it was then. Frankie hadn't expected to see Phillip again, especially so soon. It was definitely a shock for both of them. Though she'd had high hopes for the return of her creativity, it hadn't happened. Now that he's there, she's hoping that some more exposure will do the trick. It was interesting to see these two very different people fall for each other. Phillip is controlled, rule-following, and focused. Frankie is creative, very emotional, and fun-loving. She is also pretty sensitive, and it doesn't take long for her to realize that he has something big eating at him. She also discovers pretty quickly that he doesn't talk about emotions. I ached for him at times because being back in his childhood home didn't bring back any happy memories for him - just the opposite. I enjoyed seeing Frankie drag him kicking and screaming into the holidays. And Phillip discovered that just being around Frankie helped ease his feelings of being out of control. Both of them do their best to avoid admitting that there is more between them than just sex. Frankie has herself convinced that there is no way that she is good enough for him. Phillip thinks he's too broken, plus marriage has never been in his career plan. I loved seeing his inner shock when he realizes that he's done something he never thought possible - fall in love. I wanted to shake Frankie when she allowed her own fears and insecurities keep her from accepting what he was offering. I grinned when Phillip got an unexpected pep talk from his sister, and I cheered when Frankie's friend Shayla read her the riot act for falling into the same trap she always does when things start to go well. The ending was really sweet, with Phillip really shining in the way that he understands Frankie and Frankie making sure that he knows that she loves him for himself and doesn't expect him to give up who he is for her. There were several really emotional parts, but my favorite was when Castillo was filling him in on the results of the mission that Phillip wasn't allowed to participate in. Phillip was really blown away by what he learned. Full review at:
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Hot, steamy, and ready to warm up your wintery nights with this read! But you will have to see for yourself if what they say about opposites can love one another!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light fluff w/just the right amount of angst to keep it interesting. A good read. Recommend it as an easy escape from the stress of life; something we all need now & again.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
“Opposites attract” certainly holds true in this HOT story! I loved the whole beginning of this story.  The entire scene in Las Vegas and Frankie’s motivation for being there (to see Phillip) were just really fun to think about (I’m trying to be vague so that I don’t spoil anything!) As the story progressed, I enjoyed how the characters, especially Phillip, changed and grew.  I think it’s true that if two people are really meant to be together, that they can bring out the best in each other.   Frankie and Phillip are both flawed and wounded, but as they spent more time together, it’s more like those flaws were like puzzle pieces that the other had the fit to.  It was refreshing to see something like that in a story as opposed to just reading how two perfect people meet and have a happily ever after. I would love to read more of Tawny’s SEAL books!!! ***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
MichelleKemp More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!! Philip and Frankie together are great and im so glad that we had some Lara, Dominic,Landon and Lane in the story  I can't wait to read the next one 
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: Tawny Weber's Uniformly Hot SEALs series has been a very enjoyable bunch of books. I've only read two so far, but even one was enough to hook me into wanting to read the rest of them. This is the second one I've read, and let me tell ya--totally awesome, romantic, sweet, and pulling me in even more! Frankie and Phillip are perfectly and imperfectly matched. They have solid chemistry in the romance department, but when it comes to the holidays, not so much. It's not his thing, but it is hers. Phillip's reluctance becomes Frankie's determination to turn him around. One thing they both have in common is that they don't want to fall in too deep with each other. There's no forever in the stars for them... or is there? Christmas with a SEAL is a steamy cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. Frankie is an absolute doll, and Phillip is super sexy. I could snuggle under a blanket and read this one again... along with all the rest of the SEALs novels from Tawny Weber, because they are that good. My Rating: Very Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the "Uniformily Hot"series of stories hot military heroes. This is another great fun read, Frankie is fun n funky to offset Phillip's staid proper by the book life, a compliment to each other. A feel good holiday story.
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
You just have to love the “SEAL” books by Tawny Weber, and this new one is no exception. Not only are the characters very likeable, but the stories are fun – and – they actually have content.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
A fun and sexy read, this book combines a young girls crush from growing up with some need for personal healing for both characters. Sexy SEAL Phillip Banks comes from money but he's all military. But when a mission goes wrong, he doubts himself and is chased by some nightmares. Frankie has had a crush on Phillip since she was young but he doesn't recognize her at his sisters wedding. The sparks that fly between them are healing to both of them for different reasons but it's just a one night stand. Yeah, right. I really enjoyed this one. I like military men. I like girls acting on crushes from their youth. I like quirky female leads that bring out the strength in those broken military guys. I like books that read fast and I only look up when I'm done. Add in some Christmas spirit and some sexy times and it all combines to be a great read. If you enjoy the extra sexy side of harlequin and a great Christmas story, then you'll enjoy this one.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
There was a lot to like in this book. I especially enjoyed the up close and personal with Phillip Banks, who came across so stiff and proper in the prior book in the series with his long-lost/run-away sister. Phillip - Always upright and proper, always doing what's expected of him. He really needed Frankie to help him loosen up and learn how to enjoy things, including the holiday, since that was largely taken away from him because of his overly proper and society-focused mother. Frankie - Enjoyed the silversmith profession and how she was so dragged down by her current lack of creativity. Being in the midst of a slump with my own creativity, I get that she was trying to break out of the slump. These two were perfect for each other and of course we got to see the prior couple get married AND do their part to bring these two together. I think one of the most enjoyable moments for me was when Phillip had to go tree hunting with Frankie and ran into a commander who forced him to uproot his intended plans. I just loved him slumping around in the woods. For a SEAL, it was amusing he was so cranky about it. Loved loved LOVED Frankie's grandmother. On the whole, the book was great. Check it out. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review originally posted to Tory Michaels' Time Out.
HeidiU More than 1 year ago
To Sir with Love Yes I know that was a title of another book somewhere else but I have been waiting for Phillip’s book for a while, in particular since Tawny’s last book. Phillip “Sir” Banks is an upstanding, straight-laced, stick up his ass kind of officer, the kind his fellow Seals aren’t too sure about. After a mission goes bad and he’s captured and tortured, all he can think about is revenge. Until he meets Frankie. Frankie Silvera has had a crush on Phillip since her days as his housekeeper’s granddaughter. When she attends his sister, Lara’s, wedding, she has the perfect chance to act on that desire. On a deeper level, her jewelry design business is floundering and she needs inspiration and fast. Who better than a lifelong crush? They spend an explosive night together and Vegas, both intended to let it stay there. Until he is taken off a mission and sent across the country back home to teach at the academy while his team goes after his vengeance. They say you can’t go home again and Phillips really doesn’t want to. Even though his parents are dead, the home holds no good memories for him. Until he finds Frankie staying there with her grandmother. Can they find a way past their own issues to have a happily ever after? As with all of Tawny Weber’s book, the book has angst, great characters and smoking hot sexual tension. I loved Phillip in her last book (even though he only made a cameo) and wondered how she would bend him a little and she did not disappoint!! Loved this book!!!
cnapper67 More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read that I enjoyed from page one. Francesa "Frankie" and Phillip had such great chemistry. What both thought would be just a fling turns into so much more but both are afraid to admit their feelings. I fell in love with Phillip myself. It was beautifully written and just a really fun romance. I highly recommend this book. It is a great read for the holidays.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.7 Star Review - Christmas With A Seal The chemistry between these two is smokin HOT!! Frankie has had a crush on Phillip for years. She has never acted on those feeling but she needs to now in order to get her creative mojo back. She figures if she has him on time he will fix her creative block and she will be able to create beautiful art again. Phillip has had a bad few months. Can he really afford to mess around with a woman he does not know? What happens when he thinks his career is going one way and it is side tracked and he is pushed in a different area? When he is assigned close to his childhood home and runs back into Frankie he wonders if he is to broken for her..... What happens when one night does not fix her issue? Can she afford to try and have more nights? Can she ever keep a man like Phillip interested in her? Or is she seeing her self up for more heartbreak? Love Tawny's stories she combines laughs, steamy love, and suspense all into one sexy package. Once again a freaking great story!! You just have to love a SEAL!!!
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
LOVED IT!! I have to say that I LOVE all of Tawny Weber’s Seal books, and this one was just as good if not better than the other ones. Frankie is a silversmith who has lost her mojo, she believes that if she sleeps with Phillip Banks then that will give her the mojo back. She has been in love with Phillip since she was a teenager. Phillip is still trying to overcome his nightmares from his capture and being tortured. The only thing Phillip wants is revenge that is until he sees Frankie. I love all the characters in this book and love the attraction between Frankie and Phillip. This book has romance and humor and it kept me reading all night until I finished the book. So when you read it make sure that you have plenty of time to read the whole book because you won’t want to put it down. I can’t wait to read the next Seal book! 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.
KimberlyDawn55 More than 1 year ago
Tawny knows how to write a great book. Loved reading Frankie and Phillips' story. Frankie has had a thing for Phillip for years. Phillip appeared to never notice her. Frankie decides it is time to go after what she wants. Phillip isn't interested in anything permanent, but he goes along with Frankie, and they have terrific chemistry. What will happen as this love affair goes on? A must read!
flchen1 More than 1 year ago
Frankie and Phillip have some history, although he was the one born with a silver spoon and she was the one polishing them ;) They meet again as adults, and their chemistry is hot and deep. They're also each at a bit of a crossroads when they meet--Phillip's been given some training assignments rather than the active-duty, take-out-the-bad-guys work he prefers, and Frankie's been stymied by a lack of creativity in her jewelry making. Frankie and Phillip indulge their mutual interest and are both surprised to discover that their passion burns hotter than they'd have anticipated, and while neither is ready to give up this new relationship, neither is necessarily ready to commit to permanence either. Ms. Weber does a good job revealing Frankie and Phillip's hearts and leads us on a merry journey to a sweet Christmas for everyone!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book is one of my favorites of Tawny's SEALs books. The magic of the holiday is in the air in this one when it's desperately needed for Phillip and Frankie is just the one to show him. I loved the characters in this one. Frankie is so relatable because I have the same fears as her so I could feel what she was. Phillip, the poor guy you can't read this one without wanting to comfort him, but Frankie does the job perfectly. I highly recommend this one for the holiday season!
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make. I'm not much of a holiday person. Yes, I know. Horrible person that I am, I dislike the crap that comes with the holidays, not the actual holidays themselves. I'm a rabid romance reader and yet I don't like holiday romances usually, either. It's probably because most of the ones I find tend to be kind of hokey. Although since this is my first holiday season as a book blogger, I felt I was kind of obligated to give a few of them a try. I also figured – being a part of Tawny Weber's Street Team – that a good bet for a good holiday romance would be one by her. I was completely right. As always, this entry into Weber's SEAL series was in no way lacking because of the addition of the holidays in its title or as a main feature in the story itself. In fact, it wasn't an exactly theme at the start, even. A nice sexy SEAL home for his sister's wedding where he meets the housekeepers daughter and practically drools on her shoes, despite having a very rigid call sign in the unit. Very nice. I did find Frankie's thought processes on her supposed way of dealing with the art block she had going on a bit out there, but heck, it wasn't that unreasonable. Some women – myself included sometimes – can be a bit out there in our thought processes. Of course, I'd probably only use sex to unblock writer's block on romances and erotica stories, rather than actual jewelry, but who am I to know? I'm not very artsy-craftsy that way. I did adore Phillip, though. Even his name screamed that he came from money. And his rigidity except with regard to Frankie was simply drool-worthy. To see him lose his control over just the one girl and her situation... Who wouldn't die for that opportunity? The story itself wasn't complicated either, a simple and sweet love story novel that is a bit on the short side (if you normally read 300-400 page novels), but as always, Tawny did some amazing characterization and just enough buildup to the actual conclusion of the story to keep us reading without anything feeling forced or rushed or even dragged out. It was well done! As always, I would read anything written by Tawny Weber. 4.5 Stars! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review – an also very nicely signed book that goes on my shelf!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that will keep you up late at night reading because you don't want to put it down. From their first meeting at a wedding to the end, where they find their HEA, it gets you in the holiday spirit. Frankie has lost her mojo for making jewelry. Phillip is trying to decide what to do next after being rescued from a mission. It turns into a hot and steamy beginning and just keeps going from there, with a relationship developing that neither one signed on for. Tawny never disappoints in her books and you will be glad you picked up this book and put on your keeper shelf.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a fantastically festive and romantically infused story.  Weber steps quietly to the background in this one and allows her story to take readers for a ride.  I appreciate the way that her writing style shifts minutely depending on which character she is talking about at the time.  You can really feel their personalities.  At the same time, her  intricate and playful descriptions bring the entire story to life in a very vivid manner. I loved that this novel was about so much more than simply romance at Christmas.  The complex characters that Weber has created have a great deal of personal (and professional) issues that they have to work through before they can fully come together.  Getting to know them as individuals while they get to know one another, and discover parts of themselves that they didn’t know existed, definitely put a smile on my face. As a whole, this was a unique & quick read that left a smile on my face.  Weber had me wanting to grab a glass of eggnog, and that special someone to go trim the tree.  It also had me wanting to go wander around my neighbourhood to look at Christmas lights.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
miafaccheeMP More than 1 year ago
Sparks hot enough to set your Christmas tree on fire ignite between free-spirited Frankie Silvera & Navy Seal Phillip Banks when she goes on a mission to seduce him & succeeds!  These two are the unlikeliest of couples.  This is another one of Tawny's SEAL stories that you won't be able to put down!
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
Phillip is a "by the book kind of guy", very stiff and formal. Frankie is a "fly by the seat of your pants" kind of girl. She designs jewelry and  likes to have fun.  She is in a bit of a creative slump and Phillip is an a career slump. He has had lots of problems since he was held  hostage and tortured during a SEAL mission. Can she help him loosen up and have a little bit of fun? Maybe get him to enjoy Christmas?  From the beginning, sparks fly between them. Is it enough?