Michael's Discovery (Devaney Series #3)

Michael's Discovery (Devaney Series #3)

by Sherryl Woods

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ISBN-13: 9780373245130
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Series: Devaneys Series , #3
Edition description: Original
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.64(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

When Sherryl Woods's first novel was released in 1982, her former journalist colleagues spent a lot of time reading the sexy passages that were a far cry from the news reporting she had once done. One, shaking his head, turned to the newspaper's art director and said, "And you've been taking her bowling."

But those steamy love scenes aren't the heart of the romance novel, Sherryl replied. Romances are about so much more. "They're about deep and abiding relationships, about finding a soul mate, about family and commitment and, yes, of course, about joyous, passionate sex."

Well over 70 books later, however, this prolific author still believes that. It is why she continues to love the genre. In addition to her two popular mystery series and romances for other publishers, Sherryl has enjoyed phenomenal success with her books for Silhouette Special Edition, Silhouette Desire and MIRA Books.

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Sherryl graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in journalism and worked for several newspapers covering everything from suburban government to entertainment. Eventually specializing in television, she became the television editor for papers in Ohio and Florida. In 1980 she quit her work in news to write books, but again found herself in the workforce coordinating an employee program for eight thousand people at a major Miami trauma center. Two years later, her first romance was in print and publishers were clamoring for more. By 1986, she was writing full-time.

Sherryl feels her natural talent for writing romance fiction stems in part from her previous work. "Journalism taught me to be concise and clear as a writer, but it also taught me to become a great observer of human nature."

Though romances are her first love, this author has also proven adept in the mystery genre. Each of her fictional sleuths, Molly DeWitt and Amanda Roberts, were optioned for television, which brought Sherryl full circle to the medium she once covered.

A member of Novelists, Inc., Sisters in Crime, and Mystery Writers of America, Sherryl also served as president of the guild for Miami City Ballet for three terms. She currently divides her time between her oceanfront home in Key Biscayne, Florida, and her childhood summer home on the river in Colonial Beach, Virginia, where she owns and operates her own bookstore "to keep in touch with the real people who matter in this business--the readers."

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Michael's Discovery

By Sherryl Woods

Harlequin Enterprises Limited

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Limited
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373245130

Chapter One

Even through the haze of pain, Michael was aware of the charged atmosphere in his San Diego hospital room. The doctors had just delivered their dire predictions for his future with the Navy SEALs. Nurse Judy, normally a fountain of inconsequential, cheery small talk, was fluffing his pillow with total concentration, carefully avoiding his gaze. Clearly everyone was waiting for his explosion of outrage, his cries of despair. Michael refused to give them the satisfaction - not just yet anyway.

"Okay," he said, gritting his teeth against the hot, burning pain radiating through his leg. "That's the worst-case scenario. What's the best I can hope for?"

His doctors - the best orthopedic doctors anywhere, according to his boss - exchanged the kind of look that Michael recognized. He'd seen it most often when an entire op was about to go up in flames. He'd been seeing it a lot since a sniper had blasted one bullet through his knee, then shattered his thigh bone with another. The head injury that had left him in a coma had been minor by comparison. The patchwork repairs to his bones had apparently just begun.

He still wasn't sure how long he'd been out of touch, left for dead by the terrorist cell he'd penetrated. He did know that had it not been for adesperate, last-ditch effort by his team members, he would have died in that hellhole. He should be grateful to be alive, but if his career was over, how could he be? Though he was determined not to show it, despair was already clawing at him.

"Just tell me, dammit!" he commanded the expressionless doctors.

"That was the best-case scenario," the older of the two men told him. "Worst case? You could still lose your leg."

Michael felt a roar of protest building in his chest, but years of containing his emotions kept him silent. Only a muscle working in his jaw gave away the anguish he was feeling.

His entire identity was tied up with being a Navy SEAL. The danger, the adrenaline rush, the skill, the teamwork - all of it gave him a sense of purpose. With it, he was a hero. Without it, he was just an ordinary guy.

And years ago, abandoned by his parents, separated from his brothers, Michael had made a vow that he would never settle for being ordinary. Ordinary kids got left behind. Ordinary men were a dime a dozen. He'd driven himself to excel from his first day of kindergarten right on through SEAL training. Now these doctors were telling him he'd never excel again, at least not physically. He might not even walk ... at least not for a long, long time. As for losing his leg, that was not an option.

With that in mind, he leveled a look first at one man, then the other. "Let's see to it that doesn't happen, okay? I'm a mean son of a gun when I'm pissed, and that would really piss me off."

Nurse Judy chuckled, then bit off the reaction. "Sorry."

Michael shifted slightly, winced at the pain, then winked at her. "It always pays to keep a man who's itchy to use a knife aware of the consequences."

She touched a cool hand to his cheek and studied him with concern. Since she was at least fifty, he had a hunch the gesture was nothing more than a subtle check of his temperature. The woman hadn't kept her hands to herself since he'd been brought in two days ago with a raging fever from the infection that had spread from his leg wounds throughout his body. She'd been with him when he was rushed straight into surgery to try to repair the damage that had occurred halfway across the world. The doctors in the field hospital had done their best, but there had been little doubt that his injuries would require a higher level of medical skill.

He gave the nurse a pale imitation of his usually devastating smile. She was beginning to show signs of exhaustion, but she hadn't left his side, unless she'd stolen a catnap while he'd been out of it in the operating room. Obviously she'd been hired by his bosses because she took her private-duty nursing assignments seriously. And given his own level of security clearance, hers was probably just as high in case he started muttering classified information in his sleep.

"How about some pain meds?" she asked. "You've been turning me down all morning. This stoic act of yours is beginning to get old. You'll heal faster in the long run if you're not in agony."

"I wanted to be alert for the prognosis," he reminded her.

"And now?"

"I think I'd better stay alert to make sure those two stay the hell away from my leg."

Just then there was a flurry of activity at the doorway, a hushed conversation, and then two tall, dark-haired men were pushing their way inside, ignoring the doctors' protests that no visitors were allowed.

"Why not take that medication, bro? We're here now. Nothing's going to happen to your leg on our watch," the older of the two said, pulling a chair up beside the bed and shooting a warning look at the doctors that would have intimidated an entire fleet of the Navy's finest.

An image floated through Michael's hazy memory. He looked again and suddenly a name came to him, a name he hadn't thought of in years. "Ryan?"

"It's me, kid," his oldest brother responded, squeezing Michael's hand. "Sean's here, too."

To his total chagrin, Michael blinked back tears. So many years, but there had been a time when he'd shadowed his two older brothers everywhere they went. They had been his heroes, at least until they had deserted him. To a shaken four-year-old that's how it had seemed on the day he'd been taken away to live with a different foster family - as if the cornerstones of his world had abandoned him. Coming on the heels of his parents' vanishing with the twins, it had been too much. He'd pushed all thoughts of the other Devaneys from his mind, kept them locked away in a dark place where the memories couldn't hurt him.

And now, all these years later, his older brothers at least were back, the timely arrival just as mysterious as the untimely disappearance.

"How did you find me?" he asked, his voice thick with emotion. "Where did you come from?"

"We'll get into all that later. Right now, you need some sleep," Ryan soothed.

Michael studied him, then sought out Sean. He would have recognized them anywhere, he thought. It was like looking in the mirror: the same black hair - even if his was military crewcut short - the same blue eyes. They'd all inherited Connor Devaney's roguish good looks, for better or for worse.

Their father had been a handsome devil, one generation removed from Ireland and with a gift for blarney. An image of him crept into Michael's head from time to time, always accompanied by deeply entrenched bitterness. If there was a God in heaven, Connor Devaney would rot in hell for taking his wife and their youngest sons and walking away from Michael, Sean and Ryan.

"Lieutenant, how about that pain medication now?" Nurse Judy asked gently.

Michael wanted to protest. He had so many questions he wanted to ask his brothers. But one glance at the way Ryan and Sean had settled in reassured him that they weren't going anywhere. Nor was any surgeon going to get anywhere near his damaged leg as long as they were around.

"Sure," he said, finally giving in.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael's Review Sherryl Woods is a good author that wrote Michael's Discovery. From the beginning of the book until the end, I didn't want to put the book down. It kept having parts I would be guessing about. The book had many subjects like life, love, and family. Five brothers are torn apart in childhood, and reunited by love. I would recommend this book to someone that likes good endings in love. Michael's Discovery has many ups and downs to it. Michael, one of the main characters of the book, was an edgy, stubborn, Navy SEAL. Coming back from being a SEAL he was broken in body and spirit. Because he was injured, he couldn't walk. Many conflicts came to him including man vs. himself. While fighting to get stronger, mentally and physically, his therapists is the girl that's loved him sense they were children. Then he's conflicted with man vs. man. Kelly is the girl in love and she's Michael's best friend, Bryan's, sister. Bryan is Moira's, Kelly's best friend, boyfriend. Being those being the main characters, there's also their family. There are some parts in the book, Michael's Discovery, that I didn't think needed to be in there but the good parts made up for the bad parts. When there was good parts the were big good parts. For one big good part was the ending, it was a great ending but, a sudden surprise. Readers that love books with family, friends, love, and surprising endings would enjoy this book very much. It's a type of book you could read on a trip or something. I wouldn't put it on the top of my list top read but I'd still put it on my list. I enjoyed it for a small novel it's not a huge novel but it is interesting. Readers liking even the SEAL would like this book. I liked it and I'm not a big reader.
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