Navy SEAL Surrender

Navy SEAL Surrender

by Angi Morgan

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ISBN-13: 9781460331873
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Series: Texas Family Reckoning , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 759,717
File size: 274 KB

About the Author


Using actual Texas settings and realistic characters, this USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestseller, creates stories with characters who put everything on the line. Angi is an 11th generation Texan who lives there with her husband and 'four-legged' kids. Find her at

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Join the navy. See the world.

"I don't think they meant the sandboxes I've been playing in." John Sloane had met and helped a lot of great people around the world. He'd been to several cool cities, nice ports and seen a lot of water. But he never wanted to see most of the places his unit had been deployed again- even in the news.

Back in Texas. Right back where he'd started wasn't exactly what he'd had in mind when he was eighteen. But right now he didn't care about choices or destinations. He just wanted information on his dad.

He'd returned from a training exercise and was told that his father had suffered a major stroke. When he couldn't reach the house or his dad, he'd called the police station with no luck. They'd refused to help.

From the message, he knew that his father was alive and at the ranch. He'd arranged extended leave and a ticket back to his hometown. Taking as much time off as he wanted wasn't a problem. He had a lot stored up. He wanted to be here as long as needed to get his father back on his feet. The only objective so far was to get home.

Two hours in triple-digit heat with the rental's AC whacked-out had added to his building frustration. He was sailing blind with no information, since his brother hadn't returned his calls and the home phone seemed to be out of order.

If John was being honest-no sense lying to himself- he hadn't been the most dependable brother. Or the most communicative. Since they'd learned to open their mouths, Brian had been the twin to tell the world what they needed. Brian had been the responsible one keeping him out of trouble, right up to his last words to him, "Leave and never look back."

That was exactly what he'd done.

John had followed through on his promise, joined the navy, left the ranch and had never come back.

In the navy, he wasn't Brian's twin or Johnny Junior or the baby. He'd quickly risen to chief petty officer and was the man you went to with a problem. He was the guy who got things done. Action, not words.

Then things changed. Promotions after online classes and a college degree. Instead of solving the problems, he followed orders. Now a lieutenant, he was the man responsible if someone got shot. A man who'd been doing too much thinking recently.

Texas? California? Navy? Private sector? Which road should just simple John choose? Too much thinking…. Right now he would help his dad, work the horses and maybe-just maybe-reconnect with his brother. That was the mission.

Deciding his future could wait.

His hometown was just ahead, and suddenly he didn't feel so confident. Since that short good riddance right after graduation, he hadn't seen or spoken to Brian. John hadn't seen his father in almost three years. How would the town see him now? Who would he be after twelve years? The man he'd become, or the kid the town remembered?

Aubrey looked like a busy small town instead of the bus-stop intersection with one red light he'd left. Lots of changes, and yet the most familiar thing in the world to him. He knew what stool old man Searcy would be sitting on for his lunch at the caf , and he knew who would be serving him his blue-plate special. His stomach growled, emphasizing his lack of lunch. Another ten minutes and he'd be home. Home.

The word felt good. He'd stay, help his dad around the ranch, work with his back instead of a weapon. He'd welcome every minute of mind-numbing grunt labor. And somehow he'd figure out what to do with the rest of his life.

He raised a finger off the steering wheel, acknowledging those driving past. A friendly custom in north Texas, like tipping your hat. Or at least it used to be. People stared at him and quickly looked away when he caught their eye. He drove through his little town, now full of fast-food restaurants and an outdoor mini shopping mall. He turned off the main road, took the familiar turns and passed the mailbox-faded with one of the letters missing from his father's name.

Parked on the side of the driveway was a cherry-red Camaro. A car he knew inside and out. The car had always hummed perfection. Mark Miller had won many drag races with that engine. When Mark had left for the army, John had tried to buy it from Mr. Miller many times. He slowed as the driver-obviously waiting on him-opened the door of the car he'd wanted throughout his teenage years. His tires crunched on the gravel as he pulled to a stop.

"Wow." The word slipped from his brain to his mouth.

"You still haven't gotten over this car?" the woman said, caressing the hood with long strokes.

Thankfully, she thought he was gawking at the muscle car. The vehicle was a nice backdrop to the curvy medium-height babe with long wavy dark brown hair and eyes hidden behind aviator shades. Dressed in old worn jeans that hugged her hips and a tank top that hugged everything else, he couldn't focus on the car if he wanted to.

And he really didn't want to. If he had air-conditioning, he would have cranked it to high. Instead, the sweat beaded on his forehead. He grabbed the button-up shirt he'd tossed on the seat next to him to wipe his face.

"Driving with the windows down? Braving the Texas heat, Johnny? You forget how hot it gets here in July?" the babe asked, crossing the road in worn boots. She slid her glasses to the top of her head, tucking her hair back in the process. Bright smiling eyes laughed at him.

"Alicia?" He recognized her voice, but none of the curves she currently sported.

"Welcome home." She leaned on the open window, giving him a great view straight between her breasts. A much better view than he'd ever seen in high school.

"How did you know I'd be here?"

"I was already at the house. Wanda thought she saw Brian in a new car and sent a text asking if he'd come into some cash." She shrugged her bare, tanned shoulders. "I knew Brian was in the barn. So I assumed and waited." She stepped back, pulling the door open. "Get out here so I can give you a proper welcome home. It's been a while."

Alicia Miller, now Adams. Or had she gone back to Miller after her husband had died? Either way, he barely recognized his high school sweetheart. She'd definitely filled out in all the right places. He popped the seat-belt release and stood, towering over her in a white undershirt that probably smelled as bad as the horse stalls. She wrapped her arms around his middle and squeezed. He hugged her back.


They separated, and the pearly-white smile he expected was gone. He missed her hand swinging upward, until it connected with his cheek. Connected hard. He rubbed it, not ashamed to let her know the slap had stung. Caught off guard by a girl. Or maybe he deserved it. Time enough to contemplate later.

A fitting welcome home.

"Before you ask, that was for your dad. J.W. will never say or do anything to make you feel ashamed, but you deserve that and more for just leaving. It broke his heart."

The little fireball choked on the last word. But she was right. And he was grown enough now to admit he'd made a mistake by not calling more often. "You've seen him? Is he okay?"

"He gets stronger every day. I'm his nurse and help him with physical therapy. That's what I do, at-home nursing."

"Just for the record, that's the one and only time you'll slap me and get away with it." He leaned against the rear door, crossing his arms to keep them in check. He didn't know if he wanted to drive away or reach out and pull her back to fill the emptiness he suddenly experienced.

"Are you okay? I didn't mean to hurt you. I'm not even sure why I did that. I never do that. And now I'm just babbling."

"Really?" Had it been too long to tease her? She'd been a junior in college the last time he'd heard anything. Their lives had changed when he hadn't chosen that route. Really changed when Brian had taken the blame for the accident. They hadn't spoken since his twin had accused him of being irresponsible and leaving a campfire burning.

After boot camp, his dad said Brian had decided not to attend college. Brian's taking public blame for the fire meant John could achieve his dream of entering the navy. It wouldn't have happened otherwise, and he owed his brother his entire career.

Join the navy. See the world.

It had been his dream, and his brother had pushed him toward it, sacrificing everything to let him keep it. That was the problem. The closest people to him had believed the accusation.

"I should be.. " She gestured toward her car. "Your father's waiting."

"You said Brian was in the barn?"

"He was earlier." Alicia stuck her hands into her front pockets, creating a shrug whether she wanted one or not. "Sorry I slapped you, Johnny."

"I'm sorry you needed to." He rubbed his cheek again, scraping the three days of growth.

Alicia took a step toward him, awkwardly pulled him down for what he thought was another hug. He didn't reach for her. Instead, supersoft fingers caressed him from the bottom of his ears down both lines of his jaws. The sting disappeared faster than a radar blip.

Before he could react, she'd kissed his lips, lingering just a second too long for it to be just a friendly welcome home. Then she waved and returned to her car.

"See you around."

The dust from the road stuck to his arms and face as he stood there like an idiot while she drove away.


The Double Bar had been around for over a hundred years, supplying its fair share of cutting horses and rodeo stock. Oak trees had towered over the winding gravel driveway, since just after the Civil War. They'd formed a canopy and should have been a sight for his weary eyes. It was normally one of the coolest places on the ranch. The trees stretching above his head looked gnarly. Had anyone trimmed them since he'd left? He had to slow to avoid the potholes. The pasture looked more like West Texas desert than grazing potential for a herd.

"What the hell's happened?"

Granddad's old Dodge truck was loaded with feed and supplies. No doubt his work would start this afternoon, no waiting around. The ranch never let you take a vacation. John parked the rental, dropped the tailgate of the truck and slapped a bag.

Wham. Slammed to the ground, he spit dirt from his mouth. A punch to his kidney caused him to tighten his gut and pull his arms tight against his sides. The attacker shuffled off and away. John scrambled to his knees and popped up to both feet.

"You've got a lot of nerve showing up now!"

"Brian? What the…" He wiped the dirt from his face just in time to block a punch. His hands automatically formed fists. He resisted throwing his right at the last minute, but his shoulder momentum took him a step closer to his brother. "Cut it out or find yourself on the ground."

"Yeah, who's going to put me there? Oh, right, the son who's been gone twelve years. Think you can take me with all your fancy military training?"

John couldn't start his return home by teaching Brian a lesson. He relaxed his body enough to appear nonthreatening, but didn't lose eye contact. Brian would always give his punches away by dropping his gaze to the ground before he swung. Better to avoid being hit than make things worse by hitting back.

"Come on, man, I just got here," he said. Home for fifteen minutes and already he'd been slapped and eaten a face full of dirt. His lower back didn't feel all that great, either.

"That's the point. Dad's stroke was over a week ago."

"No excuses. I was on a mission and got here as soon as I could. How is he?"

"Busy saving strangers and can't be bothered at home." Brian grabbed a fifty-pound bag of feed, throwing it to his shoulder like a bulky pillow, then stomped toward the shed. "Go see for yourself. Alicia usually leaves him in front of the television."

Guess it wasn't the right time to remind his brother he'd called a couple of dozen times in the past two days. John rubbed his side, then his jaw, and dusted some of the dirt from his body. What a welcome.

"Dad?" He pushed the screen door open with the hesitation of entering the unknown. He didn't know what to expect. Light on his feet, soundlessly moving through the kitchen and sitting room, he was afraid of what he'd find in front of the loud television.

A severe stroke ten days ago when he'd been working horses. That's all John knew. He'd left messages on his dad's cell, but no one had called back. His dad kept him up-to-date. Sad, but he didn't know his brother's number.

Bad communication skills were nothing new before he'd left for the navy. More bad habits had formed when he'd been in training and not allowed to call. Then long missions with no communication. Different time zones. Easy after that to avoid calling home by just being too busy- or pretending to be. His father had accepted the excuses. His brother had told him never to look back and meant it.

He was a different man. They both were. They had time to fix what was wrong. Later.

Right now it was about his dad-who was asleep in a wheelchair in a room that no longer resembled his mother's favorite in the house. Full of a hospital bed, pulleys, a portable toilet and other medical stuff, everything familiar had been removed. There was a flat-screen TV hanging on the wall.

He heard the water running in the kitchen behind him and jerked around, surprised Brian had entered without making a sound.

"Dad, wake up." Brian shoved a shoulder into John as he passed. His angry twin turned a gentle hand to touch their dad's shoulder and not startle him awake. "John's home."

He understood the pain. His brother had a right to be upset, from the serious look of things. He'd been here taking care of the ranch and their dad. Alone.

The last time they'd been face-to-face, they were skinny kids eating their dad out of a ton of groceries. Identical twins who could have passed for each other-and had fooled more than a teacher or two. Not to mention the girls. There were differences now. The most obvious was their hair. His was the navy regulation, high and tight over his ears. Brian's was longish, touching his collar.

John knew the tense jaw-clenching muscle all too well. Strange seeing what it looked like to others. Their bodies were toned from different types of exercises-his PT and Brian's ranch work. Weird that they still looked so much alike.

"I got here as soon as I could. I had no idea," John apologized. He would not complain about the lack of information provided by his brother. It would just upset his dad.

"That's an understatement," Brian mumbled.

His dad shook his head. Upset. Brian patted his shoulder. "I know, Dad. I told you I'd explain things when he got here."

He kept his mouth shut, stunned at the fright he saw in his father's eyes. The stroke had left him paralyzed. He couldn't talk. Brian lifted a straw to the left side of his dad's mouth and patiently waited, that angry gleam still in his eyes when he connected with John.

"Dad had a stroke and was lucky to survive. Recovery's going to take a while, but he's doing great." He put the mug on the table. "Looks like Alicia wore you out as usual, old man. Time for a nap, right?"

Brian moved swiftly. John moved in to help but was waved off. In two shakes, J. W. Sloane was back in bed. Brian maneuvered him quickly and with the same calm ease he handled troubled animals.

"I got this. Go get cleaned up and I'll get him settled. I'm sure you have things to explain."

Things hadn't changed; his brother issued orders for him to follow. And just like every day of his life, he followed orders well. Stowing his gear back in a room that hadn't changed except for the layers of dust, he wondered if the day would ever come where he'd be deciding his own fate.

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Navy SEAL Surrender 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Loved it!  Angi Morgan has such a talent with a complex plot and great characters!  She places roadblocks before her characters so smoothly that I never have to question how it happened, a little nail-biting, but no doubts that the action fits, but the characters keep moving forward with intelligent successes that have me cheering.   When Navy Seal John Sloane comes home to help out after his dad has a major stroke, he never expected to need his SEAL training to rescue a little girl and her mother. He hoped to work things out with his brother but Brian didn't want to talk about the situation that caused a split between them.  Kidnapping, murder, financial challenge the Texan, his best friend, his brother, and the woman he loved since junior high.  Facing people with money and influence makes the job even tougher but being able to take advantage of his "twiness" eases the job just a big.
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
John had received word that his father had had a serious stroke so he took leave from the Navy in order to go home and help out on the ranch and try to reconnect with his twin brother. He and his brother, Brian, hadn't seen each other or spoken since John enlisted twelve years earlier. They had both thought the other had caused a deadly fire but didn't talk about it to find out what really happened. Brian took the blame for the fire and sent John off to join the Navy. Now John is back and seeing Alicia again is bringing back memories. Alicia had just picked up her daughter, Lauren, from day care when she was brutally attacked and her daughter kidnapped.  Poor John didn't expect his father or the ranch to be as bad as they were when he got home. He is glad he's there when his ex-girlfriend's daughter is kidnapped because he's had quite a bit of experience doing rescue missions overseas, so he expects that he won't have too much trouble finding her.  Alicia's step mother-in-law and her new husband are telling everyone that Alicia is responsible for Lauren's kidnapping. Then they blamed Brian too. The police arrested Brian.  Since John and Brian were twins, it worked in his favour that no one knew that John was home. He knew he had to find Lauren fast or else Alicia would go to jail and Brian wouldn't get out. He came up with a plan to find Lauren by getting Alicia to lay a false trail of where she was and called a friend who was a member of his SEAL team to help him get information and for backup. I love books with Navy SEALs and always fall for the character but it surprised me that I didn't like the SEAL much in this book at first because he left and didn't return for so long. Once we found out why he left and stayed away, I liked him much more. Then he was everything I expected - and more. I liked Alicia because she was a good person and wonderful mother.  There were times that I wasn't crazy about her though, like when she kept wanting to do just anything to get her daughter back.  Very typical for a mother to act that way but she didn't think about how it would look if she actually did get Lauren back.  She would look pretty guilty of the kidnapping. I felt sorry for her when she realized she still had feelings for John but didn't want to since she was still mad at him for leaving and she felt she was being disloyal to her late husband if she had feeling for someone else. I loved that this was far from your average love story. I hoped that John and Alica would get back together and since her husband had been dead for a few years, it was time for her to move on. The kidnapping plot was well done and was slowly reveled. The reader knew who was actually responsible for the kidnapping early in the story but not how it was arranged. The estrangement between the twin brothers added another twist to this wonderful story. I liked that they finally talked it out - with Alicia's help in forcing the issue. I like Angi Morgan's books and highly recommend this one. 
LegoDinolady More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line to this book. John is a navy seal who needs to return home to help take care of his father. John is dreading his return home because when he left his hometown previously it was not on good terms. His brother Brian takes the fall for an accident and is left for 12 years of problems. John had no idea what his brother went through while he was gone. When he gets home he is greeted by his old time girlfriend Alicia. She has a four year old daughter. Alicia needs Johns help in order to rescue her daughter. John not only helps Alicia find her daughter, but helps her to heal from a lost love. This book is full of romance and suspense. I would have given it five stars if the characters had made some whoopee. I loved this book and the next one in this series. "The Renegade Rancher" which is Brian's story. I recommend this and the other book. A great read.
ToryMichaels More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting read, though I felt it sort of stretched the lines of believability in a non-paranormal book in some of what John and Alicia did to rescue the little girl. I also had doubts about the validity of the ultimate villain in the book. But that's just me. There were too many (to my mind) unanswered questions at the end of the book. I am, however, looking forward the the second book in this little mini-series from Ms. Morgan which will feature John's twin brother which will answer one big lingering question - who set the fire John and his twin were blamed for back in high school (not considering that a spoiler). John - your pretty typical SEAL, though I admit I liked his reason for going into the Navy. I did however have issues with the fact that he and his twin didn't TALK about the fire until a good portion of the book was done, and for crying out loud, that was more than ten years later! They're twins...they should talk! ARGH. Buuut, hey, if they had, well, a good portion of this book might not have happened. Alicia - wow. She certainly got the short end of the stick when it came to in-laws. Kudos to her for being strong and determined not only to raise her daughter (with or without the trust fund that was left by her dead husband), but doing whatever it took to get the little girl back. I enjoyed this book in many places, just with a few misgivings about things. But that's me and I know other people might not see the same things I do. I'm glad I read it and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. 3.5 stars! Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I enjoyed the Navy Seal Surrender it was full of drama, action, fights and characters that I liked. I also want to see the characters again. Right from the first pages starts the drama and does not slow down. Has good humor and friends who stick with you in hard times. John Sloane got message that his dad home in Texas was ill. He rented a truck and drove straight to the ranch. He waved at people in town as he passed through. Waiting for him was his old girl friend Alicia of 12 years ago. She slapped him then kissed him and welcomed him home. John's dad had a stroke. His twin was not to welcoming home. They had not seen each other for 12 years. They both blamed each other and the town blamed Brian for a fire that happened back then. Alicia picked up her daughter Lauren from day care and then she was attacked and her daughter kidnapped. Alicia was left for dead. Her step mother-in-law and her new husband blamed Alicia for Lauren's kidnapping. Then they blamed Brian. The police arrested Brian. No one knew that John was home. He knew the only way to keep Alicia out of jail and get Brian out was too keep Alicia safe and find Lauren. He got a trusted neighbor to stay with his dad. He got Alicia to lay false trail where she was and called a member of his Navy Seal team to get him a ex-Navy seal who could give him backup and dig safely for information. Dev instead of getting him help showed up with the gear to help find Lauren and get his brother free. When they had found no evidence of Brian helping Alicia they let him go. His neighbor got Brian's hair like John's. So if anyone saw John they would think he was Brian. Brian could have a good alibi when needed. It was funny in a way because everyone in town knew that John and Brian were identical twins. But since everyone knew that Brian was in the Navy and could not get home to find out about his dad's health earlier most expected only Brian for being in town so he was clear. I really want to see Brian and Dev again with their own books. I really like them. I also wanted to see John and Alicia back together again. Alicia's husband had been dead for a few years. Then her father-in-law killed himself and left all his money to Lauren instead of his younger wife. The setting for the book is Texas. It is fast paced and does not slow down. Did not put the book down till I was finished reading it. The suspense was good you knew who the bad people were right off. But they needed to be got. The crime and setup was done with lots of planning and would have worked except that John came home at the right time. Their is one love scene. This is the first book I have read I believe of Angi Morgan but I will read more books by her based on this one in the future. I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A great read Contemporary, Romance, Aubrey, Texas John Sloane is a Navy SEAL that just planned on coming home to Texas and reconnect with his twin brother that he has been estranged from and to also save the family ranch. He never expected to reunite with the girl from high school especially since he broke her heart years ago. When Alicia Adams’ daughter is kidnapped, John is determined to help and jumps in fearlessly. This op might be off the books and he might be used to doing rescue missions but this one is posing many unfamiliar dangers for John. The most risky part is John’s feelings for Alicia. John is finding that he needs to regain her trust and also protect her from the kidnappers. He is also determining that the career that meant so much to him doesn’t compare to what he feels for Alicia. It all comes down to a daring scheme to show Alicia he can be the hero she needs because if he doesn’t he will end up breaking her heart all over again. This is an action packed story that takes some clever twists to make this one a very hard book to put down. The reader can really relate to the characters and sympathize with them as they deal with the nightmare their life has become. With every word the story comes to life and takes the reader there so they can feel what the characters are feeling. This is a nice second chance at love story that is sure to please readers. It will also leave the reader hoping for more books to see if the other characters get their own HEA.