When U.S. Navy SEAL chief Wes Skelly was sent to L.A. on assignment, he agreed to go on a blind date with beautiful single mother Brittany Evans, sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. After all, he had been secretly in love for years, albeit with a woman who belonged to another man. So what did he have to lose?
Plenty, it turned out. Because suddenly the woman he'd thought he could never have was available. However, so was Brittanyand not only that, she was in danger. Because of him. He knew he could keep her safe. But why was he increasingly certain that he was the one in danger?
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Brittany Evans hated to be late. But parking had been a pain in the butt, and she'd spent way too much time trying to
decide what to wear - as if it really mattered.
She surveyed the scattering of people standing around the college baseball stadium's hot dog stand as she came out the
door that led from the locker rooms.
And there he was.
Standing under the overhang, out of the gently falling rain, watching the players on the ball field. Leaning against
the wall with his back to her.
At least she thought it was him. They'd never really met - at least not for more than two and a half seconds.
Brittany, this is whatever-his-naval-rank-was Wes Skelly. Wes, this is Melody Jones's sister, Britt.
Hey, how are you, nice to meet you, gotta go.
The man who might or might not be Wes Skelly glanced at his watch, glanced toward the main entrance of the stadium. His
hair was longer and lighter than she remembered - of course, it was hard to remember much from only two and a half
seconds of face time.
She could see his face better as he turned slightly. It was ... a face. Not stunningly handsome like Mel's husband,
Harlan "Cowboy" Jones. But not exactly Frankenstein's monster, either.
Wes wasn't smiling. In fact, he looked a little tense, a little angry. Hopefully not at her for being late. No,
probably just for being. She'd heard a lot about Wes Skelly over the past few years. That is, assuming this was really
But he had to be. No one else in the place looked even remotely like a Navy SEAL.
This guy wasn't big, though - not like her brother-in-law or his good friend Senior Chief Harvard-the-Incredible-Hulk
Becker - but there was something about him that seemed capable of anything and maybe a little dangerous.
He was dressed in civilian clothes - khaki pants with a dark jacket over a button-down shirt and tie. Poor man. From
what Mel had told her about Wes, he would rather swim in shark-infested waters than get dressed up.
Of course, look at her. Wearing these stupid sandals with heels instead of her usual comfortable flats. She'd put on
more than her usual amount of makeup, too.
But the plan was to meet at the ball game, and then go out to dinner someplace nicer than the local pizza joint.
Neither of them had counted on rain screwing up the first part of the plan.
Wes looked at his watch again and sighed.
And Brittany realized that his leaning against the wall was only feigned casualness. He was standing still, yet somehow
he remained in motion - tapping his fingers or his foot, slightly shifting his weight, searching his pockets for
something, checking his watch. He wasn't letting himself pace, but he wanted to.
Gee whiz, she wasn't that late.
Of course maybe her five-minute delay wasn't the problem. Maybe this man just never stood still. And wasn't that just
what she needed - a date with a guy with Attention Deficit Disorder.
Silently cursing her sister, Brittany approached him, arranging her face into a smile. "You have that same 'Heavenly
Father, save me from doing favors for friends and relatives' look in your eyes that I've got," she said. "Therefore you
must be Wes Skelly."
He laughed, and it completely transformed his face, softening all the hard lines and making his blue eyes seem to
Irish. Darnit, he was definitely at least part Irish.
"That makes you Brittany Evans," he said, holding out his hand. It was warm, his handshake firm. "Nice to finally meet
Nice hands. Nice smile. Nice steady, direct gaze. Nice guy - good liar, too. She liked him instantly, despite the
"Sorry I'm a few minutes late," she said. "I had to drive almost all the way to Arizona to find a parking space."
"Yeah, I've noticed that traffic really sucks here," he said as he studied her face, probably trying to figure out how
she could possibly be related to gorgeous, delicately angelic-looking Melody Jones.
"We don't look very much alike," she told him. "My sister and I."
She'd surprised him with her directness, but he recovered quickly. "What, are you nuts? Your eyes are a little
different - a different shade of blue. But other than that, you're a ... a variation on the same lovely theme."
Oh, for crying out loud. What had her sister's husband told this guy? That she was a sure thing? Just liberally sling
the woo, Skelly, and she'll be putty in your hands because she's lonely and pathetic and hasn't had a man in her
bed - let alone a date - in close to a decade?
It was her own stupid fault for giving in to Melody's pressure. A blind date. What was she thinking?
Okay, she knew what she was thinking. Mel had asked her to go out with Wes Skelly as a favor. It was, she'd said in
that baby sister manipulative manner of hers - the one that came with the big blue eyes, the one that had enabled her
to twist Britt around her little finger for the past several decades - the only thing she wanted for her upcoming
birthday. Pretty please with sugar on top ...?
Britt should have cried foul and gotten her a Dave Matthews CD instead.
"Let's set some ground rules," Brittany told Wes now.
"Rule number one - no crap, okay? No hyperbole, no B.S. Only pure honesty. My sister and your so-called friend Harlan
Jones manipulated us to this particular level of hell, but now that we're here we're going to play by our own rules.
"Yeah," he said. "Sure, but -"
"I have no intention of sleeping with you," she informed him briskly. "I'm neither lonely nor pathetic. I know exactly
what I look like, exactly who I am and I happen to be quite happy with myself, thank you very much. I'm here because I
love my little sister, although right now I'm trying to imagine the most painfully horrific way to torture her for
doing this to me - and to you."
He opened his mouth, but she wasn't done and she didn't let him speak.
"Now. I know my sister, and I know she was hoping we'd gaze into each other's eyes, fall hopelessly in love and get
married before the year's end." She paused for a fraction of a second to look searchingly into his eyes. They were very
pretty blue eyes, but her friend Julia had a Alaskan husky with pretty blue eyes, too. "Nope," she said. "Didn't happen
for me. How about you?"
He laughed. "Sorry," he said. "But -"
"No need for excuses," she cut him off again. "People think alone means lonely. Have you noticed that?"
He didn't answer right away. Not until it was good and clear that she was finally finished and it was his turn to talk.
"Yeah," he said then. "And people who are together - people who are a couple - they're always trying to pair up all
of their single friends. It's definitely obnoxious."
"Well meant," Britt agreed, "but completely annoying. I am sorry that you got roped into this."
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This is my favorite Suzanne Brockmann romance. I'm not exactly sure what sets it apart from the others (which I also really, REALLY like), but I think it might have something to do with Wes--he's not a movie star SEAL--he's short (5'8'), and at first Brittany describes his face as just a face--even when the attraction between them has built, it's individual features that are described as attractive--pretty eyes, beautiful mouth--but he's never this drop-dead gorgeous guy, he's a NORMAL-looking guy, who just happens to have a fine body, some self-esteem issues, and a high moral code. Same with Brittany--she's sharp-featured, and a little pushy about getting her say--I know people like that. The conversation when they meet and she tells him she has no intention of sleeping with him? Yeah, I don't think I'd say something like that, but I can believe that she might. And Wes thinking that he might want to get her pregnant? Well, the whole relationship developed from intro to proposal in less than a week, so this might be a suspension of disbelief issue--I'm willing to accept it, since it's appropriate to the character, even if a little premature. But, oh, the dance of attraction, of will he kiss me, should I kiss her, I like her but I'm in love with somebody else, but I really, REALLY like her, don't like him too much, he's in love with somebody else--I wish there were more books out there like this one.
Navy SEAL, Wes Skelly, reluctantly agrees to go a blind date with Brittany Evans, sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. The two hit it off and their attraction grows as they spend time together. But their relationship is tested as Brittany begins getting sinister phone calls and Wes is called to the side of a woman he thought he loved when her husband is killed.NightWatch is one of Brockman's earlier Navy SEAL romances. It's always fun to keep up with former characters in her books and a Navy SEAL makes the perfect "alpha-male-hero". Great romance/suspense.
Not bad - it's a SEAL Team Ten story, after all - but not wonderful. I like Britt and Andy and the crisis Andy gets into, and I do like Wes and his coming to terms with his feelings - but come on. This is a guy whose defining characteristic, throughout the series, has been that he has a buddy who knows him inside out, who's hung out with him when he's gotten drunk, who's been portrayed as very perceptive about motivations. Not to mention his psychologist not-girlfriend. And he finally figures out why he feels so bad about his brother's death _now_? Isn't that just a trifle convenient? Dunno. The romance is pretty good, though the external threats are - not particularly believeable; the characterization is as good as usual - but somehow this one never quite triggers suspension of disbelief for me. Good, but not as good as the rest.
I really liked this book. It was only my second book to read in the series and I thought it worked fine as a "stand alone" story. I had read Taylor's Temptation about Wes' sister and I didn't think Wes was an appealing character, but I changed my mind with this book. It was a quick interesting read.
I very much liked the characters in this book. They just seemed more real to me.
New cover - old story. So tired of authors who do this.
I was needed? She asks. Did you need me?(((was eating dinner srry!)))
This was a good book in the series. Others were better, but this was a nice quick read. The sub-plot with the son, was not really needed IMO. It didn't really add anything.
This was the first novel I have read from Suzanne Brockmann and let me just say WOW! After reading this book, I have gone on to purchase and read others of hers, all very good. It seems as though each book in the series "Tall, Dark, and Dangerous" is the story of an individual SEAL and how they go about meeting and romancing their partner/wife integrated with some sort of mission/assignment (which allows for the action and suspense part), however the author does a beautiful job of keeping all of the SEALs alive throughout the book (with the main focus being on one SEAL at a time/each book) She does a very good job of switching from the point of view of one character to another in such a smooth transition that it flowed really nicely. She gives the intimate parts enough to engage the mind and not too much to be trashy. The SEALs seem realistic enough, and it appears as though she has done extensive research, as there are certain terms and lingo that I assume used in their world, which is integrated throughout the book. This is a wonderful series for those who enjoy romance/action/thriller type films or books, as she so ornately combines all three into a powerful read. I enjoyed this and others of her's very much, and I am left wanting to read more!
Sweet romance a real must buy! Cute hero
This is the BEST SERIES I have read. I wished it never end. I love each and every one of the books. Makes me want to go find me a NAVY SEAL. LOVE IT!!!!!!