Playing best man in his teammate's Las Vegas wedding is not U.S. Navy SEAL Jack Barnes' idea of a vacation-especially when the maid-of-honor is the one woman who knows how to push his buttons. Now his teammates are taking bets on whether he'll end up in the fiery bartender's bed. Not one to turn away from a challenge, Jack vows to seduce Natalie Lewis. And he'll do so on his terms-demanding complete control.
The tantalizing SEAL may have a hand-over-your-panties smile and a body she'd love to explore, but there's no way Natalie's falling into his bed. No, she's going to get revenge. After bringing Jack to his knees with a series of Sin City dares, she'll walk away. It's the perfect plan-until it backfires. Beneath his devil-may-care attitude, Jack's unbridled desire proves irresistible. But he also requires the one thing Natalie can't give. Control.
Each book in the Sin City SEALS series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 To Tempt a SEAL
Book #2 To Dare A SEAL
Book #3 To Seduce a SEAL
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After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Armed with a firm belief that dreams do come true, Sara Jane sat down at her keyboard to write fun, sexy stories like the ones she loved to read.
Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children, and a lazy Burmese cat. When she is not finger painting with the kids, she loves writing sexy stories, staying up past her bedtime reading red-hot romance, and chatting with her readers on Facebook.
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To Dare A Seal
A Sin City SEALs novel
By Sara Jane Stone, Heather Howland, Stephen Morgan
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Sara Jane Stone
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Four flirtatious fools. Three tipsy blondes. Two drunken sailors. If she looked in the bar's back room, Natalie Lewis suspected she'd find a partridge in a pear tree roosting on the broken neon Bottom's Upsign.
"Two more days until vacation," she murmured, scooping ice into a pint glass for Drunken Sailor Number One's water. If a road trip to Sin City to play the maid of honor role in her little sister's wedding was considered a vacation. Behind her, the front door to the bar swung open, and Natalie glanced over her shoulder.
She let out a low, frustrated growl. It was as if the universe had sensed that her Monday afternoon shift needed an extra something to drive her bat-shit crazy and sent her five brown-haired, blue-eyed men led by U.S. Navy SEAL Jack Barnes — Chief Barnes to his teammates. Jack stopped in front of her bar and flashed his signature hand-over-your-panties smile to Natalie.
Another woman might have obeyed, falling for the SEAL's potent combination of muscle and charm. But she was more of a give-me-your-boxers kind of girl.
Natalie eyed the pack. "Join a new team, Jack?"
The leader of the group shook his head, locks of straight brown hair falling across his forehead. "Thankfully, no," he said, reaching up to brush the stray hair from his face. The sleeve of his T-shirt moved down his arm, revealing his toned, oh-so impressive bicep. Not that she was looking. When it came to Jack, she found it was best to just say no. No looking. No touching. No wanting what she couldn't have.
"Miss Natalie Lewis," the SEAL continued. "Meet my brothers —"
"Big brothers," the man behind Jack's right shoulder added, hooking his thumbs into his belt beside the metal buckle shaped like the state of Texas. The motion drew her attention to the man's protruding belly. "Just because you're a SEAL doesn't mean I can't still take you down, kid."
Not a chance.
She mentally labeled Brother Number One an arrogant blowhard.
"Colton," Jack said, pointing to Mr. Belt Buckle. "Andrew, Charles, and Patrick. Not that you need to remember their names. They're heading out tomorrow." Jack's smile faded as he gestured to the pack behind him. "Some of the guys from the team are on their way. Mind if we stake out the corner tables?"
"All yours," she said. "What can I get for you?"
"The usual for me," Jack said.
Speaking for the pack, Colton ordered four lite beers on draft, adding a wink to the end of his request. Natalie stared blankly at Mr. Belt Buckle. She never flirted with customers. An extra buck here or there in tips wasn't worth the aggravation of telling a sailor to take a hike at the end of the night if he got the wrong impression.
When it came to her love life, she called the shots. And she never followed the relationship path. That road led to a dead end labeled hurt and rejection. Bouncing between foster homes as a teenager, she'd had her fill of both, thank you very much.
She was done with people walking into her life, telling her how it was and how it would be, then abandoning her without any concern for the damage they'd left in their wake. The foster families, even the well-meaning ones, had seemingly stripped away her right to make decisions about her life. And then, when they'd found her wanting, they'd returned her to social services.
All of the foster families had said something similar when the social worker had come to pick up Natalie and her younger sister.
Not what we're looking for in a daughter.
Those overheard comments still stung, like a wound she'd managed to cover with a Band-Aid, but it refused to heal.
Of course, her foster parents always waited until she'd started to trust them before they got rid of her. They didn't send her packing until she'd finally let down her guard and hoped for some sort of permanence, for something good to happen to her and her sister. Then they took it all away, replacing her hope with hurt.
And after a handful of brief romantic flings, she'd learned that dating led to the same dead end. Even the well-meaning guys just wanted to control her "for her own good." If happily ever after did exist, it only happened to other people. Never to her.
So she steered clear of getting close to anyone besides her sister. And that relationship had work-in-progress stamped all over it.
She glanced again at Jack and his bulging biceps, and that smile ... His too charming grin made her heart stop one moment and spurred her temper the next.
"I'll be back with your drinks." She turned and headed for the row of taps behind the bar.
"Feisty little thang," Mr. Belt Buckle announced in his thick Texas accent. His words carried over the flirtatious fools, tipsy blondes, and drunken sailors.
Natalie gritted her teeth and focused on pouring the blowhard's beer.
"Leave her alone, Colton," Jack said in the same no-nonsense tone he used when the youngest members of his SEAL team drank themselves under the table and started acting stupid.
"Don't tell me you're hitting that," Colton sneered, and the pack of brothers cackled. "Kid, you wouldn't know what to do with a wild one like her. There's no way you've upped your game that much since you joined the Navy."
Natalie set the glass down hard on the tray, sending beer spilling over the rim. Wouldn't know what to do? Every time Jack walked into her bar, her imagination rioted, parading images of exactly what Jack could do with her.
He pressed her up against a wall, those powerful arms caging her in.
His eyes locked on her as she unbuttoned his pants and reached inside. And then she wrapped her hand around him, demanding that he follow her lead.
Fantasy Jack would know exactly what to do. He'd keep his mouth shut, biting back the stupid pick-up lines he tossed across the bar. And he'd listen to her instructions.
If she let down her guard, she just might join the women who walked into Bottom's Up, took one look at Jack, and offered up their underwear. The man was a walking, talking Prince Charming. They all went home with him because they thought he was offering something more. But Natalie knew better than to fall for an illusion.
She shouldered the tray and headed for the corner table.
"Here you go, boys," she said as she passed out the drinks. Then she turned to go, but something held her back. Literally, a tug along her waist. She glanced over her shoulder and saw Colton's hand wrapped around her apron strings.
"Let go," she and Jack snapped simultaneously.
Chuckling, the Texas-sized jerk released her. "Tie my baby brother up in these strings? These days he might break free. Before he joined the damn Navy, we used to do the same thing, leaving him in a field until he missed the call for dinner. You wouldn't know it from looking at him, but he was a weakling growing up."
"Jack, a weakling?" She moved to the side of the Navy SEAL's wooden chair. Jack's fairy-tale charm presented a danger to her carefully ordered life, but she refused to let this blowhard stomp all over him.
Leaning over Jack, she smashed her number one rule to pieces beside the corner table and offered him a peek down her scoop-neck tank top. Her breasts were average, hovering in the middle ground between large and small. But Jack's eyes still widened, taking in the view before his gaze returned to her face.
She touched his bicep, running her fingers over his skin to the edge of his T-shirt. And he tensed beneath her hand. "He doesn't feel weak," she said, adding a sultry edge to her tone.
"You should have seen him when he was younger," Colton said. "Arms like twigs."
Mr. Belt Buckle's words acted like a propellant, and her whisper of anger turned into a wild fire. The flames leaped past control. Her gaze locked with Jack's blue eyes. Most nights, she was glad the bar stood between her and the Prince Charming of the Navy SEALs. But hearing Colton Barnes hurl insults — as if the eldest Barnes sibling had spent Jack's entire life looking for the right words to torment his little brother — something inside her snapped.
"I try to never look back on the past." She knew the words were a lie. The past followed her around, dictating every relationship in her life. But she pressed on, refusing to let Mr. Belt Buckle have the upper hand. "Not when the present is so enticing," she added.
Jack raised an eyebrow, silently posing the question: Are you serious?
You bet your fancy little trident pin I am.
Without a second thought, she ran her hand up his shoulder, not stopping until her fingers wove through his hair. She lowered her lips to his, maintaining a tight hold on his head. One quick kiss. One touch. Nothing more.
But oh holy hell, the feel of his mouth, the taste of his surprise, the moment when he parted his lips, offering to claim her —
She broke the kiss and stepped away. She took a deep breath, searching for Calm and Collected Natalie as she turned away from Jack.
Behind her, Colton and company whooped and demanded another kiss. But Natalie knew better. One kiss that left her feeling as though she'd hot-wired her dormant sexual needs was a stupid mistake. A second might fully awaken wants and needs that she flat-out refused to let Prince Charming fulfill.
She threw a smirk toward Jack and the boys, then turned and walked back to the bar. Work. She needed to focus on her job, not the SEAL at the corner table.
Hell must have frozen over. And Jack sure as shit knew he was occupying prime real estate in the devil's inferno. Spending twenty-four hours in Coronado, California with his older brothers was the definition of hell. But having the feisty Bottom's Up bartender come to his defense with an irresistible kiss, only for her to then leave him full with need as she walked into the back room?
It was heaven and hell all in one.
Most of the time, Natalie spotted him and walked away. He'd spent the past few years dreaming about her perfect ass and slim legs. But now Natalie's breasts would play a central role in his fantasies alongside her soft lips.
And she'd just slipped away from him.
"I'll be right back. Try not to pick a fight. Most of the men, and probably some of the women, could take you four against one." Without waiting for his brothers' comebacks, Jack pushed back from the table. He headed for the swinging double doors that separated the back room from the bar.
He scanned the employees-only space as the door closed behind him. Boxes, metal kegs, and an old popcorn machine filled the cramped space. Against one wall, he spotted the walk-in refrigerator. To the right was a long, narrow stainless steel table. Natalie stood with her back to him, her palms pressed against the silver surface and her chin dipped to her chest. Her long black hair fell forward, hiding her face.
She lifted one hand and smacked her palm against the table. Her hips rocked back, and when she bent at the waist, her spine formed a straight line. And all the blood in Jack's body moved south.
"Dammit," she muttered, hitting the table a second time. His brain processed the words, easily adding Jack to the end of her curse, followed by harder. But even with the blood rushing to his dick, he had a feeling he'd never hear the words Dammit Jack, harder cross her lips. Claiming the five-foot-two spitfire would remain his number one fantasy. He knew better than to assume one kiss would melt her hostility toward him.
Jack shoved his hands in the pockets of his cargo pants and crossed the small space. "Natalie?"
She glanced over her shoulder, her dark brown eyes daring him to take another step. "You shouldn't be back here."
"You know I can stand up for myself." Bypassing caution — hell, he routinely walked into volatile situations — Jack approached her. He stopped by her side, close enough to reach out and brush her long hair over her shoulder. His fingers pressed against his legs, eager for a green light. "Why'd you step in?"
"I hate bullies." She pushed off the table, turned to face him, and tilted her chin up.
"Me too. I appreciate what you did out there." He smiled at her, willing his feet to remain rooted to the floor while every cell in his body begged to reach for her. "Now I owe you one."
"No." She shook her head, black hair tumbling across her cheek. "I can stand up for myself, too. You don't owe me anything, Jack."
He cocked his head, studying the determined gleam in her eyes. "For a second back there, I thought you kind of liked me."
"You were wrong," she said firmly.
He withdrew his hands from his pockets and moved closer, half expecting her to back away. He towered over her petite frame, but she didn't give an inch.
"Do you rush in to defend a lot of men you don't like?" he asked, his voice soft and gentle, as though tempting a kitten out of hiding. "With a kiss?"
"I needed to shut your brothers up," she said.
"I like your approach." He reached out and took her hand. "Worked better than anything I tried as a kid."
Her lips curved into a small smile. "At least you fought back instead of running away."
"Natalie, I ran toward them. Once, I even beat Colton at his own game."
She arched an eyebrow. "How?"
"I'll show you." He stepped forward. Natalie shifted away until her ass touched the table's edge, like she was following an unwritten rule stating that she needed to maintain a certain distance from him.
Jack paused. He offered her the chance to slip away and leave him facing a metal table. But she didn't move. He placed his hands on her bare shoulders, gliding his palms over her smooth skin. His jaw clenched, and hell if his cargo pants didn't feel as if they'd shrunk. He wrapped his fingers around her wrists and guided her arms behind her back.
"First, I pinned his arms behind his back," Jack murmured. He held her wrists with one hand, and he ran his fingers over her abdomen. A light, teasing touch through her clothes. Nothing more. "Then I tickled him until he begged for mercy."
"I won't beg," she said, her voice breathless.
"I know." He released her arms and lifted his hands to her face. "I'm just showing you my way. But I still like yours better."
Her hands moved to his chest, her fingers digging into his shirt. But she didn't push him away. He studied her face. Her brown eyes widened and her lips parted. He wanted another taste. It might end with her fist planted in his gut, but he was willing to take the risk.
He lowered his mouth to hers, allowing his fingers to weave through her long hair. With his eyes closed, he let his imagination run wild as his tongue tangled with hers. He pictured stripping away her clothes, climbing up on this table, and taking her. He wanted to tie her up, and it had nothing to do with his past. Hell, he wished he could claim the fantasy. Here. Now. Make her scream his name and acknowledge the fact that he'd made her come. Make her admit that part of her wanted him.
His lips sparred with hers, and he fought for control of the kiss. Natalie pressed her mouth hard against his. He stepped closer, his hands holding her head as his body touched her. Rocking his hips, he let her feel how much he wanted her.
She pushed back, breaking the kiss. "Is this how you say thank you?" she said, struggling to catch her breath. But the thread of steel he'd heard from across the bar night after night was there, loud and clear in her voice.
"No, ma'am." He released her long locks and ran his hands over her shoulders, down the side of her body, brushing the sides of her breasts. He wanted to memorize every inch of her, knowing she might never let him this close again. His hands wrapped around her waist.
"Is that what kind of man you are?" she breathed. "You don't even offer a woman a proper thank-you?"
"Natalie, if I was fixin' to offer a proper thank-you," he said, his Texas accent clear and present in his voice, "I'd kneel down right here and slide your jeans over your hips, down your damn-near perfect legs. I'd toss your pants across the room, followed by your panties. And then I'd lick you until the whole bar heard you come. Screaming. My. Name."
He released her hips and drew a path to the top closure of her jeans. His fingers toyed with the button as he stared into her wide brown eyes.
"Jack." Her hand covered his but stopped short of pushing him away.
"What do you say, Natalie? Would you like a proper thank-you?"
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This book is #2 in the Sin City SEALs series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For more understanding of the series, and to avoid being spoiled, I recommend reading this series in order. Jack has been biding his time for the perfect time to try a relationship with Natalie. She makes the first move. It's a complete surprise - and one he wants to explore over the wedding weekend for her sister. Natalie knows she should not have given into temptation. How to resist a spectacular man, as well as a SEAL of all military? Now she has to figure out if she can see herself long term with someone who is already planning to be gone. I found this book to be a sexy and fun read. Lots of humor, heat, and happy times to make the reader glad they keep turning the page. This series is really such a great read. ***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
Great story-loved Jack.
3.5 Stars I don't know about you but if I overhear a bet being made on whether or not a guy can get in my pants, my reaction would be "see ya!" and not "bring it", so Natalie's reaction was a bit unexpected but intriguing enough for me to want to see how her story would play out once I got past my issues with the bet. It didn't hurt that Jack is a very hot SEAL who just happens to be a very sweet and irresistible guy with a major case of the hots for her. Natalie loves to be in control and won't give Jack the time of day in spite of the fact that she is just as interested in him. Honestly, it was hard for me to like her because of her resistance to any connection, but she doesn't trust people to stick around and would rather be alone than take chance on getting hurt. What begins as a bet becomes a lot more as Jack slowly chips away at Natalie's walls and shows her that she is worthy of being loved. For Jack, having Natalie in his life for good is worth losing the bet, but will he be able to convince Natalie to let go of the fears and guilt that she has held onto for so long and take a chance on love? Can Natalie trust Jack to keep his word and return to her especially because of the dangerous nature of his job? I loved Jack and how gentle, patient and solid he was, and how he saw past the feisty exterior to Natalie's kind and loving side. My only problem was that Natalie's issues took up most of the book and made it longer than necessary, distracting from their hot, sexy chemistry and their fun banter. It took me some time get into this story but I ended up enjoying it. TO DARE A SEAL is a steamy, sexy and unexpectedly emotional romance. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Natalie Lewis is a feisty, no nonsense bartender. She's in control at work and everyone knows it. Why is it when she has to face SEAL Jack Barnes, she's conflicted. He dares her to want more than a one night stand, but her past has taught her not to trust. Can they find a future together? Natalie comes across as fearless, but that's not the case. She's been hurt and rejected as a child. She won't let anyone get through her barriers. Now she's drawn to this sexy man. Jack is a devil with a killer smile. He always get what he wants. Can he make Natalie his forever? When these two are in the same room, the sparks fly. Their desire is amazing. Jack wants to give Natalie the world. She wants to run away and protect her heart. I hoped that she would take a chance and let Jack in. They are kindred spirits. I know that they would be happy if she could let go of her guilt and remorse over the past. Their battle of wills drew me into their story. Their trip to Las Vegas for her sister's wedding will make or break their chance for a HEA. This novel is a very sexy and erotic romance. Just be aware that there is explicit sexual content. Sara Jane Stone pulls out all the stops. To Dare A Seal is a perfect addition to the Sin City SEALs series.
I enjoyed this story. I loved the banter between Natalie and Jack. She definitely kept him on his toes. But he was relentless in his pursual of her. When the bet Jack had with his brothers was first mentioned, I was like "Noooooo!" But I liked that she overheard and told him that he wouldn't win. I enjoyed their journey of learning one another and fighting how much they actually liked one another. Natalie was a hard character who didn't let people into her heart, except for her sister. Their scenes together were beautiful. Got a little teary eyed in the last one of them together. I was glad they wanted to build their relationship back up. Overall this was an emotional read between two characters who were not quite ready to give it their all, risk their hearts and admit their wants. It was a great, easy paced read. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
3 Bottom’s Up stars Natalie Lewis was a bartender with a backbone, who didn’t suffer drunken fools. She enjoyed banter with the locals, and was always glad to welcome a Navy SEAL, especially those in her best friend, Cade’s, unit. Natalie’s constant condemnation of herself had shaped her reasons for relationship avoidance, and it irritated her that she was attracted to Jack Barnes. His Mr Sex Cures Headaches persona was on full throttle when he frequented the bar, which just further irked her. Jack worked alongside Cade, and was more than aware that the sexy bartender couldn’t bear to look at him. Ever the subject of his teammates teasing, they threw down a bet that Jack couldn’t entice Natalie to a little vacation action, given they were to be cooped up in the same resort for Natalie’s sister, Lucia’s, nuptials with Cade. I really enjoyed the first one in this series, where we had been introduced to Cade’s best friend & Lucia’s sister, Natalie. Natalie was badass, and her story promised to be another great addition. We already had half an idea of the girls’ backstory from Lucia’s POV, so it was enlightening to get Natalie’s POV, given she was the elder sister, and felt to blame for the consequences Lucia had endured. Sadly, I didn’t feel quite the same chemistry, or get quite the same connection as I did with Lucia and Cade. Whilst Jack was clearly smitten, and desperate to smooth his way, I felt Lucia came across a tad sapless, rather than the fighter she was portrayed as. ARC gratefully received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review
one good and semi steamy read Sara Jane Stone's second installment Sin City Seals, we meet U.S. Navy SEAL Jack Barnes & Natalie Lewis. Jack was dared if he could get Natalie to sleep with him. Natalie found Jack very sexy and mysterious and Sarah knew about the stupid bet—we get to see more about Sarah’s background. Sarah spent a lot of time in the book running from Jack.. only toward the end of the book did she finally give up running and finally embracing her feelings for Jack and letting him into her life and her heart. I found this was an ok story, not something I really enjoyed very much. It was hard to get into the story and the characters didn’t connect as much as Lucia and Cade did in the previous story. Would I read more in the Sin City Seal series, yes because I like this author and I think she has a good writing ability. Would you like this book, sure. I just found this not my cup of tea but you may. My rating: 3.0 stars *** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher via NETGALLEY for my honest review****
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review* I liked this book a lot and I definitely feel the need to read the first book in the series now. Jack and Natalie are one hot couple. Very steamy sex and great writing made this book hard to put down.
I love reading stories about SEALs and this story certainly did not disappoint at all. I have never read this author before, but after reading this story I bought her other books as well. Well written, it grabs the reader from the start.
I loved the two books in this series. When I finished them, I felt that I knew the characters very well. She brought them to life, giving insight into their innermost thoughts and feelings. I couldn't put the books down. I hope the author plans many more in this series about this SEAL team. I can't wait to get to know the rest of them!
Navy SEAL Jack Barnes has been coming to the same bar to see Natalie for years, and she's always shut down all of his advances. One night his brothers start teasing him and she sticks up for him and kisses him in front of all of them. After she walks away his brothers make a bet with him that he won't be able to get Natalie to sleep with him before their mutual friends wedding. He takes the bet even though Natalie overhears. She lets him know that she isn't going to let him win the bet but the attraction between them is really strong. Natalie had a tough life when she was younger so she is afraid to let anyone get close to her. At the beginning I thought the bet was really offensive and I really wanted to smack him for taking it. But I feel like he redeems himself later in the story. He was extremely patient and caring with Natalie even when she was being indecisive about what she wanted. I really loved Cade's character and I want to go back and read his book now (the first one in the series). The ending felt a little bit rushed but I still really enjoyed it.
LOVE IT! To Dare A Seal is the sequel to To Tempt a Seal, which is the story of Natalie's sister Lucia and Natalie's best friend Cade. This story is every bit as hot and sexy as the first one. Jack Barnes is the baby of the family and was picked on by his older brothers as a child. Determined to be a "super hero" when he grew up, he became the closest thing he could find - a Navy SEAL. Natalie and Lucia lost their parents in a horrific car accident when Natalie was only 11 years old and then they were tossed around the foster care system. Natalie vows never to let anyone near her heart except for her little sister Lucia and her best friend (and soon to be brother in law) Cade. Jack has been frequenting Natalie's bar for several years, throwing one liners and panty melting smiles her way to no avail. What exactly will it take to make this raven haired beauty cave to his charms? I loved the first book in this series, To Tempt a Seal, so when this one became available, I knew I had to request it too. It is written in a very similar style as the first one and brings back a lot of the same characters, which I enjoyed very much. (Can't wait to get Ronan's story!) The characters, both main and secondary were very well developed, the storyline flowed at a great pace with no skimming or lulls. It wasn't something that took up too much of my time or energy to read and I have a pretty busy lifestyle so I appreciate that in a book. Nothing too lengthy or overly dramatic. It was JUST RIGHT! Plus the sexy times were super hot and just dirty enough to keep everything very interesting! ;) I give To Dare A Seal 5*****wickedgoodstars and I will be anxiously waiting for more in the series! Thank you Entangled for the opportunity to read/review this book!
It's not easy for Natalie to trust anyone to sick around after her childhood. but a bet between brothers leaves Jack wanting to try. The sexual tension is high, the foreplay and stories are steamy! a real great read. love both main characters and looking forward to meeting the teammates. full of emotion, heartache and healing. My only issue is the dog. Why would you smuggle a big dog into a hotel. that was the unbelievable part that left me puzzled.
3.5 stars To Dare A Seal was a good steamy read. This was an enjoyable and well written book with likable and relatable characters. A great way to pass the afternoon, I recommend this book and I'm looking forward to reading more from Sara Jane Stone in the near future.
The Sexiest Bedtime Story Sara Jane Stone is back with the second installment of her Sin City SEALs series and this time the whole team is heading to Vegas for Lucia and Cade's wedding. Though Natalie has always been attracted to smooth-talking Jack, she's kept her walls and her panties firmly in place, refusing to risk having anyone else walk out on her. Between her parents' deaths and being shuffled around to various foster homes, her childhood was filled with so much loss that she's just not willing to put her heart in anyone else's hands. Jack has always had a thing for the strong, sassy bartender but thought she hated him until her attempt at defending him from his jerk of an older brother leads to a kiss (and a bit more). Both Jack and Natalie have emotional scars from their childhood that still weigh them down and hinder their budding romance. These insecurities not only give them a common ground that helped bring them closer, but they also make them more relatable to the reader. Apart from the emotional aspects of dealing with guilt and fears, this novel is just so damn sexy. I mean, way more sexy than I could have even predicted. Even just the specific words used and the characters' thoughts are dirtier and more honestly erotic than I would have expected. Hurray for straight-forward dirty talk! Jack uses erotic storytelling as a way to ease their relationship into more stimulating territory. It's like having phone sex from across the room or through a bathroom door. Hearing those stories being told through dialogue and the characters' reactions made it so much hotter! Jack and Natalie begin sharing 'bedtime stories' without touching each other (because anticipation is hot) and later incorporate it into their bed play which makes for a great romantic progression. With all the sexual dares, instances of bondage, chocolate body paint and self pleasure, these two really do prove that variety is the spice of life. Sara Jane Stone is really packing the heat with this one, guys! If you love a good military romance with dirty, sexy, sinful fun, TO DARE A SEAL is right up your street. I can't wait to see how the rest of the team will find love in Sin City! Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Jack and Natalie have been circling each other for a while (6 years), and while each is attracted to the other they have never acted on their feelings. Jack decides to change the status quo after he accepts a dare from his brothers, that he can sleep with Natalie before his brother's wedding. Natalie overhears the bet and bets against him. Will Jack be able to convince Natalie to trust him enough to hook up and what will happen if the bride finds out one of her best friends is the victim of a bet? I really enjoyed this novel because the plot was fun, it featured hot members of the military and the heroine was much more complex that the usual run of the romance. This is the second book in the series and it continues the story line and lets us keep up with characters from the previous book. Be aware this book is smoking hot when it comes to the bedroom and is meant for 18+ readers. I was given a free copy for an honest review by netgalley.com
The second book in the Sin City SEALs series is a sexy, romantic tale about a woman afraid to take chances and a man who promises to catch her if she'll just let herself fall for him. Natalie is the sister of Lucia and best friend to Cade, the heroine and hero of book 1 of the series. She's a tough girl, a no nonsense bartender. She and her sister were in the foster parent system after the untimely death of their parents and she's learned to fight for herself, not giving an inch when it comes to her heart. Enter Jack, one of Cade's SEAL teammates and a handsome devil to boot. As the youngest of a slew of brothers he's learned how to look after himself too but isn't above taking a bet to make his older brother look foolish. The problem is the bet itself - to get Natalie to give him the time of day (or more accurately the time of his life in bed) is one she overhears and she's up for the challenge, to prove to her handsome distraction that she's not going to fall for his tricks. Together in Vegas for her sister and Cade's wedding, Natalie might fight her attraction to Jack but giving in would be so much sweeter. Will the winner come home with the prize or will all bets be off in the game of love? I was delighted to return to this series, as I had thoroughly enjoyed Lucia and Cade's story and was interested in seeing Natalie meet her match. What I enjoyed about this story was that they take turns being in control in their bedroom antics (because of course they end up there eventually, even though they share some steamy scenes prior to the main event). Jack is really quite a sweetheart and treats Natalie with kid gloves part of the time, not wanting to scare her off by admitting to her that he wants more than just a night in the sack. Even though the bet is his pretense to get her to really see him and acknowledge that she's attracted to him, the real thing he's after is her, and a chance to prove to her that he's not going to give up or run out on her as has happened with her loved ones in the past. He sees her fragility, but he also sees her strengths. Natalie is understandably hesitant about getting involved with anyone, especially a SEAL who could be called away on a mission at any time and not return. But Jack is pretty convincing that he'll do his best to always come home to her, if she'll let that happen. There was lots of fun banter between them, and their love scenes have a ring of truth to them, that their emotions are more deeply involved than Natalie wants to admit. I loved seeing them get their happy ending. Looking forward to more of Jack and Cade's comrades finding their happy endings too! 4 stars.
Natalie Lewis has built a impenetrable wall around her heart, to keep anyone from getting too close, or having the opportunity to bring her pain. Being abandoned time after time by foster families has lead her to have the belief that she is undeserving of love, and left her scared to entrust any part of herself to another person, for fear of them leaving her behind hurt and alone. So she shields herself from advances made by the soldiers who frequent her bar, and puts off a unapproachable air hoping to send them packing the other direction. But there's one handsome soldier who just isn't taking the hint, and she isn't so sure she really wants him to. She admires Jack Barnes from afar, and secretly enjoys their heated banter, but she has no intention of letting him know she's interested. So, when Jack's brothers issue him a challenge, and she overhears the wager, she encourages him to take the challenge and offers a little added bet of her own. Now she just has to figure out how to resist his charms and keep him from getting too close... Being the youngest in a long line of rough and tough boys has came with its disadvantages, and also pushed Jack Barnes to become the tough as nails Navy Seal he is today. His brothers have taunted and teased him all of his life and so when they issue him a challenge to bed the hot bartender, it comes as no surprise, he's use to them getting their entertainment at his expense. So, between his strong desire to never walk away from a challenge, and the idea of proving his brothers wrong, he accepts the challenge. Full well knowing its going to be tough since Natalie doesn't seem to like him much, and always gives him the cold shoulder anytime he attempts to make a move on her. He has admired her from afar for quite a while, and has made every attempt possible to get her attention, but she always shuts him down before he every really gets started....that is until she overhears him being badgered by his brothers and decides to plant a passionate kiss on him to shut his brothers up. This kiss is just enough to give him the impression he might have a chance with her after all, and leaves him dying to repeat it... One sentence in, and I was immediately pulled into the story, the story line captivated my attention right from the start and had me burning right through the pages. I got so wrapped up in it that I ended up staying up well past my bed time just to finish it! The chemistry between Jack and Natalie was hot, and helped to create some very spicy encounters that left me blushing and had me reaching for a fan! I highly recommend you add this book to the top of your reading list, it's sure to satisfy all your reading needs, and then some! ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
Jack and Natalie have been ignoring their attraction for a while. She doesn't trust, and he isn't relationship material. At least that is what they keep saying to themselves. Then Jack's obnoxious brothers show up with him at the bar. They continue to belittle him—big bad SEAL—and she makes a pseudo play for him to give him cred. That leads to a bet that he can get her in bed. Great, she tries to help and they start a bet he can't get her in bed—during the destination Los Vegas—wedding of her sister and best bud and his SEAL team member. She can resist him and if she keeps telling herself that she may believe it. Their car trip and Best Man Maid of Honor duties throw throw them together. While she fights he does too and he is yummy irresistible. Ever hear of phone sex in person? The author takes it to a new art. While the story is steamy, it is also touching to see how their past has affected these strong adults. It is touching, funny, shows all the good and some of the bad in the human. Make sure you paint a mental picture of the maid of honor gown. I'll just say it is pink. I strongly recommend this book. I was provided an ARC for an honest review.
I struggle writing this review. I have loved all the prior books I've read from this author but I just didn't feel this one lived up to my expectations. To be fair though, there are a number of good points about the book too so to summarize from my perspective, the good - good writing, lots of steamy hot sexy times, strong female lead, yummy male lead, and a perfect HEA ending. The bad - I'm not a fan of the on a dare trope so maybe this colored my judgement, the fact that the female lead knows about the bet and still gets involved rubbed me wrong. I just didn't feel the chemistry or connection between Natalie and Jack. Those are my thoughts but if you are a fan of this trope then I would recommend it.
I absolutely loved this story! I have read all of Ms. Stone's books and each successive one keeps getting better and steamier. I loved that both Natalie and Jack had their own issues. True to life issues that were realistic and easy to relate to. No misunderstandings in this story were also a plus. The chemistry between Natalie and Jack was sizzling. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I have to admit, I always love Sara Jane Stone's books!! She never disappoints with her ability to provide a steamy read that captures your attention from beginning to end. This was no exception and delivered just as all of her books do. When Jack and Natalie have to spend time together for a wedding that is taking place, no one ever dreamed that the two of them would end up together. Everyone thought that they would make a good couple, but never did the foresee it actually happening. Natalie has run from her past for years and has tried to do anything and everything to get over how she was the one to blame for her and her sister being moved from foster home to foster home after their parents died at an early age. Natalie has always blamed herself for what happened to her sister as well. Natalie never lets anyone get too close to her for fear of messing things up again. When Natalie meets Jack, he is not one to give up easily. Being a SEAL, he has always been determined to prove everyone wrong about him and does not back down from a challenge. I loved the way that Jack was very sensitive to Natalie and gave her the time that she needed to make her decisions and move at her own pace. Will Natalie and Jack be able to make things work out? Will Natalie be able to turn from her past and let Jack have a chance at showing her how special she is to him? You need to read this steamy romance to find out. I absolutely loved this one. You get a sexy Alpha Male and he is a SEAL to top it off! Thanks Sara Jane Stone for a great read and I can't wait for more from you!
A fun, sexy read! The characters feel real and make you want to like them. By the first couple of chapters, you are pulling for them to get together. The one thing I wasn't enthralled by, were all of the descriptive scenes that they imagined doing to each other. After a hot scene, I want to see how they interact and whether they're going to admit their feelings, etc. ... not have them be abruptly pulled back into real life and out of their head. It was still a very enjoyable book, I just would have given it 5 Stars if I hadn't disliked that aspect of how it was written. Jack Barnes, US Navy SEAL, is on leave to be best man at his fellow SEAL Cade's wedding in Vegas. He's marrying Lucia, who is the little sister to Natalie Lewis, the bartender at Bottoms Up that Jack has been crushing on for years. When Natalie overhears a bet made between Jack & his brothers and fellow SEAL's about whether he can get her into his bed during the trip to Vegas, she decides to set him up. She's going to do the seducing, and then walk away before falling into his bed. Only it doesn't exactly turn out that way.
Natalie Lewis works as a bartender in Coronado, California. She is two days away from attending her younger sister’s wedding in Las Vegas; her sister is marrying Natalie’s best friend, Cade Daniels. And that’s when Prince Charming walks in: Navy SEAL Jack Barnes. Jack is accompanied by his brothers. Natalie and Jack fancy each other, but have never acted on it; Natalie, because of a difficult childhood, doesn’t want to make permanent attachments. She is a very independent and take-charge kind of woman, still Jack and Natalie have a playful non-relationship, and when Jack’s brother Colton makes a disparaging comment towards Jack, Natalie kisses Jack. Then Colton bets Jack he can’t get Natalie into bed. Natalie overhears the conversation, so she is prepared. But a little problem surfaces: Jack is Cade’s best man, but something comes up and Natalie will have to take Jack along with her to Vegas. She swears Jack will not win, and since both like to win, it’s game on! TO DARE A SEAL charmed me from the opening lines, which are quite funny, and I really liked the tone of the book, overall. I was also very pleasantly surprised that the bet issue did not go the way I expected; Ms. Stone dealt extremely well with that plot twist, which for me can kill a story if not well done. There are, of course, several sexy bits, but the author provides plenty of character development and thorough, and necessary, backstories. My heart went out to Natalie; she has built a nearly impregnable wall around her, and her reasons are heartbreaking; I’m not a crier, but Ms. Stone had me wiping my cheeks a few times. Jack and Natalie have great chemistry, the banter they exchange is most entertaining, and I loved how the relationship progressed. TO DARE A SEAL is a very sexy book with a lot of depth and intelligence! I give 4 ½ stars I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.