Chrissie Tate refuses to be a one-hit wonder. If she's going to take care of her family, she can't let herself get distracted-especially not by the hot as hell Navy SEAL hired to be her bodyguard. But when a crazed fan attacks, she changes her tune. She'll keep Dante around...if he agrees to teach her self-defense.
Except their close-contact lessons quickly become steamy bedroom sessions. And it's up to this Navy SEAL to save Chrissie's career-and his heart-before their explosive passion consumes them both...
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To Seduce a SEAL
A Sin City SEALs Novel
By Sara Jane Stone, Stephen Morgan
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Sara Jane Stone
All rights reserved.
I saved the hostage.
Dante Raske clung to that thought as he pushed past the lingering pain in his knee. Three months since he'd rushed in and, working alongside one of the best SEAL teams in the U.S. Navy, brought a kidnapped aid worker home in one piece. They'd been outnumbered, but he'd made damn sure they weren't overpowered. And tore his ACL in the process.
But one surgery, and a few months on the sidelines, was a small price to pay for a woman's life.
"Is your knee bothering you or are you just taking in the scenery?" Ronan asked as he jogged back to Dante's side.
Kiss my ass.
But he had enough sense not to say those words to the Navy SEAL officer who outranked Dante's enlisted butt. Ronan wouldn't pull rank in this desert. Still, Dante stuck to his new mantra: "It's fine."
Ronan, the redheaded SEAL who'd maintained his Scottish accent despite being born and raised in the USA, slowed his eight-minute mile jogging pace and matched Dante's brisk walk.
"You're still grounded for how long?" Ronan said, his tone so damn understanding Dante wanted to put his fist through something. "Two weeks until the docs will even consider clearing you for active duty?"
"Yeah." He grunted, pushing through the pain.
"It was a bad tear, man. If you need more time to rest —"
"One more day at home, sitting on my ass watching my knee heal, and boredom will bury me six feet under," Dante muttered as he pulled a bandana from his cargo shorts and wiped his brow.
Ronan stopped and turned to him, his hands on his hips. "Look, I know babysitting a country singer doesn't come close to a real mission. Even if you're only at fifty percent I'd rather work with you than most of the clowns her manager could scare up. But this gig ..."
"It's important," Dante said. "I get it."
He knew Ronan needed the extra cash. And Dante wasn't going to turn up his nose at the money the singer's manager was offering for one weekend of work protecting a twenty-something starlet with a few too many adoring fans.
"It's not just about the money," Ronan said. After busting their asses together all over the freaking globe, Dante's teammate could read his mind. "I served with the star's brother before I joined the teams. It's important we do this right."
"I thought you barely knew the guy," Dante said. His knee hurt, but that didn't prevent him from giving Ronan a hard time.
"We went our separate ways. But you know how it is after you spend a long deployment with someone."
"Yeah," Dante said. "But I think this has more to do with your girl, Casey, being the lead singer for the opening act."
Ronan smiled. "I don't mind making a little extra money while working alongside my girlfriend. That doesn't happen often."
Dante shook his head. Their teammate Jack had thrust Casey, a down-on-her-luck singer, into Ronan's lap one night at Bottom's Up, the bar near their base in Coronado. Jack had been too busy trying to win over the bartender to have eyes for anyone else. And Ronan? Well hell, his teammate always gave 100 percent to his relationships. No one-night stands. He opened his heart to the woman in his bed from day one. The crazy son-of-a-bitch. Didn't he realize that their line of work was like a ticking time bomb for relationships?
"Just because I want to be here, doesn't mean you need to stay," Ronan added. "I don't want you to reinjure that knee. We need you out there, man. I can keep an eye on Chrissie, in her brother's memory and all, while you rest up in sunny California."
"I'm fine," Dante repeated. And compared to Chrissie's brother, the sailor who'd lost his life while serving overseas, Dante didn't have one goddamn reason to complain.
Sure, his family worried about his knee. His mother had flown out for the surgery. And she'd stayed for three long weeks, cooking up a storm in his cramped one-bedroom apartment. Finally, after she'd packed his freezer full of lasagna, he'd sent her back to Brooklyn.
But fussing over him while he recovered was a helluva lot different than mourning him.
"You sure? You don't look fine," Ronan said.
Dante grunted. "I can stand around and be the hired muscle, no problem."
Ronan nodded. "Good. I'm going to pick up the pace." He turned and jogged backward for a few steps. "I'm not going to break a sweat walking through this canyon. Meet you back at the truck?"
"Fuck off," Dante said, shoving the bandana he'd used to wipe his brow back into his pocket.
"Watch your language, man." Ronan turned and headed down the trail. "According to my girl, Chrissie is as sweet and innocent as they come."
"Of course she is," Dante murmured, attempting a slow and steady jog as Ronan disappeared around a bend in the trail. "Of all the country starlets, I get saddled with the Disney princess."
Dante made it to a section of the trail not far from the parking area before he slowed to a walk. His leg ached from hitting the hotel gym before the sun rose this morning. He glanced down at the red scar on his right knee. The surgeon had promised it would fade with time. But Dante didn't give a damn about the scar that disappeared when he put on his cargo shorts. He needed his knee working at 110 percent. Perfect wouldn't cut it. Not for his line of work. SEALs had to be the best.
And until I can prove that I'm mission-ready, I'm stuck here.
He paused on the trail and took a drink from his water bottle. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a couple near the wall of red rock that rose up like a mountain in the desert. His hand holding the water bottle froze in mid-air.
The woman wore a black wig that looked like it had been stolen from the Addams family set. But despite her Morticia hairdo, she possessed a body that up until a few months ago, he would have risked damn near anything to explore. Her sports bra hugged breasts that would easily fill his hands. And her abs ... another time and another place, he'd push aside his determination to steer clear of Vegas flings for a chance to run his tongue over her taut stomach — and back up to her chest.
His mouth. That body. He could have a field day. But ...
I didn't come to Vegas for the breasts.
Dante lowered the water bottle, his gaze still fixed on the couple who hadn't glanced in his direction. The man stood just out of arm's reach, and for a second Dante swore the guy was trying to execute some sort of dance move.
Maybe all the exotic dancers in Sin City bring their one-night stands here ...
Dante closed his eyes. A few months earlier, he'd visited Vegas for his teammate's wedding. He'd been ready to leave the memory of his cheating ex-wife behind him. And he'd fallen into bed with an erotic dancer who faked an orgasm onstage in her underwear eight times a week. The show was sexy as hell, and so was Summer when she'd driven him out to the canyon and pushed him up against those rocks ...
Shit, Summer had been a lesson in how not to rebound from a broken marriage. Sure, he wanted to get laid. But he also wanted to take a page from Ronan's playbook and hand over his heart to the woman in his bed. He wished to give the woman in his life 100 percent loyalty and love, the same way he gave his country his all when he was out there working alongside his team. And yeah, maybe that made him a bigger pansy-ass than his busted knee.
Dante opened his eyes and glanced down at his scar again. Right now, healing was the only thing he needed to focus on. And not dying of boredom in the process.
He shook his head and lifted his gaze to the desert path.
"Ahh!" came a scream. A woman's scream. From the direction of that couple.
He froze for a second and then zeroed in on the rock wall. Months ago, he'd heard Summer cry out with pleasure while pressed against those rocks, and it sure as shit didn't sound like that.
He broke into a run. His gaze remained on the woman in the black wig. He picked up the pace as the shirtless asshole crushed his hips against the woman he'd tossed up against the rock. The bastard had pinned her arms overhead, rendering her close to helpless.
Pain rushed through Dante's leg, but he ignored it. As he drew closer, he scanned the woman, only this time he wasn't checking out her body. He was trying to determine the best way to pull the man in the cowboy hat off her without causing further injury.
Five more steps.
His knee begged for mercy.
Later. I can't stop. I saved the hostage. And now I'm going to rescue the girl in the Morticia Addams wig.CHAPTER 2
As soon as she could breathe, Chrissie planned to kick Jared, the backup singer masquerading as a cowboy, out of the music video. Or maybe she'd wait until after the shoot. They couldn't afford the time it would take to find another backup singer ...
But I might never say those words. I might never inhale oxygen again.
Her backup singer's mouth claimed hers and erased any hope of regaining her breath. And his hips thrust against her as if he was doing everything in his power to prove he could ruin her music video. She tried to claw her way free from the train-wreck of a kiss. But Jared had finally decided to commit to his role.
If only you'd bothered to learn the choreography, you would know we're not shooting a domestic violence PSA.
She fought harder as black dots clouded her vision. One last push and ...
She was clawing at the air. The weight of Jared's body had disappeared. She could breathe. She could move.
Chrissie opened her eyes, still gulping for precious air.
Her jaw dropped as she watched a man twice Jared's size punch her backup singer.
Or former backup singer. He was still fired.
After the video shoot.
The tall, dark-haired wall of muscle drove his other fist into Jared's gut, and the smaller man crumbled like a wannabe cowboy who'd wandered into the corral and picked a fight with the real deal. Her backup singer doubled over and dropped to his knees at the larger man's feet.
Or maybe her savior was a body builder with a hero complex.
She turned her attention to the man who'd rushed in to save the day. Oh, he had muscles all right. But she suspected he didn't spend all of his time in the gym.
"Stay down." Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome growled.
Jared whimpered and looked as if he might cry.
The man who'd rushed in and rescued her turned to her. His expression softened as his deep brown eyes scanned her from head to toe. A lock of his wavy, dark hair fell over his forehead.
Her hero looked as if he'd stolen Patrick Dempsey's hair and Channing Tatum's muscles. And to her impromptu rescue she was wearing a witch's wig that had been on clearance at the Halloween store.
But without the ugly wig, someone might recognize her, and she'd be stuck signing autographs instead of rehearsing.
"Are you all right, ma'am?" he asked.
"Fine." She gasped, still fighting to regain her equilibrium.
His brow furrowed as he reached into one of the many pockets lining his shorts. He withdrew a cell phone. "Would you like me to call the police?"
"No," she said quickly. "Really, I'm fine."
His concern deepened as if the word "fine" meant something altogether different to him.
She offered him her best smile, the one that won over audiences night after night.
"I saw what happened," he said. "I can give a statement. It won't be your boyfriend's word against yours."
"Chris —" Jared started.
"He's not my boyfriend," Chrissie said, cutting Jared off before he could reveal her identity to the stranger. "We're backup singers. Both of us. We're shooting a music video out here later today. And we wanted to get in some practice." She forced a fake laugh. "Clearly, we need it."
The man with the movie star muscles took a step back. "Music video?"
"Uh-huh. The song is about lust, love, and well ..." She bit her lower lip and glanced at her feet. "Sex. It's a country song."
He crossed his arms in front of his chest, drawing attention to his biceps.
One touch. Just one.
But she fought the temptation. She needed the handsome stranger to continue with his hike through the canyons before he recognized her. Or decided to call the cops despite her protests.
"I don't know much about country music," he said.
Shoot! I should have said hip-hop.
But he would have seen right through that excuse. She didn't exactly look like she could compete in Beyoncé's market. She had a much better shot at winning over the hearts — and wallets — of the fans who'd listened to Taylor Swift before she'd started shaking it off.
"But I thought it was about pickups, dogs, and honoring fallen soldiers," he continued. "Like the girl who wrote that song about her brother."
She'd written the mournful ballad the day someone from the Navy arrived at their trailer in Central Florida and handed her parents a folded flag and a thank-you for your son's service. Her lyrics had hit a nerve and propelled her to fame. But if she wanted to keep her place in the spotlight — and the paychecks that supported her parents and siblings — her label wanted a fun song. And they'd demanded a sexy music video shot in Las Vegas's Red Rock Canyon to go with it.
With a backup singer who'd probably fit in better on a Taylor Swift tour wearing sequins instead of a Stetson.
But she didn't have the time or money to waste on finding the perfect cowboy for her shoot. By eight o'clock tonight, she needed to be ready to walk onstage for the second performance of her Vegas tour stop.
"Some of country music is about those things," she conceded.
"And maybe tractors," he added. "But not the other stuff."
She pressed her lips together. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome was right. He didn't know a thing about country music.
"Country comes from the heart," she said. "Sure, maybe there are a few cowboys out there who sing about their favorite tractor. And I bet their heart is in it. But my —"
He cocked his head and studied her.
"My singer, the one I work for," she continued, stumbling over the words. "His songs are about love and loss and ..."
"Sex?" he said dryly.
She nodded and then looked past him to Jared. "Let's try that again. We want to get it right —"
"He's not going to try anything again." Her mystery man stepped in front of Jared.
"Look," she said, no longer bothering with her fake smile. "I need to nail this music video. It might seem silly to you, but this is my job. So unless you know how to stage a make-out scene against a rock, I'll have to ask you to move on and let us work."
"I don't know about staging." His arms moved to his sides as if he were preparing to pounce. His dark eyes met hers. "But I've had some experience kissing against this wall of rock."
Then kiss me.
Her lips parted as if she'd said those words out loud. She wouldn't ask the man who looked like he'd walked out of her fantasies for a kiss. It was tempting ... But she never gave in to desire. She'd fought the lure of the doughnuts on the catering table for the past year.
But his kiss might be better than a chocolate doughnut.
Still ... she didn't have a lot of experience with alpha males or kisses. She'd gone from helping her family make ends meet by working as a cashier, to a twenty-three-year-old country star. And she'd been too focused on her music during her grocery store checkout days to pay much attention to boys.
"And honey," the mystery man continued, his voice a low growl. "I know how to seduce a woman, how to kiss her until she's breathless. Without knocking the wind out of her."
Temptation, here I come!
"If you're such an expert," she shot back before her common sense locked the impulsive desire behind a door labeled "do not open." "Then show me."
* * *
Dante had thought he'd hit rock bottom in the weeks following his surgery. His SEAL team had left California for a training exercise. His ex-wife had remarried, promising to love and cherish his former plumber. And his Italian mother had invaded his home. He'd never felt so damn useless.
Until he'd rushed over to rescue the freaking backup singer who didn't need saving. Shit, the only thing the spitfire in the butt-ugly wig needed was a man who knew how to kiss.
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4.5 Stars This is a great "falling for the bodyguard" story. I mean, come on, a gorgeous, sexy, muscled SEAL? YES! YES! And HELL YES! I really loved the twist this author put on this Navy SEAL. He wasn't good with the "one night stand" thing. He was an "all in" kind of guy. I think that's why country music star, Chrissie Tate, couldn't imagine how they would work together after he went back to his SEAL team. This is a feel good romance that is sexy and funny and leaves you feeling good about possibilities. I can't wait to read more from this amazing author. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
A sweet and sexy modern-day version of The Bodyguard. I love these Brazen novels - you can always rely on a well-written, fast-paced fun read, and this book was no exception. Dante is a swoon-worthy leading man. He is a tough, alpha-protector type with muscles upon muscles and a soft, gooey center. My best kind of fictional book boyfriend. Chrissie is a good girl who has just hit the big time in her country music career. The timing is a little skewed, happening at a time when her family are falling apart after the death of her older brother (while serving abroad.) He used to look out for the family and now that responsibility has fallen on her slim shoulders. Between work, touring, and familial burden, she has no time for herself. Until Dante appears on the scene and they start falling for one another. I loved the development of their relationship and it was hot and steamy, and involved impromptu disguises and role-play. Character development was decent and there was strong emotional depth to the plot. Sometimes, I find those qualities lacking in books of a similar length, but I was delighted to find that wasn't the case here. Life seems to be dragging Chrissie and Dante in opposite directions, thanks to their steadfast commitment to their careers, however, the underlying message is that you have to fight for love, and be prepared to make sacrifices, no matter what obstacles block the path. I love books with a HEA and this one delivered in that regard. Overall, this was a great read, and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. It's also worth pointing out that I haven't read the first two books in this series (though I would like to as the characters seem intriguing) but you don't need to in order to enjoy this story - it is an effective standalone. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.
4 stars To Seduce a Seal was a fun and entertaining read. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Dante and Chrissie develop, loved their passion and they had amazing chemistry. Overall this was a quick, steamy and entertaining read. I'm really enjoying Sin City Seals, each book has been a fun read. Highly recommend them all.
BRAVO Ms. Stone!!! I arrived late to this party, and I am mad at myself for that! What I mean by this statement is: I started at the end of this phenomenal series. Two other books came first, and if they are even half as great as this spectacular book…. At least I can remedy that. I had not previously read any of Ms. Stone’s books so I started reading this with no preconceptions other than it was a romance novel concerning a SEAL. Let us just say I was blown away. I loved the respect that both Dante and Chrissie gives to the others careers, the way they… Stop, I do not want to give anything away. I really loved it when Chrissie is talking to her mom before the Nashville show and the revelation of what she had done sets in. But my all-time favorite scene is at the Nashville show when the crowd is asking her to sing “When Love Comes Second” and she tells them: “I can’t perform it for you tonight, because I think I got the words all wrong.” Then someone is the crowd calls out “Are you saying love comes first?” Tears started running down my face…again. I absolutely love an emotional romance; they are the best kind. Now, I need to thank NetGalley for introducing me to this remarkable author. I also need to thank Entangled Publishing, LLC for approving my request to read this book and gifting me with a copy for an honest review. Most of all, we all need to thank the extraordinary men and women, that put their lives on the line for their country. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family and friends. Thank you for your service! Thank you for reading my review. Now, you, yes you the person reading this review, go use you index finger and one click this book. It is a wonderful read.
It took me a little while to get into this book, it has wonderful scenes with wonderful character who really heat it up in the love scenes. The ending is to die for along with the best first kiss ever. My mouth hung open when he grabbed her leg and wrapped it around his waist to show her how it was done. I picked this as one of my favorite reads for 2016. This has everything that makes a wonderful romance a good old country girl who is just trying to support her family who is getting over the loss of their brother/son who served with honors until he lost his life to the battle of war. A seal who is bored and out on medical leave when his buddy said why don’t you come with me to help protect a country singer. This will be one decision that will be the best and worst of his life and career. From the time their eyes meet there is a strong attraction, on the first touch their world explodes into passion that they forget where they are at and what they are doing. Dante has a calming exciting way about him. With one touch he can bring one hot little lady to her knees. With one rub down he can relax the tightest muscles. One passionate might he can give you the most peaceful sleep you have had in years. WOW who wouldn’t want this dream Seal? There is no doubt that Dante is alpha and very much in control. One bad marriage behind him no way is he going to get hooked in to that trap again. That is until he sees one lady in the mountains who takes his breath away. When he finds out this is the lady he must protect he is floored. How in the world will he keep his hands off her and does he really want to. This is one man who will put his life on the line not only for his country but for the women he promised to protect at no cost. What it might cost him is his heart. This is one Seal that will never be the same again. Chrissie has put her whole life and heart into giving her family more. They might have grown up poor but she refuses to give up on giving them a better life. She has one hit to her name and she refuses to be a one hit wonder. When a crazy fan places her under attack she has no choice but to call in the big guns to keep her safe. When one hot man steps in and protects her she finds she cannot take her eyes off him. Her mouth just about hits the floor when she finds out he is her bodyguard. How in the world is she suppose to keep her mind on the songs she needs to write, put on a show for her fans and keep her hands off this hunk of a man. You have two people who have been hurt or wrong neither willing to put their heart on the line. You can feel the pull of these two right through the pages as their heart takes over their minds leaving two people torn from what they want and what they must do. The author has give you a very well put together plot with a wonderful writing style that keep you invested in the story. I am sure that anyone reading this would gladly trade places with Chrissie. The author puts a few twists in that will tear at your heartstrings. There are times I would have loved to have shaken them both. The supporting characters are cute, wonderful and supportive. Chrissie parents have a hard time dealing with issues which tears at Chrissie heart. She just wants to bring her family back together giving them everything they need. When you reach ¾ of the way through this makes the story until the end you are torn between the issues, losing love and wondering what they will do. The author puts a smile on your face and than
Chrissie Tate is the newest star on the country music scene and unfortunately she lost her brother to war. She has been on tour, has attracted a stalker and needs increased security. Dante Raske, an injured Navy SEAL on medical leave, reluctantly volunteers to be a bodyguard. He expects a pampered princess, and instead meets a country girl trying to take care of her family. Dante Meets Chrissie on the Vegas strip when he interrupts music video and has to take over the leading male role. They have instant chemistry and after a hot make out session Dante reluctantly agrees to continue as Chrissie's security and to teach her self defense. How will it end read this awesome book and find out! This was a short novel that featured great dialogue, hot romance, and an interesting plot. I liked how each of the main characters grew throughout the story and was very happy with the ending. I was given a free copy for an honest review.
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks You know how I know I'm really enjoying a book? I read it while I'm at RT. That's right I started this baby on the plane to Vegas but didn't finish so I kept reading even through the chaos of a huge book conference. I really enjoy Sara's stories and this one was no exception. A country music star and a Navy SEAL? Yes please! I loved that Chrissie likes to dress up in disguises so she could sneak around to meet Dante without being recognized. I did expect there to be more suspense involved but there was only one incident where he truly had to protect her. I think it would have been a bit more captivating with a bit more conflict. Overall it is still another great book for Sara and as always I'm looking forward to what she brings us next.
When I say I enjoyed this one I really mean I enjoyed this one. It was hard for me to put this one down it was that good. You really feel the connection between Dante and Chrissie. I believe right there is what made this book so very good. Things get very steamy between the up and coming country star and SEAL. Dante is perfect hero material. He has the mind set of a dedicated SEAL along with a big heart. When Chrissie needs someone in her corner she has to look no further than Dante. One scene that stands out to me is the one describing Dante in a pair of jeans and a cowboy hat. That is definitely one of my favorite scenes in the book. I'm a big fan of the heroine Chrissie as well. She's an all american girl next door type with a big sense of family. She's not looking for any relationships just concentrating on getting her singing career off, but that was before she met Dante. He throws her for a loop because who can say no to that hunky SEAL. Dante is thrust into a security gig while he waits to be cleared for activity duty. He never realized how that one moment will forever change his life for the better. This book has passion with a good amount of heart.
Ladies, get out your fans, you’re going to need them. To Seduce a SEAL was so freaking good that I finished it in a matter of hours. I absolutely could not put this down, even as my friends tempted me with terrible video games. The third instalment to the Sin City SEALs was amazing. I had not read the other two books but that did not hinder my understanding of the story. To Seduce a SEAL was very fast paced. The love interests met in the first few pages with a daring rescue by none other than the latest SEAL in question, Dante. Sara Jane Stone does not leave out even a smidgen of romance and keeps you interested until the very end. I loved almost every page of this book. You can figure out for yourself the pages I didn’t like when you pick up the book for yourself ;). Dante was one hell of a man. He is dedicated to his duty as a SEAL and wants nothing more than to return to active duty after tearing his ACL. Throughout the entire story, I could not help but love Dante. He has that wounded puppy look (even though he is a hulk of a man) and seemed so sincere and caring. This man could also melt the panties off of any girl in a matter of seconds with one pointed look. He knew what he was doing, both on duty and off. He wanted what was best for Chrissie, even if it wasn’t him. I honestly loved this man! Chrissie has the weight of the world on her shoulders. She is the type of character that believes she is the cause of all the problems in the world and her family and that she must fix them. I do not know how she survives with that weight on her shoulders. She is completely selfless and I applaud her for that. She is so dedicated and amazing to what she does and the type of person she is that it was awesome to read about her character. She took her life in her own hands and took care of her problems. Every time she hit an obstacle she found a way to move past it and it was great. She is so strong and wholesome, that everyone should strive to have a little bit of Chrissie in their lives, whether it’s someone like her or they themselves are the same type of person. Everyone would benefit from being a little more like Chrissie, besides her love for disguises. Pick up this dang book today. Or well, May 2nd. You will not regret it. To Seduce a SEAL is a book to read if you’re wanting to escape for a little while and enjoy someone else’s life, because believe me you will enjoy their love story. It doesn’t hurt that it focuses on the military and country music, two things I like in my life.
I nominate this book for BEST FIRST KISS award—and I'm not telling you'll have to read, but trust me you will love it too. This is one of those books you wish there were more than 5 stars you could award. Any SEAL book lover knows the conflict of having to leave on a moment's notice, and the continued and extended separations. Any guy would be lucky to find a woman who understood from the get go and even applauds him for his patriotic loyalty. (she's lost a SEAL brother and Dante knew him) Country heartthrob Chrissie supports her family with her music and is dedicated to everyone but herself. When she needs a bodyguard, sidelined Dante fills in while he gets back to full speed to rejoin his team. He doesn't do flings anymore, and isn't ready for a real relationship after his wife “dear johned” him while he was deployed. But they both know the score so why not? I mean they can't keep their eyes, thoughts and lust off each other. They know their time together has an expiration date. But two people who spend time together, become friends and lovers, depend on each other—can they really just walk away? I loved the couple, the conflict was very different than every SEAL book. I began as a Sara fan and remain one, anxious for the next book. Whatever it is I will read. I was provided and ARC for an honest review.
I first must admit that I enjoy Sara Jane Stone's writing and she is on my "oh, good, there is a new book by her, I am reading it" list. So, it is possible I am a little biased. I enjoy the stories she tells, the way she tells them, and I find her writing style to be very engaging. I like her characters and, while I have my favorites, I would recommend everything I have read by her. I enjoyed Chrissie and Dante's story. I appreciated that they were true to themselves, that she respected that he wanted to be a SEAL and he respected her career as important to her. And, minor spoiler (not really, as it is a HEA romance) but I loved the resolution that they came up with, to allow them to each pursue their careers. His speech, that he wanted to come home to her between missions was so amazing I was teary. It is enough of a standalone that it is ok if you have not read all of the stories in the series, but it is definitely assisted by the appearance of other characters. Just read it. You will enjoy it! ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***
Chrissie Tate has hit the country music scene full force, and is on mission to make it big no matter what it takes, and isn't about to let any distractions derail her dream. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders and her family is depending on her and she refuses to let them down. The one thing she didn't account for was with her rise in fame, comes crazed fans vying for her attention, which means her personal safety is at risk, and she must put her faith and personal safety in the hands of a bodyguard. She isn't to thrilled about having a bodyguard, and giving up a little control of her life... but the minute she lays eyes on him she begins to sing a little different tune! After suffering a knee injury U.S. Navy SEAL Dante Raske finds himself momentarily out of commission, and it has him completely out of sorts, he lives for serving his country and puts all of himself into his missions, but now that he can't do what he loves, he is completely lost. He knows his focus should be on his recovery and getting himself back into prime condition, but he can't help but to feel lost, he needs to find something to keep his mind busy, so his CO offers him a job playing bodyguard for a up and coming country starlet. At first he isn't real thrilled about the opportunity, but the minute he meets his gorgeous new boss he begins to realize that there are far more perks to his new job that he originally anticipated! I have been looking forward to settling down with this read for a while now, and having the opportunity to get up close and personal with another one of Ms. Stone's sexy SEAL's!! The minute Dante appeared on the page I was captivated by him and left with an insatiable desire to learn everything I could about the tantalizing Alpha...and boy oh boy did I like what I found!! He was alpha strong, tender and caring when he needed to be, and well versed in the needs of a woman and ready to perform at a moments notice! There is something to be appreciated about a man that recognizes when a woman needs to be independent and he embraces her strength, but yet also recognizes when she is struggling and needs him to step in and save her, without making her feel weak. The minute Chrissie needed Dante he was there to save her, and he did it without making her feel inferior, and knowing how much her independence meant to her, he took it one step further and taught her skills to protect herself while making sure to keep her confidence in tact. As much as he tried to keep things strictly business between them, he just couldn't ignore the chemistry they shared, Chrissie gave him purpose off the battlefield and helped him to see he was capable of so much more. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent with these two, their story of self discovery and resilience was truly inspiring and so much fun to read!! Highly recommend!!
I really enjoyed this one! Two great characters and I always love how this author makes her female MC strong determined women just as she did with Chrissie in this one! This is a quick, fun, sexy read and definitely one you don't want to miss. Dante's a sidelined SEAL who finds himself acting as bodyguard while his knee gets back to 100%. Guarding America's new country sweetheart Chrissie Tate isn't something he thought he would enjoy but when her self defense lessons become full contact enjoying her was all he can think about! I highly recommend this one.
4 - "As long as you take off your shirt and wear a cowboy hat, we can do it any way you want, Mr. SEAL." Stars! Take the film The Bodyguard and add a dash of the TV Series Nashville and that’s kind of the vibe Sara Jane Stone has given us for Dante and Chrissie’s story in To Seduce a SEAL. I really enjoyed this one, nothing was too heavy or overly dramatised, it was more about the unconventional relationship between a man acting as a reluctant Bodyguard and a singer who is reluctant to have a Bodyguard. All the while they are both pretty in agreement, that they have an almost instantaneous attraction to each other. "I strive for perfection... and not just when it comes to kissing." They both believe that their careers are the one thing holding them back from getting involved in a full-blown relationship, Dante has been burnt before, and Chrissie is working and earning for more than just herself, which brings on added responsibilities. He was done playing fast and loose with his heart. I like that Sara made this part of their story important but the drama wasn’t overplayed, it built up in small additions to their story around the romance blossoming between them while Chrissie is on the road. "I want you, not the show you put on for the rest of the world." To Seduce a SEAL is a nice, easy-going read, it takes a look at two people who both believe they can’t put love first due to their careers and the responsibilities they have for others. And over the course of the building of their relationship shows them both that it shouldn’t be that way, and that love should never be sacrificed between two people for the sake of others. ”If we do this, you’ll walk out of this room satisfied.” ARC generously provided by the author, and it was my pleasure to provide the above review.
Sara Jane Stone writes kick-*** characters. Female characters with grit take on their own demons with a little bit of help from the alpha male. Ms. Stone believes in equal opportunity heroes and I love that. I received a copy of To Seduce a Seal in exchange for an honest review. Chrissie is a live wire. She follows her dreams, speaks her mind and looks out for herself. Dante is brooding, sexy and in need of control. Two immovable forces are just the equation for a sensual overload.