Somebody (and I mean me) has a to-be-read pile that is out of control. You would have thought I would have gotten some reading done on vacation last month, but that was a big negative. I read a few pages of one book I decided to give up on, but started another that I'm not really into either.
For the first time in a long time, I had three books at one time that I promised reviews on. It's rare for me to have one these days, and I'm on a crocheting kick right now, so I'm not reading much.
However, next weekend I am going on a business trip, so I'll have alone time sitting at the airport and on an airplane to Indianapolis, so I plan on getting in some reading time. It's the American Christian Fiction Writer's conference, so no telling what I may come back with.
My latest complete read (one I signed up to review), Seal Under Siege, I actually finished before I went on vacation, but I've been waiting on release week to post. And I'm excited to say I get to see the author Liz Johnson next weekend.
SHE'S NOT SAFE YET
When Staci Hayes is rescued from a Mideast prison by navy SEAL Tristan Sawyer, she thinks the ordeal is over. But back in San Diego, a new threat arises. Staci has information that could prevent a hit on U.S. soil, and the terrorist will stop at nothing to silence her. Tristan insists on being her bodyguard, but his constant presence makes her long for things beyond her reach. Protecting Staci is the second chance Tristan needs to put the past behind him. Yet with a spy on the naval base, anyone could be a threat. Can he offer her safety…and love?
In general, I'm not a fan of Love Inspired releases, but I do enjoy Liz Johnson's books. It's impossible not to fall in love with her heroes, right along with the women in the book.
Readers are first introduced to Tristan and his SEAL team in Liz's previous book A Promise to Protect. So, if you are wondering what happened after "the end", you'll get an update on Matt and Ashley.
Earlier this week I was reading a guest post by someone, somewhere (I visit lots of websites and things run together over time) that was talking about the inner and outer conflicts of characters, especially in romance novels. Without giving away too much, Staci worries that she'll never be good enough because she can't have children and Tristan believes that he can't be a good husband because he's always away taking care of other people rather than being home for a wife.
As a side note to anything other than the fact that I ramble, I get Tristan's hang-up for sure, but I don't have an understanding of Staci's fear. I know it's very real, and I know that many women struggle with that, but I must not have that maternal instinct or something. I've just never been one of those people who wanted to be a mother when I grew up, especially that the had to be my biological offspring. There's nothing wrong with women who think that way or the fact that it's in the book, other than I personally think that's irrational. This is where the review turns into the example of a bad review that we at work roll our eyes about.
Seal Under Siege gets high points for:
- A quick read
- Strongly developed characters you're going to love - especially the strong, handsome SEAL
- Keeping you guessing as to who is after Staci
- Comedy relief to balance out the more intense moments
- A happy ending - well, you know it will be... it's the genre!
“You said I was safe. You said you’d protect me.”
“I did. You made it safely home, didn’t you?” His words were short but not unkind.
“I made it home, anyway.”
Those blue eyes sliced into hers.
“What does that mean?”
“Someone has been following me, and I think it’s the same man from Lybania.”
His arms crossed over his broad chest, the sleeves of his t-shirt pulling snug around his biceps. He looked so intimidating.
“Did you call the police? Tell them you’re being stalked, and they can look into it for you. They can handle things like that.”
“They wouldn’t help me.” If she had any idea how to face down the man following her on her own, she would. But since she didn’t, she had to convince the lieutenant to help.
Taking a firm step toward him, she pointed her finger at his chest. “Listen to me. I’m in trouble, but it’s not just me. I don’t know the name of the man who’s after me, but I know what I heard. He’s plotting to blow something up . . . here in San Diego.”