Protected by a SEAL
Author: Cat Johnson
Reviewer: Jen Twimom
Forced into an early retirement after injury while serving as a Navy SEAL, Rick Mann is bored of his day job and misses the action. Although he likes the private security firm, GAPS, that he started with his former teammates and best friends, Rick has yet to experience time in the field. So when GAPS is offered a job providing private security, Rick jumps at the chance to take the job without knowing any of the details.
Sierra Cox works hard and respects her bosses, so she doesn’t want to have any time away from her job as an actress. However when it looks like Sierra’s stalker may want to harm her, GAPS insists she gets away for a while. Spending alone time with her sexy bodyguard, Sierra ponders the benefits of a fling with Rick.
Overall, I enjoyed Protected by a SEAL, even more than I thought based on the blurb. I was worried that Rick and Sierra would spend a lot of time picking on the stereotype of the other. But other than some mild generalizations, each was respectful of the other’s occupation, which made the story more pleasurable (although around the halfway point, Rick does start to refer to Sierra as “princess,” which annoyed me). However, the pair has wonderful chemistry, and I found myself cheering for them. And while it’s not a complex story, there is enough character development and plot to make it interesting.
I did have one thing that really bothered me about the story. When the pair finally have sex, although it was hot and steamy, and the fact that he’s her bodyguard aside, Rick doesn’t bother using a condom. He made assumptions that frankly, were unprofessional and I felt went too far, which kind of ruined the scene for me.
Apart from that instance, generally, the story flows well. The action and romance make for a quick and entertaining read. Like the previous stories in the series, Protected by a SEAL has more of an HFN (happily for now) ending than an HEA (happily ever after). Sierra and Rick’s romance isn’t over, and it may never work, but for now it is sweet, sexy, and passionate. I have to take the story at face value and enjoy it for what it is, rather than think about the long-term. It’s tough because I wonder how will they ever make it work with her high-profile, high-demand job and his work in a different state. Putting my “what ifs” aside, Protected by a SEAL is worth the afternoon read, and it left me with the happies.
As a Navy SEAL, Rick Mann fought his way to hell and back, but he’s never faced a challenge quite like protecting the rich and famous actress Sierra Cox. She’s spoiled, she’s annoying and he’s never wanted a woman more. That’s a problem for so many reasons. At the top of that list is that he needs to keep his head in the game because even though Sierra doesn’t take Rick seriously, the threats on her life are very real.
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Series: Hot SEALs #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, novella
Format(s): e-book, paperback (198 pages)
Book Source: Author
Protected by a SEAL (Hot SEALs #5)
Reviews in the Series:
Night with a SEAL by Cat Johnson (Hot SEALs #1)
Saved by a SEAL by Cat Johnson (Hot SEALs #2)
SEALed at Midnight by Cat Johnson (Hot SEALs #3)
Kissed by a SEAL by Cat Johnson (Hot SEALs #4)