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The SEAL's Secret Lover

The first in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL who meets his match in a buttoned-up firecracker who is hiding a passionate side.

Logistics director Rose Powell agreed to chaperone her grandmother on a guided tour of Roman ruins on one condition: her brother Jack would come with her. But when Jack backs out, his best friend and fellow SEAL Keenan Parker takes his place. Without a working cell phone, Rose’s orderly world drifts into dreamy days and hot, secret nights in Keenan’s bed. Keenan left the Navy but never made it any farther than Istanbul, much less to a viable future. Until he does, he’ll show Rose things she didn’t know about herself. Can he give his heart and his future to the woman he promised his best friend he’d never touch?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Kim Talks TomesTAG

Rose takes her Grandmother and friends on a trip to Istanbul and they are joined by her brother’s friend and former Navy SEAL teammate, Keenan. Keenan thought he was going to be a guide for the group of matronly ladies, but he never thought his friend’s sister was a hottie like Rose. Sparks fly on the first night together and the pair steals away every night while on the trip.

The Seal’s Secret Lover is a short, sexy, story where each character takes what they need from the other without any long term conditions set in place. Neither thinks they want happily ever after, but neither did they realize the depth of their feelings when the sex part was removed. I enjoyed the story, but had one issue with the book. It was overly detailed to the point where I skimmed through the details for the meat and guts of the actual story. Other than that, I liked it and thought Rose and Keenan were well paired.


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The SEAL's Rebel Librarian

The second in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL and the librarian who brings him to his knees.

Jack Powell never planned on leaving the Navy, but his final mission as a SEAL left him with a tremor and a bad case of nerves. He’s home, taking some college classes and trying to figure out what comes next when he meets Erin Kent, a divorced college librarian with an adventurous bucket list and a mission to get her ex-husband’s voice out of her head. Jack guides Erin through skydiving and buying the motorcycle of her dreams, blithely accepting Erin’s promise that their relationship is purely temporary. But when Jack gets the chance to go back into the shadowy world of security contracting, can he convince Erin to break her word and join him on the adventure of a lifetime?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Kim Talks TomesTAG

This story picks up with Rose’s brother and Keenan’s former Navy SEAL teammate, Jack. Jack is doing research for a paper on PTSD for his college psych class and asks the sexy librarian for assistance. Erin is a newly divorced woman with a bucket list of things that she wants to do that her ex talked her out of. She ends up starting up a fling with the sexy former SEAL and both agree to a no strings attached relationship that needs to be kept quiet because she is an employee of the college and he is a student. Jack, also, helps Erin fulfill her bucket list and things become more intense between the two than either wanted.

Like the first book, this story is very sexy and detailed. But, unlike Secret Lover, I didn’t get quite as bored with those details while reading. The character development in this story is well done and the story moves a little more quickly, keeping me engaged and wanting to continue. I loved the dynamic of this pair and how they each helped each other through a trauma in the other’s life and start fresh with a new version of what each thought he/she wanted. This was well done and I enjoyed reading it!


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The SEAL's Second Chance

The third in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL and the girl he thought he’d lost forever.

In high school, basketball star Charlotte Stannard and Navy SEAL Jamie Hawthorn were everything but lovers. They shared a ruthlessly competitive spirit and relentless drive, but Charlie, afraid of the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy at seventeen, drove Jamie away. But now Jamie’s back in town for the banquet to honor the basketball coach, and finds Charlie, newly home from a successful career in the European leagues and coaching the girls’ team. The flames between them are hotter than ever, but Charlie believes Jamie just wants what he couldn’t have when they were kids. Jamie’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for Charlie’s heart, forever.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Kim Talks TomesTAG

As the third installment of the author’s Alpha Ops Series, The Seal’s Second Chance features Jack and Keenan’s former SEAL teammate, Jamie. Jamie is the hometown hero as the son of the mayor and president of the Garden Club. He was on the basketball team and as a SEAL, everyone loves him. Everyone but Charlotte, aka Charlie. Charlie and Jamie were competitive in school, but she pushed Jamie away and went off to play Women’s pro basketball. Charlie has since returned and is the head coach of the high school basketball team and Jamie wants her back…for good.

It is easy to tell that the author found her flow with this story because it is my favorite out of the three. These two characters have a history and a backstory that give them an instant connection and not just seeking out each other for sex. Jamie’s feelings for Charlie never died and he is willing to put his heart, and his pride, on the line to win her back. Charlie’s vulnerability shines and I couldn’t help for hurt for all that she has been through and how much she wants to succeed in life. But, even the strong can’t deny their hearts when a sexy, strong, loving, and caring man wants them. Love these two characters together!

Overall, this story is the perfect way to end this novella series and I really, really, enjoyed this one!


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