ARC Review of Seal by Fate – Ghost Hawk Ops Book 1 By Rhonda Lee Carver


Seal By Fate
Ghost Hawk Ops Book 1
A Lawman of Wyoming Crossover
By
Rhonda Lee Carver

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The last thing he expected to find on the snowy mountain was an angel in a wedding dress…

One lost woman in a wedding gown and a snowy road change everything for ex-Navy SEAL and Ghost Hawk, Gray Carlisle. Life for him was all about catching bad guys, but on an assignment on the blustery mountain he found more than a terrorist, and she was far more dangerous.

Runaway bride…headlights…hitting her head. Those were the things Stormy West remembered when she woke up, naked with a bandaged head, in the small cabin on Whispering Mountain. And she wasn’t alone. Is her new roommate a hero or enemy? Logic and body at war, she can’t fight the feelings he erupts in her.

Sparks are flying between Gray and Stormy, but an enemy is closing in on the hideaway cabin, and a surprising connection will test everything she believes…

Rhonda Lee Carver, has entered the realm of former military with a bang!

Stormy ran away from her wedding, finally listening to all the warnings she’s been receiving, not only from her sister but also in the form anonymous letters. She is given a key to a cabin by her wedding planner, who assures her she will be safe there for a while. Little did she know she would end up stuck in a blizzard.

Former Navy SEAL, Gray Carlisle is now a member of an elite law enforcement group, Ghost Hawks. These men operate with a little more leeway and investigate where others have reached a limit.

When a lead comes in on Phantom, a terrorist that has been extremely elusive,  Gray jumps on it. Perhaps a bit impulsively as he decides not to wait  for more of his team to arrive.  He starts up the mountain as a blizzard reaches full force. Instead of reaching his destination, he almost hits a car sticking out in the road and nearly runs over a woman in a wedding gown.

Going to the kitchen, he poured himself coffee and spread out a map he’d found in the drawer. He had Rock Ridge circled in red, his target location. From his calculations, he was about ten miles from where he figured Phantom was hiding. Rubbing his brow, Gray might as well be a hundred miles because without snow gear and a vehicle, he wouldn’t make it two miles without feeling the effects of the weather. Not to mention, he couldn’t leave the mystery woman alone—at least not until she woke up. What he could hope for was that if the roads were closed, Phantom would stay put. Gray had heard on the radio that all roads had been shut down due to weather conditions. No cars could pass.

Gray dropped his fist on the table, sloshing coffee onto the map. “Shit!” He glanced across the room at the couch. She was still sound asleep.

He cursed himself for not having any gear with him. Every single survival apparatus was back at the office. Hell, in his favor, he hadn’t expected to be searching for a criminal in a blizzard. Still, he was usually better prepared than he was now. When the sun came up, he could access the situation, but without a vehicle how far would he get?

Hearing a soft moan from Sleeping Beauty, Gray hurried into the next room and found her thrashing around. He knelt beside her and gently held her arms down so she couldn’t hurt herself. “Hey,sweetheart. You’re okay. Can you hear me?”

Her eyes opened into slits. “Wh-where am I?” she asked in a croaked voice.

“You’re at the cabin. What’s your name?” He removed his hands from her slender wrists.

“Stormy. West,” she muttered. “Wh-who are you?”

“Nice to meet you Stormy West. I’m Grayson Carlisle. Or Gray. That’s what everyone calls me.” Some relief spread over him. He’d been starting to get worried that she needed medical attention, but her waking up was a sign that she was getting better. He needed to ask her some questions and get a good idea how she was feeling…and hopefully some answers on what the hell she was doing out here. Her eyes came open wide and she had amazing, ice blue eyes.

“Do I know you?”

“No. We’ve never met. I came upon you while you were walking in the snow. Do you remember?”

She blinked as if she was attempting to piece the memories together. “I-I remember walking, it was cold, then headlights…I jumped to miss a vehicle.”

“Yeah, you remember.” He’d wait to fill her in on the fact that he’d swerved to miss her and hit the mountainside. “Are you warm enough?”

“Yes.”

“Are you hurting?”

“A little.” She lifted her hand and touched her forehead, squinting. “Ouch.”

“You have a small cut that I treated with ointment and bandaged. You didn’t need stitches.”
“Are you a doctor?”

“No but feel safe enough knowing I’ve patched up a lot worse. Anything else hurting?”

“I’m sore all over.”

“That’s about to be expected.”

“I’m so thirsty. Can I have something to drink?”

He smiled. “Let me take a close look at you for injuries now that you’re awake and then I’ll grab you a bottle of water. Okay?”

“I thought you said you aren’t a doctor?” Her thin brows came together.

“Don’t worry. I know what I’m doing. I’m certified in first aid.” He took her hands into his, seeing how small they were mixed with the finger marks on her skin lit his protective side. “Can you squeeze my fingers?” She did. “Good job.” He turned her hand over and swallowed. There he found another bruise, probably from a thumb, and about the size of one too. Acid rose in his throat and it took him a good three seconds to drag his head back on track. It wasn’t any of his business.

“I think I’m okay.” Her soft voice brought him fully back to the situation. “Right?”

“You have some bruising and you’ll be sore for a while, but nothing’s broken. I couldn’t find any pain meds here. How about I grab you that water now?” He stood, not waiting for her answer and stomped to the refrigerator, all the while gritting his teeth. Sure, it was none of his business how she got the marks on her wrist, but he sure as hell hoped the jilted groom didn’t show up pounding on the door because it might become Gray’s business right quick.

Having no clue about the situation, he felt relief that she had backed out. Instinct warned him that she’d been in trouble and things would have been far worse if she’d gone through with the marriage. Uncapping the lid to the bottle, he handed it over and she sipped. “Not too much. It’s possible you have a concussion.”
Rhonda Lee Carver. SEAL by Fate (Kindle Locations 520-557). Kindle Edition.

All of Gray’s protective instincts come into play and even though he truly wasn’t prepared for his assignment he manages the extreme weather and Stormy.

Even dealing with her feelings or rather non feelings for her ex, Stormy pulls it together. I absolutely loved the stray dog she names Lola.

The slow build up of both the intrigue and the romance kept me turning the pages. A great start to a new series.

5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!

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Rhonda lee Carver Rhonda Lee Carver

Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.

She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.

When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.

Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“

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