When Navy SEAL Kurt Travers fills in for his buddy during career day at school, he doesn’t expect to fall for the teacher. But Melissa Drake lives by one hard and fast rule. She doesn’t date Navy guys—ever.
Kurt is making is difficult to follow that rule as he pulls out all the stops to attract her attention. Will saving her life change her mind?
First thing to note is this book is set in 1994. There were no cell phones, no caller ID so things like pagers, answering machines and phonebooths make an appearance. It actually felt a bit weird reading about them but I remember phones with cords attached everywhere so not a big deal.
Kurt meets Melissa when he agrees to do a career day for the child of a friend who is deployed. Little did he know that first graders wouldn’t have a clue about a human seal.
This is my favorite scene and it had my laughing out loud.
“You’re not really a seal, are you?” one precocious little girl with pigtails accused in a trembling voice. “If you were a seal, you’d balance a ball on your nose for us.”
Tears formed in the little girl’s enormous blue eyes, threatening to spill out over cheeks already starting to quiver.
Kurt groaned inwardly. Oh God, not tears. Bamboo slivers under the fingernails, but not a little girl’s tears. He couldn’t handle that.
He threw another beseeching glance in the teacher’s direction. Melissa had straightened up, concern in her dark eyes, but she didn’t look like she was ready to bail him out yet. He was on his own here.
Crap. If he didn’t do something in the next ten seconds, little pigtail girl was going to start crying and that would get the rest of the kids rolling. In thirty seconds, he’d be looking at a complete meltdown of Three Mile Island proportions. Even his next door neighbor’s little boy looked on the verge of tears.
Kurt took a deep breath. He was a Navy SEAL, dammit. He needed to do something. Now.
So he turned to the little girl with the pigtails and did the only thing he could think of—he lied.
“I promise you that I really am a seal. And I balance a ball on my nose all the time.” He smiled. “What kind of seal would I be if I couldn’t do something as simple as that, right?”
The girl’s eyes grew huge. “Really?”
He heard a sharp intake of breath behind him. Melissa must have just figured out that he was about to throw himself on a hand grenade to save everyone.
“Really,” he assured her.
“We wanna see!”
Kurt chuckled. “I would, but I didn’t bring a ball with me.”
“We have lots of them!” a kid in the back of the room practically shouted. Before Kurt could say anything, the little rug rat jumped out of his seat and ran over to a brightly painted toy chest near the wall. Lifting the lid, he scooped out a red rubber ball and raced up to the front of the room.
He held out the ball to Kurt, an expectant look on his face. Behind the little boy, his classmates seemed just as eager.
Over by the desk, Melissa was regarding him curiously.
Kurt sighed. Ah, hell. In for a penny, in for a pound.
Keenly aware of Melissa’s dark gaze on him, Kurt took the ball from the kid, then got down on his knees and proved that he could indeed balance a ball on his nose—something even he wasn’t sure he could do until that moment. Behind their little desks, the boys and girls gasped, oohed and aahed.
From the corner of his eye, Kurt saw that even Melissa looked captivated. He didn’t know why—maybe it was his inner jock showing off —but when he’d mastered balancing the ball on his nose that way, he lay back on the floor and did it again, this time while doing crunches. Unfortunately, in this position he couldn’t see if Melissa was impressed, but the kids giggled like crazy.
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This leads to a dinner date, even though Melissa has sworn to never get involved with anyone military. She definitely hadn’t enjoyed growing up a Navy brat.
Sparks fly between these two, and even with the unexpected ending to the first date, things begin to progress.
Lots of angst when Kurt goes on mission, and the question of whether he’ll ever see her again becomes very real.
I loved the way everything progressed, the sizzle almost melted my kindle.
I am now progressing into Book one, which occurs twenty years later where Kurt is now Master Chief of an entire platoon of hunky Navy SEALs in Coronado, California.
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Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty,independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.
She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.
When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)