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When Kai Green joined nine other Navy SEALs to build a sustainable community in Chance Creek, Montana, he never dreamed the day would come when he’d have to marry a woman sight unseen—or lose everything. Now he has to find a way to build a life with a perfect stranger—one who seems perfectly unqualified for happiness at Base Camp—or with him.
Addison Reynolds dreams of living in New York City, so when her fashion model sister offers her a year rent-free in her Manhattan penthouse apartment, she’s ready to say yes. But there’s a catch: Felicity is determined to make Addison lighten up a little, so if she wants to move to NYC, she’ll have to say yes to everything for one full month—including becoming Kai’s fiancé.
Can two people find true love—and their true selves—at the same time?
When Kai selects his prospective bride from the offered videos, he is intrigued with Addison. When he meets her, he is sure she is the one.
Addison’s sister, Felicity, is behind everything that leads to her being on the show. The problem, she thinks its all fake, until she discovers it really is legitimate.
Addison dithered as long as she could, but in the end she joined him there, grabbing a dish towel and drying the dishes as he washed them. For once, no camera crew was in there with him.
“You honestly didn’t think any of this was real?” Kai asked after they’d worked in silence for several minutes.
“I did—but I didn’t,” she tried to explain, desperately wishing she hadn’t said anything. She could have found out what she needed to know far more discreetly than blurting out her question. Now he’d be suspicious of everything she said and did. Which would make it hard for her to figure out a plan. “I thought you were doing everything I saw on television, but I thought it was scripted. That’s what people told me about reality television.”
“That’s what who told you?”
“My sister. She’s a model,” Addison tried to explain. “She has friends who do film stuff.”
“That might be the way some shows are run, but not this one. There’s enough drama going on all the time without it,” he pointed out. “They kind of set it up that way.”
“I guess so.”
“So, you thought there’d be someone to tell you what to do?”
uddenly Addison was exhausted. She wished she could climb into her tent and go to sleep—and wake up in the morning with a script in hand she could follow so she knew she was doing it all right.
She didn’t want to think what this meant about her and Kai. Had he really invited her here to marry him? Was there a chance she could spend a lifetime with this man who took her breath away every time she went near him?
She couldn’t believe that could be true. Didn’t know what she’d do if it was. In the short time she’d been here, he’d already swept her off her feet, but that was when she’d been treating it like a fantasy.
Now it was… real.
“Today must have been quite a shock then.”
“You could say that.”
“What are you going to do now?” Kai kept scrubbing the dishes.
Addison wasn’t fooled. She read the tension in every move he made.
She put a plate away in the cupboard and came back for another one. “Wing it. I guess. Throw a Halloween ball. Try not to get in the way too much.”
He softened. “You’ll do fine.”
“Will I?” she asked. “I’m not that good at winging it.”
“Come on. Addison caps for surfers?” he reminded her.
“Yeah. Well, there’s that.” But she hadn’t even come up with that; Felicity had.
Felicity should be the one here, she realized. She had no doubt Kai would fall in love with her sister if he met her.
Jealousy surged through her at the thought. She didn’t want Kai to fall in love with her sister. She wanted him to want her.
As much as she wanted him.
Which meant she’d already gotten herself in a jam. Because Kai had fallen for the woman he thought she was—the woman Felicity had created, not the real Addison. She didn’t knit surf caps, or prance around in wet bikinis, or dye her hair, or any of it. What would he think if he knew the real Addison?
Would she interest him at all?
“It’s all kind of… overwhelming,” she admitted.
“I bet it is.” Kai straightened and dried his hands on a towel looped through the handle of the stove. She thought he’d lead the way out of the kitchen. But the dishes weren’t done.
Instead, he moved to box her in against the kitchen counter, bracing one hand to either side of her.
Addison’s breath caught.
“I’m sorry you’re overwhelmed,” he said. “But there’s one thing I need to know right now. Because my future—and everyone else’s here—is riding on it,” he said.
Addison needed to stop him, but she was too late. He was already asking the one question she definitely couldn’t answer.
Kai held her gaze, his face only inches from hers. “Addison, are you going to marry me?”
She swallowed. Fought for the courage to tell him the truth. She had to say no, because she hadn’t come here to marry him, and marrying a stranger on a television show was plain crazy. And because she had dreams and aspirations that meant she needed to be in New York.
Kai waited as she fought for words, but all she could think about was the way they’d joked together while preparing lunch, the way he’d held her hand as they walked to the creek.
The way he’d kissed her.
And how badly she wanted to get to know this man better. How much she craved the touch of his hands on her skin.
She braced herself.
“Yes,” she said.
Seton, Cora. A SEAL’s Purpose (SEALs of Chance Creek Book 5). One Acre Press. Kindle Locations (1266-1306). Kindle Edition.
I love the journey Addison goes through as she gets to know everyone and plans a Halloween ball. She has a decision to make and Kai can only hope it’s in his favor.
I have started the next book in this series, I need to finish before A SEAL’s Triumph is released.
5 Contented Purrs for Cora!
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USA Today and NYT Times bestselling author Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.
Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini.