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    lot more going on than the blurb says

    The blurb covers just a tiny bit of the story – the rest of it involves Greta & Grisham deciding if they want to be together, Grisham worrying over what he will do with the rest of his life now that he can’t be a SEAL (and what it means for their relationship), and a stalker that Greta somehow finds along the way. I really like them as a couple because they have sparks and fun and sass that work well together. Greta’s issues with Grisham’s work feel realistic to me – from a logical perspective she spends a lot of her time waiting for him to screw up so that seems a little like she makes it happen, but in that situation she’s going to lead with her heart and so for me it is believable. I also appreciate how Grisham handles it and that seems true to me as well. I also like how he shows patience and understanding but doesn’t give up. I do have a little concern about the business side of things (I’m not sure the way the cases are run is all that believable and if we are going to be told out about a case I’d like to know how things turn out :) ) but the stalker issue and the romance are well done. So overall, I am very satisfied and I’ll be keeping an eye out for others in this series. *Even though this is part of a series it can be read on its own* (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
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    4.5 stars for Saved by the SEAL!

    Saved by the SEAL is the second novel in author Diana Gardin's Battle Scars series and because the bar was set rather aloft by the first novel, Last True Hero, which I loved and gave a five-star rating to, my expectations for this sequel were high. I'm happy to report that Grisham Abbot and Greta Owen's love story met every single one of those expectations. Grisham and Greta were introduced to readers in the first book, although Grisham's role was far more prominent as Berkeley Holtz's best friend and the man her father wanted her to marry. This sequel is set about two years after the events in the first novel and has Grisham at a crossroads in his life, no longer able to be everything that is required of him as a Navy SEAL due to the loss of his lower leg while deployed. When he ends up saving Greta from getting swallowed up by the ocean's waves, little does Grisham know that she'll save him from a life of uncertainty. I loved Grisham and Greta. They had this ease to their friendship that was always there, even when they were more than aware of their mutual attraction to one another. Grisham was a good guy in the first book, so even though Berkeley chose Dare Conners over him, he deserved to have his own happily-ever-after as well. Both he and Greta have issues when it comes to their fathers, though the extent of Grisham's problems with his military father were more serious compared to those of Greta's with her workaholic, former military father. Of course, their story isn't exclusively about their paternal woes, and we do get to see their relationship develop over a period of time, especially since Grisham is hesitant to pursue anything romantic with Greta because he doesn't see himself as the man he was when she initially met him. There's an element of suspense in this sequel, courtesy of a secret admirer turned stalker who wants Greta all to himself. I figured out who it was from the moment those roses were delivered to Greta, but I wanted to see how everything would play out and how his identity would be revealed to the other characters, so knowing who it was didn't take away from the story. There was a moment though that I was tempted to give Greta a smack upside the head because she chose to do something without taking into consideration how it would impact her relationship with Grisham. But overall, it's difficult to find much fault in the main characters, both being highly likable and pretty easy to relate to. Two books in and I'm still enjoying the Battle Scars series. I can't wait to see whose story will be up next! I'm giving Saved by the SEAL 4.5 stars. ♥
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    Swoon-worthy SEAL

    Disclaimer: ARC received in exchange for an honest review. Upon receiving this ARC, I decided that I wanted, scratch that needed to read the series in order, because really, I'm just that kind of girl. So I picked up Last True Hero, the first book in the "Battle Scars" series, and, OH HOT DAMN. I couldn't put it down. Dare and Berkeley? SIGH. And then came the crippling fear: how was I going to love anyone as much as I loved these two? Well, in Diana Gardin's obviously talented hands, my fears were wildly unwarranted. In Last True Hero, Grisham was a mostly likable, occasionally lovable, secondary character; but, he was an obstacle to the relationship I was so rooting for. To have him be the protagonist in Saved by the SEAL, the next novel in the "Battle Scars" series, created an opportunity for readers of the series to draw (occasionally biased) comparisons between Grish and his predecessor. But fear not, because Grisham can stand on his own (pun somewhat intended). The parts of Grisham I appreciated in Last True Hero remained, but, in Saved by the SEAL, he is fleshed out (is he ever fleshed out--*fans self*), fully becoming a leading man in his own right. Simply put, SA-WOOOOON. Seriously, the sappy grin that was on my face for the majority of this book was downright embarrassing (serves me right for reading in public). Grisham and Greta sizzle, both stepping into the limelight from the periphery, the relationship between the two causing mutual growth for the characters, as they come to realize that being in a committed relationship is not a hindrance but natural progression. Even though Grisham is a decorated military hero, Greta saved him as much as he saved her. The chemistry between these two crackled palpably, taking on a life of its own and transcending the words on the page (or e-reader screen). Although the conflict in the story is just ever-so-slightly predictable, it is no less compelling, as Gardin creates urgency and tension and bucks convention, impressively allowing the female protagonist to save herself. I'm new to Gardin's work, but if this novel is any indication, I will be reading much more from her in the future.
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