Tuesday, January 15, 2013

SEAL at Heart - Anne Elizabeth (Sourcebooks Casablanca - Dec 2012)

Series: West Coast Navy SEALs (Book 1)

He Lost Just About Everything On That Mission....
Being a Navy SEAL means everything to John "Red Jack" Roaker, but a mission gone wrong has left his buddy dead, his memory spotty, and his world turned upside down. His career as a SEAL is threatened unless Dr. Laurie Smith's unconventional methods of therapy can help him.

Maybe She Can Show Him How to Get it Back...
Laurie's father was a SEAL -- and she knows exactly what the personal cost can be. She can't resist trying everything to help this man, and not only because she finds him as sexy as he is honorable.

As the layers of Jack's resistance peel away, he and Laurie unearth secrets that go to the highest levels of the military -- and the deepest depths of their hearts...

Jack is stuck on medical leave until he can remember what went on during his last mission.  He remembers that something didn't feel right, but the actual memories are gone.  To add to it, he keeps having visions of his buddy telling him that time is running out and he has to find the truth.  The Navy doctors he's seeing aren't helping a bit.  When he meets Laurie he is first attracted to her.  When he finds out that she is also a therapist he goes to her for help.  Her methods are different but they start working for him right away and he begins to remember a few things.  He also finds, as they spend personal time together, that she makes him feel things he has never felt for another woman.  Laurie is the daughter of a SEAL and as such has a good idea of what their lives are like.  She had a rule about not dating military men  because she wanted a man who would be there more than he wasn't.  But there was something about Jack that made all others seem insignificant.  Besides their personal relationship she was sure that she could help him with his memory issues. I liked the way that she was able to give him the ability to access those memories without coming across as his "savior". When he reports his progress to his doctor he is suddenly ordered to stay away from Laurie completely.  He also hears that he is being accused of being the cause of the mission going bad, making the retrieval of his memories even more urgent.  I liked both Jack and Laurie.  Jack is determined to get his head together and become operational again.  He is willing to do what is necessary to do so, even try the "woo woo" stuff.  I liked the way that he easily accepted it once he realized it was working.  I also liked the way that he stood up to Laurie's adopted father who was also his mentor.  Laurie has to deal with her issues of being with a SEAL. I also liked the way that she was strong enough to stand up to Jack when he needed it.  She was also able to understand when he needed space to deal with something, a very important aspect to their relationship.  I loved the way that the author shows inside the SEAL world.  There is a closeness among team members that you don't see anywhere else, a commitment to each other in both their professional and personal lives.  There is also a strong sense of community that also encompasses the family and friends of the SEALs.  Overall a good book.  I'm looking forward to the next one.

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