Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review: "A SEAL's chance" by Cora Seton


Synopsis:
SEALS of Summer 2 is a box set of 11 novels / novells featuring some of the best our U.S. Navy has to offer - Navy SEALs. This box set contains:

  • Fall Dark (SEALs Undone) by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Zoe York.
  • Hot SEAL (The Hostile Operations Team) by USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris.
  • SEAL'S HERITAGE by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Hamilton.
  • THE GUARDIAN (SEALs Beyond Battlefields) by NYT and USA Today bestselling, RITA-award nominated author Kimberley Troutte.
  • ONCE UPON A BODYGUARD (Lucky Thirteen) by NYT and USAT bestselling author S.M. Butler.
  • The Strong Silent Type (East Coast 8 prequel) by USA Today bestselling, RITA-award nominated author Elle Kennedy.
  • HER NEXT BREATH (Uncharted SEALs) by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Delilah Devlin.
  • SEAL'S DEFIANCE (Take No Prisoners) by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Elle James.
  • A SEAL’S CHANCE by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Cora Seton.
  • One Hot SEAL (When SEALs Come Home) by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Anne Marsh.
  • A SEAL’S DUTY, by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Lowery. (less)

This review will summarize A SEAL's Chance by Cora Seton.  I previously reviewed Fall Dark by Zoe York from this box set. That review was part of a composite review of all SEALs undone series here: http://allromancereader.blogspot.com/2015/07/SEALS-undone-york.html

My Review:

A SEAL's Chance is a novella included in the SEALs of Summer 2 box set, but it also ties in to Cora's Chance Creek series. This novella provides a good depiction of Ben, a Navy SEAL who has lost his job, his purpose, and his way. He meets Caitlyn, who is a woman who feels defeated by where she is in life. These two are just perfect for each other for where they are in their individual lives. The author's portrayal of Ben's experiences after being forced to leave the service were compelling and shows the emotional turmoil that he faces when he no longer knows his purpose in life. And Caitlyn's feelings as she is living as a single-mom, feeling shunned by the town, establishes her as a wonderful pairing for Ben.

As Ben and Caitlyn meet each other several times, they experience several miscommunications, which are  delightful as they each inadvertantly insulted the other, but only because of the other's perspective on life at the time. I also really enjoyed how Ben and Caitlyn call each other on their words and their deeds as they are finding their strength.

I was so happy to see the obstacle course included - its a Chance Creek favorite, and I love how the author uses the obstacle course for Caitlyn to gain perspective on her life and Ben to prove to himself that he's still got a lot to offer. That doesn't mean the stumbles in their relationship are over. The novella has wonderful ending with a sweet declaration by Ben.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Links:
This novella is available EXCLUSIVELY as part of the SEALs of Summer 2 box set - Military Romance Superbundle for only 99¢: AmazonBarnes and NobleKoboiBooks

About the 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 eight 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.

Website: Visit www.coraseton.com to read about new releases, locate your favorite characters on the Chance Creek map, and learn about contests and other cool events!

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