Friday, May 15, 2015

SEAL of my Heart by Sharon Hamilton
(SEAL Brotherhood Series Book 7)

Publisher & Release Date: A L Publishing, July 8, 2014

Time and setting: Present day, Sonoma Valley, California  

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance/ SEAL Romance

Length: 228 pages

Heat Level: 4 Scorching Hot Flames

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Kate Morgan is engaged to the most eligible bachelor in Sonoma County, the son of a wealthy wine family in Healdsburg, California. On a flight to visit her sister in Portland she is seated next to a young hard-bodied elite soldier who ignites her insides in a strange attraction she cannot deny. 

Navy SEAL Tyler Gray plans to spend a weekend home before deploying to North Africa with the rest of his SEAL Team 3. But the conversation with Kate has him rethinking his future. 

The encounter has both of them feeling fate has stepped into their lives and altered their course. Unable to just say goodbye as lovers, they agree to carry on a correspondence. Kate becomes the girl Tyler wants to come home to while she is pressured by her family to reconsider her broken marriage plans. 

Family secrets are revealed from the past regarding a young Marine and Kate’s mother which brings both heartache and a sense of clarity as old loves are unearthed. From the grave, a Marine’s love letters from the past affect the new love between Kate and Tyler in the present. And when Kate’s life is endangered, will Tyler be the man to save her without sacrificing his own? 

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Vikki’s Musings

After reading/listening to Book 5 and Book 6 in Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series, I decided I wanted to read/listen to SEAL of my Heart. As I began to read, I realized I had read this one before in the boxed set, SEALS of Summer, but since I vaguely recalled it as an enjoyable read, I delved in knowing that even if I remembered the story, I would have the pleasure of listening to the fabulous J.D. Hart’s narrative.

Kate Morgan is looking forward to visiting her sister in Portland. When she tries to find a window seat, the only one available has a briefcase laying on it and a gorgeous hunk in the middle seat. The young man’s warm blue-eyed gaze meets hers and he offers her the seat. Kate slides in beside him, grateful to no longer be holding up other passengers.

The young SEAL matches Kate’s image of the men in all the romance novels she avidly reads, a man to sweep her off her feet, carry her away and make mad, passionate love to her. This is a big problem, since she is supposed to be getting married soon to the son of one of the wealthiest vineyard owners in Sonoma County—and her employer. All through the flight, they talk and laugh and find out they have so much in common. Things she does not have in common with her fiancée.

When the plane lands, Kate gratefully accepts a ride when she receives a text from her sister, saying she can’t pick her up. After they arrive at her sister’s house, Tyler Gray walks her to the door and tells her he hopes she has a wonderful wedding and a great life, then turns to leave. Kate stops him and suggests they write each other during his upcoming deployment.

Kate realizes she may be making the biggest mistake of her life if she goes through with her  wedding to her fiancée, and when he calls, she break it off. All she feels is relief, but she hates that his family and hers have already spent a lot of money. However, she just can’t go through with her plans, not after feeling so much attraction to another man. In the long run, it would be unfair to both of them to enter into a one-sided marriage.

Unable to stay away, Tyler arrives on her doorstep the next day with his first letter in hand and they talk and share a blazing kiss, but he leaves telling her she needs to think on what she really wants to do. He must do the honorable thing, no matter how much he does not want to.
That’s the set up for the story. Kate and Tyler, of course can’t stay away from each other and have a lot of mind blowing sex over the course of the book. Ms. Hamilton can definitely write some hot sexual scenes filled with plenty of emotion. I enjoyed the romance between Kate and Tyler, and the chemistry they have is incredible.

Now what did not work for me. The plot for this story is fairly predictable and similar to the one in Cruisin’ For a SEAL. I’m not sure I like the fact that in both of these books, the heroine starts out engaged to another. This is by no means a deal breaker, and I enjoyed the rest of the story a great deal, especially the suspenseful climax at the end. Ms. Hamilton has a masterful touch when writing exciting scenes. When Tyler is in the thick of it in North Africa, I was holding onto my seat.

Again, J.D. Hart delivers a stellar performance, bringing the excitement and passion in the book to life. Since I had already read SEAL of my Heart, his narrative gave me a different spin on this smokin’ hot story. His voice during the suspenseful action really enhanced the scenes tremendously. I can certainly see why Sharon Hamilton likes his style.

I already have the next book downloaded on my Kindle in the boxed set, Hot Alpha SEALs, but I just found out the story is not complete in that set, so I just downloaded SEAL’s Promise and bought the audio version as well. I can’t wait to read the next one in this fantastic series. Happy reading!

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Sharon’s NYT and USA Today bestselling novels are almost-erotic Navy SEAL stories of the SEAL Brotherhood. Her characters follow a spicy road to redemption through passion and true love. This series continues with book 8, SEAL's Promise, which will release November 11, 2014. All of her SEAL Brotherhood Series are available in audio book. She has maintained an Amazon top 100 author status in Romantic Suspense for since the end of 2012.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun. Honeymoon Bite, Book 1 of the Golden Vampires of Tuscany Series, has earned the Amazon designation of #1 Gothic Romance. It and Book 2 in the series, Mortal Bite are both available on audio as well.

Her Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.

Sharon lives in Sonoma County, California, with her husband and two Dobermans. A lifelong organic gardener, when she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

"True Love Heals in the Gardens of the Heart"

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  1. Thank you so much, Vikki, for this insightful, detailed review. I appreciate your time and how you pointed out several of the finer and perhaps more obscure parts of the plot and the book. Tastes differ on the engagement of a heroine prior, and for some reason I like to have this as an added plot thickener. In SEAL's Promise, she's not only married, but very pregnant when they get together, so we'll see how you like that one. But there are circumstances that greatly differ. My first pregnant love scene!

    Again, thanks and best of luck with your blog, and your heartfelt reviews. As a writer, I so appreciate you and the many bloggers and reviewers out there!

  2. Thanks, Sharon. I'm glad you liked my review this week!

  3. I really enjoyed Tylers story. JD whispering in my ear was a wonderful experience. His voice does bring added enjoyment to a good book. Can't wait for Gretchen to get her man

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I totally agree. JD does an outstanding job bringing Sharon's emotionally-charged story to come to life!