This romantic suspense story combines sensual interludes with exciting adventures of the highly trained SEALs who are always prepared for whatever challenges come their way. The sizzling encounters that the main characters engage in are nicely balanced by reminders of the loving relationships that several of the team have embarked upon and the tension ratchets up as the bad guys try to take over. Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with the heroine, not only because she was willing to use the hero to scratch an itch but because she still was ambivalent in her actions throughout much of the story. I love the action and ingenuity displayed by the delicious alpha males but the story was a bit too contrived in some areas and the villains seemed to be caricaturish to me. I normally enjoy the stories in this series but this particular one is not my favorite...which does NOT mean that I do not look forward to reading more of the adventures of these fascinating SEALs.
“Cruisin’ for a SEAL” by Sharon Hamilton is part of the ‘SEAL brotherhood’ series and gives a glimpse of many of the heroes from other books in the series as they embark on a cruise to honor a fallen comrade. SEAL Mark Beale has a torrid encounter with a lovely Italian woman who jolts him from his depression but he never expects the fallout that occurs when he meets her again on their cruise ship. What starts out as a trip allowing the team to have some rest and relaxation quickly morphs into a mission to thwart those who have their own nefarious designs on the ship and its passengers.
Mark Beale and several of his brothers from SEAL Team 3 board a cruise ship to bury a fallen buddy's ashes at sea. A risky affair with a beautiful Italian the night before they leave begins to ease his survivor’s guilt.
Sophia Negri, suffering jitters over her engagement, falls for the handsome SEAL and pretends she speaks no English, letting their bodies do the talking. When Marc finds her on the ship and learns Sophia is half American, he is angry at first, but falls for her all over again as they set sail.
Terrorists take over the ship and hold the passengers for ransom, Mark and the other SEALs are the only ones who can stop the plot. Will Marc’s actions be enough to save Sophia or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the woman he loves?