SEAL for Her Protection
by Paige Tyler
Book 1 of SEALs of Coronado
When investigative journalist Hayley Garner is kidnapped by terrorists, she's sure they're going to kill her. But in sweeps handsome Navy SEAL Chasen Ward to rescue her. After getting her to safety, he disappears into the night before she can even thank him.
Weeks later, while covering a story on the local navy base, Hayley runs into Chasen again. Even though she didn't see his face that night he rescued her, she can't forget his beautiful blue eyes.
The attraction is immediate and intense, and Hayley finds herself falling into a fiery romance with the hunky hero out of her dreams. Guys like this aren’t supposed to really exist, but Chasen does, and damn is he hot.
But ever since she got back home, Hayley has had the feeling someone's been watching her. Is it post-traumatic stress or does she have a reason to be afraid? Good thing she has a Navy SEAL to protect her.
So... this wasn't the Romantic Suspense slash Contemporary Romance I'd been anticipating, especially after having already read some books by Paige Tyler and enjoying them a lot. And the truth is, obviously I wasn't really sure what exactly I'd been expecting.
Honestly, this book was kind of boring. The romance was kind of juvenile (I know there is sexy times, but that doesn't mean it can't come off juvenile), and also kind of banal. There were details of Hayley and Chasen's first date that felt unnecessary, down to all the smoldering looks and the whole "I know and understand your thoughts just by looking into your gorgeous eyes" development. Oh yes, and the exact descriptions of what the two were eating, drinking, and wearing. Maybe I'm just not as romantic as I should be, seeing as I'm a hopeless romantic for fictional romance novels...
The the plot circled back to the Romantic Suspense part of the story and started getting kind of convoluted by the end hour scenes... I totally didn't see that surprise twist coming, and I'm not sure I really liked it or felt it was necessary. Although it DID add some intrigue to the book, if only the build up had been a bit more on par with the sudden turn of events. To be honest, it felt kind of out of place, and, in contrast, the main conflict seemed a bit rushed in its resolution.
So be it. This was a short enough read that I got through it rather quickly and painlessly. Paige Tyler's writing isn't terrible and I've enjoyed other books by her, as I've mentioned above. There's always bound to be one I may not like, right?