Pleasing Her SEAL by Anne Marsh
Series: Uniformly Hot #2
Also in this series: Teasing Her SEAL, Daring Her SEAL
Published by Harlequin
Publication Date: January 1st 2016
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SUBJECT: Navy SEAL Mason Black
MISSION: Remain undercover…even if it means going commando!
Wedding blogger Maddie Holmes is twelve times the bridesmaid and never the bride. Still, being on the sidelines of everyone else's happy endings has its perks, like staying at the luxurious, decadent Fantasy Island. The resort isn't just romantic—it's filled with sinful temptations…like delicious hottie resort chef Mason Black. And Maddie can't wait to take a bite!
There's just a teeny problem with her plan. She has no idea that Mason is an undercover Navy SEAL who needs photographs Maddie took that put both his mission and her life at risk. Mason's plan? Retrieve the pics and indulge in a few X-rated fantasies with the curvy redhead…and hope like hell that being between the sheets doesn't blow his cover.
The members of SEAL Team Sigma keep on getting into trouble of the romantic kind while they lie in wait for the leader of a very dangerous drug cartel who is coming to Fantasy Island to marry his current squeeze. Like his commander, Gray Jackson, hero in book one of this trilogy, Mason Black is undercover as a chef at the resort. Now unlike Gray, Mason really does know what he is doing. He has been cooking for years and feeding his team members and his family when he is on furlough with gourmet food. So he can indeed pull his undercover assignment off. What he doesn’t expect is to literally have Maddie Holmes run into him in an out-of-the-way portion of the island where she has set up cameras in order to snap shots of sunrises and sunsets for her wedding blog. If she can do a good job, she will land some significant advertising dollars and as she puts it, be able to not only enjoy writing her blog but paying her rent and keeping the lights on. One problem as Mason sees it: her photos have also included the activity of the undercover SEAL team, unbeknownst to her. So he is dispatched to literally woo her away from her camera so he can erase any shots that may include any team members or the boats that they were waiting to board.
This is a fun story in so many ways. Maddie is kind of a scatter brained female, messy and disorganized apparently, yet she manages to keep her life and her internet activities organized as she sees it. She is funny and well spoken, but underneath her cutesy exterior is a woman who is insecure and who has experienced lots of disappointment in her life. She has come to Fantasy Island on a freebie vacation as a potential public relations connection for the resort. She seems determined to get as much out of it as she can. Mason is one of those alpha males who like what he likes but whose personal history has been a disappointment so far. He loves his sisters and his family, but his long absences has created emotional distance from them. Being with Maddie, even just a little bit, awakens within him the desire for a family, something that is just a bit more normal than living in foxholes or tents in the jungle. The conversations between the characters is witty and enlightening. Readers will see into the inner thoughts of these people but she has kept a good balance between introspection and dialogue, something I personally appreciate.
This story is well written and demonstrates the author’s experience and writing expertise. She has an extensive writing resume and after reading the first two books in this trilogy, I understand why readers keep coming back for more. It you like good romance with generous helpings of hot loving and well-seasoned with humor and as well as with the authentic friendship one will encounter between the SEALs, then you will like this novel. I have a feeling that if this is your first Anne Marsh book, you will look for the others in this trilogy as well as other series she has written. A truly delightful read and one I happily give a rating of 5 out of 5.