Series: West Coast Navy SEALs #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 1st 2015
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Special Operator Declan Smith was a dedicated U.S. Navy SEAL, a known player, and daredevil who loved pushing the limits. But on his last mission, an IED leaves him injured and angry as hell—and it changes everything.
When a loud crash disturbs his neighbor, Maura Maxwell, she assumes the sailor next door is up to his usual bad behavior. But the man she finds covered in glass is far from the cocky ladies' man she'd grown to tolerate. Lying before her is a man fighting to rediscover his place in the world—and he can't do it alone.
The blurb was good and the cover even better…the reality less so.
It’s difficult to see Declan as a standout from so many other ‘play, live and fight hard’ military men that I’ve read in these sort of books and even more difficult to like him when he continues his hookups when showing an interest in Maura. But Maura didn’t seem any more of an interesting character that I’ve been hoping for. Both Declan and Maura seemed flatly pasted together and coupled with the writing which I’d unfortunately term as rather simplistic – short sentences which don’t really make their impact, too much ‘straight’ reporting without much variety in syntax, for instance – getting invested in the book was a mountainous journey, until Declan’s injury and subsequent PTSD gave the story a little more depth and dimension. I’m not looking for purple prose, but definitely wished I could have been more engrossed and less sceptical about the story in general.