on February 11, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military
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Tahoe. Badass. SEAL. Player. Powerful. Jerk. Available.
All words used to describe me for the past ten years. Wrapped up in the war, running and gunning constantly, has taken its toll on me. My next assignment is supposed to be a break, something to aid in taking the edge off; help open a new base in the miniscule, coastal, Florida town of Bronze Bay. A non-deployable position, I can work-out, decompress, and
handle the mundane tasks of structuring a new SEAL command. Or, in other words, enjoy my free time with the tanned, toned, country women of the south.
Falling for a southern belle wasn’t supposed to happen. In fact, it’s more stressing than any challenge in my sordid past. Especially when she uttered the words, “I am a virgin.”
Someone cover me, I’m going in.
My first memory is in an airplane over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. My daddy sitting beside me and my heart full of joy. When I was sixteen, I made my first solo flight over those exact same waters. My daddy owns and operates the little airport in Bronze Bay, so my eyes have been skyward for as long as I can remember. Things like men and college, never appealed to me. My days are spent waitressing in my Mama’s diner, counting down the hours until I can head to the airport.
Then the SEALs came and changed everything. Big, brutal, jerks, forcing themselves into our little slice of paradise. Demanding use of our airport. One man in particular, aiming to take more than I’m ready to give. He is beautiful. Magnetic. Strong. Convincing. For the first time in my life, I’m flying in a different, exhilarating way. Keeping it isn’t going to be easy when merely looking at the man makes me think of four words.
Foxtrot. Uniform. Charlie. Kilo.
Bless my heart, I’m in trouble.
I’m normally NOT a fan of slow burn. It has to be done extremely well to keep me hooked, and let me tell you, Keeping It was “perfection”! I am such a fan of Rachel’s writing, and while this was different in a lot of ways than some of her other books, I reveled in every word until the end.
I loved the small town setting of the book, the type of place where everyone knows everyone and their business. Of course it takes an outsider to knock our heroine off her feet. Caroline is a contradiction of capable and naïve. She’s not the “typical” girly girl which I loved! She works on airplanes, is a pilot, and co-owns the airport with her soon to be retired father. However, when it comes to experience with men…well, she has none! Which makes things interesting when her small town is invaded by Navy Seals.
“Well I feel like you’re a dream I’m going to wake up from. But you’re here every singe day.”
Tahoe is struggling with his past, and ending up in the small town of Bronze Bay is the last place he expected himself to be. What starts out as a way to gain use of the airport for training, turns into a friendship that neither can walk away from. It isn’t long before old demons come back to haunt him, and he has to face what he left behind.
“She sees herself as the person everyone tells her she is, not as she truly is. Stunning, intelligent, worthy of so much more than I can give her.”
Even though this was slow burn, there is such heat between these two characters, I couldn’t get enough. Their chemistry is off the charts! This is how you make me love the slow burn, where every touch and interaction is anticipated with bated breath. There is real emotion and sincerity between them, and I enjoyed watching their relationship evolve.
“Love. I was blinded by it. By the thought that maybe I deserved it. Could keep it.”