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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: To Tempt a SEAL by Sara Jane Stone / @TastyBookTours @SaraJaneStone @brazenbooks

Title: To Tempt a SEAL
Seriese: Sin City SEALs, Book 1
Author: Sara Jane Stone
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.

Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend's little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia's mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.

But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn't willing to risk...his heart.

The risk is worth it. Maybe that's the underlying theme for all romances. In real life, we each risk a lot by putting ourselves out there for that one person in hopes they reciprocate our feelings, in hopes there is more than just great sex and good times. Regardless of how we meet The One, the chance we take is worth what we gain.

I can't say the way Lucia and Cade met is unusual. Masquerades are one of my favorite settings. It's the chance to let loose without anyone knowing who you really are. But it's what the masks hide that make the characters and the story different from others.

Lucia's scars have kept her from so much because that's all people saw. Visiting Vegas was a break from her normal life, a chance to don a stunning gown and wear a concealing mask and be a braver version of herself. She hadn't counted on meeting Cade, on him seeing the beauty behind the scars, on him helping her see what he saw. She hadn't counted on losing her heart to man she just met who made her, for the first time in a long time, feel alive.

But Cade hadn't counted on those things either. Watching over Lucia was supposed to be a favor for a friend, and the woman he was supposed to watch over was supposed to be quiet and shy. The woman he met wasn't either of those things. Lucia was gorgeous, her beauty shining from the inside and obliterating the ugliness of the past she wore so plainly on her face. She didn't just steal his heart; she became his every fantasy brought to life.

Their relationship wasn't built on complete truths, and it took some working on to make the shaky foundation of their relationship solid. But the risks they took--Lucia in revealing herself to Cade, Cade coming clean about why he was in Vegas to begin with, both of them realizing what they shared was worth keeping--were worth it. They lost their hearts to each other and gained a love that was unconditional and all-consuming.

Worth it? *smiles* Definitely.

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more!

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