Review: A SEAL’s Salvation by Tawny Weber

seals salvationReviewed by Shelly

This is my first Tawny Weber story and it’s one of her SEAL stories. I wasn’t too thrilled with this one, but maybe the other installments in the series are better than this. I’m not sure as I’ve not read any of them.

Brody Lane is the requisite bad boy of his hometown. His father’s a drunk and he’s a troublemaker who has one good thing on his side – his loving grandmother who’s also his conscience. Genna Reilly is the good girl and daughter of the local Sheriff. Her brother runs with the same crowd that Brody runs with and she’s crushing on Brody – big time. During a game of truth and dare, seventeen year-old Genna’s friends have dared her to kiss Brody. Unfortunately, Genna picked the wrong night to follow through on her dare because she and Brody get caught by her very protective father. Brody’s given two choices – jail or get out of town. He chooses the Navy.

While on a mission Brody is injured and he’s sent home for rehab. It’s been 10 years since he and Genna have seen other but there’re very few things that these two have forgotten about each other. Brody’s your typical alpha male with an innate aversion to law enforcement (i.e. Genna’s dad.) When he spoke, which was very little, everything he said was a smart ass comment. Don’t get me wrong, he had moments of levity, but they were easily outweighed by the snarky comments. And yep, there’s the required amount of glaring and saying a lot with his eyes. I got sick of all that pretty quickly.

Brody came off as a jerk to me and I didn’t see what Genna was so happy in love with. I wanted to see the good in him, I really did, but I just didn’t. He came off as just angry, all the time, and there didn’t seemed to be a reasonable outlet for that anger nor was it ever resolved. Yes, he’s a SEAL but that doesn’t make you so super awesome that people should automatically start treating you differently, especially when you aren’t nice to them. Brody got along with no one, including the people he grew up with and around, even his loving grandmother. I didn’t like the way that he treated Genna like crap and I disliked even more that she just coming back for more.

Genna was… I don’t even know how to describe her. This quote pretty much summed her up for me – “She was 27 and her father warned away guys he didn’t like. Her mother called her three times a day and sicced emergency personnel on her if she didn’t respond”. Genna was very sheltered and in spite of going out of state for college and experiencing that, she couldn’t seem to make either of her parents understand that she could take care of herself – until Brody made her see it. Really? Because for all of his lack of communication, he was able to bring Genna out of her shell. Again, really?! I would have enjoyed seeing that communication – I got told that it happened. I didn’t actually see it happening. I’m having an epiphany as I write this; I just figured it out – that’s what I missed in this story, seeing Genna and Brody fall in love.

I though her Dad was the most interesting character. There must be a story behind the way he is because he’s clearly not trying to control his children to hurt them only to protect them. Unfortunately for he and his family, that protectiveness cost them a lot – something no parent should ever have to do. The storyline with her mom was interesting too and I felt the same way about her that I felt about the sheriff. Some of the other members of Brody’s SEAL team made appearances and I’m sure they’ll all eventually have their story told.

Happy Reading Folks!

Rating: B-/C+

*ARC provided by Harlequin via NetGalley

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A SEAL’s Salvation
by Tawny Weber
Release Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin

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