Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SAVED BY THE SEAL by Diana Gardin

A Battle Scars Novel 
Diana Gardin
Releasing March 8th, 2016
Forever Romance

He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .

When he sees awoman drowning, Grisham Abbot immediately leaps into action. The Navy SEAL forgets his training, his past, and the explosion that forever scarred his body and his mind. He can only remember what he was born to do. But saving Greta Owen is a complication Grisham is definitely not ready for. She’s stunning and gorgeous—like sunlight after months of darkness. Yep, Grisham is so, so screwed.

Greta knows that the smart thing to do would be to run from Grisham. He’s a wounded warrior, and his head is a big-time mess. The problem is that Greta wants to make him her mess. One kiss and she’s completely in over her head. And if this SEAL risked himself to save her, then she must find a way to bring him back to life . . .

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Reese's Review:
I received an ARC of Saved by the SEAL for an honest review.

Grisham was wounded during in last mission over seas and how has a prosthetic leg. He hasn’t been back in the water surfing since before he left on his tour, until he sees someone drowning in the ocean and he rushes in to save her. He realizes his one of his close friends and semi-crush Greta and after he saves her the old feelings her had for her before he left come rushing back. He tries to stay away because he thinks he isn’t as good for her as someone with all their body parts could be. Greta has always had a crush on Grisham so she wants to do everything she can to be with him. Throw in a stalker, some male trust issues, and spousal abuse and you have Saved by the SEAL

This book is vanilla. There isn’t too much emotional stuff going on. No major PTSD issues, no major argument to cause a break-up, no having fights because they don’t feel good enough. None of that. It’s emotionally vanilla, as are the characters.

Grisham has issues thinking he’s good enough since all he’s wanted to do is be a SEAL but he can’t since he had his leg blown off in his last mission. He likes to take care of people and does everything he can to make that happen. He’s very good with Greta, doesn’t use or abuse her and is super sweet.

Greta has trust issues because he dad chose work over his family and so she wants to be with Grisham but is scared he’ll choose his career over her. Greta is really sweet. Her and Grisham bond over daddy issues.

I had a couple issues with this book. The characters have no depth. The character descriptions I just gave you are about all the information you’ll get from these characters. They’re very flat.

If you’ve never read a review from me before let me just say I freaking loathe overly descriptive inner monologue books. I like DIALOGUE. A lot. The whole book was inner dialogue and inner monologue-ing. It got old real quick, especially when they’re thinking the same exact thing over and over again. It’s annoying.

The other issue I had which may change since I got an ARC was that Grisham (SPOILER) gets Greta a dog and then after the first two seconds of talking about the dog the book NEVER brings him up again. My husband and I have a dog and we don’t go to family events without her. We trained her which is never brought up in the story at all. Oh and they have sex by the dog. HA! If you got a brand new puppy they’re curious as heck. They’re be trying to figure out what you’re doing. My puppy is almost a year old and she still does this, that’s why we cage her during fun times.

There was no character growth. Greta didn’t have to grow out of her not trusting men because Grisham will now always be choosing her over work. Grisham never seemed to realize he was good enough he just started dating Greta. There was no “AH-HA” moment or great moment of change. Just a big okay here it is the end.

Last thing maybe is that the whole stalker thing seemed to just be a random point in the book. Like hmm how do we make this story more interesting? I know a stalker. Seriously that’s how this felt to me. It just seemed to come out of nowhere.

Would I recommend this book to you? Maybe. I think if it’s your thing then go for it. The book was quick to read as I did a lot of skimming over the inner dialogue. The sexy times are hot and the story wasn’t bad.

Diana Gardin is a wife of one and a mom of two. Writing is her second full time job to that, and she loves it! Diana writes contemporary romance in the Young Adult and New Adult categories. She's also a former Elementary school teacher. She loves steak, sugar cookies, and Coke and hates working out.
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