For all of you military romantic suspense readers looking for a new series, I’d like to suggest Trish McCallan’s Red-Hot SEALS, a planned series of four novels, two of which are available now. The major ongoing plot involves four navy SEALS who are targeted and drawn into a terrorist group’s nefarious plan that will have worldwide repercussions if the group succeeds. The gradual unfolding plot is engaging, violent, and suspenseful as the heroes are forced to fight against these ruthless, lethal antagonists on U.S. soil, which, unfortunately, brings their actions under the scrutiny of the DOJ. As the team members navigate their way through hijackings, kidnappings, torture, and murder to expose these powerful thugs, each also finds himself falling in love.
In both of these books, the romantic angle is nicely intertwined with the larger plot, and the chemistry and sexual tension between the couples is magnetic and intense. Although the love scenes in each book are sparse, when they do occur, they offer the sizzle that will appeal to many romance readers. I appreciate that in each book, the romance complements the major plot instead of overshadowing or distracting readers from the action and danger that surround the team. Both novels do include paranormal aspects that add an additional layer of complexity to the plot and required me to suspend my disbelief, especially in the second novel, Forged in Ash.
This series must be read from the beginning in order to understand the scope of the plot and follow along. It’s definitely a worthwhile read.
Source: I purchased both of these ebooks.
Forged in Fire (#1)
Publication Date: 2011
Genres: Military Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn’t met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.
Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.
To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny? (from http://trishmccallan.com/books.html)
Double finalist in the RITA® contest for the Romantic Suspense Category and Best First Book Category.
Purchase Link: Amazon: Forged in Fire (A Red-Hot SEALs Novel)
Forged in Ash (#2)
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: she can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.
Navy SEAL Lieutenant Marcus “Cosky” Simcosky is no stranger to hot water, but recent events have boiled over into one hell of a mess. His team is under investigation for a hostage rescue gone wrong, a crazy female stalker is on his trail, and the last few bullets he took just may sideline him for the rest of his career. The kicker? The one woman who can help him get back on his feet—and has haunted his fantasies for years—is his teammate’s sister. He’s looked but never touched. When his stalker targets Kait, though, Cosky will have no choice but to do whatever is necessary to keep her safe. (from http://trishmccallan.com/books.html)
Purchase Link: Amazon: Forged in Ash (A Red-Hot SEALs Novel)
Trish McCallan was born in Eugene, Oregon, and grew up in Washington State, where she began crafting stories at an early age. Her first books were illustrated in crayon, bound with red yarn, and sold for a nickel at her lemonade stand. Trish grew up to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a concentration in creative writing from Western Washington University, taking jobs as a bookkeeper and human- resource specialist before finally quitting her day job to write full time. Forged in Fire came about after a marathon reading session, and a bottle of Nyquil that sparked a vivid dream. She lives today in eastern Washington. An avid animal lover, she currently shares her home with three golden retrievers, a black lab mix and a cat.
Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5183827.Trish_McCallan
I’m now a fan of McCallan’s work and looking forward to the next installment. I’m keeping my fingers crossed the wait won’t be as long as between the first two books.