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When Grisham and his friend gather for a morning surf, Grisham hears a cry for help and sees a body in the water. Jumping into action Grisham saves the girl, only to realize he knows the beautiful girl in his arms. Greta is the old roommate of Grisham's best friend.
Greta and Grisham form a close friendship but both of them cannot fight the attraction that is brewing between them. When Greta starts receiving cryptic and disturbing messages and gift it's Grisham who vows to protect her, but will he be able to protect her from who's lurking in the shadows?
Saved by the Seal is a sexy romance with the perfect mix of suspense! This was my first read by Diana Gardin, and will definitely will not be my last! This is a must read for everyone!
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Upon receiving this ARC, I decided that I wanted, scratch that needed to read the series in order, because really, I'm just that kind of girl. So I picked up Last True Hero, the first book in the "Battle Scars" series, and, OH HOT DAMN. I couldn't put it down. Dare and Berkeley? SIGH. And then came the crippling fear: how was I going to love anyone as much as I loved these two? Well, in Diana Gardin's obviously talented hands, my fears were wildly unwarranted.
In Last True Hero, Grisham was a mostly likable, occasionally lovable, secondary character; but, he was an obstacle to the relationship I was so rooting for. To have him be the protagonist in Saved by the SEAL, the next novel in the "Battle Scars" series, created an opportunity for readers of the series to draw (occasionally biased) comparisons between Grish and his predecessor. But fear not, because Grisham can stand on his own (pun somewhat intended). The parts of Grisham I appreciated in Last True Hero remained, but, in Saved by the SEAL, he is fleshed out (is he ever fleshed out--*fans self*), fully becoming a leading man in his own right. Simply put, SA-WOOOOON. Seriously, the sappy grin that was on my face for the majority of this book was downright embarrassing (serves me right for reading in public).
Grisham and Greta sizzle, both stepping into the limelight from the periphery, the relationship between the two causing mutual growth for the characters, as they come to realize that being in a committed relationship is not a hindrance but natural progression. Even though Grisham is a decorated military hero, Greta saved him as much as he saved her. The chemistry between these two crackled palpably, taking on a life of its own and transcending the words on the page (or e-reader screen). Although the conflict in the story is just ever-so-slightly predictable, it is no less compelling, as Gardin creates urgency and tension and bucks convention, impressively allowing the female protagonist to save herself.
I'm new to Gardin's work, but if this novel is any indication, I will be reading much more from her in the future.
Saved by the Seal is the second book in the Battle Scars series, but rest assured this book is a great read that was easily loved without reading the first book. (I read them out of order.)
In this book, Gardin reunites us with a wonderful cast of characters that you met in Last True Hero but Grisham and Greta take center stage. Let me just say, I was in love with Grisham by the end of the first chapter! He is a wounded Navy Seal and tortured hero. Grish is struggling to cope after the amputation of his leg and trying to figure out where he fits into the world post-military. His body is covered in real scars but a good deal of the time, the battlefield is in his mind. He's convinced that's he's damaged goods. But when he sees a woman drowning, his impulse is to save. He rushes headlong into danger and reveals himself to be the hero he thinks was lost.
Greta met Grisham a couple years ago when she was roommates with his best friend and unrequited love. She's always had a thing for the sexy sailor but she's certain they will never be more than friends. She accepts that and moves on. Her life hasn't been easy but she's a girl that keeps her face to the sun. When Grisham saves her life that day on the beach, he breathed new life into her and now, she's returning the favor by showing him all he still has to offer. Greta is fiesty but kind of shy and honestly, I kind of loved her! She's an incredible match to cocky but sweet Grisham.
There's also a little bit of a twist to the book that puts Greta in danger and thrusts Grisham back into hero status. It also reminds the reader that preparation is the key to prevention and we can be our own heroes!
I loved this book! I'm a sucker for anything to do with our military but I'm over the moon that the author delves into the complexity of being a wounded warrior. I so appreciate the "life after loss, reborn after tragedy" theme of the book. An awesome read!
Review by AnnMarie
Last True Hero (Book 1) *Review HERE *Get it HERE
Saved by the Seal (Book 2) *Get it HERE
Saved by the Seal is the second book in Diana Gardin's Battle Scars Series. We met both Grisham and Greta in the first book, Last True Hero, as secondary characters, but they get their own story in Saved by the Seal!
The moment Grisham recognizes Greta as the woman drowning he is trying to save, he knows he is in trouble. He met Greta through his friend (and her former roommate) Berkeley and lost touch over the two years he was gone with the Seals. Grisham felt a bolt of attraction to Greta two years ago, but that was when he still thought he was going to end up with Berkeley, and when he was still whole... Grisham isn't the same man he was then. He's scarred and still trying to cope with losing a part of his leg in an explosion. He's at a crossroads in his life. Trying to figure out where his life is going after he is discharged from the military at the end of the year.
But there is something about Greta that makes him want to be better a man, and that shows him can still be a whole man without the military and his leg...
Greta has had a crush on Grisham since she met him two years ago but never thought anything could come from it because of his relationship with Berkeley. She hasn't seen him since he came home from the Middle East, injured and scarred. A smart woman would leave Grisham alone to let him sort out his life, but Greta wants to be there for her friend and support him in new life.
When their attraction for each other can no longer be denied, Grisham is scared about dumping all his issues on Greta. But maybe, this time, Greta can be the one that saves him.
I LOVED this book. I thought that the writing was excellent and Diana did an amazing job with the Grisham and Greta's story. Their relationship felt realistic and honest. I look forward to more from the Battle Scars series.
RATING: 5 out of 5
**I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.**
Grisham just wants to be the hero in someone else's story and Greta has had her share of them. Coming back from war missing a part of you will change anybody. It has been a long road for Grisham and he is finally accepting who he is now. Greta just wants to be there for her family since it is too much of a job for her father.
Saved by the Seal is book 2 in the Battle Scars series by Diana Gardin. This book can be read alone with some characters from the first book making an appearance. With any good military romance there is going to be a battle with the demons they had faced in their past as well as learning to cope being a civilian once again. Diana Gardin has done a great job so far with this book.
What I loved about this book was that it was light yet had an equal amount of suspense to keep you glued to the pages. Literally, I read this book in a few short hours which does not happen with an 350 page book. Character development is also a plus when dealing with military men because you just want them to see how amazing they really are. Loved that Greta is a chef and wants to make her own way despite her fathers best efforts to provide (in my opinion bribe) for her.
What I liked about Saved by the Seal was the supporting characters as they brought new dimensions to Gardin's characters. The Beach. I'm a beach bum at heart and when reading a book surrounded by the beach has an instant place in my heart. And, I liked see how even though Grisham and Greta both had a 'broken home' it did not stop them from enjoying life.
What I didn't like was the fact that Greta was looking for a way for Grisham to let her down. She is a strong character who knew what she wanted and how she was going to take it. It only takes one mistake and she bolts which she makes worse by literally rubbing Grisham's nose in it.
In the end it was an enjoyable read that had me flipping to the next page to find more. I am excited for the next book and I hope it has Mea and Drake!
I was gifted a copy of this book from the JeepDiva in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and ratings of this book are my own.