by Cristin Harber
Navy SEAL Noah Coleman knows how to do two things well: underwater demolition and hand-to-hand combat. So renewing his enlistment is a no-brainer until he receives a message about his cousin’s aggressive terminal cancer. A quick trip home confirms the worst, which means his niece Bella will become his responsibility.
Elementary school guidance counselor Teagan Shaw has known Bella since her son announced the two were best friends. The shy little girl is also on Teagan’s radar because of Bella’s early signs of gifted aptitude. But Teagan is more concerned about the military man thrust into the role of single parent.
While Noah adjusts to civilian life and Eagle’s Ridge, he and Teagan begin forging a friendship. But Teagan has a secret, a shadowy figure from her past who is intent on returning to torment her.
Fall in love with seven sexy and irresistible soldiers who find their courage and heart tested like never before in the battle for love! This multi-author collaborative series of contemporary romance novels is brought to you by bestselling authors Barbara Freethy, Roxanne St. Claire, Christie Ridgway, Lynn Raye Harris, Julia London, Cristin Harber and Samantha Chase. You won’t want to miss a single one!
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About The Author
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.
I was super excited about reading yet another book of the 7 Brides For 7 Soldiers series, specially this one because it was written by Cristin Harber. Noah in the cover didn’t do much for me (he’s so much more handsome in my imagination), but if you judge cover by their looks, don’t let this one fool you. It is really good.
Heaven helped the woman who he had children with. Never mind. A family wasn’t in his future. He was a SEAL, through and through.
Noah Coleman is a navy SEAL through and through. He was happy as one, dedicated to his career and didn’t see himself as anything else. He didn’t envision himself in a relationship, and much less with a family. But life has unexpected surprises, and his dear cousin, the one she considered a sister, dies leaving him with the responsibility of raising her daughter Bella. Imagine what such an event could do to a man’s life. Fortunately, he didn’t have to figure it all out on his own.
NOAH: Just wondering. Did Bella say…
NOAH: Drive careful, Mrs. Shaw?
NOAH: Drive careful, Ms. Shaw?
Teagan Shaw is Bella’s school counselor, she also happens to be a friend of Noah’s late cousin and the mother of Bella’s best friend, Will. She happens to be a single mother who Noah feels immediately attracted to. She’s a great person and human being. I love how grounded she’s portrait and how very centered she is. But it wouldn’t be interesting if things were simple.
“I’m sorry someone gave you a reason to be this defensive,” Noah said quietly.
Noah and Teagan are attracted to each other from minute one. They both feel a connection that it’s almost tangible through the pages of the book. But Noah isn’t the only one in a complicated situation. He is learning to be a father, and raising a gifted daughter, while Teagan is also raising a boy completely on her own. ‘Cause her boy’s father is not at all interested in Will, not even when he unexpectedly shows his face for the first time since the five year old was born.
“And, I can scale any wall.” There wasn’t a hint of innocence behind that SEAL’s smile. “Now that I know the history behind it? Doesn’t worry me at all.
I thought it was smart of them both to stop and think things through before then jumped into a relationship. It was the very paternty thing to do. Even if Noah was ready to get all in (as I did), Teagan was the voice of reason. Noah didn’t even completely gotten his head around his cousin’s death and didn’t have much clue of how to raise Bella. He was learning as he went and relied a lot on his family, friends and Teagan. It was good that she told him they shouldn’t rush into things, even if she did it because she was also insecure.
“This isn’t a game for me, Teagan. I’m not going anywhere. I wouldn’t do that to Bella.”
Eventually it is bigger than them, and there’s a series of events that bring them finally together. However there’s a series of things that they need to go through regarding Bella’s mother’s death and Will’s father.
“I like figuring this out with you. Having time with them, but then just you and me.”
I loved that Noah and Teagan got their happily ever after. I also enjoyed the little participation that other characters from the rest of the series made. I’m really enjoying how all of these amazing authors are giving us one great series.