Saved by the SEAL is the newest release by author Diana Gardin. I had the privilege to receive an ARC copy for this. Saved by the SEAL is the second book in the Battle Scars series, Last True Hero being the first (which I also received as an ARC). I am going to try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible because I don’t want to spoil anything!
Saved by the SEAL features Greta and Grisham, both of whom we’ve met in the first book. If you have read the first one and can’t remember who they are. Grisham was Berkeley’s childhood friend (and arranged-by-their-parents-fiance) and Greta was Berkeley’s old roommate before Berkeley moved in with Dare. Grisham is a SEAL, but after having lost his lower leg in a bombing in Syria he is about to leave the Navy and he has returned to his beach house. When he sees a woman nearly drowning he doesn’t hesitate but dive into the water to rescue her. It turns out to be Greta, his best friend’s ex-roommate and his long time crush. Greta who is about to turn his life upside down.
Greta has always been crushing on Grisham but never did anything about it because of what he meant to Berkeley. But surely now that Berk is so happy with Dare, that means there’s a chance right? Grisham and Greta start out as friends but soon enough it appears that their attraction can’t be hidden any longer. Grisham feels he’s too messed up after everything that has happened to dump it all on Greta, but perhaps it is Greta’s turn to save Grisham’s life this time round.
Diana Gardin, as I’ve said before, is one of the nicest people that I’ve been allowed to meet in the last year and a half since getting more serious about my book blogging and other means. Her books pull you into the storyline so quickly that before you know it you’re in so deep that you won’t be able to get out before finishing the book. This one not being any different! The story of Grisham and Greta was such an amazing one. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy books and getting away from that and losing myself in a romance was just what I needed at the time.
Grisham and Greta were a whirlwind from the get go and that’s just how I like it. It’s the kind of romance that makes you root for them without worrying about anything that’s going to go wrong, because how can that not happen? I like reading about men in uniform. Greta who had her own problems with a dad that lived for his job and a mum and sisters that needed her help. Grisham who wanted nothing more than his mother to be safe and for his dad to somehow stop being a pain in the neck (yeah right, like that was going to happen). Greta and Grisham were two of my favourite side characters in the first book in the Battle Scars series and I was SO pumped when I found out that they were going to have their own book. I was wondering what would happen to Grisham now that Berkeley was with Dare and would no longer be engaged to him as their parents had planned.
I love it when I can finish a book in a day, this one I finished in less than a day. I love my job where I’m allowed to read while the kids are in school or playing and doing arts and crafts, because that makes it that much easier to lose myself in a novel where I don’t want to get out off before finishing the very last page of it. This book was no exception to that fact, I finished this book on the last day of February and I wish I could return to the start without knowing what was going to happen and read it all over again!
Thank you Diana, for letting me read your book before the book has even been released, as always it is an honour to be part of the group of bloggers that are allowed to. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance, who loves men in uniform, who is in for a ride and who isn’t afraid of a little danger lurking around the corner! This book got a five out of five stars and it more than deserved it! I have no idea if there’s going to be another novel in this series, but I do hope so as I want to find out what happened between Mea and Drake and what will happen to either of them!
Saved by the SEAL / Diana Gardin / Forever Yours / 8 March 2016 / 352 pag. / ISBN: 978 14 5559 4740
I’m so excited to show with you all the amazing new novel in the Battle Scars series. It’s a standalone, but if you haven’t read Last True Hero yet (GO READ IT!) you will enjoy this series for sure!!
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He saved her life. She showed him how to live it . . .
When he sees a woman 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 . . .
Last True Hero is the newest book by author Diana Gardin. After reading her other books and finding out that this was about a discharged soldier (which are kinda my thing it seems) I couldn’t wait to find out about this book. I was surprised when Diana messaged me if I wanted to read her book for review, surprised but so excited. Thank you, Diana, I hope you can find yourself in my review and that I do the books justice because oh my god!
Berkeley Foltz has made one deal with herself, never to date a military man. Being an Admiral’s daughter means that her entire life has been around these men, and being expected to get engaged to the son of your father’s colleague doesn’t really help her case. But she doesn’t love Grisham, he’s her best friend sure, but he’s not that guy for her. After graduating from college her parents only seem to pressure her more and Berkeley is ready to get away from all of that.
Enter Dare Conners, Dare is an ex Army Ranger and has moved to Lone Sands, North Carolina to get some peace and quiet after being discharged by the army after getting hurt on his last deployment. When Dare and his friend Drake are eating out, his eye falls on Berkeley, who is their waitress at the restaurant and that’s where it all starts. Flirting back and forth it seems unavoidable that Berkeley falls for Dare and the other way around, but what if it isn’t all as simple as it seems? Both carry around secrets that they’re not ready to tell the other, but sometimes laying it all bare is really the best way to go, right?
Let me start off with this, Diana is one of the humblest, amazing writers I’ve come across in the past year of me starting both my blog and instagram accounts. After reading and reviewing her Falling Deep, I’ve been following her on facebook and I got really excited when I found out that she was coming with a new series. One that I knew I was going to be reading as soon as it would be available! I was very lucky to receive it days before the release date and already have finished it, or was I lucky? Because I loved this book!
Dare and Berkeley had this kind of insta-connection that I love in books, but they didn’t have insta-love, which I really don’t like at all. Sure they flirted and bantered back and forth but they didn’t give in to one another until everything was out in the open. And that is what pulled me into this book, I like books like these. Books where both male and female have an equal part in the relationship, where both get to be the dominant one and both get to have problems and instead of fighting alone, they do it together.
Berkeley knows how to deal with Dare’s PTSD and knows how to calm him down when his nightmares get the upperhand and on the other hand does Dare know when to push Berkeley’s buttons and when to not do so. Together they were a force to be reckoned with and apart they were a small shell of that force.
Where this is just the first book in the Battle Scars series, I can’t wait to read the other books in the series, where I know we’ll find out Grisham’s story (hellooo, one preview chapter is not enough, Diana!) I can’t wait to find out who else we’re going to find out about (if even anyone else)!
Thank you so much for this review copy, Diana, I hope to be able to read the next book soon as possible, because you’ve got me hooked once again!
Reed Hopewell is a lot of things to a lot of people… To his parents, he’s the son who needs to get serious. To his friends, he’s the player they all want to be. And to his fans, he’s the hottest rocker in Charleston. But never has Reed been anyone’s hero-until the night he finds Hope.
Hope Dawson can count the number of men she trusts on one hand. Definitely not the guys she goes out with or the stepfather who treats her like property. She’d be out of his house tomorrow if not for the need to protect her little sister. But when things at home go from bad to worse, Hope has to act fast-and Reed is the only person she can turn to…
This book.. I knew I was going to like it from the moment I opened it up. I don’t know what it is, but I am just in love with books that fit into this category. They’re fast easy reads, they tell great stories and above all, they make you fall in love with all of the characters in it. This book was no different. It was fun, it was heartbreaking and I couldn’t help but start to love all of the characters in it.
Let me start at the very beginning. We meet Reed who is getting ready to give the show of a lifetime at a club in Charleston. He is a singer/songwriter who hopes to make it big one day, but during the day works in his father’s company. His father hopes that Reed will take over one day or run it with his sister, Aston, but Reed has different dreams. Reed has no intentions on settling down any time soon and has never had a serious girlfriend who was able to change his mind. Then we meet Hope, who appears to be on a date with a guy. She is in the club that Reed performs in and after the performance her date is set to go home, with her. But Hope has no intentions on going with the guy. Things happen and in the end Reed saves Hope from the creeper. While you never expect the story behind Hope’s horrific night, it brings in so much drama and therefore you want to know more, you want to know what happens with Hope, what happens with Reed and even what is going to happen to Hope’s little sister Violet and if Hope is able to get Violet away from her mother and stepfather.
What I love about this book is that Diana was able to create so much drama and heartbreak in just 70,000 words. The story pulls you in, you’re hooked from the very first page and I wasn’t able to put the book down very easily. Which then resulted in me having short nights before a long day at work! Even though I’ve been reading a lot of New Adult books the last couple of months, I love when a story is set apart from the rest of the books I’ve been reading. Diana was able to make me fall in love with Nelson Island (and the people on it 😉 )
This book, for me, got a big five out of five stars. The story intrigued me, it made me cry, hold my breath and make me want to keep reading all night long. While I wasn’t able to post my review on Amazon, due to me not having an active buying account there, I will post this here and on other platforms. Diana, thank you for writing this book and I can’t wait to dive into Sam/Aston’s and Hunter/Ever’s story!