Tuesday, July 14, 2015

REVIEW: The Seal's Angel (+$10 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: The Seal's Angel 
Author: Petie McCarty 
Series: Mystery Angel Romance #3
Pages: 258
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Format: Kindle
Genre: Romance
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours
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Navy SEAL Sean MacKay's teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay's teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory's whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother's death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay -- the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

~My Thoughts~
Sean is in a bad place. After losing his partner in a mission fighting terrorists, he now finds himself having to break the news to his sister.  Not only that, but Sean believes that his partner sent deadly nerve gas, stolen from the terrorists, to her before he died, involving Cory in a web of thrills, lies, and terrorists...some at home as well as abroad. 

Petie really gave Cory and Sean minds of their own and I loved that. You get inside their heads in ways that I wasn't even expecting. It was a great ride simply because we got a front row seat to all the action and romance going along with this turbulent couple and relationship. I find trust issues to be either extremely annoying or extremely understandable, and luckily Seal's Angel falls under the latter. These two have had tough lives and experiences that shaped them into the pseudo-cynical folks they are today. It's a good thing they found each other to warm themselves up though! 

The twists are strong in this one...at least the very end finale! I was definitely not expecting that! I thought the plot and pacing of the story was extremely well done. There was enough romance to have me feeling the love, but the main thread of the story never got too buried or too out of hand. I enjoy following a story that has a romance in it...not a story about only a romance. The Seal's Angel accomplishes that and much more. Definitely a steamy summer read if I've ever seen one! 
~Try an Excerpt!~
"Let me get that for you."

Mac's face appeared at her shoulder, his cheek close enough that if she moved her lips a very few inches she could plant a kiss there.

Now where had that thought come from? Easy, girl.

The rich smell of man, out-of-doors, and a hint of the morning's after-shave had wafted over her and had her thinking sensual thoughts like cheek-smooching. Okay, way more sensual than just cheeks as her gaze zeroed in on lips made for kissing. Lips still so soft and noticeable though surrounded by the close-clipped dark beard. Lips that easily curved into a smile capable of stealing her breath away. Lips like that had to be made for kissing. His eyes studied hers intently.

Dear Lord don't let this man read my thoughts. They'd set his hair on fire.

As though he had heard, his sexy lips curved into that breath-stealing smile.

Kiss me. Please, kiss me.

The wayward thought made her gasp in surprise.

He shifted back a few inches. "It's okay. I've got it."

Great. He'd heard. How embarrassing. She had gasped like an adolescent teen.

He straightened and pulled the bag into his arms, then dropped it into the wagon. "These are too heavy for you."

"Not really. I'd have to load them if you weren't here."

"But I am here."

His voice had gone husky, and her skin tingled. He was only inches away again. When had he moved? So quick, so silent.

His predatory-blue eyes trained on her, skimming over her face -- over her -- as though memorizing the way she looked. Or was he searching for answers to unasked questions?

Her pulse raced. Her palms grew damp.

Mac leaned closer.

She held her breath. 

~Meet Petie!~
Petie spent a large part of her career working as a biologist at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job in order to write her stories full-time.

Petie is a member of Romance Writers of America, and she shares homes in Tennessee and Florida with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.

Petie McCarty will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. Enjoyed reading your great review, thank you!

    1. Thanks, Nikolina! Stay tuned for more Mystery Angel Romances in the future.

  2. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

    1. Best of luck in the giveaway, Janhvi! If you'd like a longer excerpt, you can view the first two chapters of The SEAL's Angel on my web site at http://www.petiemccarty.com/books/the-seal-s-angel/the-seal-s-angel-excerpt/

  3. Thank you, Andra, for hosting my release and taking the time to review my book!

  4. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

    1. Thank you for your support, Rita! I love writing the Mystery Angel Romances.

    2. Thank you for your support, Rita! I love writing the Mystery Angel Romances.

  5. Sounds like a great addition to the series

    1. I had a lot of fun and help with this one, Shannon. A friend of mine from my "day" job was a Lieutenant in the Navy SEALs and he checked my manuscript for any SEAL faux pas.

  6. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. I learned a lot writing the book, Patrick. I learned how to sabotage a kayak, how sabotage a boat dock, how to sabotage a water tower. You know... fun stuff. :-)

  7. Navy SEALs are a great favorite.

    1. Navy SEALs are a favorite of mine, too, Mary. I was so lucky to know an ex-SEAL who was willing to help me with the book. May have a future Mystery Angel Romance with one of Mac's teammates...

  8. "... She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job in order to write her stories full-time."
    I too eventually said good-bye to my day job, but it was in order to type other people's stories (and reports, etc.) full-time from home, and I've never regretted that decision even once (now almost 30 years later).... Congratulations on your latest release!