I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Call to Engage by Tawny Weber
Series: Team Poseidon #2
Published by HQN Books on June 27, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Military, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…
Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he's heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.
Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there's no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…
Call to Engage is Tawny Weber’s second installment in the Team Poseidon series, and even though I’m new to Tawny’s books and this series, I had no trouble jumping right into this strong, tight-knit, and loyal group of Navy SEALS and their struggles–both on the job and off. Book two focuses on Elijah and Ava, and what turns out to be a second chance at love for these two exes.
Lieutenant Elijah Prescott is fresh off a hospitalization after their last mission went wrong, where one of their own turned on them and betrayed his team and country. He’s scared on both the outside and inside from that incident, and he decides that he needs a little more time to get his head straight before returning to duty. So he’s off to his family home, but he decides that he’ll stay with his cousin Mack who won’t give him any trouble–or any of the sympathetic glances that he’s gotten in the four years since his son died at four months old of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and then his wife divorced him.
After Ava Monroe experienced the most painful thing that a mother could go through–with her husband on an assignment who knows where with the Navy, she’s moved on as best she could. She’s no longer a socialite controlled by her parents, and she’s now a trainer, massage therapist, and a first degree black belt. Ava uses exercise to hide from the emptiness she thought she left behind, and she’s so sure she’s doing well–about to by in as partner at the gym she’s working at, teaching as many classes as she can, avoiding being set up by her friends. She’s protecting her heart with a strong body and an even more closed off social schedule.
And then Elijah walks into his cousin’s gym–Ava’s gym–and both their ideas of how their life should be are thrown out the window.
Ava and Elijah’s attraction is still there after four years apart, but she’s not looking to jump back into a permanent, serious relationship with him. He’s never been able to get her out of his system, and when she suggests that they have a no strings attach dalliance, he agrees even though he knows it’s a bad idea–especially with his emotional state and the precarious position of his team still being under investigation for the previous treasonous member. When the time calls for Elijah to be recalled to duty for a special op and Ava can be pulled in as well, neither one of them backs down from the chance. While it’s Elijah’s duty so they can flush out the rat, Ava has proved to be a woman of action and now understands why Elijah loves his job and brothers so much–and she can’t bear to be away from him any longer.
I give Call to Engage a five out of five. Full of action, romance, and emotional insights from both main characters, I feel like I really got to know both Ava and Elijah deeply throughout the book. They both grew as people, and this growth was a pleasure to read. The secondary characters were well-fleshed out and intriguing, and I really want to know what happened with Chloe since she disappeared in the middle of the book. The Poseidon SEAL team were a diverse band of brothers, and they worked really well together, along with the women that were entering into the fray as wives and girlfriends. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series, focusing on Commander Nic Savino–Call To Redemption.
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About Tawny Weber
Tawny Weber is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than forty books. She writes sexy, emotional romances with a dash of humor and is known for her heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. The recipient of numerous writing awards, Tawny has also hit number one on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. She lives with her family in Northern California.
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