Jack Armstrong’s been slowly piecing his life back together after a career-ending injury bounced him from the SEALs. The only trouble is, his family’s on their way to his new haven in Montana…and Jack refuses to let them know he’s still hurting. Desperate, he makes a deal with local bad girl Rose Rogers: in exchange for some extra security, she’ll play the perfect loving girlfriend.
Rose doesn’t trust any man, much less some tough-as-nails former SEAL. But the more they settle into their ruse, the more things start to feel real, and the more Rose’s true fear surfaces―that she’ll never be good enough for love. But Jack isn’t about to lose Rose. He’s done running when things get tough, and he’s determined to prove―once and for all―that even the most troubled hearts can find their way to redemption.
Title: Cowboy SEAL Redemption
Series: Navy SEAL Cowboy #2
Author: Nicole Helm
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I love a sassy heroine, and Rose is that and so much more. She can be downright mean when the occasion calls for it, she’ll defend those she cares for to the bitter end, she’s hard but life has treated her that way and she copes. Her family will never qualify for a Hallmark movie, but she survived. And her attitude toward life and people reflects that survival. When faced with the chance for some free and sexy security for her bar Rose takes on that challenge. After all, how hard can it be to pretend to care about one wounded, handsome cowboy. Maybe harder than she first thought when pretend becomes something more.
It took me maybe two minutes to slide into love with Jack. He’s one of the good guys and it shows. His military career is now behind him, something that still grates. The injuries both physical and mental still drag at him every single day. He and his friends Gabe and Alex are recreating, rebuilding their lives in a sort of new direction and it’s fulfilling work that takes a bit of the constant edge off. The last thing he wants to face right now is his family, or the brother who married Jack’s sweetheart. He will not show any weakness to these people so the idea of a pretend girlfriend in exchange for some security and time spent with Rose seems the perfect short term solution. It might have started out as pretend, but the spark between Jack and Rose is obvious and soon Jack is fighting a different battle. Rose’s past was hard, and she’s convinced that love will never find her for she’s been shown time and time again that she’s not worth loving. Jack will set out to prove that theory wrong on so many levels – and you’ll fall in love with a couple who work so well together while tumbling into love themselves.
I absolutely loved Cowboy SEAL Redemption. It checks off so many boxes for me in a romance. There is a believable couple to root for, family to be dealt with and put in place, emotions to be experienced and believed in and some great secondary characters to love… along with some animals that try to steal the show. What is not to love about any of that? I had a blast with Rose and Jack, and I’m thinking you would as well. This is one of those stories that should be on your reading list… right at the top. The next story is a Christmas one… and why is Christmas so far away. (pout) I’d gladly recommend Cowboy SEAL Redemption and this entire series to any Contemporary Romance reader who love a good story, lively characters and simply falling in love again.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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