Lieutenant Amador “Stryker” Salas and his tight-knit Navy SEAL team are undercover on a Texas ranch and tasked with covert ops across the border. It’s an assignment that requires all their skills, all their secrets, and all their know-how.
Anya Gutierrez, the local veterinarian, has been serving the ranch for years. She loves the animals and ranching life, and Stryker finds her a breath of fresh air in his otherwise rigidly disciplined existence.
When Anya gets caught in the crosshairs of a mission gone sideways, Stryker must tell her the truth about who he really is, risking everything to keep her out of harm’s way, even if it destroys him.
Titles in the Texas Navy SEALS series include — A SEAL Never Quits –
Title: A SEAL Never Quits
Series: Texas Navy SEALS #1
Author: Holly Castillo
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4 stars
A SEAL NEVER QUITS is the first story in Holly Castillo’s series, Texas Navy Seals. It definitely caught my attention as I’ve read and loved other books, series by the author. There is world-building in this one, there needs to be, mainly because there’s a mission-based over-arching thread that will go on throughout the series, but also because the men of the SEAL team are a complicated group, each with their own issues to be -eventually- dealt with in their own stories… and a possible betrayal within their ranks.
Stryker and Anya are an interesting couple given their backgrounds, life experiences and the secrets that his mission requires that Stryker keeps from Anya.
The underlying mission to take down a drug cartel and the obvious mole that must exist within their team or support because needed information is not making its way to them as it should be doing will provide the suspense to this story. I’m a bit torn on the romance aspects, yet that is my opinion and any reader should make up their own minds.
I enjoyed A SEAL NEVER QUITS and will continue the series as I now need to know what comes next. While I didn’t outright love Stryker’s and Anya’s story for my own reasons, this one is a good base to launch the rest of the series off from, and I’m curious to see where it goes next.
*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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