Review of the complete “Hot SEALs” series – Cat Johnson

(Hot SEALs #1)
 

Ten years of dedication to the Navy taught SEAL Jon Rudnick one thing—he’s not afraid to risk life and limb for his country. But when navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy it makes Jon question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the woman he can’t get out of his head. When Ali’s life is threatened and military rules won’t allow him to intervene, Jon decides it’s time to take back control.

(Hot SEALs #2)

Zane Alexander was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but the rebellious bad boy traded it, along with his share of the family fortune, for a Navy SEAL trident and freedom from his controlling father.

Ten years later, Zane’s teammates are depending on him to secure the startup capital they need to open their security company and he’s gambling on his skills at covert operations to get it. For a million dollars he’ll fake interest in Missy Greenwood, the Senator’s daughter his father wants him to date in exchange for the investment.

When Missy is kidnapped and Zane and his team are sent to Nigeria to rescue her, there’s no more faking it when the danger and the emotions turn very real.

 
 
 
(Hot SEALs #3)
 
 
As a combat hardened Navy SEAL, Thom Grande has fought terrorism around the globe, but he can’t fight is his ex-wife. Or her lawyer. Or the alimony payments. Just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, bad luck smacks him up side the head—literally. Now he’s got a traumatic brain injury and can’t remember his own name. The good news? He can’t remember his ex-wife or the woes she’s causing him either.

Virginia Starr has the worst luck ever with romance. But maybe her luck is changing because one hell of a hot man just showed up at her door in the middle of the night. One problem—he can’t remember anything, including who he is. The more Ginny sees, the more she realizes, that might not matter all that much.

 
 
(Hot SEALs #4)
 

Retired SEAL Chris Cassidy knows the bro code—no messing around with teammates’ sisters. However, Chris never was one for following rules. Besides, his teammate Rick’s gorgeous sister Darci is worth breaking the rules for.

Darci Mann is tired of being alone. Since Zane, the bad boy SEAL she formerly had a crush on, fell in love with someone else and her best friend Ali found her own happy ending Darci’s feeling her single status extra keenly. Though she suspects her brother’s buddy Chris would be willing to change her status . . . if she decides to let him.

When a routine assignment turns deadly and Chris switches from charming joker to capable trained warrior willing to kill or die to save Darci’s life, she might have to reevaluate her feelings about the perpetual bachelor and her own future.

 
 
—–> Review <—–
The premise of the series was very intriguing. I admit, between the covers and the synopsis of the stories, I purchased the entire set. However, the potential for a great series didn’t occur. For me, Cat seemed to drag the stories along until the final chapters. Then, I felt she hurried up the tales to end it. Too quickly in my book. 
 
Examples: 
 
Night with a SEAL: Jon doesn’t stay in contact with Ali after they have sex and she gives him a goodbye blow job but after she’s held hostage at the bank, he now wants her. Again, the declaration happens at the end. Talk about Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am. Why did she have to take him back after he treated her so coldly? Ever hear of playing hard to get. SHEESH! 
 
Saved by a SEAL: Another book featuring a man giving a woman the brush off only to have the heroine (or in this case, damsel in distress) take him back without batting an eye. I know Missy had a crush on him for years but, seriously, let him work a little bit to prove he won’t hurt her again. 
 
 
SEALed by Midnight: Thom shows up at Virginia’s barn with amnesia and she welcomes him into her “home”. After a single PG night together, he wakes up with his memory intact, returns to his team (without her knowledge), and then ventures back to her. Suddenly he doesn’t remember or care why he avoids relationships. One night and BAM he wants a future with a woman he’s only known a couple hours. I call FOUL!  He takes her to meet his parents on day two together and she agrees to try the long distance thing. Again, I say FOUL. Wouldn’t you want to be close to a person during the honeymoon stage? As a reader, I couldn’t find this believable or how he suddenly got over his fears of the bitch ex. How desperate is she for a man that she’d agree to this. He’s basically a freaking stranger. 
 
This story didn’t seem plausible in the least. The characters didn’t click for me. 
 
Kissed by a SEAL: Chris is jealous of the attention Darci gives to Zane; her attraction to him. However, during the last pages of the book, he seems to forget how she’s wanted Zane all this time. He doesn’t address it at all. WTH. I know he wanted her for years but wouldn’t any sane person wonder/question if her heart still belongs to another man. No, in this case, Cat has the couple talk for about 5 minutes, announce they are together to his brother and hers, then they begin shagging. Come on, really! 
 
So much potential……
 
Man, I hate writing a bad review. I like to say something positive since I know the time/love/dedication writer’s place during the creative process. With that said, Chris was a total lovable guy. His humor made him a likable character. All the “cast” were likable in their own way. 
 
 
 

 

Heart Rating System – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤
 
 
 
Night with a SEAL – Kindle / Paperback / [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]


Saved by a SEAL – Kindle / Paperback / [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]


SEALed by Midnight – Kindle / Paperback


Kissed by a SEAL – Kindle / Paperback

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