The SEAL’s Temptation – #NewRelease #Review @JacqBiggar #Giveaway

 

The
SEAL’s Temptation

Wounded
Hearts Book 7

by
Jacquie Biggar

Genre:
Romantic Suspense

DEA
Agent Maggie Holt knows about Hell…

After
eighteen months undercover in a Mexican cartel, Maggie is broken. The
kickass agent she once was, is gone, leaving her riddled with guilt
and nightmares. Forced to take paid leave, Maggie accepts the offer
of a vacation on the ranch of the man who’d rescued her from an
almost certain death.

Frank
Stein knows the signs of PTSD, he’d suffered the symptoms himself
as Chief Petty Officer of SEAL Team Five. Honorably retired from
duty, Frank has found peace at the family ranch and hopes it will do
the same for Magdalena. Ever since he’d first met her when she was
interrogating his buddy, Jared, Frank has been fascinated by the
raven-haired beauty and wants the chance to see where their
relationship could go.

Adam
O’Connor is Maggie’s partner. He knows her. He loved her once and
could again, if she’d let him in. But he’s also angry she took
the chances she did by going undercover against orders. And now,
things are different. She’s different.

When
a right-wing militia group infiltrates the area, will DEA Agent
Maggie Holt, her partner, Adam O’Connor, and ex-SEAL Chief Frank
Stein be able to set aside their differences to stop them before
someone dies? And who will Maggie choose, the handsome cowboy, or her
charismatic DEA partner?


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Suspense novels brimming w/Attitude. 

Jacquie
Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to
write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing
to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on
Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all
over the world!

In
her own words: “My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting
like a total klutz I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a
butler to my calico cat. My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like
Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my
armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake and Adam’s
shenanigans. I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby)
taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?). I have a
slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and
talking to my friends.”


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With three separate romances going on in this story, I loved all the different aspects of each one. DEA agent, Maggie Holt, is suffering from PTSD and attempting to recover after being held captive by a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. The bouts of PTSD bring her to her knees. Frank Stein, former Chief Petty Officer Navy SEAL team leader, simply wants to enjoy retirement and ranch life. The ranch seems the perfect place for Maggie to recover. He hadn’t counted on falling for the beautiful woman he is trying to help. And, he also hadn’t counted on a drug cartel moving their operation into the area and using stolen cattle for a cover. Adam (Maggie’s former lover) and Amanda (the tough DEA woman in charge) are another romance in the making, as are Frank’s mother and the ranch foreman. This story is full of action. Each chapter takes the reader into a different POV and sometimes a different setting. But, as this author so often does, she ties all of the different threads together to bring the story to a satisfactory conclusion. Tough female protagonists and even tougher male protagonists with soft hearts make for a delightful romantic read with tons of suspense where the bad guys are clever and deadly. The author left this story open for a sequel and I look forward to reading it. There are many characters in this book, and I struggled at times, to keep them straight as to who was who. I definitely think it would be helpful to come into this story with some more background by reading Maggie’s Revenge first. I highly recommend this book, but also suggest that you read the previous book first just to make the characters, their roles, and relationships easier to follow.

What worked? What didn’t?

NaNoWriMo 2019 ended yesterday. Was it a success? I suppose, like most things in life, it’s the perspective with which you look at it, as to the answer to the question.

The original goal for NaNoWriMo was to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

After the second weekend, I realized I was not going to make that goal. So, I reduced my goal to 30,000 words and ended the month with 30,105. At least, then it didn’t look like an epic fail. 🙂 That brought my story to 56,724 words. And I’m now in the wrap-up phase of “Jagged Feathers.”

Here’s what worked:

  1. The motivation to participate was a huge propelling factor
  2. Knowing where my story needed to go (even though I don’t outline, I knew what needed to happen)
  3. Having my characters fully developed, and what each had to hide and had to learn
  4. Finding determination to write as much as I could without verging on the edge of insanity.
  5. Having personal experience with an amputation.

What didn’t work:

  1. I had to stop multiple times and do some research (for instance, what are the residual effects of being shot with an assault rifle wearing a bullet-proof vest, where in Dallas, Texas can you buy a certain kind of ammo, Can you buy live hand grenades in Dallas, Texas, Where is a military clothing store, are there storage lockers at the bus station, etc…) – So, note to self: try and do the research ahead of time. If someone was to look at my search history, they’d probably think I was a terrorist. 🙂
  2. Family events ( I wound up keeping all five grandchildren – three one time and two the next – for several days in a row) That interfered with writing for sure.
  3. Thanksgiving holiday (no matter how much I wanted to kid myself about having all this extra time, Thanksgiving was taken up with quality family time and I don’t regret it one bit!)
  4. Going back and reading what I’d written (one of the proponents of NaNoWriMo is to just write and not worry about sentence structure, plot points, grammar or punctuation. I found that I couldn’t do that.)
  5. Even though I had NaNoWriMo Buddies, there was little communication between us, so I don’t think I quite understood that part.

Will I do it again?
I can’t say yes and I can’t say no. So, I’ll just say, “we’ll see.” 🙂

It was certainly an experience and I’m very glad I did it. At least it got me back to the story that I’d abandoned a year ago.

To everyone who reached or exceeded the 50,000 word goal, my hat is off to you! Congratulations!