Book Title:Love & Lagers: A Cat Johnson Hot SEALs Kindle World Novella
Author: Liz Crowe
Genre: Military Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
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Haunted by the past, and unwilling to accept the future, he takes an IT job with the Guardian Angels Protection Services (GAPS).
Former chef turned GAPS operations manager Lainey Jackson discovers a connection with Owen—a shared love of great food and beer. Terrified by his attraction to her, Owen shuts down, leaving her wondering if she’ll ever have a normal relationship again.
But by the time Owen can admit his feelings for her, he and his fellow GAPS agents must step in when the dangerous secret Lainey's been running from catches up with her.
I really enjoyed reading this kindle world book. It was a well written and well thought out story. I appreciated the time that Liz Crowe took to set up the background of Owen to enable us to get to know him better and understand what makes the grumpy, quiet former military man tick.
Owen has been to hell both physically and emotionally with blaming himself for the loss of his best friend and his avenging ways which resulted in him having to leave the front line. To escape the grief and feelings of loss he experiences at home, he takes a job at as an IT specialist at GAPS. GAPS is an agency made of former military who take the jobs that nobody else will do. Lainey is the Office Manager but she is hiding something from the men she works for. Lainey is drawn to the stoic Owen but the way in which he keeps himself separate from them all puts him off limits. When Lainey's past catches up with her, she is left with no option but to put her trust and her safety in Owen's and the rest of the men of GAPS hands.
This was a read that focused more on the emotions than the action. That being said there is still plenty of action to move the story forward. It was the right balance between action and emotion. I will be coming back to more from this author in the future.
He’d barely grunted out an acknowledgment of her presence and hadn’t turned to look at her at all—which was too bad because he was quite the specimen. He was wearing a T-shirt and shorts, his dark tanned and tatted biceps covered in a sheen of sweat. She remained in the doorway while Jon and Zane consulted with him about some case or another, taking the opportunity to study his leg—or what passed for it now.
He had one of those blade-style prosthetics from right below his left knee. It was pretty amazing, and she wished it were polite to ask if she could see it closer. By the time she snapped back to herself, she realized the room had gone silent. She blinked and backed away from the man, still sitting at the rickety table, now staring holes into her with the biggest, most expressive pair of blue eyes she’d ever seen.
“Take a picture, it’ll last longer,” he’d said.
“This is Owen,” Jon had said then. “You’ll be replacing him as the official FNG.”
She smiled at Owen, figuring he’d do what most men did and freeze like a deer in the headlights for a few seconds. Instead, he frowned at her and turned back to his screens.
“Owen is our IT expert,” Zane had said, filling the awkward silence that followed. “You know computer geeks. No accounting for them, sociability-wise.” He turned to Lainey and guided her down the hall toward a small conference room. Her ears were hot and her mind buzzing with the memory of him—the elaborate, interwoven vines inked on what she could see of his muscular arms were seared in her mind.
It had been a damn long time since Lainey had been physically attracted to a man. The last time it happened, it was an unmitigated disaster, leading her to her current state of broke and always looking over her shoulder. She set her jaw and forced Owen’s tattoos, metal leg, and amazing eyes right out of her brain.
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