Navy SEAL Noah Coleman knows how to do two things well: underwater demolition and hand-to-hand combat. So renewing his enlistment is a no-brainer until he receives a message about his cousin’s aggressive terminal cancer. A quick trip home confirms the worst, which means his niece Bella will become his responsibility.
Elementary school guidance counselor Teagan Shaw has known Bella since her son announced the two were best friends. The shy little girl is also on Teagan’s radar because of Bella’s early signs of gifted aptitude. But Teagan is more concerned about the military man thrust into the role of single parent.
While Noah adjusts to civilian life and Eagle’s Ridge, he and Teagan begin forging a friendship. But Teagan has a secret, a shadowy figure from her past who is intent on returning to torment her.
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Noah. a former Navy SEAL, jumps headfirst into an unexpected guardianship for his five-year-old niece after doing extensive research on “mommy blogs” even though “there’s a woefully inadequate amount of advice out there from the male and military perspective” and when the websites contradict each other, he just picks the option with the “most agreeable commenters then proceeded to outline his own crash course in Parenting 101.” Seriously, how can you not root for this guy?
Even though Teagan Shaw–Bella’s mother’s BFF and elementary school guidance counselor–has initial reservations about the idea of Noah taking responsibility for the little girl that is her own son’s best friends, she quickly sees that he has the little girl’s best interests at heart, even if he needs more than a little non-virtual help.
It doesn’t hurt that their chemistry is off the charts, either…though they try to keep things “just friendly” you know that isn’t going to last. Throw in a bit of a romantic suspense plot element thanks to her what’s-lower-than-deadbeat? ex, and these two didn’t have a chance keeping their distance.
Noah is the sixth book in a seven book series written by seven different authors and as such works just fine as a standalone. It’s a small town, so you do see a bit of some of the other series characters (just enough to pique your interest, of course!) but you don’t have to have read their books (yet) to enjoy this one.
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Cristin Harber:
Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.