cover image Navy SEAL to the Rescue: Aegis Security, Book 1

Navy SEAL to the Rescue: Aegis Security, Book 1

Tawny Weber. Harlequin Romantic Suspense, $5.75 mass market (288p) ISBN 978-1-335-66186-9

Weber (the Uniformly Hot! series) launches her Aegis Security series in fine style by bringing two fiercely capable protagonists together in a torrid and treacherous mystery. Lila Adrian is determined to prove herself to her disapproving father and secure her career as a professional headhunter by hiring talented Chef Rodriguez away from a tiny seaside hotel in Costa Rica. But when she arrives for an interview, she becomes witness to the chef’s murder. Desperate to escape, Lila runs—straight into the arms of a gorgeous and grumpy former SEAL, Travis “Hawk” Hawkins. Hawk, who is recovering from a career-ending knee injury and desperately trying to find a purpose to his life, can’t deny his attraction to Lila—or her desire for him. But when the body she claims to have seen disappears from the crime scene, they start investigating and uncover a money-laundering conspiracy. Although the narrative tone swings awkwardly early on between comedic banter and deadly reality, the story eventually develops into a tense, high-stakes adventure full of passion and peril. Fans of military men in and out of uniform will enjoy this tropical vacation of a romantic thriller. (Feb.)