About the Story: When Navy SEAL Lt. Commander Logan Kincaid lost his best friend in a mission to retrieve one of their own, he, a man of honor, could not get past the guilt for not keeping him safe and bringing him home to his wife. Evan Prescott, just before taking his last breath, made Logan promise to take care of his wife AND unborn child. But when Logan was wounded in the same battle and hospitalized, it was months before he could even think about Danielle, Evan’s widow. And when he did, he couldn’t face her. He was the one responsible for losing him. He was responsible for making her a widow. He couldn’t face her. Doubly so because he loved the woman and couldn’t accept her disgust and refusal to see him. He had always loved her, from the moment he first saw her. His friend had been just a little faster that night at the bar. But she belonged to Evan and she still did.
When he receives a call from Dani saying she needs his help, he does what he should have done long ago. He gets on his Harley and heads to Asheville, North Carolina.
Dani was scared. She kept getting calls from a man saying she was his wife, a man who eerily sounded like her deceased husband. She was spooked and scared for herself and her child, bolting doors twice and even three times. She loved the mountains and the peace she had in her small home, but she couldn’t fight this alone. The day she found the stalker had been in her house was the day she called Logan.
Would Dani feel Logan had had a hand in the death of her husband? Could Logan honor his best friend and buddy in arms and keep his thoughts underwraps about Dani and keep his hands to himself?
My Thoughts: I haven’t read many SEAL stories, probably about four in total, but I understand their need to protect and slay the bad guy. Logan was no exception. A leader among men he pulled together a company to fight injustice and his ex-SEAL friends worked to make it a success. He was focused and left no detail to chance. At the same time he was very lovable when it came to how he treated Dani and her daughter Regan. Although Dani didn’t see it that way. She wanted her independence and the restrictions he placed on her for her own protection were jarring.
Dani had always been drawn to Logan. When she was married, they were just friends, but now, to Dani, it’s a different story. He’s so powerfully built, so handsome, so macho. It’s hard for Dani to look at him without sensual thoughts. She needs to have a man whisper her name, hold her in his arms. It had been two years since Evan had died.
Logan fights his need to wrap her in his arms. He wants to do the honorable thing by Evan’s memory. She was still his wife as far as Logan was concerned. This inner-conflict of our hero lets us learn truly what Logan is made of.
I enjoyed seeing Logan mesmerized by Dani and fighting it all the way. Dani was such a strong person and very realistic. Even though she had mourned Evan’s passing, she knew that he had wanted her to be happy if something should happen to him. He said so before he left for his last mission. Our heroine is out to catch Logan. She likes what she sees and sassy with plenty of spunk pushes forward to oblige herself.
We learn through the story about Logan’s childhood struggle to keep himself and his sister away from his prostitute mother and at 15 years old he made a decision to steal so his baby sister had milk. He owned up to it when confronted by the store keeper and in so doing changed his whole future. Mrs. Jankowski, storekeeper, became everything to Logan and his sister. She had taught him a keen sense of ethical conduct. Logan took it to heart. In payment to her he worked hard at the store, minded what she told him and she became the mentor and mother he never had. She was largely responsible in Logan’s development.
Dani writes Regency romance novels with tortured heroes and comes to realize how tortured Logan is. Her heart weeps for Logan, a man so honorable and so tortured. But Dani doesn’t know if she loves Logan; she wants him to make love to her, but does she love him? And Logan wants more than just a one-night stand. He wants Dani forever. But was that being honorable? Could he ever deserve her? Ah, the torture of it all.
I liked the way the author builds the hero and heroines characters and personalities. I loved the suspense with an unknown villain woven into the story along with action and humor. I enjoyed the way Logan was respected and admired by his ex-SEAL team. I adored Dani’s sense of humor even in the most dangerous of times, which helps lighten the suspenseful moment.
Sandra Owen’s story will made you edgy, chuckle, and cry for the pure beauty of it. It will also make you wish you lived in Asheville, North Carolina! I understand this is Sandra’s debut novel in suspense romance, her usual is Regency romance. I must say she does a fabulous job with the telling. I can see this could become a series. I believe Romeo and Logan’s sister have a story that needs to be told.
About the Author: A native of Florida, Sandra Owens once managed a Harley-Davidson dealership, before switching from a bike to an RV for roaming the open road (though she’s also chased thrills from sky-diving to upside-down stunt-plane flying). In addition to Crazy for Her—a 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for Romantic Suspense—her works include the Regency Romance novels The Letter and The Training of a Marquess, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of Romance Writers of America, and potential cat owner, she lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.