She needs a total life reboot…even if it means marrying a stranger
Taya Maverick has just volunteered to marry a random Navy SEAL as part of the military’s new spouse-matching program. What other choice does she have? Her former best friend killed her father and torched her house. Taya’s determined to start over, but to be safe she has to disappear. The program is the perfect opportunity, complete with refuge and a built-in bodyguard. Her Navy SEAL husband can keep her safe, right?
After one spectacularly disastrous marriage, Jim Stephens nixes round two. But his commanding officer never accepts no for an order. While an injury may have sidelined him temporarily, Jim still needs to salvage his career after a mistake in combat puts him in leadership’s cross-hairs. Being the first in the pilot program guarantees him his rank and eventual active duty clearance…as long as he can last the trial year.
The I dos are barely uttered before Jim and Taya realize they’ve each miscalculated. Their sizzling chemistry might lead to bed, but neither is prepared to open their heart. And then Taya’s past comes knocking...
Strangers tie the knot in this unconvincing interracial military romance from Wynters (Hearts Unleashed). Jim Stephens, a "hottie with an attitude problem," lives for his career as a Navy SEAL, but an injury and an investigation into his latest mission keep him from being cleared for duty. He'll do anything to save his job, even if that means joining a spouse-matching program and blindly entering into an arranged marriage at his CO's recommendation. The program matches him with Taya Maverick, a civilian looking to distance herself from her mysterious and tumultuous past. Jim swore he would never love again, but his scorching chemistry with Taya from their first meeting on their wedding day threatens his attempts to stay detached. As they grow closer, it becomes increasingly impossible to keep secrets, and they both must face their pasts before history catches up with them. Though the sex scenes are electric, the love story develops in fits and starts without giving the emotions room to grow, and the flimsy justification for the arranged marriage plot will have skeptical readers struggling to suspend their disbelief. Diehard fans of arranged marriage romances will be able to overlook these flaws, but others will be disappointed.