A SEAL Always Wins
A contemporary cowboy romance that includes:
•A Navy SEAL hero with a lot of secrets and an overprotective streak
•A fiercely independent horse trainer heroine who doesn't like to ask for help
•A sleepy town covering up a dangerous cartel that could put everyone at risk
Elite Navy SEAL Enrique "Phantom" Ramirez is trained to expect the unexpected, but his growing feelings for brilliant horse trainer Elena Garcia catch him completely off guard. Phantom needs Elena's help to maintain his SEAL team's cover—more critical than ever now that they've identified a conspiracy of mysterious power brokers in both Mexico and the U.S. But how can he get her to train the ranch's quarter horses without revealing who he really is? And without revealing his need for this woman whose indomitable spirit has captured his heart…
Castillo's second Texas Navy SEALs novel (after A Seal Never Quits) delivers a passionate but predictable adventure. The Bent Horseshoe Ranch serves as the cover for an international security operation run by the Navy SEALS. To keep up appearances, Enrique "Phantom" Ramirez needs to enter the ranch's horses in local shows; to do that, he'll have to win back Elena Garcia, the talented trainer he fired when the SEALs took over the ranch, to get the horses ready. Elena is eager to return to the Bent Horseshoe and enticed by the sexy, mysterious Phantom. Phantom is equally enamored with Elena, but knows he can't risk revealing the truth about his identity. When the human traffickers the SEALs have been working to stop target Elena, Phantom must use all his training to save both the mission and the woman he loves. Castillo's premise remains strong, but the instant love between the romantic leads is unbelievable and underdeveloped, and the plot offers few surprises. This by-the-numbers sequel fails to live up to expectations set by the series debut.