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The Sleeper SEALs are former U.S. Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on U.S. soil.
The only thing Dominic “Reaper” Santarelli hates more than Christmas is having to leave the teams to take over his family’s chain of pizza joints after his father suffers a stroke. So when the Sleeper SEALs team he joined upon discharge tasks him with a local mission, he’s happy to toss the dough aside to track down and interrogate the leader of the cell to gather intel on threats to Atlantic City over the holiday season. But the simple snatch ‘n grab assignment turns complicated when his path crosses with his kid sister’s beautiful best friend—a former Marine hell bent on wiping out his mark.
Blackjack dealer by day, Isabella “Banshee” Monroe hunts terrorists for a living as part of a secret government task force. For over a decade and a half, she’s waited for the terrorist responsible for her father’s death to come into her crosshairs and isn’t about to let anyone come between her and her sanctioned mission—not even her best friend’s gorgeous older brother—the guy she’s crushed on since childhood.
Finding the leader is easy. Keeping the target safe from Bella is nearly impossible. Almost as impossible as fighting the attraction sizzling between them. But when they discover the threat is bigger than expected, can they stop fighting each other long enough to work together to neutralize the whole cell before the countdown ushers in more than the impending New Year?
Each book in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel, and the series does not have to be read in order.
Reaper and Banshee
Matteo, a SEAL, is forced into early retirement to come home and help care for his father. Matteo has been informed his dad had a stroke, but his gut tells him otherwise. While his father recuperates, Matteo is responsible for managing his father's three pizza shops in Altantic City and surrounding areas. When he's contacted by Lambert to work "undercover" to combat homegrown terrorists, he jumps at the chance. He would do anything for his dad, but making pizzas doesn't provide the adrenaline rush he's used to.
Isabella is a Blackjack dealer by day, an operative to a "secret" government agency by night. Her latest assignment is to eliminate a terrorist who was responsible for killing her father. Isabella's father was killed saving others in a terrorist attack, so she has dedicated her life to "legally" seeking revenge on terrorists. Isabella gladly accepts her latest assignment, but is thrown for a loop when it puts her in the path of Matteo--her childhood crush and love.
Working together, but separately has it's advantages and disadvantages. While working with Isabella, Matteo realizes he can't fight his feelings anymore and pursues Isabella only to have her push him away. Isabella believes she's too damaged and done things in her career that Matteo may not be able to forgive. Will they be able to find happiness while taking down the terrorists.....
Wow! Awesome! Super cool, kick butt heroine! I loved that Isabella was just as skilled, knowledgeable, and stealthy as Matteo!!! They were hero-worthy as individuals, but even more AWESOME as a team! They worked seamlessly together. I loved the suspense, romance, and comedy intertwined to make an Awesome story!!! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Another good story in this series
Ms Michaels gives us book 8 of the very engaging series titled Sleeper SEALs. This story gives us Matteo“Reaper” Santarelli and Bella Monroe.
Matteo left the SEALs, not because of an injury, but because his father had a stroke and he’s back in Atlantic City to help the pizza parlors his Dad owns. But, he has also been recruited by Commander Lambert to be one of his Sleeper SEALS. Bella was a neighbor of Matteo when she was young , and has been in love with him forever. But even though Matteo felt the same way, his Dad warned him not to touch her. Now she is an operative of a special ops with a personal vendetta. The chemistry between the two was obvious now that they have reconnected and are assigned to find a known terrorist. One was assigned to kill him the other to keep him alive.
Seeing Matteo and Bella work their differences and the way they worked to contain the terrorist attack , made for an entertaining story.
I do have a couple of personal thoughts on the story. I have read 6 of the 8 books in the series and know how , why and when the Sleeper SEALs was formed. This story doesn’t address it and a new reader might miss out on understanding better the series. Also, some of us have not read stories about the Knight Agency . Maybe a clarification at the beginning of the book might have helped.
All that said, it was a good addition to the Sleeper SEALs.
I was gifted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.