Meet Smith and Carina in Black & White Flowers,
the first standalone in The Real Seal Series
by Rachel Robinson.
“Nothing is fair in love and war.”
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Carina Painter lives a life she created in between the pages of her bestselling novel. At least, that’s what she outwardly portrays. A heart-rending childhood followed by an abusive engagement leaves her broken in all ways possible. A chance encounter provides the fork in the road she so desperately desires.
Navy SEAL Smith Eppington is fighting the war of his lifetime. One that isn’t fought with weapons and highly sought intelligence. It’s a battle to remember his past. The accident that scarred seventy five percent of his body, and stole the life of his best friend also seized parts and pieces of his memory. When an author asks to interview him for a fiction novel, he’s ready to pour his heart out no matter the cost.
The friendship that blossoms between Smith and Carina is something extraordinary. It’s a living, breathing love story about finding yourself, change that is out of your control, grasping what you can, and letting go of everything else.
In a twist of kismet, remembering could destroy everything, but fiction may be what saves the day. A friendship built on new truths and a relationship torn apart by old lies collide in a poignant novel by International Bestselling Author, Rachel Robinson.
Shrugging, he pulls me into his warm, shirtless body and yanks the quilt back up to our necks, his hands now wandering over my body. “Sleep is the very last thing on my mind right now.” His gaze burns into mine and his hands find the hem of my nightshirt. His lips twitch. “You wear so little to bed. I can’t help myself,” he says. With a featherlight touch his fingertips stroke the side of my thigh up to the string of my panties. He hooks a finger in and drags his finger underneath it, teasing himself. Teasing me, too. “It took all of my self-control to go to sleep with this much of your bare skin in touching proximity.”
I blush. Big time. Everything below my waist cries out for attention in one wild rush of excitement. It’s been too long. But it’s more than that now because everything before this has been lukewarm. “What did you do at work last night?” I ask before all important thoughts flee my mind in favor of his touch—something that scrambles my brain cells. “Why did it take so long?”
His face changes. His hand stops on my hipbone and he grabs it, his fingers encompassing the whole side of my body. Breathing in and out makes his hand move with me. It’s warm. It’s demanding. “It’s nothing for you to worry about,” Smith replies.
I shake my head. “When people say stuff like that typically there is almost always something to worry about, but you don’t want to worry the person. Do you see how counterintuitive that is? Now I’m worried because you told me not to worry.”
He sighs and then pulls the covers over his head and disappears under the blankets. In a fast maneuver that tickles and makes me pull away in mock protest, he makes his way between my legs. With the edge of the quilt in my hand I lift it to see his smiling face between my knees. “You’re trying to distract me,” I say. Pressing my lips into a firm line, I try to hold a serious face. “Smith Eppington. You better tell me what I want to know.”
Smith takes the sides of my panties and pulls them down and off my body with one fierce tug. It’s playful, but so damn hot at the same. Some noise exits my mouth and it makes him smile, his good side wider than his bad. I shake my head. “Is it working?” he asks, then kisses the inside of my right thigh. “Are you distracted?” His warm breath on my skin clenches my core. He drags his lips up and down, inching his way higher.
I adjust my legs and try to calm my breaths. “I don’t see how I can’t be distracted with my underwear on the floor and your head between my legs. I don’t forget,” I say. Tapping the side of my head, I finish, “I’m like an elephant.”
He licks the inside of my left thigh and runs his hands under my nightshirt up and down the sides of my rib cage. I shiver. Tipping my head back, I close my eyes.
“An elephant isn’t what I want to think about right now,” Smith growls. “I’d ask you how you like this, but I honestly don’t care. I’m starving for you. You’re wet. I smell you.” With his lips pressing against my skin, and the disappearance of my panties, he’s turned into a lust crazed man. A man I’ve wanted to meet since I first laid eyes on him.
My Review: (ARC provided)
If you are familiar with Rachel, you know she can write the heck out of a Seal romance. I fell in love with Crazy Good a few years ago and continued to read all the books she’s published after that. Well, she has written a new Seal romance and it doesn’t disappoint, I can tell in her writing that this is a subject close to her heart. She poured her heart into this novel, she had my emotions on every level possible, I found myself messaging my friend as we were reading and asking her where she was in the book because holy shit, there is this part that will tear you up, you may even need to put down the book for a minute to regroup. I didn’t set it down for long though because I needed to know what was going to happen.
“He’s my morphine, the solitary reason my heart beats fast and slow in any single moment.”
This was so beautifully written and Rachel always adds her humor in which makes it that much more real and what draws me to her as an author. If you follow her and are familiar with her she adds little things in the book you may catch that made me chuckle. I had made a comment when the cover was revealed on how much I loved the cover, well after reading this book It all clicked and I loved it that much more.
This is my kind of book, a love triangle of sorts, likable characters, hard times and even the anticipation of the characters getting together, like pulling my hair out wondering when they would just “do it” already. ;)
“And right before my eyes, one kiss tilted the Earth.”
I had high expectations for this book and Rachel surpassed them. This is a sad story, it is a “real” story, it is a story you need to read. It will tug at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more of Carina (h) and Smith (H).
Not every hero and heroine has to be perfect and this book is a wonderful example of that. This is “a real Seal novel.”
“I can’t fix you, Care. I can’t. I’m flattered you think I can, but I know for a fact that only you can fix you.”
“Maybe I fixed me. Because of you.”
I highly recommend!
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.
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