Series: SEAL Team 12 #1
Published by Forever on December 1, 2004
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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A Hero's Nightmare
Gabe Renault doesn't know why he was in a prison camp. He has no memory of the past three years or of the Navy Seal mission that went wrong. Only two things kept him going: thoughts of his wife and the certainty that he must escape. A Sudden Homecoming
After Gabe is presumed dead, Helen Renault pulls the tattered pieces of her and her daughter's lives back together. Married young and for all the wrong reasons, she's standing on her own two feet at last-and proud of it. Then comes the biggest shock of all-Gabe returns home. Gone is the distant, secretive husband he once was. This new Gabe is a man she could easily, finally, lose her heart to. But his memory is slowly returning, exposing a trail of government treachery...and jeopardizing his and Helen's second chance at love.
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A year ago, Navy SEAL Gabe Renault disappeared following a mission gone bad. He was presumed dead but now he suddenly reappears with no memories of the past three years, including the mission, his imprisonment…and meeting his wife Helen and stepdaughter Mallory.
Really big issues
Gabe’s mission didn’t just inadvertently go bad so he’s in danger and because of his memory loss, he doesn’t know the source nor does anyone else really perceive a threat. Before the mission, his relationship with Helen was fractured so she’s not exactly thrilled to have him back in her life.
What I really liked
The suspense and intrigue is excellent! We get mostly Gabe’s point of view so we’re treated to the revelations as his memories start to surface. I loved assembling the clues, figuring out what was real and what was not. It also made the story more interesting to have him working hard to repair his relationship with a woman he essentially doesn’t remember but falls for in the present. The new Gabe is a lot more likable than the person who went away a year ago.
What bugged me
Helen. I’m not spoiling anything by saying her reaction and reception after learning Gabe was alive was pathetic (you get this info in the first chapter). Understanding their relationship was in trouble, I still would have expected her to be at least happy he was not dead. This is the man she supposedly still loved and her behavior was almost intolerable.
The bottom line
This is an exciting story with many twists and turns. Gabe’s self discovery and transformation is an added element that gives dimension to the character (he wasn’t all that honorable before his disappearance). The romance, while rocky because of Helen’s attitude and Gabe’s earlier behavior, is fresh as you get to watch two people create something new. It’s a great start to the series.
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