Review: Stranded with the Navy Seal by Susan Cliff


Title: Stranded with the Navy Seal
Series: Team Twelve, #1
Author: Susan Cliff
Published: November 1, 201
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 288
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: NetGalley
Rating: C
Purchase: Amazon

summary from Goodreads

For one navy SEAL, danger and passion are brewing in paradise 

Working on a cruise ship was supposed to be the perfect distraction for chef Cady Crenshaw. Instead, it made her the perfect target. Abducted and thrown overboard into foreign waters, she has only one shot at survival…and it comes at the hands of an irresistible ally.

Navy SEAL Logan Starke’s protective instincts were locked and loaded the moment he met Cady at the ship’s bar. When a violent struggle to take down her captors leaves Logan and Cady stranded on a deserted island, he leaps into rescue mode. But the hot sand and the even hotter attraction between them can’t be denied…and temptation could be the deadliest threat yet.


Cady has always plays it safe until she decides not to. What does that get her? Kidnapped and stranded on an island with sexy Navy Seal, Logan. Logan’s assignment, to protect the ex-President’s daughter, falls through so he’s stuck on a cruise ship to Tahiti. Not too bad of an assignment. He eyeballs Cady sitting at a bar. She eyeballs him back. The attraction is mutual. They chat, drink and dance then decide to head back to Logan’s room. Then things go downhill from there. Cady is kidnapped and Logan is thrown over the ship, assumed dead. Logan ends up rescuing Cady from her kidnappers in a case of mistaken identity but they end up stranded on a deserted island. Sounds dangerous and sexy, right? Not really.

I’m going to preface by saying that from the moment Logan and Cady landed on the deserted island I couldn’t help but think of the TV show Naked and Afraid. Everything they did reminded me of that show from finding food, shelter, and water, to making a fire and even the stubborn man who won’t listen to the woman because “Me man. Man know best” attitude. Honestly, both characters frustrated me to no end and it prevented me from truly enjoying the adventure and romance.

Cady has issues from her past that causes her to play it extremely safe. But her wanting to be safe is also causing her to be stupid. Main case in point is that she kept telling Logan that he was an adrenaline junkie and that he seeks out danger. When in fact, he was saving her life and trying to figure out a way to get them off the island. How does that translate into wanting to face danger?! Logan is trying to make sure they don’t die on the island and this heifer is complaining about it.

Logan is a another story. He’s attracted to Cady but he doesn’t want to give in to the feelings because he sees her as an “assignment”. Every physical move he makes, he apologizes afterwards. Calm down man! You’re on an island with a woman you were going to hook up with before the kidnapping!

Overall I enjoyed the story. Cady was annoying as hell and there were parts where I wanted Logan to leave her on the island. Cady wasn’t too stupid to live thank goodness but she was too annoying to deal with. She refused to see the bigger picture which was getting off the island.

Note: Story features bi-racial heroine, white hero, written by white author. I didn’t know the author was white until after I read the book.

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