Review: The Angel and the SEAL – Petie McCarty

The Angel and the SEAL Book Cover The Angel and the SEAL
The Mystery Angel Romances Book 3
Petie McCarty
Cozy Mystery/Romance
Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
June 5, 2019

The Angel and the SEAL . . . a cozy mystery with romantic suspense from the Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure out who . . .

Navy SEAL Sean MacKay's teammate is murdered after stealing a deadly nerve-gas formula from Syrian terrorists. Naval Intelligence believes MacKay's teammate was a traitor and shipped the stolen formula to his sister in the states for safekeeping. MacKay is given orders to find the sister before the terrorists do and to retrieve the stolen formula at all costs.

Foreclosure looms for Cory Rigatero as she fights to keep her rustic resort near Mt. St. Helens afloat after her brother deserted her to join the SEAL Teams. Cory's whole world dives into a tailspin when Sean MacKay shows up at her resort with the news of her brother's death and the wild suspicion her brother may have sent her traitorous classified documents. No way will Cory trust MacKay—the man who once seduced her and then vanished into the night without a trace.

Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

This is the third in a series of stand alone cozy mysteries. In each of these books, there is an angel of some kind that is revealed. In this book, Cory Rigatero finds herself in the middle of not one, but two intrigues that are threatening her resort and her life. When her brother’s best friend shows up, Cory can’t figure out if he is truly there to help or if he is part of the problem. It doesn’t help when she figures out that Mac is actually Sean McCoy, the man who broke her heart years ago when he disappeared without a word.

The mystery portion of this book was really well done. The two concurrent issues of her brother’s past coming back to haunt her, and the current issues with someone sabotaging her resort, were interwoven just enough and with lots of skill. The background characters, especially the Cannoli brothers and the Standish family, were interesting and gave the reader lots of options for answering “Who did it?” The tension between Mac and Cory was well done. The recurring issues of communication and distrust between them were infuriating after a while. They seemed to be having the same conversation a lot. Other than that though, the story arc was fun to follow and the resolution was very satisfying. Cory and Mac had a great chemistry on page that was both hot and sweet. And the angel reveal was an unexpected twist and made me smile. Overall this is a good addition to your mystery shelf!

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