When Liz Johnson offered to send me a copy of her latest book, Navy Seal Noel, to review, I was excited. Liz writes with crisp clarity that makes her action-packed books a clean, exciting read. I suspected I’d love the book. I had no idea how much.
Navy Seal Noel takes place in Panama. You feel the heat, the mugginess. You can smell the stench of sweat and stale grease in a cartel compound. And taste–she even adds taste into the mix of senses that run riot through you as you read. The taste of fear, of danger.
The characters are beautifully flawed AND likable–the combination I like best. Jess is spunky and independent without being TOO obnoxiously over-sure of herself. Will never deviates from being the trained SEAL he is, yet you can see his own vulnerabilities from his perspective.
The book isn’t overtly Christmass-y. Reading it in July won’t make you feel like Christmas has overtaken Independence Day now. It happens to take place in December and the goal is “home for Christmas” but other than that, it’s just a great book with an even greater setting.
I was given this book in exchange for my honest review. I assumed I’d give it four-five stars when I started it. Liz Johnson is one of my favorite authors, but this is seriously the best of her books in my opinion. I can’t wait for the next. Before I found Liz Johnson’s books, I used to avoid Love Inspired books. Now, I’ll happily read hers and take a chance on the others in the Love Inspired Suspense series. I haven’t yet been disappointed.