by Metsy Hingle

January 2002
ISBN: 0-373-76416-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1416
Mass Market Paperback

Lieutenant Commander Pete "Mac" McKenna has returned to New Orleans to visit a hearing specialist. Mac's hearing was damaged on his last Navy SEAL mission and unless the doctors can restore it he fears he will have to resign his commission. While in New Orleans, Mac decides to look up Rachel Grant, whom he had a relationship with 2 years ago. If the truth be known, Rachel is the one woman that Mac could never forget.

Mac tracks Rachel down at the hospital where she works. After a brief meeting at the hospital, Mac convinces Rachel to meet him for dinner that evening so they can catch up on old times.

Rachel Grant really hadn't planned on ever seeing Mac again. She had fallen head over heels for him the last time they were together. Mac had made it clear that he couldn't have a marriage, family and still be a SEAL, a job which he loved. To help you understand, Mac's father was a SEAL and was killed on a mission, leaving Mac's mother to finish raising their family alone. Mac would not take the chance that the woman he loved would be put in the same situation. Better he stay single, he thought.

Rachel knew Mac would always choose the SEALS over anything else, so when he left on his last mission she tried to just forget about him. Rachel did get something special out of their affair and for that she would always be grateful.

When Rachel fails to meet Mac for dinner he goes to confront her at her house. He nearly scares Rachel to death when he steps from the shadows as she returns home. There was a school bus accident that had Rachel working overtime and she had no way to contact Mac to let him know she couldn't make their dinner date.

Hearing the commotion outside, Rachel's roommate Chloe comes to the door to see what all the commotion is. Right behind her comes P.J. wanting his "mamma". Mac apologizes for disturbing Chloe and her son. He's not Chloe's son, Rachel informs him, he's hers. One only has to look at P.J. to realize that not only is he Rachel's son but he is Mac's as well.

After he gets over the shock of being an instant father, Mac returns to the house to make arrangements to visit the son he never knew about. However, Rachel has gone to her parents for the weekend and Mac quickly makes friends with Chloe, who insists he move into the house while staying in New Orleans. After all, it's a big house, Mac deserves to get to know his son and Chloe knows that Rachel is still secretly in love with Mac so what's a friend to do but play matchmaker. Things really begin to heat up from here.

Metsy Hingle has once again created the kind of surprise family story she is famous for. Mac is a hero that could charm anyone with just a wink and a smile. (Picture George Clooney here, at least I did.)

Metsy has created secondary characters that bring an added depth to the story. Chloe is the perfect matchmaker and she and Rachel's banter over whether or not Mac should stay at the house is a hoot. Rachel's boyfriend Alex adds some special touches to the mix as well.

Navy Seal Dad is a perfect comfort read for these long winter nights ahead. Grab a copy today and let Mesty help you believe in the magic of romance.

Reviewed in January 2002 by Barbara.

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