ARC Review: Issued by Paris Wynters

Title: Issued

Author: Paris Wynters

Series: Navy Seals of Little Creek

Page Length: 322

Publication Date: June 25, 2020

Synopsis: She needs a total life reboot… even if it means marrying a stranger.

Taya Maverick has just volunteered to marry a random Navy SEAL as part of the military’s new spouse-matching program. What other choice does she have? Her former best friend killed her father and torched her house. Taya’s determined to start over, but to be safe she has to disappear. The program is the perfect opportunity, complete with refuge and a built-in bodyguard. Her Navy SEAL husband can keep her safe, right?

After one spectacularly disastrous marriage, Jim Stephens nixes round two. But his commanding officer never accepts no for an order. While an injury may have sidelined him temporarily, Jim still needs to salvage his career after a mistake in combat puts him in leadership’s cross-hairs. Being the first in the pilot program guarantees him his rank and eventual active duty clearance…as long as he can last the trial year.

The I dos are barely uttered before Jim and Taya realize they’ve each miscalculated. Their sizzling chemistry might lead to bed, but neither is prepared to open their heart. And then Taya’s past comes knocking…

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My Review:

Issued, the first book in the Navy Seals of Little Creek series, tells the story of an injured and broken military man and the smart spitfire who captures his heart. The main characters participate in a military-led spouse matching program. Taya joins the program after her best-friend killed her father and burned down her home. Determined to start over, and looking for a safe place, Taya believes the spouse matching program is the perfect opportunity.

Jim’s boss forces him to join the program. With no other options, Jim agrees but refuses to stay in the marriage any longer than the mandatory year. However, can they resist their undeniable attraction? And will their secrets from the past eventually catch up to them?

Taya and Jim are quite different from each other, and it’s interesting to see how these two learn to admire and trust each other. Polar opposites, Taya is bubbly, outspoken, and dynamic, while Jim is reserved, controlled, and abrupt. Jim’s frustration is clear in his interactions with others. He likes to be in control, and his injuries and the circumstances that follow, as well as his feelings for Taya, shatter the control he clings to. Taya’s somewhat chaotic life and personality clash with Jim’s reserved personality, an it is interesting to see their arranged marriage develop and grow.

Taya and Tim’s chemistry is irrefutable. Though they are different, they compliment each other well and bring out each other’s strengths. I love that they support and respect each other. Though they both make mistakes that cause conflict within the relationship, they resolve them quickly and handle these issues in a way that shows their growing feelings.

Issued is a quick and interesting contemporary romance with an interesting story and well-developed characters. Plus, the romance is steamy!! Thanks so much to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.


Favorite Part:

The romance, of course! Taya and Jim have some spicy chemistry!


Readers of contemporary romance with a little bit of intrigue and a lot of spice will enjoy this sexy story!

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