Burning for Nero by Cerise DeLand

Burning for Nero (SEALs Going Hot #2)
By: Cerise DeLand
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Published: June 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Holiday
Content: M/F, Oral Sex
Length: Novella
Heat Level: Scorching
Reviewer: Toni
Date: December 11, 2014


On leave due to an injury, Navy SEAL Tony Nero heads home for a little R&R and some Fourth of July fun. When his buddy’s widow Cass Phillips picks him up at the air station, Tony figures he’s in for a sexually frustrating few days. He’s had the hots for the blonde siren for years, but his best friend won her heart first. Even though Ray’s been gone more than a year, Tony bets Cass isn’t interested in any man. Not him. And especially not another SEAL.

Cass has a bone to pick with longtime friend, Tony. After her husband died, he was the closest thing her little boy had to a father figure. His visits stopped abruptly and her son doesn't understand why. Neither does she. She's also unable to quench her growing need for the tough and tender man. She's already loved and lost one SEAL, but that doesn't stop her from burning for Nero.

Burning for Nero could almost be called a story about second chances, but Tony and Cass never had their first go around. Tony’s best friend Ray won the prize years ago. Does Tony take his chance now or let her go for good?

Tony is returning home for the Fourth of July holiday. He is coming home for some R&R after his recent injury and a hellish year. He lost his best friend, Ray, and had to also give up Ray’s wife, Cassie. After his death, he was getting way too attached to somebody who would never be his. If he can get through this break, maybe he is really over her…who is he kidding?

Cass is finally ready to move on. She lost her husband, but still has their little boy. She thought she had their friend Tony, but he left her too. It’s time for her to leave her husband’s family home and make a name for herself, but before she can start her new life, she must confront the man who stole her heart and then broke it, Tony Nero.

From the moment Cass surprises Tony by picking him up; she has shocked him and kept him second guessing himself. But his Navy SEAL training is going to persevere. He has her in his sights and he always hits his mark. Cass will be his…forever.

First off, Cass had just the right amount of sass. I loved that she was coming out of her shell and didn’t take any crap from Tony. She was a strong, resilient woman who had been short changed early in life. While Tony tried to be honorable, he deserves to win the girl after being in the shadows for years and loving her the whole time. Burning for Nero is such a sweet heart grabbing story.

Ms. DeLand did a brilliant job walking us through their story. You were able to see the whole picture; the past, present and future. Simply amazing that she wrote such a well-rounded story in about 100 pages. It’s such a rarity that you feel completely satisfied when you read a novella. Ms. DeLand is consistent with her ability to write completely fulfilling stories with sexy elements and delicious heroes. She is simply an amazing author and a talented artisan.

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