The SEAL's Return (Home to Covenant Falls #4)
by Patricia Potter Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages February 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance
This is the home he never expected…
With a terrifying ordeal behind him, former navy SEAL Jubal Pierce was supposed to stay in Covenant Falls, Colorado, for only a day or two. That's it. He's not prepared to put down roots here—no matter how intriguing the town's new doctor happens to be. Not to mention Dr. Lisa Redding's teen brother is on a troubled path that's all too familiar. Suddenly Jubal finds himself entangled in the community and with deep, unfamiliar feelings for Lisa. But maybe a little detour is just what a warrior needs to find his true purpose…and true love.
Patricia Potter is the USA Today Bestselling Author of more than fifty books. She has received numerous writing awards, including RT Storyteller of the Year, its Career Achievement Award for Western Historical Romance and its Best Hero of the Year Award. She is a seven-time RITA finalist and three-time Maggie Award winner. She has served as president of Romance Writers of America. The SEAL’s Return is her fourteenth book for Harlequin.
Prior to writing fiction, she was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal and president of a public relations firm.
I like to create the perfect couple by creating the two people who are decidedly imperfect for each other.
When I start a book, I usually have a hero – or heroine – in mind and then visualize the polar opposite. My new book is a perfect example. I hope I have readers wonder how these two can ever resolve their differences.
I started with my hero (I usually do). He had to be an ex-Navy SEAL. I’ve wanted to write a story about one for years. But I never quite had the right heroine.
Jubal Pierce has been a SEAL for eighteen years but during a mission gone wrong, he’s captured by group of terrorists who believe he’s a doctor and hold him prisoner to take care of their group. The experience has resulted in permanent injuries that keep him from rejoining the SEALs.
Being a SEAL is Jubal’s identity. His life. His family. His father – a rodeo rider – died when he was seven and he blamed his mother for his death and has not seen her in years. The only relationships he’s had is within the SEAL family.
After his discharge, he’s rudderless and aimless until he stops for a few days to visit a friend in Covenant Falls.
Dr. Lisa Redding has worked most of her life towards being a doctor. She is the adopted daughter of a couple who were told they could never have children, then twelve years later had first a son, then a daughter.
Now she has achieved her goal: a prestigious fellowship in pediatric surgery at a prestigious Chicago hospital. But those plans are destroyed when both parents die, and she is sole guardian of her brother, Gordon, and sister, Kerry, both of whom feel she hadn’t been there for them when their mother died of cancer. Her life is turned upside down when her brother, now sixteen, is arrested as an accessory in car theft and drug possession.
She gives up the fellowship and takes a temporary job at a medical clinic in Covenant Falls to take her brother, Gordon, away from temptation.
Her siblings are decidedly unhappy and on the first night in Covenant Falls, Gordon starts a fire on the property occupied by newcomer Jubal Pierce. Wrong guy. He sees too much of himself in the kid and decides to straighten him out without the knowledge of Lisa.
Jubal is everything Lisa fears as an example for Gordon. He’s a warrior and she’s a healer who has seen too much violence in the emergency room of the hospital.
What’s more she has a fine future ahead of her after this one year in Covenant Falls, and Jubal is headed in the opposite direction. Although attracted to Jubal, she’s repelled by his past and suspicious of the hold he seems to have on her brother. As for Jubal, he feels she’s doing everything wrong with her brother. There’s certainly no place for him in her future.
It wasn’t easy to get them together. It takes a few miracles for each of them. But then Covenant Falls is full of them.