Her Devoted Hero

Her Devoted Hero

by Caitlyn O'Leary

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Navy SEAL Dex Evans has a problem. His buddies think it's a riot when they sign him up for a dating service behind his back. But who would have thought that with a profile like SailorBoy69 he'd snag a woman who was hysterically funny and gorgeous. Too bad she was also skittish as all hell. Dex fears that when she finds out his profile was a set-up, his happily ever after could sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Single mother, Kenna Wright was in way over her head. She'd spent years putting her child first while ignoring her needs. So what was she thinking responding to the flirtatious email? Luckily for her, when she is stuck on a project with Dex, he's even better in person than he'd been on his online profile. But can she believe this sexy SEAL when he says he's looking for more than a fling?

When one of her co-workers is murdered and it looks like Kenna might be the next one in the killer's crosshairs, Dex is determined to keep her safe. But with a target on her back, it's really hard to keep a shield over her heart.

....... Hello SailorBoy69,
SNMP stands for So Not Mary Poppins. Take it to heart. My photo is me, but it's pretty much a fake, since it took me two hours and twenty dollars worth of product to achieve the look. If we were to meet in person, I probably wouldn't look anywhere close to this, so soak in this picture. Actually, don't worry, we won't meet, but I'll get to that.
Here's me in a nutshell. I live in the good part of town because I work my ass off handling my full-time job as a nurse, plus a part-time gig, that's so my son can go to school in a decent school district. Being a good mother is the most important thing in my life, so I have no earthly idea why I'm responding to your profile since I don't have time to date. Did I mention I have a kid, two jobs and really don't look like this?
I like the fact that you're serving our country. That's part of the reason I'm reaching out to you. But the real reason I'm writing, is that I'm ninety-nine point nine percent sure you won't respond, so this is a safe letter to write. I can feel good that I've finally put myself out there, without enduring the humiliation of a first date, which I'll fail at, because I'll never in a million years figure out how to reach this level of pretty again.
But in all seriousness, I wanted to take aim for a good guy, and you're it. I like the fact you're in the Navy. I like the fact, that you work with disenfranchised kids. I think you're a nice man. Hell, I don't even care if that's not your real picture, because responsible men do it for me. Of course in my world they're like mythical unicorns, they just don't exist, at least not for me. But the dream of a responsible man makes my panties damp. See I can say this safely, cause you're not going to respond, and I'm never going to meet you.
So, that's my story SailorBoy69. Just know that out there in this big bad world a woman thinks you're pretty exceptional, except for the atrocious cyber name you've given yourself of course. Now, if you have a thought of responding, for God's sake don't. Remember, it's me. I have a kid, two jobs, and I'll look like crap, and you'll ruin the fantasy.
? Signed, So Not Mary Poppins

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158794063
Publisher: Passionately Kind Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2017
Series: Black Dawn , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 24,214
File size: 397 KB

About the Author

Caitlyn O'Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors.

Her Series Include:
It's a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets.

This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love.

This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another.

She loves to hear from her readers.

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Her Devoted Hero 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
SonyK 8 months ago
This is the second book in the 'Black Dawn' series. I also found this to be a very enjoyable read. So far, I feel this series could be read as standalone. I loved this story from the start, didn't want to stop reading it. Practical jokes are only funny if they don't include matters of the heart. Dating is hard enough! But I felt Dex handled it really well and cleaned the mess his friend put him in up. Plus, he got more then he bargained for. I really enjoyed the correspondence between Dex and Kenna. They were playful and made me laugh. Not only did I enjoy the entertaining correspondence between the characters, but I enjoyed the suspense. I also felt the characters and the story were well written. I look forward to reading more from this author not just from this series but others as well. Would I recommend this book to friends and family? Most defiantly! ***I voluntarily reviewed this ARC for an honest review via NetGalley, (also own this book from a boxed set) this is my honest opinion and has not been influenced by the author, Publishers or NetGalley in anyway.*** Thank you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, funny and sad at the same time. loved the main characters. Enjoyed the heck out of the back and forth emails between sailorboy and poppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love story within a mystery. Very well-written. Engaging characters. Took a while to realize who the guilty party was though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plenty of action throughout the entire book keeping your attention. I really enjoyed reading the story of Dex and Kenna finding it hard to put the nook down and get things done I needed to do! You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, fast, very enjoyable.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Her Devoted HERO by Caitlyn O'Leary is a fabulous military romance. This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time. Ms. O'Leary has delivered a well-written book and furnished it with outstanding characters. I totally love this cast of characters! Dex is a Navy SEAL and is signed up for a dating site by one of his friends. Kenna is a single mother uses the dating site just to give herself a little ego boost, but couldn't help dashing off a note to Dax. Dax and Kenna's story is loaded with drama, humor, action, sizzle and spine-tingling suspense. This story hooked me at page one and held me captive until the end. I look forward to reading more from Caitlyn O'Leary in the future. Her Devoted HERO is book 2 of the Black Dawn Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AN ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL INTRIGUING ROMANCE by Caitlyn O'Leary . She writes a fast-paced strong thrilling compelling structure storyline and well developed characters in Dexter Evans and Kenna Wright and supporting characters in The Black Dawn Team , Austin and other characters in a exquisitely brilliant well written story . The story is drama rom-com adventure provocative captivating sizzling chemistry strength of character intriguing intoxicating intense hostilities suspense action mystery twist turns obstacles hurdles and captivating from start to finish ? ? . I love and highly recommend this book to everyone ? ? . I can't wait for the next book in this series . AN ABSOLUTELY THRILL-SEEKER ACTION-PACKED 10 STAR RATING ! ? A HOT SEXY SEALICIOUS SMORGASBORD , PACKED WITH THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and will look for more to read by this author. JW
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author. (Netgalley) Hmm well I am on a see-saw again. I liked Kenna a single mom and a nurse, she meets or talks to Dex on an on-line dating website, he is on there because his friends set up an account for him and he just went along. My issue is that the story seemed to take some off the wall twists. How you may ask? Well we have interfering grandma, out of nowhere stalker, hero transforms in overprotective Alpha from 2nd date...Now don't get me wrong it was entertaining and I did enjoy when you remind yourself it is fiction and you have you take with a grain of salt. Enjoy!
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Is it me? Recently all I seem to have read are books which have an identity crisis, and this is no exception. The book started off well, Navy SEAL Dex Evans' friends have signed him up to a dating website and emailed hundreds of women expressing interest. Being the good guy he is, he is emailing each and every woman who responded to apologise and explain that his account had been hacked. But then he finds a charming, funny and self-deprecating response from a woman calling herself SNMP - So Not Mary Poppins. Although he goes off on a mission Dex manages to continue a tentative relationship with Mary Poppins and gets his brilliant buddies to track down her real name and address, he can tell she is having second, third and fourth thoughts about sending him that response. Mary Poppins is really single mom and nurse Kenna Wright. I loved Kenna's response, it was witty and natural and engaging. Then we find that Kenna has a second job as a personal assistant to a wealthy, eccentric elderly woman called Rosalie Randall. Rosalie has taken a vested interest in Kenna's love life, she even persuaded her grandson Buddy to buy the dating website just so that the two of them could check up on Kenna and how many responses she receives!! Frankly this was a ridiculous plot device and I have a pet loathing for interfering elderly people acting as cupid. Then one of Kenna's friends at the hospital is murdered in her own home and the police suspect it may be linked to the dating website that both women were members of. Suddenly this had slipped from a humorous romance to a farce and then to a suspense. Dex turned into an obnoxious he-man, issuing orders left right and centre, despite the fact that he and Kenna had only been on two dates. I would go further and say that Dex cross a line and ventured into that creepy territory where he was overstepping his relationship with Kenna. As usual, the police were hostile and only the Navy SEALs could uncover the identity of (view spoiler) killer. It was okay, but the three parts of the book didn't really hang together very well in my opinion. I also have very little patience for characters who fall in love instantly and then won't listen when the other person isn't on the same page. Again, borderline stalker. This is the second book in a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone and TBH I have no idea which characters could have been in the first book as I didn't get that vibe from any of the other characters. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
belllla More than 1 year ago
4.5stars This book of the SEAL member Dex is funny full of suspense, mystery, and love. Dex and Kenna meet through the dating site. And although they didn't plan to meet someone special the opposite happens. After a few exchanging e-mails Kenna chickens out Dex is determined that this is not the end. And because Kenna is loved by few people they meet and start working on a project together. But all is not peachy perfect someone starts stalking Kenna and Dex is determined to protect the one he loves. A great story with great characters, funny dialogues and couple with strong, explosive chemistry. I really enjoyed reading this book. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
This is the first of O’Leary’s books that I’ve read so I wasn’t sure what to expect … and I definitely got so much more than I would have guessed.  There’s the fun romance between Dex and Kenna but there also is a whole lot of suspense over who the killer is and why he might be going after Kenna.  It’s a well-done mystery and I wasn’t sure who it was until pretty close to the end.  The love story is great too.  Dex does so much to help support Kenna and transition her into believing there could be a relationship between the two of them.  She’s not had a lot of luck with men and it’s meant she’s lost a lot of her confidence.  Plus she’s been on her own for a long time, raising her son with some help from her mom, so it’s a bit hard for her to let someone else in to their lives.  She may put up a bit of a fight, but she’s definitely not scaring away a SEAL.  Fantastic action, a sweet love story, and entertaining characters … O’Leary is going on my list of authors to watch! *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Once Upon a Time I Read a Book More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Her Devoted HERO from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The following opinions are mine and mine alone. Dex is a Navy SEAL who never thought he'd be victim to a dating profile prank, but he was. After he and his teammates prank a fellow SEAL team, he's signed up for a dating site as SailorBoy69 by his counterpart on the second team. When he gets back from assignment, he's greeted with a flooded inbox from responses to 'winks' that SailorBoy69 had sent out. To every woman in the tricounty area. Being a gentleman, he replied to each and every single message, explaining the prank profile. When he reaches the final one, he's intrigued enough to ignore the prank and reply to Poppy (Kenna). The self-deprecating single mom works two jobs, one a nurse and one a personal assistant to a silver screen actress. In her initial email, and all the ones to follow, she cuts herself down and tells SailorBoy69 all the reasons why he should just ignore her message. When Dex continues emailing her and informs Poppy that he's really and truly in it for the long haul, she breaks things off and deletes her account. That's when Dex gets a little stalkerish, he contacts her boss and pleads his case. Rosalie, being the romantic she is, pounces and sets things up. Almost immediately after Dex convinces Kenna to give him a real chance, Kenna picks up an extreme stalker. Dex forgets the whole 'budding relationship' status of his connection with Kenna and kind of takes over her whole existence after that. I was happily surprised that I wasn't able to figure out the whodunnit factor, which is a certifiable feat for any writer that can stump me like Ms O'Leary did. And I totally understood Kenna's need to stress clean through her ordeal, I've actually broken into my grandmother's church in the middle of the night and cleaned every inch of the place because I was upset. What put me off? I wasn't impressed with how easily Kenna capitulated to Dex's massive alpha complex after the initial rebellion. It had promise but Kenna seesaws between 'help me, I can't do a thing' and 'I don't need nobody' and I felt as if I'd develop whiplash if she continued the back and forth. I was disappointed that once they became intimate the story became secondary information. Kenna is asked early in the book for a favour from a friend and she completely forgets halfway through said favour because of boy-brain. And it paints her as a vapid woman the way she does a complete character remix for a guy. The author introduced a bevy of important characters and did nothing for their character building. We learn which of Dex's teammates drives what vehicle and they get a few lines and two references to past incidences. But other than that, they were nonexistent. Overall, I'm going to give Her Devoted Hero 3 stars because I could see the story coming alive and I was held captive with suspense, but Kenna was just a hot mess and most of the characters lacked depth. And let's not talk about the whodunnit. I mean, points for stumping me, but come on!
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I am fairly new to this author and I have to say, I am now a true fan. I loved this story. The book centers around Navy SEAL Dex Evans and nurse and single Mom, Kenna Wright. Dex’s friends have signed him up on an online dating service as SailorBoy69 and while they think it’s a great prank, he is not too happy. But nice guy that he is, he has decided to send all the ladies that reply a note of thank you but no thank you. When he is almost done with the 200+ replies, he finds one from Kenna. She’s been on the site but has never replied to any of the prospects but decides to write SailorBoy69 a very funny email sure he would never reply. That’s how their “friendship” begins. They meet in person and though there is an attraction, Kenna is very reserved, plus she thinks Dex would never go for someone like her. When danger arrives at Kenna’s door, Dex and his friends get serious about protecting her, her sweet son, and her Mom. I love all the characters in this book, both the main and the secondary characters. You will fall in love with Dex and Kenna. He is a protector and an honorable man, and Kenna is a mother bear when it comes to her son, who is a great kid. A story that is filled with stand up guys, an evil stalker, funny characters, touching moments, and of course , romance. Definitely looking forward to more books in this series and anything else this author will be writing. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
BBBGirlsBlog More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed reading this. The heroine is feisty (without being overly stubborn and annoying). The hero is a great guy who doesn’t back down from a challenge, and the way they meet is original. I also really enjoyed the mystery and suspense that goes throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the other characters that are in the book. Overall, this is a great book. Now, onto shop her backlist. Reviewed by: Clare M.
katsindiebookblog More than 1 year ago
*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them - kat*** Kenna and Dex's story was set when the Black Dawn team are on base, the storyline is centered on their relationship. But their meeting sparks a situation that will test their fledgling relationship to the limit. Kenna and Dex met via a dating website, kenna has been on it for a while where as Clint from rival midnight delta team had set Dex up on the site as a joke, he'd planned to let all the women who had emailed him down gently, but Kenna's email caught his imagination. I've enjoyed the story, theres still action, suspense and mystery without a specific mission with the team. I do love the way Ms O'Leary writes, the characters are strong loyal and swoonworthy men, and the women lucky enough to get their attention are just as strong, but also happy to get cared for. If you want characters that feel real, romance that's tempered with good storylines then grab these books... I've enjoyed every one of them.
MarySM More than 1 year ago
Wow! Get your smoking hot SEALS here! Her Devoted Hero (Black Dawn Book 2) by Caitlyn O’Leary is a fantastic must read! This is the first book that I have read by Ms. O’Leary, but far the last. Luckily, I have several of her books waiting on my TBR mountain, and they just got moved to the front of the list. Ms. O’Leary knocked it out of the park with Dex and Kenna’s story. Dexter Anthony Evans, a hot, honorable Navy SEAL, and nurse and single mom Kenna Wright, meet quite by accident. In retaliation for a prank Dex and his SEAL team, Black Dawn, played on SEAL Team Midnight Delta, Dex not only finds himself signed up on an online dating site with the profile SailorBoy69 but with over 200 interested women to reply to. The gallant gentleman he is, Dex replies to each one politely explaining he was the victim of computer hacking. Except for the one message by So Not Mary Poppins, who turns out to be the very hesitant but quite funny, Kenna. Even though she asked him not to reply, fortunately Dex can’t resist. After a harrowing mission with his SEAL team, Dex returns with the intention of getting to know Kenna, but she quickly puts the brakes on any potential romantic entanglement. With the help of the wise and very witty Roasalie, Kenna’s friend and part-time employer, Kenna finds herself working on a surprise project with none other than Dex. After Kenna’s doctor friend is murdered Dex appoints himself Kenna’s personal protector, much to her objection, but with the approval of her teenage son, Austin, and her mother, Penny. What follows is a wonderful, touching romance with plenty of sexy heat. These two have no shortage of chemistry, but Kenna has been burned by love before and has no desire to repeat the experience. I truly enjoyed tagging along on their journey as Dex takes on the difficult task of proving to Kenna that not only is he worthy of taking a chance on, but she is also worthy of his devotion, while trying to keep her safe and work with the police to find her friend’s killer, who has now become Kenna’s stalker. Ms. O’Leary is a master at developing a soul deep connection between her characters while building a suspenseful and multi –layered mystery. This story kept me engaged from page one to the very end. I was sure I had figured out who the villain was about halfway through the book, but happily I was wrong. This book has everything a reader could want in a romantic suspense or any good story, including a great secondary cast of characters. I truly enjoyed Dex and Kenna’s journey waiting for Kenna’s heart to catch up to her head, while Dex proved he could be just what she needed. And even though everyone else could see that before Kenna, Dex was ever patient and kind. The story culminates with an edge-of-your-seat ending that is not to be missed. And even though I haven’t read the first book in this series or any of the books in the previous Midnight Delta Series, of which many of the characters joined in to help Dex keep Kenna and her family safe, this story is easily read as a standalone and I had no trouble keeping up. Now I look forward to going back and reading the previous books. I loved and highly recommend Her Devoted Hero! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this title. Thanks Caitlyn O’Leary for an amazing journey!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great romance. The hero is charming, handsome, loyal and treats the lady in his life like every woman wants to be treated. I loved this story and I think this was the best one in the seris.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Her Devoted Hero By: Caitlyn O’Leary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Kristie K Sweet, sassy, and full of adventure and suspense, Caitlyn O’Leary just became a new favorite author… I am a sucker for a good action and suspense filled romance, especially one that features a sexy seal, and a strong woman with plenty of humor and sass! Her Devoted Hero is the second installment to the Black Dawn series by Caitlyn O’Leary, and my first experience with this author. I can say this with absolute certainty…it will definitely NOT be my last! I plan to stalk Ms. O’Leary and every book she writes…past, present, and future! Kenna Wright is a single mother with enough snark and sass to put a fire under anyone, but a distinct lack of self-esteem. After years of being on a singles site, she finally responds to one of the many suitors to contact her, only to tell him he shouldn’t respond! When this mystery man turns out to be a super sexy Navy Seal, with more than a passing fancy brewing for the sassy nurse, Kenna tries her best to derail the tenacious sailor. When a close friend turns up dead, Kenna finds herself in danger, and under the protection of her sexy Seal. Dex Evans is the victim of a prank…when a rival Seal team sets up a profile for him on a singles site, Dex finds himself swimming in emails from women…but none of them even come close to catching his attention…except one. A fun and sassy message from Kenna has him working to earn her trust, and eventually, her heart. When Kenna finds herself in danger, Dex makes it his personal mission to keep her and her family safe. The target of a madman, Kenna has to place her fate and the safety of her son in the hands of the man she’s falling for, and pray that he can save them all. “Honey, that wasn’t reluctance. That was me trying to figure out where to start. You’re a banquet for the senses. I was overwhelmed.” - Kenna With lines like that, it’s easy to see why I fell head over heels in LOVE with these characters! The storyline wasn’t totally unique, but the execution of it was completely spot-on and one of the best new reads I’ve experienced. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book, from the cover art to the blurb. The story contained action, suspense, adventure, and plenty of sexual tension. The sass and humor made it even more enjoyable, and had me laughing out loud more than once. Rather than taking away from the action and suspense, it added to the experience and made this one of my favorite new authors this year. Add to that her awesome talent for description and writing with heart, and she is at the top of my list. I will definitely be going back and reading the previous installment, as well as other series from Ms. O’Leary. She is Da’Bomb! Kristie K
YvonneD26 More than 1 year ago
Are you Looking for your next favorite Seals contemporary romance series Look no further than Caitlyn O'Leary’s Black Dawn Series. This is a Seals contemporary witty romance series about a group of Navy Seal Guys who likes to and do get one up - on each other. If this didn’t convince you to start reading now, just imagine this : Some of your friends write and post your profile on a dating site and choose over 200 women to email it out too. This is Her Devoted HERO book 2 in this series. It's by one of the funniest writer I have ever read Caitlyn O'Leary, I want to say this first I throughly enjoy reading Caitlyn O'Leary books, I'm one of her ride or die kind of fan! With this story I got to laugh out loud a lot while I was reading. It's such a fascinating, excellent and well written story that's pace just right and of course their chemistry is off the chain. The story is still exciting, enchanting, suspenseful captivating with well developed characters that has lots of humor which I really enjoyed and even the supporting characters are entertaining. This story features Dex Evans and Kenna Wright. Dex Evans is not your usual Navy Seal oh don't get me wrong he is still that over protective, take charge kind of guy that's for sure. As for Kenna is a nurse, personal assistant and a single mother WOW I want to be like her when I grow up! She answered a dating site post. Hahaha I'm laughing just thinking about what Caitlyn wrote, can you imagine telling a guy that you meet on a dating site that the dream of a responsible man makes your panties damp and you feel you can say this safely, cause he won't respond back! Hahahah, OMG I really admire, appreciate and absolutely love reading anything Caitlyn writes. The story is a phenomenal read it offers mystery and a evil deranged villain that we don't get to know that much about, but I'm okay with this because Dex and Kenna relationship more than makeup for this. Even though they fall in love quick there is still enough emotion and drama to keep you reading the story. I enjoy that it still gives you the full sense of who they are but if you are like myself you will still want more! But no matter I'm excited because I know that they will be featured in books to come in this series. I can't wait to read Caitlyn's next book. I highly recommend Her Devoted HERO I absolutely enjoyed it. I greatly appreciate being able Read Ms O'Leary Books which allows me the opportunity to have fun reading and reviewing her AWESOME book.
annie2015 More than 1 year ago
Kenna is a single mom who's sole purpose is to make sure her son has a better (and safe) life. And. in spite of the fact she joined an online-dating agency, she really has no time for (or interest in) finding love. Dex is a Navy SEAL, one of the good guys. When someone from another SEAL, jokingly creates a dating profile for Dex, he is left trying to contact all the women who responded to tell them he isn't interested...until he reads Kenna's reply and he's instantly intrigued. Do these two have what it takes to make it? Will Kenna let Dex in? And when danger comes for Kenna, will Dex be in time to save her? I enjoyed this book so much. Kenna, with all her reluctance, and Dex with his patience and kindness, were just wonderful together. The whole story was just well done. Kudos to Ms. O'Leary. I received an advance copy of this book but my opinions and reviews are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'My place is only ten minutes from here. I have ibuprofen and its only twenty minutes from here, thats where we're going.' I can handle a few little mistakes here and there, but this seemed like a really big, glaring mistake...a bit of proof reading is a good thing.