Anchor Me series

An Excerpt from Matty: a Navy SEAL Romance


Matty straightened and pinned his gaze on Jenna. “Has your ex been stalking you?”

The discomfort rippled through her, and she shuddered. “Not exactly.”

“Jenna,” her brother Derek prodded.

She sighed. “I wouldn’t go that far, but I guess some people might call it that.”

“What does he do?” Matty asked, his voice clipped.

“He—he sends me messages or shows up at places where he knows I’ll be. He tries to convince me to give him another chance. Go out with him to dinner or for a drink. I say no.”

“Yet, he hasn’t backed off.” Matty pointed out.

“This is only a recent thing. The marriage ended badly. A few weeks ago, he said he’s had time to calm down and come to his senses. He wants me back. He swears he’d never cheat on me again.” She grunted. “Like I hadn’t heard that before.”

“I don’t like it,” Derek said. “I’ve heard too many stories like this with the situation escalating.”

Jenna exhaled. “You’re overreacting. It’s not going to go anywhere.”

“But with the way he’s not letting you go,” Matty added, “It could escalate.”

She turned to face him and sighed. “Not you too?”

“Derek’s right. You should have someone looking out for you. I’m happy to do so.”

She scrunched up her face and placed her fingers on her temples. “This isn’t some SEAL mission.”

“I know.” Matty asked. “It’s helping out a friend.”

She drummed her fingers on the tabletop. “You can’t just act like my bodyguard just because my brother is worried about me.”

“Why not?” He shrugged. “I’m free from military responsibilities and have nothing else going on for the next few weeks while I figure out what I do next. And I’m right here in Newport.”

She shook her head. “This is crazy. Just because you’re in town—and you’re available—” Possibilities tumbled through her mind and she blurted out one of them with a wave of her hand. “What are you proposing? Like, you’d act like my boyfriend to scare Roberto off?”

The second she heard her suggestion, she bit her lip but it was too late to yank the words back. Matty’s presence after all this time turned her into a hot mess, leading her to amble without grace, spill drinks, and utter half-assed ideas. Too bad an ocean wave couldn’t break through the window and sweep her away from this conversation.

Derek’s eyes gleamed. “I didn’t even think of that. Jenna, that’s perfect.”

She bit her lip and glanced at the ice cubes in her glass. Her cheeks burned. What had she just suggested? A fake relationship with her brother’s friend? One she’d crushed on so long ago?

An uncomfortable silence followed. She couldn’t even look at Matty to witness his horror at her suggestion.

Since she’d run into Matty tonight after all this time, she’d practically been auditioning for the role of the Queen of Awkward Moments.

She grabbed her glass and gulped at the liquid as if she’d find courage at the bottom of the glass. Whether he said yes or no, both could mean trouble.


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*** Release Day for Matty – a Navy SEAL Romance! ***

She’s my best friend’s little sister and off limits.

I’m supposed to protect her, NOT fall in love.


Jenna: Matty is back in Newport and that means I’m in trouble. He’s my older brother’s best friend who I’ve crushed on since we were kids. The yearning returns, leaving me just as awkward as I was back then.

Meanwhile, my ex has decided he wants to get back together. Never going to happen, no matter how hard he tries.

My heart belongs to one man.


Matty: An IED ended my career as a Navy SEAL K-9 handler. I’m living near the sea and trying to figure out my next move when Derek asks me to look out for Jenna.

Only she isn’t his annoying little sister anymore—she’s all grown up and super hot.

But every guy knows you don’t hit on your best friend’s little sister. No matter how strong the attraction—even when you’ve agreed to pose as her boyfriend to convince her ex she’s moved on.

He’s dangerous, though, much more than Jenna realizes.

So when our fake relationship starts to feel real, I’ll protect her at all costs.

Jenna belongs to me.


If you like second chance romances spiced with steam and suspense, read the Anchor Me series by USA Today bestselling author Lisa Carlisle. Navy SEALs, Marines, and hometown heroes. Each encounters his most complicated mission yet when a woman from his past challenges plans for the future.

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*** New Release – Vince: A Marine Romance!


She has a rule. 

He has two problems. 

But can one night lead to forever?

Emma – I’ve sworn never to date another man in the military. It’s non-negotiable. Not only was I burned, but my mom, too.

Except the hot Marine I had a one-night stand with just popped back into my life as the EOD tech I’m working with.


Especially since Vince in real life is even more irresistible than the sexy stranger at the wedding.

Too bad it won’t work. It can’t.

But maybe my fling with a Marine can turn into friends with benefits this second time around?


Vince – Before my holiday break home in Newport, I’ll be spending time with Emma–the hot caterer I had one amazing night with at my brother’s wedding.

She’s full of contradictions. And I can’t resist a puzzle. Or a beautiful woman I have chemistry with. I won’t be here for long, so we can’t enjoy ourselves for a little while?

Only two problems:


  • I’m only around for the holidays.


  • She wants nothing to do with the military.



But when someone breaks into her apartment, my interest in her grows. I need to ensure she’s safe.

Can I protect Emma while shielding both of our hearts? Or will we end up casualties in the explosion?

If you like military romance spiced with steam and suspense, read the Anchor Me series by USA Today bestselling author Lisa Carlisle. Navy SEALs, Marines, and hometown heroes — each who encounters his most complicated mission yet when a woman from his past challenges his plans for his future.