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4.25 ~> Dynamic without being Overly Dramatic ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ 4-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by its Cover < < Split composition cover. I am not a fan of the odd layout. Synopsis sounded interesting enough to give this new-to-me author a try. > > Looking Deeper < < POV ~> Third Person Matt and Shane are training to be SEALS at Coronado. Both want it for different reasons, one’s a natural fighter, one’s a born leader and motivator. Together, they will keep each other on track or be the reason for ringing out. Strong cast with smart dialogue and believable interactions. The chemistry built naturally and their relationship wisely grew with caution. The plot was entertaining and the story flowed smoothly. There were a few conflicts that added dynamics without being overly dramatic. Predictability was low. The conclusion was more implied and barely a Happy/Happily anything but it did give the impression of a vague HFN that may continue on in the background of the next book. Overall, it was an enjoyable read from an author I’ve not yet read. I’m glad I took the opportunity to give it a try. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.25 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from #Netgalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
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A romance about SEALs that's different from any other I've read. I've read a lot of SEAL romances, both M/M and M/F, but Loving a Warrior was quite a bit different from any other and I loved it. I read a few reviews where people complained that there was too much information about BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training. For me, this is what really set this book apart from other SEAL romances and I thought it was great that Melanie Hansen used this information in the book. Loving a Warrior is a fairly longish read at 310 pages but I couldn't put it down. Ms. Hansen just about ripped my heart out with her book, Point of Contact (a very complex story). Loving a Warrior wasn't quite as gut-wrenching for me but it affected me in other ways. If the BUD/S training she writes about in this book is even half as grueling as what she describes, my appreciation for this outstanding group of armed service members hasn't been strong enough previously. The level of emotional stuff going on in this story was high and I was in tears more than once. Besides the UST (unresolved sexual tension) between Matt and Shane, there is the story of Shane's sister and her relationship with his best friend. This is one meaty story. I was really happy to learn that there would be another book in this series coming out next year. A bit of warning to those who will read only M/M books, Keeping a Warrior is an M/F story. Lucky for me I enjoy all types of pairings in my romance books. 😊 A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** (posting on November 26, 2018)
Torn on reviewing this one. Overall I enjoyed the story very much. It's a wonderful M/M romance between Matt and Shane. They first meet in BUD/S training. Their relationship is a great slow burn as they initially resist getting involved considering the training they were going through. The heart wants what it wants though. What troubled me about these characters is that neither of them seem to have that alpha male trait one needs to reach this level of military service. Sexuality aside they just didn't feel very SEAL like. Perhaps I am generalizing but again I just don't see someone reaching this level without that trait. That said I still enjoyed this story very much and both the main characters are memorable making it a great read I would recommend to others.
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