Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Loving a Warrior
Author: Melanie Hansen
Series: Loving a Warrior #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 26, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: BUD/S: six months of the most intense training there is. It’s survival of the toughest, and Matt Knytych is determined to come out the other side a navy SEAL.
Distraction is life or death. And just the sight of former marine Shane Hovland is enough to shake Matt’s concentration.
Shane came to BUD/S training ready to prove himself—again. Semper Fi is forever, but he needs a new start. Not this dangerous heat with a man he barely knows.
Everything they’ve ever wanted is riding on a thin, punishing line. And they’ll have to fight for more than just each other if they want to make it through intact.
After all, the only easy day was yesterday.
Review: I really loved this book, even though at times it felt like the never ending bowl of pasta. It seemed that no matter how much I’d read, I never seemed to make a dent, then all of a sudden it was over, and I was bummed. When I love a book, as much as I loved this one, I immediately go back to see if there is a book two so I can continue on with my current book boyfriend crush, but sadly the next one is MF and my shiny world was instantly dimmer. Eh, who knows, I may end up attempting it and loving, stay tuned on that front. Stranger things have happened.
I have always been a huge fan of alpha males, A-types, military, and special forces…and boy do I get my fix here. Not only that, it was a slow burn and not the least bit sappy. These guys are competitive, they fight, they cuss, and they are total badasses. What is not to love? In addition, I am currently TDY, civilian style, in San Diego, living in Imperial Beach, and I drive past the Navy SEAL training facility on the Silver Strand as I head to and from work each day. I’ve learned a lot from this book, as well. I’d noticed the BUD/s helmets with the numbers on them, but I had no idea it was their class number. I also pass by the O course and was thrilled that I could I actually picture the scenes in the book as they were happening. And the cold water, omg, I have no idea how they can stay wet and sandy all the time, I would have rung that bell and DOR’ed the first time I hit the Pacific Ocean. It may be southern California, but it is freezing cold water. I know my thrill was because I happened to be in the right place at the right time while I read this book, but it in no way takes away from the impressive writing skills of this author. I think I would have loved it regardless.
Matt, also known as Soup, and Shane, also known as Clown, are in Navy SEAL training, also known as BUD/s. This is some of the most kickass, hardcore, physical and mental mind-fuck training a body can handle, and those trainees need to be 100% focused on their training, not on another sexy trainee in your class. Both Matt and Shane have a past that affects them on and off the job, but they are also super committed…and super competitive with each other. They want each other, no doubt, but they want that elusive Navy SEAL Trident, more…at first. But hey, who said you can’t have your cake and eat it, too?
This is a very visceral read. My body ached, my heart ached, I felt the cold, I felt the chaffing from being all wet and sandy, and empathized with their misery. And, I was also horrified when Shane hit a stumbling block in his training and I could not imagine what had happened. Matt and I were both on edge until the truth was revealed. This story will get to you and you will love it. I am now wanting to read about them out and about being SEAL badasses in action. Think the author can do that for us? I am not ready to let them go, as it took the entire book for them to reach that HFN.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*