Author: Melanie Hansen
Book: Loving A Warrior
Page/Word Count: 276 pages, 77K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Release Date:November 26, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
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.
5✨s – Loving a Warrior is everything I look for in a military romance, plus two strong, determined men who think their only option as a SEAL means choosing duty over love. Unlike much of the authors work, angst levels are lower but still providing intensity, coming mostly from the SEAL training situations, some background about Matt and troubled history behind Shane’s decision to switch from the marines. I adored the characters, written just the way I expect from Melanie, evincing raw emotion and authentic portrayals of emotion and responses during various scenarios. The depiction of several brutal training exercises came to life through real-feel reactions from Shane and Matt. I could almost feel the salt water itch and sand up my rear-end! Shane has a tougher struggle physically but Matt’s difficulties come from the mental challenges and his difficulties exerting self-control. I’m in awe of how well the author translated the mindset of men who choose this level of service onto the written page.
This begins as an enemies to lovers trope at first meeting, both displaying animosity, partly due to the competitive nature needed to succeed in SEAL training but also in an attempt to hide strong attraction, even from themselves. Matt thinks Shane is married and straight for a while too. Access to their inner thoughts and motivation comes from alternating, dual POV’s. The plot is primarily character-driven and secondary individuals are limited to Shane’s sister Alexis and her boyfriend Derek, but they were strongly drawn. Shane and Matt’s roommates, their instructors and fellow trainees remain mostly peripheral. The struggle to build a romance and relationship between two men whose careers and future are so uncertain kept my anxiety and anticipation at peak levels right to the end. Expect a loooong, slow burn and masses of UST and teasing. Sexy times happen eventually and are as passionate as you would expect when the drought is finally over! This volume ends with an HFN for the couple and without a cliffhanger.
Military life and characters always attract me as subjects and if you’ve enjoyed reading military themed stories by Kendall McKenna, LA Witt or Annabeth Albert, this should be right up your reading alley. As soon as Melanie Hansen puts the sequel out I won’t be able to grab it fast enough, even knowing my heart might end up bruised, if not broken. I’m so looking forward to the continuation of Matt and Shane’s love story. Highly recommended!
About Melanie Hansen:
Melanie Hansen doesn’t get nearly enough sleep. She loves all things coffee-related, including collecting mugs from every place she’s visited. After spending eighteen years as a military spouse, Melanie definitely considers herself a moving expert. She has lived and worked all over the country, and hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to the love stories she gets up in the wee hours to write. On her off-time, you can find Melanie watching baseball, reading or spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.
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