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.
My pulse kicks up whenever I see Hansen has a new book coming out. I have an addiction to her angst-ridden stories. She always makes me hurt-so-good. Surprisingly, this time around the angst was quite subdued. I kept waiting for the blow to my solar plexus and had tissues at the ready…but I didn’t need them. And while this is definitely one of her lighter books and not what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it immensely.
Shane and Matt are polar opposites. But don’t you just love a good personality collision that catches fire and burns brightly? Once they connect, it’s as if they are magnetically charged and can’t break free easily anymore, no matter how much Matt thinks he wants to. Shane is captivating and I can guarantee you’ll adore him. Matt is harder to love. He’s prickly, can be rude, and is so focused on his end game, he’s lost sight of the bigger picture. Seal training is more than just himself. He’s no longer one person but part of something greater…well, if he can get there. But the one thing that he always is, is honest. No sugarcoating, no lies, Matt is honest to a fault. And that is more important than anything else to Shane.
The obstacle in this story is time. The timing isn’t just problematic it’s dreadful. BUD/S training is no joke. Very few succeed and those that do have my utmost respect. Pure focus is critical. They have no time for distractions. They have no time for emotional interference. But love doesn’t ask for permission. Love strikes whenever and where ever. It’s up to the person to grab on or let it go. Matt thinks it’s simply physical need that is sparking between them. Or maybe he’s just trying to convince himself that’s all it is. Because he had a plan and it didn’t include a sexy marine that pushes all his buttons. He makes mistakes. He can be a jerk. But he’s not too proud to face the music and apologize and work on his faults. I enjoyed their communication. My heart raced with rapt attention during their training. Talk about intense! Hansen paints a severe but passionate picture of their daily battles. It was very well done.
As I mentioned earlier, Shane is easy to love. He is bright and bubbly. He is a team player, fierce motivator, and has a heart of pure gold. He’s also harboring a lot of pain. He can trust his brothers in arms when it comes to his life but he’s not sure he can ever trust another with his heart. But then Matt barrels into his life and everything changes. Matt is brutally honest but it’s refreshing and appreciated as far as Shane is concerned. There’s something about him that speaks straight into his soul and before long, he realizes he might be falling for him. But loving a warrior isn’t always easy, especially when it’s a mutual challenge. Both want more but concentrating on their training is the priority. And how can they make it work when the destinations of their futures are uncharted? Gahhhhh! Leave it to Melanie to figure it all out. I was surprised with the HFN ending but I didn’t miss the fact she has a sequel planned. Hoping we see some more alpha loving between these two warriors!
Slow burn with intense chemistry. Their relationship takes second place when it comes to their training and I would say the same goes for this story. However, they are undeniably sweet and sexy.
Hansen fans, military fans, and anyone looking for two men trying to accept love’s ill-timed knock.
TITLE: Loving a Warrior
AUTHOR: Melanie Hansen
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 276 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 26, 2018
BUY LINKS: Amazon