Last summer, Hot Alpha SEALs took the book world by storm, getting rave reviews for this collection of scorching military romances, and earning spots on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Ryder’s story was such a hit, readers asked to read Drake’s story as well. Here, now, for the first time, are BOTH adventures!
Book 2: Drake – 5 Stars. 3.5 Flames
Starting with a recap of the events as the SEAL team is briefed on their mission and then heads to the west coast of Africa to aid in the extraction of US Citizens captured by Somali pirates, we have met Drake: The ‘younger brother’ stand-in for Ryder’s (the team’s leader) and a highly decorated SEAL in his own right. Not expecting to find the pirates holding prisoners in the territory they are to clear, Drake comes upon a woman sleeping in a tent during recon.
Brandy is a nurse, and a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Her own history and knowledge, with a touch of daring, makes her a wonderful character: unwilling to be a passive participant in her rescue. Drake is desperately trying to be ‘in charge’ but for the most part, Brandy just ignores him. She’s not fond of military men, Navy in particular, as her first real love was a man using her for advancement in his career. Oh, did I mention that her father is the commander in charge of the SEALs? Or that Brandy is convinced that he abandoned her at 12, and hasn’t seen him since?
With the initial extraction resulting in Drake’s being shot in the arse (yes, he insists leg by Brandy, when removing the bullet and bandaging the wound knows differently) they need to find a safe place to hide and wait before heading to the south part of the island. Not only do the two find the sparks are electric and the small cove they are hiding in is barely large enough for them both. With hours to kill and little to do but wait, they start to explore this attraction.
I loved these two – Drake is consumed with his ‘not being enough’ for Ryder, and the struggle to make Ryder and the team see he’s a worthy member. Brandy starts out thinking that Drake is little more than a gung-ho military man, with little ability to see past the next mission. After being used for her connections to the commander, she isn’t about to explain who she is lest Drake see her as another step on the ladder to career enhancement. She’s very forthright, almost masculine in her clear-eyed assessment of situations and her ability and willingness to take chances to assure their comfort, raiding the piles of luggage and supplies near the sleeping pirates to grab clothing, water and food.
There’s a touch of little boy lost in Drake: handsome and charming, he uses his not insubstantial stores of both to charm and disarm, although Brandy isn’t often falling for it. He resorts to pouts and childish facial expressions that are as endearing as frustrating. Together the two are amusing with rapid fire snark and capitulation and the battle to see just who runs the relationship. Told in alternating perspectives, we see the secrets both are trying to hide, their reactions and feelings for one another and see the caring as those secrets are ultimately revealed, baring their own vulnerabilities.
With a lovely conclusion and a pair of boots in desperate need for another cleaning (just what is it with those military men and their footwear?) this read will leave a smile and have you searching through the author’s title for another read.
I purchased a copy of the title for my own library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: Stone Hard SEALs
Author: Sabrina York
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published on: 9 April, 2015
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STONE HARD SEALS
A Duet of Steamy SEAL romance by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Sabrina York
Book One: Ryder
A hostage rescue mission turns Ryder “Stone” Maddox’s world on its ear when he comes face-to-face with his greatest fear: A woman he cannot resist. But he has to resist Lily Wilson. He’s vowed never to fall in love. Besides, as the daughter of a senator, she is definitely off-limits. Lily sees things differently. Irresistibly drawn to this hot, hard SEAL, she is determined to prove they belong together…and that her man does not have a heart of stone. (Originally published in the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Hot Alpha SEALs collection)
Book Two: Drake
Drake Ronan is all man—a rock hard SEAL who doesn’t need help from anyone. Doesn’t need anyone. But when he’s shot during a dangerous rescue mission, and has to rely on a beautiful nurse to survive, he realizes he has to rethink his resolution. Suddenly he can’t imagine his life without Brandy in it. It’s a damn shame she has a secret that could ruin everything.
A copy of this title was provided via Self-Purchased for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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