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Stone Hard SEALs by Sabrina York with Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

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 Review:

Book 1: Ryder  – 5 Stars, 3 Flames  (Read the full review HERE)

 

I adored Stone, with his alpha protectiveness and determination to get Lily to safety, even as he worried about and for his team. His history after his own father’s death on a mission was tragic and completely explained his reluctance to get involved. Even more amusing was Lily’s refusal to spend time with him without asking questions, pushing and prodding for answers with a determined jut of her chin.

Lily was far less the coddled complaining princess than I expected, although she had been rolled in cotton wool from her birth, and not experienced much difficulty, she was determined and complaint-free through a grueling ordeal. It didn’t hurt that she was funny and stubborn, and unwilling to let Stone get away with half-answers or silence. Together the two were super steamy and incredibly sexy: their attraction was palpable and the inclusion of both Stone and Lily giving voice to their innermost feelings as they finally connected gave readers a reason to cheer them on for a happy ever after. But, Stone’s own reluctance to commit will run against the pint-sized brick wall of will that is Lily, and only reading to the end will tell you who wins.

And, filled with her lighthearted moments in the middle of all the action, York again brings a lightness and joy to her characters that define them, often better than words. “She smacked him. It was like being batted by a kitten.”

 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.

Stone Hard SEALs by Sabrina York with Review, Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Stone Hard SEALs
Author: Sabrina York
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 1941497055
Published on: 9 April, 2015
Format:eBook
Source: Self-Purchased
Pages: 196
Rated: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

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.

 

 

“Are you hungry?” He asked because her belly growled loudly enough to attract pirates on the mainland.

“A little.” She licked her lips. “But I’m really thirsty.”

He pulled out the straw of his CamelBak and leaned forward, holding it to her lips. He should have shuttled off all his gear and just handed the damn thing to her because when she leaned in close and he got a whiff of her, he nearly passed out. You would think a woman who had been held prisoner by filthy pirates for nearly a week would smell bad. She did not. She smelled like heaven. There was a light musky odor of sweat—it was hot in the tropics—but it twined with something that was essentially female.

He’d never felt such hunger. It screamed through his soul.

And, on top of that, their faces were close. And she was sucking on the nozzle. And fuck. He was a warrior. A trained weapon. On a mission.

This was no time for a hard on.

But he was hard. Damn hard.

Her lashes flickered as she glanced up at him; she moaned as she swallowed. A shiver walked down his spine. Walked right down his spine and coiled in his balls.

When she sat back with a sigh, he put the nozzle to his lips as well. Not because he was particularly thirsty, but because he wanted a taste of her mouth, while it was still fresh.

What he really wanted was to kiss her. But she was the senator’s daughter and he was a grunt. That wasn’t going to happen. It couldn’t.

“Did…did you say something about food?” Damn lashes. Fluttering again. He had the urge to grab his Gerber and snip them off.

He pulled an MRE from a pocket on his left leg, read the label, and grimaced. He hated the meatloaf. He should have paid more attention when he prepped his gear. He had more in his pack, but this would do for now. “I have this.”

Her nose wrinkled as she studied the silver foil.

Yeah. Wait ’til she got a taste. He ripped open the packet, broke off a piece, and handed it to her. It was messy, because of the gravy, but he didn’t want to unload everything to find an implement. They needed to eat and go.

She took a bite. Her eyes widened. “Yuuum,” she said in an unconvincing tone.

It was all he could do to hold back his laugh.

“What…” She swallowed heavily. “What is this?”

“An MRE.”

“What does that stand for?”

His lips quirked. “Meals Rarely Edible.”

Her brow wrinkled, and then she laughed.

And ah, what a laugh. A melodic trill. Some kind of sound he figured you might hear in heaven.

“Do you eat these often?”

“Not if I can help it.” He shoved a chunk in his mouth and fired it back. “But we have a long way to go today, and these have a lot of calories.”

She froze, a niblette of mystery meat halfway to her mouth. “How-how many calories?”

“About twelve hundred a meal.”

She gaped at him. “Twelve hundred?” She glared at the meatloaf as though it were made of turds. Then again, it might have been. “And you gave it to me? To eat?”

“Yeah. You’ll need it.”

“Why didn’t you warn me?” She smacked him. It was like being batted by a kitten. “Twelve hundred calories is my whole day!”

He grinned. He could burn that much with a good fart. “Perfect. It’s probably all you’ll get. Eat up.”

“For twelve hundred calories, I could have eaten a cheesecake.”

He looked around for the cheesecake.

She shoved her tiny chunk of meatloaf at him. “Here, you eat it.”

He pushed it back. “You eat it. We have a lot of ground to cover today.”

“We do?” She tipped her head to the side. “Where are we going?”

“There’s an island to the south.” He grabbed a stick and sketched out a quick map. “We’re here. At the north end of this island. And the secondary extraction point is here.”

Her throat worked. “How will we get to the other island?”

“Swim.”

She paled. “I-I can’t swim.”

It was probably rude to stare. But really? She couldn’t swim? Who couldn’t swim? “You never wanted to learn?”

“Oh, I wanted to.” She sighed. “My mother was afraid I would drown.”

“Not drowning is kind of the point of swimming.”

“She wanted to keep me safe.” He didn’t miss the exasperation in her tone. “I didn’t get to do a lot of things. Which is probably why— And wouldn’t you know it? The first time?” She gazed at him as though she’d finished a sentence. As though he’d understood a bit of what she’d said.

“Well, don’t worry. We’ll get you home safe. And then everything will be just the way it was before.”

Her sudden frown mystified him.

 

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Sabrina York is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five novels, which range from sweet and snarky to scorching romance.

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Gaele
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I’m admittedly a fan of Sabrina’s work – and this was a clever little 2 part – she’s got a contemporary series – more New Adult in age that is marvelous as well, and historicals with a new historic series coming this year. Oh – and some clever cowboy heroes too. There are several stand-alones as well 🙂
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