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    Full, Dynamic Plot. Strong Stand-Alone.

    ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Naked torso, wearing dog tags. Closed posture. Monochromatic tones with a bold, bright title. Nothing exceptionally eye-catching or unique. Synopsis tells of a wounded warrior, assumedly suffering PTSD & I am a sucker for that type of plot. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. Some graphic, violent flashbacks of what resulted in extreme / severe injuries. Dec is a SEAL for life. Maura is a gymnast at heart. They live next to one another and share a balcony. He rescues her during a swift-moving storm and a relationship develops. Both characters have strong and positive attributes. Their chemistry is saccharine sweet, enough so to get a toothache from. The secondary characters are a motley crew, whether his teammates or the gym staff and members. Dialogue is very good, interaction is mostly believable. The plot is full and dynamic. The story flowed smoothly and easily. I had just the slightest issue with Maura's complete lack of reaction when she found Dec home from his mission. In that, there was so very little conflict with the way they seemed to gel almost too cohesively. Minor conflicts were presented, but mostly they were self-imposed obstacles and the other person near-always knew just what to say or do to motivate or inspire the other to overcome the hurdle before them. Predictability was virtually nonexistent. The conclusion is mostly solid although I would have loved to have known how Maura fared in her first competition and the outcome of Giger's prediction. Overall, I felt it was a strong enough story and was fully capable of standing on it's own. I've not read any of the previous books to this series and never once did I feel lost or at a disadvantage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: 4 [R] ~ Score: 4.0 ~ Stars: 4 Sexual content is not very graphic, but some of the injury flashback may be deemed so by more sensitive readers. -------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    a Seal Forever

    Elizabeth brings her characters and their world to life in a vivid manner. Her descriptions paint the world for readers while her solid writing brings the plot forward in an easy to follow manner. I did find the plot a little difficult to get into, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I almost felt as if there were a ‘before’ and ‘after’ section of the tale that fit together perfectly, but I found the latter much more entertaining. The characters in this story were quite interesting to get to know. The hero left me giggling more than once while the heroine was quite easy to connect with. Although I enjoyed the characters and their story, the complete role reversal mid story threw me for a bit of a loop. It works perfectly with the plot and was intensely rewarding, but took me a minute to get into. Although the 3rd novel in the series it read well as a standalone as well. This was my first novel by Anne Elizabeth, but it has sparked my interest and I’ll definitely be reading more in the future. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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    A SEAL Forever

    3.5 Stars I expected an action-packed romantic suspense when I saw the title and blurb of this book, as I'm sure many others did, but it was very far from it. However, it was still enjoyable because this is a different side to the dangerous job of a SEAL, the side that is rarely talked about - life beyond the action and life after being hurt in action. Maura Maxwell is rebuilding her life one day at a time, since a car accident derailed her plans for a career as a gymnast and it has been a long and difficult journey, but Maura is determined to face her fears and take on new challenges, except her larger-than-life neighbor. Until he rescues her from drowning. Declan Swifton feels most at home in the sea and his career as a SEAL is exactly perfect for him - the challenges of the job, the camaraderie with his teammates and the occasional hook-up with a woman of his choice - and he wouldn't change it for anything, until the day he rescues his timid neighbor and things change between them. Declan's potentially career-ending injury during a mission is about to test their budding relationship in a big way. One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the minimal drama in their relationship. They enjoyed spending time together and supported each other through everything. I like that Maura, having been through what Declan was now facing, was able to help him deal, provide tough love when needed but also give him his space to deal with the emotional impact of his accident. Declan's difficulties and concerns were very real and touching and I'm glad that Maura was there for him through the hard time. A SEAL Forever is a cheerful but moving story of hope, overcoming adversity and making the best of a bad situation that highlights the struggles military men and women (and pretty much anyone who has lost a career they worked hard for) face trying to adjust to injuries and loss of their careers and how the support provided through such a difficult time can make a difference. That said, there were a few issues I had. The biggest one for me was that the jump from strangers to lovers was missing a seamless transition. One moment they were getting to know each other and the next, they were burning up the sheets. This also applies to the growth of their relationship and even movement from scene to scene and it made what could have been a great story just okay. In spite of these issues, I enjoyed Declan and Maura's story and will be looking out for the next story in the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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