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    Good read

    Torn on reviewing this one. Overall I enjoyed the story very much. It's a wonderful M/M romance between Matt and Shane. They first meet in BUD/S training. Their relationship is a great slow burn as they initially resist getting involved considering the training they were going through. The heart wants what it wants though. What troubled me about these characters is that neither of them seem to have that alpha male trait one needs to reach this level of military service. Sexuality aside they just didn't feel very SEAL like. Perhaps I am generalizing but again I just don't see someone reaching this level without that trait. That said I still enjoyed this story very much and both the main characters are memorable making it a great read I would recommend to others.
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    4.5 stars- Favorite author for a reason

    This author is hands down my favorite when it comes to military romances, and Loving a Warrior is a prime example of why. I never question the authenticity of the military experience when reading one of Miss Hansen’s novels, the research and first-hand knowledge is evident throughout the narrative and in every exchange. To this end, her novels tend to focus more on the characters and their development, both as individuals and within their relationship, and in doing so there are a lot of details about military life. While some readers may not enjoy this, I find it gives me a better sense of the characters and their motivations, ensuring I’m fully invested in them over the course of the series. From the start, I was instantly hooked to this book and these characters. I loved how they were so different in their approach to BUD/S and what being a Seal meant to them, and yet they came together to make a really strong partnership. I also enjoyed how well we got to know each of them on their own. Not only did it allow their characters to really develop over the course of the book, but it also explained their interactions and hesitance in pursuing a serious relationship. The romance between Matt and Shane was definitely a slow burner, which matched the steady, unhurried overall pace of the novel. The writing was strong and descriptive, delivering an honest depiction of Matt and Shane’s experiences rather than romanticizing or glazing over what military life entails. And though the relationship between Matt and Shane is really only starting at the conclusion of Loving a Warrior, I know I will be eagerly anticipating the next release to see where this love story between two Navy Seals goes next. *eARC reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    I Loved It!

    A romance about SEALs that's different from any other I've read. I've read a lot of SEAL romances, both M/M and M/F, but Loving a Warrior was quite a bit different from any other and I loved it. I read a few reviews where people complained that there was too much information about BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training. For me, this is what really set this book apart from other SEAL romances and I thought it was great that Melanie Hansen used this information in the book. Loving a Warrior is a fairly longish read at 310 pages but I couldn't put it down. Ms. Hansen just about ripped my heart out with her book, Point of Contact (a very complex story). Loving a Warrior wasn't quite as gut-wrenching for me but it affected me in other ways. If the BUD/S training she writes about in this book is even half as grueling as what she describes, my appreciation for this outstanding group of armed service members hasn't been strong enough previously. The level of emotional stuff going on in this story was high and I was in tears more than once. Besides the UST (unresolved sexual tension) between Matt and Shane, there is the story of Shane's sister and her relationship with his best friend. This is one meaty story. I was really happy to learn that there would be another book in this series coming out next year. A bit of warning to those who will read only M/M books, Keeping a Warrior is an M/F story. Lucky for me I enjoy all types of pairings in my romance books. 😊 A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com*** (posting on November 26, 2018)
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    heavy on the physical training but its needed!

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Matt and Shane are in BUD/S training: an intense 6 months training to get them both into the Navy SEALS. They did not account for the intense chemistry between them, know that it can never happen while they are training, if they end up in the same unit. But neither can stay away from the other and anything worth fighting for is never going to be easy. After all, the only easy day was yesterday. This is only the second book of Ms Hansen I've read. Unquiet broke me, and I approached this one with kid gloves, because, I mean, she BROKE me before! And while THIS book isn't quite as emotionally devastating as Unquiet, it's still a very good read. Matt joined the BUD/S training to follow in his beloved uncle's footsteps. Shane joins after spending time in the Marines, but his REAL reason doesn't come clear til much later. Neither wanted a relationship, and after graduation they were gonna get this. . . . whatever it is between them. . . out their system. But emotions have a way of coming out of left field, and Shane admits he wants MORE. This book is quite heavy on the physical and emotional aspect of this kind of training. And at first, I didn't like it too much. BUT as the book moved along with Shane and Matt's relationship, I found myself thinking that aspect is really rather needed. It goes deeper than running the fastest mile, or swimming the longest, or finishing that O course in the quickest time. It goes deep within Matt and Shane, and how far they have to dig to get what they. To get WHO they want. It's told well, from both men's point of view, and I wasn't sure that would be the case at first, so when Shane gets his voice, I was happy. Ya'll KNOW how happy I am when everyone important gets a voice! I didn't find it overly explicit, but it wasn't needed here. It's well over half way before Matt and Shane get to the main event, but the build up to that was great reading. It pitters and patters along, a little more here and there, til they finally decide to let their feelings run free. And it was glorious! Some secrets revealed that I saw coming, and some not. There is a second book, Keeping A Warrior in this series, and at first I thought it a follow on to this but it's not. It's about a character who pops up here, and I would like to read it. Especially after what happens to him here, and reading the blurb of THAT book, it ain't gonna end well! A solid . . . 4 star star read P.s That tag line " The only easy day was yesterday"?? Gonna stick with me a while!
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    Sexy, sweet, and evocative!

    Loving a Warrior is a passionate, military romance that delves into the rigorous physical, emotional, and psychological demands involved in becoming a Navy Seal, and touches on the patience, understanding, support, and trust required to maintain a relationship under those conditions. The writing is informative and authentic. The characters are rugged, single-minded, and encouraging. And the plot is a slow-burning tale full of explosive chemistry, undeniable attraction, grit, determination, perseverance, sacrifice, competition, and love. Overall, even though I didn't find Loving a Warrior as raw and emotional as Hansen's previous novel, Point of Contact, it is still an intense, enjoyable, enlightening read that showcases her exceptional knowledge into the expectations, pressures, and challenges of Navy life.
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