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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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    Fantastic military romance

    Loving a Warrior is everything I look for in a military romance, plus two strong, determined men who think their only option as a SEAL means choosing duty over love. Unlike much of the authors work, angst levels are lower but still providing intensity, coming mostly from the SEAL training situations, some background about Matt and troubled history behind Shane’s decision to switch from the marines. I adored the characters, written just the way I expect from Melanie, evincing raw emotion and authentic portrayals of emotion and responses during various scenarios. The depiction of several brutal training exercises came to life through real-feel reactions from Shane and Matt. I could almost feel the salt water itch and sand up my rear-end! Shane has a tougher struggle physically but Matt’s difficulties come from the mental challenges and his difficulties exerting self-control. I’m in awe of how well the author translated the mindset of men who choose this level of service onto the written page. This begins as an enemies to lovers trope at first meeting, both displaying animosity, partly due to the competitive nature needed to succeed in SEAL training but also in an attempt to hide strong attraction, even from themselves. Matt thinks Shane is married and straight for a while too. Access to their inner thoughts and motivation comes from alternating, dual POV’s. The plot is primarily character-driven and secondary individuals are limited to Shane’s sister Alexis and her boyfriend Derek, but they were strongly drawn. Shane and Matt’s roommates, their instructors and fellow trainees remain mostly peripheral. The struggle to build a romance and relationship between two men whose careers and future are so uncertain kept my anxiety and anticipation at peak levels right to the end. Expect a loooong, slow burn and masses of UST and teasing. Sexy times happen eventually and are as passionate as you would expect when the drought is finally over! This volume ends with an HFN for the couple and without a cliffhanger. Military life and characters always attract me as subjects and if you’ve enjoyed reading military themed stories by Kendall McKenna, LA Witt or Annabeth Albert, this should be right up your reading alley. As soon as Melanie Hansen puts the sequel out I won’t be able to grab it fast enough, even knowing my heart might end up bruised, if not broken. I’m so looking forward to the continuation of Matt and Shane’s love story. Highly recommended! #NetGalley #LovingAWarrior *An ARC was provided by the author, publisher or a promotional service and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Jessie G Books Reviews blog*
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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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    Military MM Seal Romance

    Loving a Warrior, A Navy Seal Gay Romance, by Melanie Hansen had very little romance and very much SEAL. I’d have preferred less details on the training. That said, the storyline was really good. I’m optimistic that the next in series will omit training so I’ll recommend this as 4 stars.
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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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