It’s taken me a few days since finishing A SEAL’s Strength to sort out how I feel about the book and I’m still waffling over a few things, but if I don’t attempt to put the words down they’ll never come, so here goes nothing…
Overall, I liked the book. Hell, if I’m honest I had a hard time putting it down, but I found that as much as liked it, I didn’t love it like I wanted to based on how much I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve already ready by Ms. Stewart. A SEAL’s Strength was, as all of Ms. Stewart’s books have been for me, a fun, quick and easy to get lost in read, but something was just off for me while reading it and even at the end I felt like I needed more.
I liked Gabe and Steph, but I didn’t fall in love with them. Steph has had her heartbroken (twice) and yet she still has hope that she’ll get her HEA. She’s sassy, comfortable in her own skin and with her sexuality and, for the most part, isn’t afraid to speak her mind when necessary. Gabe is in limbo. He is still mourning the loss of his wife and has no desire to date, but at the urging of his sister and daughter he decides to at least attempt it to make them happy, even if he’s only looking at it as a one and done kind of deal. Here’s the deal with Gabe, when allowed himself to be happy, he was all kinds of charming and sweet, but when he slid back into feeling guilting about moving on, he put up so many walls it was crazy. Now, I don’t believe that there is a time limit on grief, and some pain never goes away, but sometimes it suffocates and that’s what was going on with Gabe.
Now here’s the difficult part. I really liked Gabe and Steph when there were together. Really LIKED them together. The chemistry between them was evident in every way. My problem was that I kept feeling as if Steph was being given the short end of the stick. I didn’t have an issue with her wanting at least a little something with Gabe, but it felt like she was giving him her all and he was just giving her scraps. It happens and at least they were both upfront about it. But then the explanation as to why he was “the one who got away” and the reality of his marriage...yeah, I honestly thought Gabe should have grovelled a lot more. A LOT. I am happy that she, despite everything, did stick to her guns and though she was bending, she wasn’t the one to break in the end.
I guess there always has to be that one in the bunch that doesn’t work for you, it appears that A SEAL’s Strength is that one for me. But regardless of my “It’s not you, it’s me” issues, I still enjoyed the writing and I love the whole Military Match concept and cannot wait to get my hands on A SEAL’s Honor.
~ Copy provided by the publisher & voluntarily reviewed ~
A sizzling new series about three friends looking for love-and the sexy SEALs who are ready to fulfill their craziest fantasies.
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As a SEAL, Gabriel Donovan did the toughest jobs imaginable without blinking an eye. But three years after his wife's death, the idea of dating still makes him sick to his stomach. His daughter desperately needs a mother, though, and there's nothing Gabe won't do for his little girl.
Stephanie Mason doesn't run from anything. Not even coming face to face with the "one that got away" on a blind date. Steph's body vividly remembers every single thing about Gabe and while some things have changed, the way he makes her feel sure as hell hasn't.
Gabe and Steph know that love comes with risks, but if they're brave enough, this second chance might just bring them the love of a lifetime.
JM is a multi-published author of passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons, and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.