Author: Cat Grant and LA Witt
Reviewed by: Susan65t
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 978-1-61921-925-0
Summary: Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.
When Navy SEAL training pushed Lieutenant Josh Walker to his limit, Chief David Flint’s stern heart-to-heart—more like boot-to-ass—helped Josh realize his potential. When the holidays found them alone together and sharing a mutual attraction, they couldn’t help breaking a few regulations. And nearly breaking some furniture in the process.
Years after their short-lived fling, Senior Chief Flint returns to SEAL duty and finds himself under the command of the man he’s never been able to forget: Lieutenant Commander Walker. And Josh hasn’t forgotten David, either. Rules be damned, they can’t keep their hands off each other.
Despite their discretion, another SEAL catches on and threatens to expose their relationship, forcing Josh to bend to a blackmailer’s demands to avoid strife within the team just before a dangerous mission. David is the last man he can confide in…and the first to pick up on Josh’s tightly screwed-down stress.
When a life-or-death decision calls Josh’s leadership into question, coming clean could cost him what he values most. His coveted trident…and the man he loves.
WARNING: Contains a pair of Navy SEALs who don’t like playing by the rules, scorching-hot sex between two Alphas who like to be in charge, cursing as only Navy men can curse, lots of camouflage and badassery in the wilds of North Korea, and enough emotion to sink a battleship.
Review: I’ve always enjoyed a good gay romance that involved the military; be it Special Forces, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, you name it, but this one is off the charts HOT and instantly became a favorite that I will no doubt read again. Walker (Josh) and Flint (David) are Navy SEALS who both fight for dominance inside and out of the bedroom. This is a real pantie scorcher, so be prepared to be wowed.
Josh is at BUD/S (SEAL) training when he meets David for the first time. David is a seasoned, hard-ass SEAL who is taking a break from the action in the field by instructing future SEALS in San Diego. Josh is the struggling trainee, but one with the potential to be a great leader, and David sees it, so he pushes Josh harder than anyone else. David is a real ass-kicker and doesn’t hold back in his sometimes brutal training. You will be the best SEAL possible, or quit, period.
There is also that undeniable spark between Josh and David, hidden but smoldering…until Josh accidentally outs himself to David. Josh is beyond freaked out, but when David outs himself in response, then all bets are off. What happens next is one of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a long, long, time, and these two definitely rank way up there in my all time favorite main character roles. Whoa…these two take rough sex to an all new level.
Inevitably, training won’t last forever, and as usual in the military, deployments and transfers will separate the secret, but scorching, affair between Josh and David. Three years pass before they end up together again…and on the same SEAL team. Watching the two alpha males in action is almost as stimulating as vicariously experiencing their bedroom acrobatics. These two make bruises sexy.
Sadly, their first mission together ends up being their last. I don’t want to spoiler anyone, but suffice to say, it was a tense read, and I was sweating it out, crossing my fingers and toes that these two could pull it off. I have a whole new world of respect for these guys and their families. It definitely requires balls of steel to do what they do.
That being said, this is a romance novel, so it does come with a strong HFN but one heading straight for that requisite HEA. This is the first book of the series, so I have no doubt that book two will solidify that HEA that is started here.
Highly recommend to everyone, and especially to those who get all warm and gooey over hot military men like I do.