A SEAL’S COURAGE by JM Stewart (July 11, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99; Military Match Book 1)
A sizzling new series about three friends looking for love-and the sexy SEALs who are ready to fulfill their craziest fantasies.
He’s a man on a mission.
Navy SEAL Trent Lawson isn’t a man to back down from a challenge. Ever since he opened his eyes in that army hospital to learn the men from his unit were gone, Trent has been determined to live life in their honor. Even if that means facing his most terrifying mission yet…dating.
She’s done playing games.
Lauren Hayes has standards. In fact, she’s got an entire list of them. There’s only ever been one man to come close to making the cut-Trent Lawson. Except her best friend’s too-sexy-for-his-own-good brother is strictly off-limits.
When Trent and Lauren find themselves matched up by a dating service, the chemistry between them is nothing short of explosive. They both know getting involved is a huge mistake, but life is too short to walk away from something this good.
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“Then be my first.” Lauren drew a deep breath and pressed herself into his arms, sliding her hands up his back. “It’s not like I’m asking you to do me right here and now. It can happen at whatever pace you need it to.”
He cupped her chin in his palm, brow furrowed, gaze intense. “You’re okay with that?”
She lifted onto her toes, trying to close the space between them. “I’m okay with that. If it makes you feel better to put a label on this, consider us friends with benefits. When it stops being mutually satisfying, it ends.”
She’d just have to be sure to keep her head in the right place, so that her heart didn’t get broken in the end. This was a fling with a sexy guy, no more, no less.
He let out an agonized groan and brushed his mouth over hers, so lightly she shivered. “God, I can’t resist you anymore. I have a few requests.”
Her heart hammered in giddy anticipation. She hadn’t expected him to accept. That he had sent myriad thoughts flying through her mind, all of which settled low in her belly. “Okay.”
He pulled back. For a moment his gaze dropped as his fingers idly stroked her shoulder, like he couldn’t help but touch her. “You can’t tell Mandy.”
Lauren rolled her eyes. “Trent, she’s my best friend.”
“Yeah, but she’s my sister. The last thing I need is her privy to the intimate details of my prowess in the bedroom.” He brushed his nose against hers, amusement glinting in his eyes. “I recall overhearing a conversation about size once.”
Heat rushed into her face, but Lauren couldn’t contain her grin. She recalled that exact conversation. They hadn’t discussed him, exactly, but she remembered distinctly wondering.
“All right. On this I’ll concede, because you have a point.” She rubbed a circle over his chest. “What else?”
“I want to put a time limit on this. A month. When it’s over, we go back to being just friends.” His hands looped around her waist, pulling her flush against him. Heat flared in his eyes. “I also think we should ease into this. So my last request is no sex.”
Lauren dropped her forehead to his shoulder with an exasperated sigh. “I’m never going to lose my virginity that way.”
He chuckled and hooked two fingers beneath her chin, tilting her gaze back to his. His eyes blazed at her. “At least not right away. I’m proposing we do everything else first. Because I was thinking…you want the full experience, right?”
She shrugged. He had her there. “I guess.”
“And that includes things like kissing. Touching.” He leaned down, his voice lowering to a husky rumble against her mouth. “Tasting.”
A hot little shudder moved through her as her mind filled with the possibilities: his rough hands closing around her breasts, fingers sliding into her panties, stroking her sex.
His warm mouth buried between her thighs.
“I like that idea. Doing it all. How ’bout, since you stayed last night, instead of lunch today, we start with dinner tomorrow night?” She pinned him with a direct stare and arched a brow, attempting to look fierce, but one corner of her mouth twitched, betraying her. “You still owe me a date.”
There was a lot to like in the description of this story- a sexy Navy SEAL, a friends to lovers romance and a best friend’s brother situation all called to me to grab this book.
Trent was injured in an attack that took the life of good men and his faithful companion/ service dog. Once he physically recovered, he still faced a long road to recovery when it comes to his emotional state but he is determined to start living his life to honor those who no longer have that option. When his friend’s wife convinces him to sign up for Military Match, he reluctantly agrees in the spirit of starting to live again.
Lauren has lived her life taking the safe route and figuratively wrapping herself in a thick cotton blanket to avoid taking chances or being hurt. Trent has always held her attention from the moment she met him but he never seemed to take notice of her. Now 28 years old, Lauren is still a virgin and wants to finally rid herself of that pesky status so she let’s her bestie convince her to sign up with Military Match. Mandy knows Lauren always drooled over her brother but never more so than when he was in uniform so she figures this is a perfect option to help her get over Trent and find a man who will rev her engine AND finally cash in that V card.
Any guesses who Lauren is paired with for her first date? Both Trent and Lauren are surprised to say the least! Since Trent has returned home, Lauren is one of the few people he trusts and counts as a friend so despite his attraction to her he doesn’t necessarily want to act on it for fear of losing the relationship they currently have. He knows he still has a lot of issues to work out and doesn’t want to burden her with them. Once she explains her reason for joining the dating service, the thought of her being with anyone else once he gets over his initial shock is intolerable so they strike a compromise. Most of the story from that point centers on Trent’s education of Lauren so to speak as they slowly build up to the “big moment” but Lauren helps Trent focus on moving forward as well.
This may sound a little harsh, but I am pretty much over the whole 28 year old virgin thing in books these days and had the blurb included that little tidbit I may have passed on reading this one. I loved Trent, but Lauren’s innocence and overall tendency to get her feelings hurt over the littlest comment or perceived criticism didn’t endear her to me and I have to admit to skimming through some parts of their moments together. That being said, I did complete the book rather than DNF’ing and it was still a good read for me. I am sure many of you will not share the same quirks that I do when it comes to certain parts of this story so don’t hesitate to give it a try for yourself!
About the Author
J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the 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.
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