Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Accidental SEAL (SEAL Brotherhood #1) by Sharon Hamilton

Title: Accidental SEAL (SEAL Brotherhood #1)
Author: Sharon Hamilton
Source: Indie Romance Convention 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military
Length: Novel
Release Date: June 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding her first open
house. Entering the wrong house, by accident, she finds the nude sleeping body of a young man.

Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his AWOL Team buddy, is staying at his buddy’s home while investigating the disappearance. When someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn’t expect to find that a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate’s abduction.

What starts out as a meeting by accident becomes a hot affair neither one is ready for. Kyle is conflicted about getting Christy involved in his mission, but his hand is forced when he learns the same San Diego gang responsible for his teammate’s abduction has kidnapped her.

Battling a cadre of dirty law enforcements hell-bent on getting military equipment, especially state-of-the-art firepower, Kyle is forced to admit that he would die to protect her.
The think I liked most about this book was the way the characters related with each other.  We have humor, misunderstandings, loyalty, and betrayal.  The SEALs on the team are very close and I loved how you could see that every time they were together.  We get to know most of the team to some extent - it was a great way to introduce them while still focusing on our main character, Kyle.

Kyle is a hard man - but that makes sense because he's seen and done things that were necessary, but not easy.  But he seems to melt just a little when Christy is around.  She seems to understand him without him having to really say anything.  Their first meeting was a bit rough, and I'm not sure I would have been able to get over it like Christy had.  There were a handful of times that the characters acted a bit - over the top, but this is a fantasy and it definitely kept the book very entertaining.

I had a hard time relating to Christy at first, but she definitely grew on my by the end.  She's a tough little princess-like girl that knows what she wants, at least most of the time.  She is put under quite a bit of stress and has a good mix of cracking under it and fighting back.

As with many military romances, there was a lot of action.  But in this book it was spread out and given in doses that were easy to absorb without getting too much.  It was very well done and the military story arc was incredibly exciting.

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