Loving a Warrior is a slow burn romance. We meet Matt and Shane, we fall in love with them, then they fall in love with each other. It’s amazing and wonderful and beautiful. You should read this book.
LOVING A WARRIOR by Melanie Hansen
Publication Date: November 26, 2018
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 276 pages
Story Rating: 5/5
Oh my goodness, Loving a Warrior was incredible. That’s saying a lot because I’ve been in a bit of a slump for months. Seriously, it’s been over three months since I’ve actually enjoyed reading something.
This story was something else! It wasn’t the typical romance where you watch the characters go on a coupe dates and fall in love. In fact, the love story was almost secondary to their grueling BUD/s training schedule. Normally, I would complain about this but it worked for this story and I absolutely loved it.
I don’t remember the last time I’ve been so invested in a story. I was right there with Shane and Matt as they endured all the trials on the road to becoming Navy SEALs. Right from the very first chapter I knew I wasn’t going to be able to put it down until the book was finished.
I stayed up much to reading this book, unwilling to say goodnight to two of my most favorite book boyfriends. There’s also a small chance I cursed the author as the book ended and we had no choice but to part ways with Matt and Shane. What can I say, there’s something about a man in uniform.
This isn’t a super hot and steamy romance. Don’t get me wrong there were some steamy bits but this story was about the emotional connection between the characters and the physical stress they had to endure as part of their Navy Seal training. This is very much a slow burn sort of book.
The focus of the story was on their training and the things they had to overcome, not the relationship. Oddly enough I didn’t mind. I’m a bit of a sucker for shows like NCIS and Seal Team. It was quite neat to read all about the training they have to go through.
One of my biggest pet peeves with many military romance novels I read is the tendency to include a lot of jargon with little explanation. Which means I’m constantly having to Google random acronyms and stuff. Ms. Hanson did a wonderful job of explaining what everything meant. I don’t think I had to Google once during this book.
The characters were amazingly well-developed. I was rooting for both of them during every step of their training. The story and conflict were great, I even found myself surprised by some of the twists and turns. It might not sound like much but romance as a genre, much as I adore it, is relatively predictable.
My one and only complaint is the happily ever after at the end wasn’t as satisfying as I was hoping it would be. It’s sweet, no doubt it’s happy, and it’s no surprise considering everything we know about the characters and their situation, I just wanted so much more.
Overall Loving a Warrior was a wonderful and engaging tale. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys military shows and wants to read all about military training (with a romantic twist, of course).
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