*I received a free copy of The Navy SEAL's Christmas Bride from CrushStar Multimedia LLC via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *
Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: The Heroes of Chance Creek #2.5
Published by CrushStar Multimedia LLC on 16 December 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
It’s Christmas time at Crescent Hall, but don’t expect peace, harmony and goodwill among men. When Mason Hall and his wife, Regan, invite their friends to stay for the holidays, sparks fly in an epic battle of the sexes, military style!
Navy SEAL Dan Hemmins goes head to head with soldier Sarah Metlin to prove once and for all that woman can’t possibly qualify for an elite branch of the military, but when Sarah proves she’s not just one of the most qualified warriors he’s ever met, she’s also one of the smartest and sexiest, too, he’ll do whatever it takes to get close to her, even if he has to challenge her to another contest…or three…or five!
There is a little bit of everything in The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride; humour, romance, hotness, silliness and some very competitive characters to drive the story forward.
My The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride review:
First of all, I have to say that my visit to Crescent Hall was a very pleasant one! From the very beginning, it was easy to see that Dan and Sarah were going to compete about everything, and it was really funny to read about how far they went to make sure they could show of who was stronger than the other. I found it especially funny that Sarah had been competing like this her whole life, and if she had been a man, she’d probably be a SEAL herself, instead of being a sergeant in the army.
The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride was pretty fast paced, and between the obstacle course, snow-shoe running, target practice and even cookie baking, Sarah and Dan’s chemistry kept building. And it was pretty strong from the beginning. Sarah kept thinking Dan was like every other man she’d met, though. However, Dan couldn’t stop thinking about how different from the women he usually went out with Sarah was. When a kiss under the mistletoe was the first thing Dan won, Sarah almost lost herself in his arms, before she recovered and made a quick comment to pretend it was nothing special.
The third person narrator was able to show both Dan’s and Sarah’s inner thoughts, and the past tense made the story easy to follow. When the two protagonists finally gave into their urges, they had a pretty hot, and to me very unlikely, encounter in the bedroom. I won’t spoil it – but only very well trained people could even try to pull off what they did!
If you’re looking for a short, hot and sweet Christmas story with strong men and women who know what they want, The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride should make it onto your shelf.
Some of my favorite The Navy SEAL’s Christmas Bride quotes:
She hoped Hall family Christmases weren’t anything like the pitched battles she would find at her own home. She sighed, knowing more than likely they would be. Halls were military men, just like her brothers and father, and like them they served in the elite branches. She’d been competing with men like that all her life.
Sarah told herself her sudden tension came from the knowledge he’d be just as stuck-up and full of himself as her brothers were, but it had little to do with his attitude and everything to do with a vision that flickered through her mind – his hands on her bare skin, his mouth taking possession of hers –
“Army, huh?” He gave her a sidelong look. “no wonder you want to quit.” She bristled at the comment, even though she knew his teasing was reflexive. Rivalry was always alive and well between the branches of the military. He probably thought he was flirting with her, but she wasn’t going there.