The third in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL and the girl he thought he’d lost forever.
In high school, basketball star Charlotte Stannard and Navy SEAL Jamie Hawthorn were everything but lovers. They shared a ruthlessly competitive spirit and relentless drive, but Charlie, afraid of the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy at seventeen, drove Jamie away. But now Jamie’s back in town for the banquet to honour the basketball coach, and finds Charlie, newly home from a successful career in the European leagues and coaching the girls’ team. The flames between them are hotter than ever, but Charlie believes Jamie just wants what he couldn’t have when they were kids. Jamie’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for Charlie’s heart, forever.
This is fantastically written contemporary romance with realistic characters, dialogue that sounds like real conversation, and a hero and heroine whose looks and behaviour match their careers (not all that common in this genre!).
I love reunion romances, and I loved that in this one the hero was back in his hometown with the focus on getting the heroine back no matter what.
It’s nice to read a book about a navy SEAL that has a heroine who is also active and enjoys keeping fit! While I’m no fan of basketball (but the author clearly knows her sport!), I liked that our hero had a woman he had things in common with. I’m tired of all those books where the heroine waxes lyrical about the hero and all his muscles and all his fantastic athletic skills, and yet she couldn’t give a crap about health or fitness!
I also liked that our hero was a manageable height rather than some giant. Special Forces heroes are going to be eight feet tall soon, the way the romance genre is going! In this one, the hero is much more normal, and has the body type (complete with realistic injuries) a true man in his position would have. And same goes for the former professional athlete heroine.
The sex scenes in this are super-steamy, but I thought they were focused on the man and what he liked, which was a little odd.
This is a novella, but the length worked for me. I think the reunion aspect really helped with making the relationship believable.
There is some side plot going on that clearly runs through the series, and I had no idea what it was. It was so minor, however, that it didn’t bother me.
This was a much better read than I expected.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.