Monday, May 2, 2016

A SEAL Forever (West Coast Navy SEALs #3) by Anne Elizabeth


Synopsis via Goodreads:
Special Operator Declan Smith was a dedicated U.S. Navy SEAL, a known player, and daredevil who loved pushing the limits. But on his last mission, an IED leaves him injured and angry as hell—and it changes everything. 

When a loud crash disturbs his neighbor, Maura Maxwell, she assumes the sailor next door is up to his usual bad behavior. But the man she finds covered in glass is far from the cocky ladies' man she'd grown to tolerate. Lying before her is a man fighting to rediscover his place in the world—and he can't do it alone.

Do you like sexy, strong-willed, determined men? Yes? Well, this is a book for you!
I once knew a Navy man who attempted SEAL training 3 times. What happened? He broke different bones each time and could not complete the training. I met him while he was recuperating from attempt #3 and he was going to go out there and do it again. SEALs are some tough, determined, and proud men. And they have every right to be that way considering what they go through to get to where they are.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with Declan and respected Maura. But throughout the story, it seems that Miss Elizabeth put most of her energy into Declan. While Maura wasn't exactly an afterthought, her evolution depended on  Declan's evolution throughout the whole story. She was never really her own "person".
I was very impressed with her attention to detail when it came to the military life. The way she created each SEAL was impeccable. She left no doubt about their honor, strength, intelligence, and will. With each personality came a common denominator: they were proud SEALs serving the country they love.
There was only one little part of the book that really bugged me. There is a female sailor who comes to Maura's gym and talks to her about teaching one of her classes. Miss Elizabeth depicts the woman as timid and unsure. This is not how a woman in the military acts. I felt she should have been sure of herself and basically have more of a military bearing. But, that is just my opinion.
I really think you will enjoy the story. This will definitely make you want to explore more of Miss Elizabeth's books.