Stone Hard SEALs
by Sabrina York
A Duet of Steamy SEAL romance by NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Sabrina York
Book One: Ryder
A hostage rescue mission turns Ryder “Stone” Maddox’s world on its ear when he comes face-to-face with his greatest fear: A woman he cannot resist. But he has to resist Lily Wilson. He’s vowed never to fall in love. Besides, as the daughter of a senator, she is definitely off-limits. Lily sees things differently. Irresistibly drawn to this hot, hard SEAL, she is determined to prove they belong together…and that her man does not have a heart of stone. (Originally published in the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Hot Alpha SEALs collection)
Book Two: Drake
Drake Ronan is all man—a rock hard SEAL who doesn’t need help from anyone. Doesn’t need anyone. But when he’s shot during a dangerous rescue mission, and has to rely on a beautiful nurse to survive, he realizes he has to rethink his resolution. Suddenly he can’t imagine his life without Brandy in it. It’s a damn shame she has a secret that could ruin everything.
Stone Hard SEALs is two books in one. I will be reviewing each book individually.
Book 1: Ryder
I loved, loved, loved this story. It’s short enough to read over just a couple of hours, but packed with so much witty banter, heartfelt emotion, and sexy SEAL that you never feel rushed or cheated. Seriously, these characters are so well-developed you feel like you actually know them. Like they are old friends. I honestly have no idea how Ms. York pulls this off in a novella, but she does. Even more exciting it ushers in a new Alpha SEALS series. I can’t wait!
Ryder “Stone” Maddox is one of my favorite heroes. Faced with the unbearably difficult task of leading his platoon in a rescue mission for some pretty high profile people who were abducted by Somalian pirates is just another day at the office, but fighting this attraction and need he feels for his target just may do him in.
Lily Wilson has lived a very sheltered life. As the daughter of a senator she may have well just been wrapped in wool and packed away she’s been so protected. That’s why a mission trip to Ethiopia seemed like a grand adventure and she jumped at the chance. Just her luck, the first time she’s ever done anything without her parents blessing she gets abducted by Pirates. She’s optimistic all will be okay in the end and is doubly reassured when her guardian angel, in the form of Navy SEAL Stone Maddox, comes to her rescue. Stone does more than rescue her, however. He shows her that she can feel passion and a sizzling attraction. Now, she just had to convince him to act on it.
There are few authors that can write such funny, laugh out loud stories and never lose the heat and desire. I checked my kindle for smoke or burn marks after finishing this book. Lily and Stone’s attraction was that palpable. Stone often spoke in sarcasm and I love that in my men. Even better Lily gave as good as she got. She was naive and protected, but tough, smart (even if a bit airheaded at times), and a fighter. This couple was made for each other.
She paled, “I c-cant swim”.
“You never wanted to learn?”
“Oh, I wanted to” she sighed. “My mother wouldn’t let me. She was afraid I would drown.”
“Not drowning is kind of the point of swimming.”
See? Sarcasm at its best! I do so love Sabrina York and her smart, yet funny dialogue.
Book Two: Drake
I have to start out by saying I couldn’t wait for Drake’s story after finishing Ryder’s story. I had to know Drake’s take on the events leading up to the rescue. More importantly I wanted to get to know this cocky, brash, character better. Ms. York did not disappoint. I loved Drake! Heck, I loved Brandy!
Drake tried so hard to get Ryder’s approval and had really hoped that this mission would help him do it when all of his past achievements hadn’t seemed to get his attention. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seemed to be in the cards. If anything could go wrong in this mission it did big time. Get foiled trying to save the girl? Check. Get shot? Check. Miss getting to the extraction site on time? Check. Thank goodness the woman he was tasked with rescueing is all kinds of badass even if it does hurt his ego a bit.
Brandy has sworn off one thing in her “take-no-prisoners, live life to the fullest” lifestyle. And that is no SEALs. She learned this lesson the hard way when her first “real” boyfriend used her thinking a connection with her father, the commander, would help him further his naval career. Little did he know that their is no love lost between her and her father. So, when she finds herself stranded with an injured SEAL and she finds him all kinds of drool-worthy she is questioning her sanity. But, the more time she spends with Drake the more she finds that her feelings aren’t just a result of adrenaline and fear.
I really, really liked this couple. For one, this is not your normal SEAL story. Drake was injured and not at anything near his best. Hell, Brandy had to save his butt more than once. Brandy was a take-charge, tough chick that did what needed to be doing while keeping a level head. Yet, I loved that she didn’t ever try to make Drake feel like less of a man for all that she did. She was supportive and protective without emasculating Drake. Drake was all that I expected of him. He was such a smartass, but in a fun, cocky way. Yes, it hurt his ego and worked on him a bit that he wasn’t able to be the big hero in this scenario, but he was man enough to know when he had to accept help. Like I said, I loved this couple!
Ms. York didn’t let me down with her witty dialogue. I swear I live to read what she’ll write next.
“Why did you think I was lying on you?”
“Um, because you like me?”
She growled. Yeah. Growled. “They would have seen you.”
“They would have seen me? So you laid on top of me? Did that make me invisible?”
Yep, I totally dig Drake’s quick wit courtesy of the awesome Sabrina York.
I really, really hope to read more about this SEAL team.
4 out of 5