Thursday, January 28, 2016

The SEAL's Secret Lover by Anne Calhoun {ARC Review}

The SEAL's Secret Lover (Alpha Ops #1)
by Anne Calhoun

Coming February 2, 2016

The first in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL who meets his match in a buttoned-up firecracker who is hiding a passionate side.

Logistics director Rose Powell agreed to chaperone her grandmother on a guided tour of Roman ruins on one condition: her brother Jack would come with her. But when Jack backs out, his best friend and fellow SEAL Keenan Parker takes his place. Without a working cell phone, Rose's orderly world drifts into dreamy days and hot, secret nights in Keenan's bed. Keenan left the Navy but never made it any farther than Istanbul, much less to a viable future. Until he does, he'll show Rose things she didn't know about herself. Can he give his heart and his future to the woman he promised his best friend he'd never touch?

The best friend's sister trope has always been a favorite of mine so when I read the blurb for The SEAL's Secret Lover I figured it'd be right up my alley. And it was... For the most part.

As a hard working woman in a man's world Rose feels like she always needs to be in control and at the top of her game so to say she's out of her element when she goes on a trip with her grandmother and has no cell service would be a bit of an understatement... Luckily, her brothers best friend and ex-SEAL buddy, Keenan, shows up and figures out a way to get Rose to let loose for a little while.

The attraction between Rose and Keenan is instant and things heat up pretty quickly between them. Unfortunately since this was a novella, and their alone time is limited to secret rendezvous at night, I had a hard time really feeling the connection between these two. And quite honestly, when it came to the actual plot I found myself skimming a bit just to get to the juicy stuff.

Overall, The SEAL's Secret Lover was an easy read and a good start to the series, I was just hoping for a little more. Yes, these two get their HEA, but it was all just a little lackluster in my opinion. Will I continue with the series? Absolutely! And honestly, I can't wait for the next book!

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of The SEAL's Secret Lover through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Majanka Verstraete said...

I prefer the best friend's sister trope too. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one.

Majanka @ I Heart Reading.

Lekeisha said...

It's always hit or miss with novellas. Sometimes It's hard to overlook the lack of connection between the characters. Great review!

Carole Wooten said...

Novellas can be can be really hard to get everything you want out of one. Bummer that this one left you wanting more. Great review!

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