A Thousand Steps

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Monday, April 6, 2015

SEAL my Home: Bad Boys of Team 3 ( SEAL Brotherhood #9) by Sharon Hamilton- Blog Tour + Giveaway

SEAL My Home
by Sharon Hamilton

Bad boy Rory Kennedy was raised in foster care, bouncing in and out of trouble along the way. He finds his true family and real brothers as a Navy SEAL, one of the Navy’s elite warriors. When his BUD/S instructor barked the SEAL’s Motto: Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, he knew he had found home.

Megan Palmer works in a bookstore and finds her passion in life through reading steamy romance novels. Her brief affair with a man she later found out was married has left her damaged, until she meets the handsome SEAL, who stands ready to open her world and give her things she’s only dreamed.

On a skiing trip, Rory suffers a possible career-ending injury and also comes face to face with a past he never knew of, and a family who had abandoned him. His relationship with Megan is tested to the breaking point as Rory wades through the dark waters of recovery and whether or not he can live without the life he loves. A home-grown terrorist cell forces his hand and he discovers his true purpose.

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Whatever she’d bottled up had come loose. Her appetite met her need, which should have scared him. But for the first time, he wanted her to need him. He could fill he up. She was starving for it.
And so was he.

She was sleeping, and he fell into her rhythm, inhaling when she did, exhaling also in tandem, feeling her soft sex crowning his thigh. He thought of all the lovely things he wanted to say to her, but knew he shouldn’t. He knew the speaking part would mess up what he now felt, something he rarely felt.


He tried to breathe without making a sound, hoping that this time together, which was as precious to him as the love making part, was prolonged for as long as possible. She was fire and ice. The salt and the caramel. She tucked inside the hard exterior of his soul and shivered, rested there under his protection.

He must have twitched or done something, because she startled and rose up quickly, rolling to the side and covering herself up. He could almost feel her heavy thoughts tossing about the room as he viewed her light pink spine glowing in the near moonlight as she sat on the edge of the bed away from him. An inch of her butt crack was in shadow, but the alabaster surface of her skin was flawless and made her look like a statue.

He inhaled without a sound, and let his index finger trace down the middle of her back, traveling over the ridges of her vertebra. She stiffened at first, then rolled her head to the side and killed him with the blue gaze that showed him she was still hungry.

“Come here, Megan,” he said, worried he’d been a little too loud.

She touched her shoulder with her ear in a shy move that belied her real feelings for him. He could see it in the coral shaded corners of her lips, how they quirked up at the ends.


SEAL My Home (Bad Boys of Seal Team 3--Seal Brotherhood, #9)SEAL My Home by Sharon Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

SEAL My Home by Sharon Hamilton is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If the word “SEAL” is in the title of a book, I'm there. I love military heroes and it' s been too long since I read a SEAL novel, so I was really excited about reading this book.

Rory believes the unassuming Megan, who appears quite reserved, is ready to have a good time, and he is more than willing to bring out the lady's deepest desires... all in good fun, no commitments or promises. Megan is indeed ready to move on after having her heart broken. So, with a little nudge from her friend, she gives Rory a chance and she knows the score going in. But, after an incredible night of passion, she is puzzled by Rory's aloofness.

Before the couple can figure out which way they are headed personally, Rory is in a freak accident and his career as a SEAL could be over for good. But, oddly enough, he may have miraculously found his biological father as a result of his accident and subsequent hospital stay.

What no one knows at the time is that a Middle Easterner with an 'eye for an eye' plan of justice has targeted Rory, putting his father and Megan in grave danger.

Being romantically involved with a SEAL member sounds exciting and boy do these guys look HOT. But, in the real world it takes a lot of patience and strength to stand down and allow them to lead a life you are not really a part of. Megan will have to decide if this is a life she can be happy with. Her friend tells her that it's worth the sacrifice but Meagan will have many doubts along the way.
The fun part of the story is Rory coming around to the idea that Megan is not a casual hook up and Megan going all out to convince Rory he wants to stay. The shy bookish Megan does her fellow bookworms proud by letting go of her inhibitions and keeping Rory begging for more. But as the story progresses Megan will find herself challenged in a way she never imagined and once more she rises to that challenge and kicks some butt.

So, this story isn't just about Rory and his back story which is sad and makes his relationships with BUD/S all the more important to him, but it is the portrait of an ordinary woman, just like me or you, who proves she is strong, capable, smart, and every bit the hero that Rory is.

I liked Rory, I did.. but at times, even when he is certain about this feelings for Megan, he still seems to be holding something back. The uncertainty of his future of course is weighing on him and he has had quite a few emotional wallops thrown at him, so that could be part of it, but there seemed to be some kind of emotional detachment that left me dissatisfied. For me, the character that really developed was Megan and I was very proud of the strides she took in her personal life and in life or death situations.

Now being a little bit old fashioned and reading the old school romance novels all my life, I would like to have heard a few more words of long term commitment from the couple. The 'here and now' is all we have of course, and if you are in a career that could turn deadly on a dime, then sometimes that's all you can promise. I think maybe that was part of what Megan was struggling with because she wanted a man to be available to her and Rory couldn't promise that and stay in the SEALS. So, since that was kind of a theme in the book I could live the couple's agreement to enjoy every moment they had together and let the future work it's own way out.

Overall this is a quick and easy read, super, super hot and steamy, action packed and suspenseful, and entertaining. 4 stars

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About the Author

NYT and USA/Today Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.

A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place.

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