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SEAL candidates Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are cut off from the outside world and pushed to their physical and mental limits by the demands of the Navy's elite training program. Their reliance on each other takes an unexpected turn after Hell Week, the most grueling stretch of basic conditioning, when Cooper and Eli surrender to passion fueled by fatigue, horniness, and al SEAL candidates Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are cut off from the outside world and pushed to their physical and mental limits by the demands of the Navy's elite training program. Their reliance on each other takes an unexpected turn after Hell Week, the most grueling stretch of basic conditioning, when Cooper and Eli surrender to passion fueled by fatigue, horniness, and alcohol. Despite the danger of being discovered, their intense attraction begins to feel like a natural extension of living, working, and training side by side, and neither is willing to give it up, no matter the risk.


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SEAL candidates Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are cut off from the outside world and pushed to their physical and mental limits by the demands of the Navy's elite training program. Their reliance on each other takes an unexpected turn after Hell Week, the most grueling stretch of basic conditioning, when Cooper and Eli surrender to passion fueled by fatigue, horniness, and al SEAL candidates Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are cut off from the outside world and pushed to their physical and mental limits by the demands of the Navy's elite training program. Their reliance on each other takes an unexpected turn after Hell Week, the most grueling stretch of basic conditioning, when Cooper and Eli surrender to passion fueled by fatigue, horniness, and alcohol. Despite the danger of being discovered, their intense attraction begins to feel like a natural extension of living, working, and training side by side, and neither is willing to give it up, no matter the risk.

30 review for Maritime Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meags

    3 Stars Maritime Men is a short M/M story following two young Navy SEAL trainees who form a bond that goes beyond that of friendship and camaraderie while in boot camp. The story is simple and sexy, with low angst, featuring plenty of first-time bisexual moments between these two previously heterosexual young men. I enjoyed this one, but I should warn potential readers that it ends quite abruptly with a very tentative HFN. Thankfully, I see there is a sequel, which hopefully appeases my need for 3 Stars Maritime Men is a short M/M story following two young Navy SEAL trainees who form a bond that goes beyond that of friendship and camaraderie while in boot camp. The story is simple and sexy, with low angst, featuring plenty of first-time bisexual moments between these two previously heterosexual young men. I enjoyed this one, but I should warn potential readers that it ends quite abruptly with a very tentative HFN. Thankfully, I see there is a sequel, which hopefully appeases my need for more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    All hands on deck! This quick, sexy read sailed right in and stole my heart! Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones, two Navy SEAL candidates trying to survive the rigorous and hellish training program, find themselves drawn to each other for strength, understanding, laughs, and much more. In an atmosphere fueled by guts and glory, alcohol, and getting laid, can Eli and Cooper find something solid to hold on to and keep them afloat? Eli and Cooper felt very real to me. I could see these guys and feel what ma All hands on deck! This quick, sexy read sailed right in and stole my heart! Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones, two Navy SEAL candidates trying to survive the rigorous and hellish training program, find themselves drawn to each other for strength, understanding, laughs, and much more. In an atmosphere fueled by guts and glory, alcohol, and getting laid, can Eli and Cooper find something solid to hold on to and keep them afloat? Eli and Cooper felt very real to me. I could see these guys and feel what made their hearts tick, stand up taller, and even blush. The way their stolen moments, quick releases, and slow lingering touches built and built and transformed into such caring and passion took my breath away! Eli’s idea of incentive alone had me giggling, grinning and gasping! But the pages also held humor, smartass comments, strength, duty, and heart that jumped off the page and sparked such heat and chemistry between Cooper and Eli. My favorite moments though were the simple words or quiet ways they communicated with a touch, look or raised eyebrow from across the room. What these two could “say” with a knee nudge or boot tap was amazing and hot! :D “Eli bent his head and pushed it into Cooper’s shoulder, scrubbing his face back and forth. Cooper took hold of the back of Eli’s neck, holding him there long enough to get the message across: they were good.” As their friendship heated up from alcohol hazed, blushing, and shyness to tenderness and passion my heart flipped, flopped and filled with all sorts of love for this story and pair! OH, hell! I just love these guys! :) Maritime Men will sneak right up and steal your heart! I was pretty happy how this story ended, but come to find out there is a sequel! Hells, yeah! Sign me up for more! Anchors Aweigh

  3. 4 out of 5

    AliciaJ

    Aww, I want more! Coop & Eli are just too damn adorable. I'm definitely going to be checking out the other books in this series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenre

    I loved Janey's story in the Reflections of Love anthology and so was eager to read this story when I saw it at DSP. The story is told from the viewpoint of Cooper who is training to be a navy SEAL. He's a rough talking, tough military man who loves women and his best friend, fellow trainee Eli. One night Cooper returns from a night out to discover that Eli can't sleep and 'helps him out' by way of jerking him off. This then leads to the men forming a relationship of mostly getting each other of I loved Janey's story in the Reflections of Love anthology and so was eager to read this story when I saw it at DSP. The story is told from the viewpoint of Cooper who is training to be a navy SEAL. He's a rough talking, tough military man who loves women and his best friend, fellow trainee Eli. One night Cooper returns from a night out to discover that Eli can't sleep and 'helps him out' by way of jerking him off. This then leads to the men forming a relationship of mostly getting each other off when the opportunity arises. In some ways this story is more about friendship, especially that strong, fierce bond often associated with men who live and work in adverse conditions. While the sex scenes are hot, they are also imbued with a sense of fun and camaraderie which I found really appealing especially as both men see sex as an extension of their friendship. The other part which I felt worked well was the way that Cooper and Eli looked after each other and helped each other through the difficult times, all of which was done without sentiment or the need to express emotions in words. The story ends with lots of questions about the future for these men which in some sense is realistic - after all they may be posted away from one another - but left me wishing to know more about them and whether they manage to keep their relationship going. This was an engaging, affecting story which I can't recommend highly enough, so unsurprisingly gains a grade of 'Excellent'.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Smith Barney

    Military m/m short-but-goodie. Great story. Sequel is Anchors Aweigh. Underrated writer that has far too much promise to not write more in this genre. She has just the right testosterone/estrogen ratio down to a science. She writes her alpha men well in a guys-world-kind-of-way whether it be her sports/military themed stories she does a great job keeping it real.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lenore

    I got mixed signals from this short story. It was like the author couldn't make up her mind about the characters. Were they gay? Were they bisexual? Were they heterosexuals engaging in homosexual sex? Did one of them fall in love? Did both? Were they just friends with benefits? Was that a HFN in the end? Was it not? Too many questions. Too few answers. 2.5 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    This is a short, sweet glimpse of two guys finding each other. The emotional connection has already happened. These two men, Cooper and Eli, carried each other and their whole boat crew through SEAL BUD-S training. At the end of that, celebrating the fact that none of them rang out, Cooper does his usual pick-up-the-girl routine, but comes back to find Eli alone. And suddenly there is a facet to their relationship that he never expected. There's no external plot here, just the intense and intern This is a short, sweet glimpse of two guys finding each other. The emotional connection has already happened. These two men, Cooper and Eli, carried each other and their whole boat crew through SEAL BUD-S training. At the end of that, celebrating the fact that none of them rang out, Cooper does his usual pick-up-the-girl routine, but comes back to find Eli alone. And suddenly there is a facet to their relationship that he never expected. There's no external plot here, just the intense and internal one of a tight, hot relationship blooming in a short space of time between two men who are already joined at the hip. I loved the characters and the writing, and immediately had to pick up the sequel.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Ann

    I loved this story and it left me wanting so much more! I adored Eli and Cooper. They were Navy SEAL training partners and completely devoted to each other (and their team) as a unit. Their devotion turned into more and it was new for both of them. Their coming together was HOT! I had to re-read their first scene together several times because it just struck a chord with me and I wanted it again and again!! I thought the author did a fantastic job of bringing out both strength of character and t I loved this story and it left me wanting so much more! I adored Eli and Cooper. They were Navy SEAL training partners and completely devoted to each other (and their team) as a unit. Their devotion turned into more and it was new for both of them. Their coming together was HOT! I had to re-read their first scene together several times because it just struck a chord with me and I wanted it again and again!! I thought the author did a fantastic job of bringing out both strength of character and the vulnerability of emotion in these two men and it was a great combination. My one and only gripe about this book was the fact that it ended too abruptly and left some key questions unanswered about the viability of their relationship going forward - I love my HEA's! This was my first book by Janey Chapel and I'm very much looking forward to more - especially the sequel about these awesome characters:)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Staceyr

    Fan-freaking-tastic! I hope this is the start of a series. I'm not sure I'd call this short story a "romance"--the main characters certainly never acknowledge their relationship on that level, but it's a fascinating look at the evolution of a relationship between two Navy Seal candidates that, over the course of their training (great action scenes!), expands from serious male-bonding, friendship and loyalty to something physical and certainly meaningful on that don't-ask-don't-tell level of the m Fan-freaking-tastic! I hope this is the start of a series. I'm not sure I'd call this short story a "romance"--the main characters certainly never acknowledge their relationship on that level, but it's a fascinating look at the evolution of a relationship between two Navy Seal candidates that, over the course of their training (great action scenes!), expands from serious male-bonding, friendship and loyalty to something physical and certainly meaningful on that don't-ask-don't-tell level of the military. The author only gives us Cooper's point of view who comes off as shell-shocked by his growing attraction to Eli, and yet he's the instigator in taking the hands-on approach to their relationship. I got the impression that Eli knows he's gay from the start and just doesn't say anything--just my own assumption. All in all, a fun and intriguing read and a really engaging writing style. My only complaint was that it was too short--I'm hoping for a sequel!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kate Sherwood

    I love this story. It's got such a great economy to it - every scene, every sentence, every WORD adds to the story, and to the reader's understanding of the attraction between these two men. I also love the characters - these are tough men training for a very tough job, and that comes through, but we also see that being tough doesn't mean that they're emotionless or insensitive. I first read it a while ago, and re-read it yesterday; the first time I got caught up in the characters and the story, t I love this story. It's got such a great economy to it - every scene, every sentence, every WORD adds to the story, and to the reader's understanding of the attraction between these two men. I also love the characters - these are tough men training for a very tough job, and that comes through, but we also see that being tough doesn't mean that they're emotionless or insensitive. I first read it a while ago, and re-read it yesterday; the first time I got caught up in the characters and the story, the second time, I was fascinated by the writing - both were time well spent.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lada

    It was good! Why did I wait eight years to read this book? I liked the clean, direct writing, and the masculine feel of the whole story. It had a number of sex scenes, but I could read it with no problem because it felt natural and in harmony with the plot. For a short story, it packed quite a complete story and successfully made me invested in Cooper and Eli's relationship.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kendra T

    I liked the concept of this, and I liked the potential for where it could go, but I wasn't sold on the whole relationship between Eli and Cooper. It felt more like them being together was a convenience rather then developing feelings. I could tell that Eli may have started developing feelings, but Cooper seemed like a playboy. I didn't love it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣

    3.3 Stars

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shell

    3.5 Stars Have you ever met someone and immediately clicked? I know I have. I think sometimes there are people that walk into our lives, even in real life and though we may have only really known them for a few weeks or a few months, it feels as if they've been in our lives for many years. That seemed to be how it was for the two protagonists of this story. Maybe it was the intense stress they felt during the rigorous training they were undergoing or the amount they had to rely on one another to 3.5 Stars Have you ever met someone and immediately clicked? I know I have. I think sometimes there are people that walk into our lives, even in real life and though we may have only really known them for a few weeks or a few months, it feels as if they've been in our lives for many years. That seemed to be how it was for the two protagonists of this story. Maybe it was the intense stress they felt during the rigorous training they were undergoing or the amount they had to rely on one another to pull through. Whatever it was, Eli Jones and Cooper Fitch formed a strong and loyal bond after knowing one another just a few short weeks and it was a bond that quite suddenly and unexpectedly developed into something more than friendship. Cooper Fitch grew up in a strip club in Nevada, he was an officer before signing up for SEAL Training and there are three things in the world he seemed to like above all else and those were alcohol, his Navy brothers, and women. Eli Jones is more of a mystery, his character is stoic, dependable and the uncontested leader of his crew in training. I wasn't sure, even at the end of this story what Eli's sexuality was really, it's hard to determine since it's told from Cooper's perspective and Eli's character doesn't tend to give much away. For Cooper though, this is a gay-for-you story. This book begins at the end of Hell Week, during Seal Qualification Training. Eli, Cooper and their crew are being let off for 18 hours of free time and the two men, along with the rest of their crew, head to Ketchum's, a bar not far from Fort Benning. At Ketchum's Cooper picks up a little grad student from one of the universities in the area, and has a romping good time for a few hours, before heading back to the barracks. When he arrives back on base, Eli is still up, he can't sleep and asks Cooper how his night went. Cooper recounts his night in great detail and when Eli goes to the bathroom to use the facilities, Cooper follows. Things change rapidly from there and what ended up being a quick trip to the loo ends intimately between the two. There was little angst or hesitation in the transition from mere comrades to almost lovers, but the men seem quite comfortable with how things transpire and begin a relationship of sorts. The two men wouldn't refer to it as a relationship, there were no sweet words exchanged and they both seemed open to the idea of the other having relations with a woman if he wanted to, but neither do. As the weeks pass and things progress between Cooper and Eli, they become more intimate, stealing moments alone together whenever they can, but their ending in this story is more of a happy for now one. They don't know what the future will bring or how long they'll have together before they're forced to serve in different areas. I enjoyed this book, it was a pleasant read about friendship, honor and a budding love story between two comrades-in-arms. I look forward to reading Anchors Aweigh, the next book in this series and seeing what will happen between Eli and Cooper next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin (PT)

    So on the one hand, Janey Chapel is someone I know, someone I've met, someone I admire. On the other hand, the reason I know her, have met her and admire her is, initially, at least, because of her writing. So reading Maritime Men was just as much a pleasure as I thought it was going to be. From a writing standpoint, Chapel hits all the right notes: her characters have distinct voices and personality and the tight, terse language of her prose follows and enhances that of her characters and the wo So on the one hand, Janey Chapel is someone I know, someone I've met, someone I admire. On the other hand, the reason I know her, have met her and admire her is, initially, at least, because of her writing. So reading Maritime Men was just as much a pleasure as I thought it was going to be. From a writing standpoint, Chapel hits all the right notes: her characters have distinct voices and personality and the tight, terse language of her prose follows and enhances that of her characters and the world in which they live. (I feel like I have so much more to say about this, but it's tangential to the actual review) The dialogue reads naturally, sounds real. As a reader, the chemistry between Eli and Cooper is vivid and hot, but I never feel like it's being spoon-fed to me, it's just there, for me to pick up and feel much more viscerally than if Chapel told me how Meant For Each Other these guys are. In part, this works because she created an existing (platonic) relationship for the two before changing the playing ground between them…but it wouldn't work nearly so well if Chapel wasn't so talented at writing the characters in a way that shows their existing rapport. Very personally, I like men who act and talk like men (though what that means isn't inelastic)—especially when they're military men—which is what Chapel writes. Their communication is present, without being voluble and overwrought. There's not a lot of brow-clutching or hand-wringing. Cooper (the POV character) doesn't spend a lot of time worrying or speculating about what it all means, where it's all going, whether this is all True Love. By his own words, Cooper's a simple guy with simple wants and that comes across. Though this approach doesn't work for all stories, I felt like it did work here, fitting with the character and the situation (and the scope of the story). And, though at 48 pages on my Nook, there's not a lot of room for deep plot, the relationship between Eli and Coop fills up the space and time beautifully. I'm glad I already have Anchors Aweigh ready to go on my Nook.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janna

    1.5 stars I like reading about men in uniform, so I thought this novella (ca. 60 pages in my version) would be full of great characters. The back blurb announced an attraction between two Navy SEALs, which is difficult in the not so gay friendly military world. A story full of potential conflicts, issues and struggles. But none of that was the case in Maritime Men. I missed that a lot. Janey Chapel didn't give the reader much insight in the thoughts and feelings of her two main characters, Cooper 1.5 stars I like reading about men in uniform, so I thought this novella (ca. 60 pages in my version) would be full of great characters. The back blurb announced an attraction between two Navy SEALs, which is difficult in the not so gay friendly military world. A story full of potential conflicts, issues and struggles. But none of that was the case in Maritime Men. I missed that a lot. Janey Chapel didn't give the reader much insight in the thoughts and feelings of her two main characters, Cooper and Eli. The story is told from Cooper's point of view but is mainly describing what's happening, hardly what he's feeling. This is a huge shortcoming imo. I like to read about the feelings and thoughts of the characters. Besides that, the story lacked tension as well. There's hardly a beginning, middle or (happy) ending. So it's not much more than a few hot (but a bit emotionless) scenes amidst some military training action scenes and bar scenes. All nicely placed after one another and nothing more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    itmfiddler

    Excellent book, would have been a 5 star but it was too short and ended abruptly before I was ready, damn it. Sharp dialog, fascinating characters, interesting conflict, the story flowed, I read it start to finish in one sitting and never once even glanced up. This isn't a HEA type of book, or even a HFN, so if you are need that you've come to the wrong place. Perhaps the sequel, Anchors Aweigh, gets there but I haven't read it yet (although it is up next). Also, you'd better enjoy reading about Excellent book, would have been a 5 star but it was too short and ended abruptly before I was ready, damn it. Sharp dialog, fascinating characters, interesting conflict, the story flowed, I read it start to finish in one sitting and never once even glanced up. This isn't a HEA type of book, or even a HFN, so if you are need that you've come to the wrong place. Perhaps the sequel, Anchors Aweigh, gets there but I haven't read it yet (although it is up next). Also, you'd better enjoy reading about two men together, or you are not going to like this book LOL. I have no idea if the glimpses of life as a SEAL, particularly for someone who is involved with another SEAL, are at all accurate, but if they aren't, I don't want to hear about it. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequel, and if it is as good, I'll be digging up all the books I can find of Janey Chapel's.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophistikated Wiggins

    I think I liked this book so much because these characters were refreshingly the guys that went to my high school, grew up a little, and joined the Navy. I knew these guys, their humor, their fear and their tentative connection that blossomed into so much more. The writing is well-paced and believable. I've come across dialogue in many, many small publishing books that are unbelievable; reminiscent of 18th century Lords of the ton and labeled contemporary. Chapel skipped the guts(pointless page I think I liked this book so much because these characters were refreshingly the guys that went to my high school, grew up a little, and joined the Navy. I knew these guys, their humor, their fear and their tentative connection that blossomed into so much more. The writing is well-paced and believable. I've come across dialogue in many, many small publishing books that are unbelievable; reminiscent of 18th century Lords of the ton and labeled contemporary. Chapel skipped the guts(pointless page fillers) and went for the glory. Her characters were not clearly defined as gay or straight or bisexual and that did not bother me. That was not the point. Labels are mute when it comes to love. This story had what mattered. I'll definitely be reading it over and over again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    A. Steele

    Janey Chapel has a talent that exceeds other writers of the romance genre, and I will be enthusiastically awaiting her next publication. In "Maritime Men" she creates two extremely believable and likable characters. Her characters' idioms and her command of dialogue are dead-on, and her use of detail is at times astonishingly credible. She manages to capture both the rigors of training endured by Navy SEALS and the emotions of two men falling for one another in extremely realistic terms. Her wri Janey Chapel has a talent that exceeds other writers of the romance genre, and I will be enthusiastically awaiting her next publication. In "Maritime Men" she creates two extremely believable and likable characters. Her characters' idioms and her command of dialogue are dead-on, and her use of detail is at times astonishingly credible. She manages to capture both the rigors of training endured by Navy SEALS and the emotions of two men falling for one another in extremely realistic terms. Her writing offers a wonderful escape, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Feliz

    I loved the casual, easing-into-it aspect of Cooper and Eli's relationship, it made them all the more real. Their friendship evolving into love over time felt just natural, and I found it easy to comprehend that it took them a while to realize what happened between them. Too bad the story ended so abruptly, but lucky for me, the sequel is already available. I'm eager to learn what happens next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Snowtulip

    3.5 Some hard realizations were just being made when it ended! Have to read the next one ASAP! This story just flowed for me, nothing was forced, the relationship just builds upon a strong foundation of absolute trust and friendship. It was a very enjoyable read for a quick, short story and can't wait to find out how Cooper and Eli's relationship develop.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Writerlibrarian

    A very solid 3 stars. This is more a novella and the opening chapter of a series. I like how Eli and Cooper just clicked and went with the energy and passion that was between them from the start. Both are strong, compelling characters. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of their adventures. It's one of the books I've acquired to read on my new Kindle.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    Bold, exciting, sexy, fascinating men and a glimpse into the military life. Good development of the difficulty of their relationship in that setting. Tight, attractive style, great dialogue.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Briet

    Short and not too complicated, but its has heart, charm and a nice HFN ending. Heaven’t read the sequel yet, but I’d say its worth checking out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily Moore

    Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are going through one of the most demanding and grueling programs, SEAL training. It pushes people to their limits, both physically and mentally, and forming strong connections to fellow teammates is a necessity in order to survive. The bond between Cooper and Eli is quite strong, and takes a sudden turn one night when the men release some pent up stress after Hell Week. That encounter marks the beginning of a very personal relationship between them, one that provides Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are going through one of the most demanding and grueling programs, SEAL training. It pushes people to their limits, both physically and mentally, and forming strong connections to fellow teammates is a necessity in order to survive. The bond between Cooper and Eli is quite strong, and takes a sudden turn one night when the men release some pent up stress after Hell Week. That encounter marks the beginning of a very personal relationship between them, one that provides the anchor and support they both need to make it through training in one piece. What I appreciated most about this tale is that it is realistic. In this day and age, with the existence of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” this is not a tale of out and proud military men, and rightfully so. It sticks to reality, and both men hide the physical relationship they share. As Navy SEALs this is a given, and although there is mention that one of their team members has figured out what is going on, it isn’t a blanket acceptance from everyone. Despite whether readers agree or disagree with the current policies adopted by the military, when writing a contemporary story it is necessary to abide by these realities and Chapel does that extremely well. Although there is a physical relationship between the two men, it is never made clear whether either Eli or Cooper is gay. We know that Cooper has often spent time with women, and in fact likes women quite a bit, and that Eli draws the attention of both men and women but due to being quite picky rarely goes home with a girl. We also know that Eli and Cooper spend the majority of their time together, in the most stressful of situations, and under that stress and pressure they find a bit of solace and a deepening friendship with one another. The story isn’t focused on angst or worry about being involved with one another, nor is an attempt made to clarify their relationship. I found this to be refreshing, and perfectly in line with a story about two enlisted men. The story is very well written and the characters well developed. The story jumps forward with each section, following the men from just after Hell Week to the end of their training when they are officially Navy SEALs. The connection between the two men is quite strong, and only continues to grow. There is no “neatly tied with a bow” conclusion, which might disappoint some readers that require a “rode off into the sunset together” type of romantic ending, but for me what we are given fits the story beautiful. There is no concrete answer of what will happen for these men in the future, but we know that they share a connection that will always be there, whether they are together or not. If you enjoy stories about military men, you will definitely want to pick up this quick and wonderful read. Once you do, you won’t want to put it down. I’m definitely going to be looking for the next story from Chapel. http://emily83176.livejournal.com/966...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Wow, really? People enjoyed this and thought this was a good book? At the end I thought it was a joke. There’s no way a professional author really wrote this book. Sure, smut is smut and there’s a time and place for that. But, there’s no reason not to expect quality writing from someone who claims to be an author. For a moment I was confused and thought I had accidentally downloaded someone’s pathetic attempt at fanfiction. I wish authors would understand that sex is more satisfying and hot when Wow, really? People enjoyed this and thought this was a good book? At the end I thought it was a joke. There’s no way a professional author really wrote this book. Sure, smut is smut and there’s a time and place for that. But, there’s no reason not to expect quality writing from someone who claims to be an author. For a moment I was confused and thought I had accidentally downloaded someone’s pathetic attempt at fanfiction. I wish authors would understand that sex is more satisfying and hot when it’s built up to! When it’s believable and the characters have gone through something to get to this point. Gratuitous sex is just annoying and anyone can write it. It takes a real author with talent to make the reader believe it. To make the reader so engrossed in the lives on the characters so that when the sex does happen, it means something. Admittedly I couldn’t finish this book. The writing and dialogue were atrocious and I didn’t believe for a second that any of this could or would happen. I know that it is fiction, but it doesn’t need to feel silly and fake. Good fiction makes you forget it isn’t real. This does not accomplish that in any way, shape or form.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tdlittle05

    This story, I loved it so much. I'll admit that I'm jaded when it comes to this genre and the poor quality of writing that is found in so many of them. This wasn't the case with the book. Cooper and Eli are well developed characters, the issues that come from this book are believable and NOT chalked full of heavily manufactured angst like many others I've read. I came away from this believing that these characters weren't perfect, but they were without a doubt perfect for each other. The story o This story, I loved it so much. I'll admit that I'm jaded when it comes to this genre and the poor quality of writing that is found in so many of them. This wasn't the case with the book. Cooper and Eli are well developed characters, the issues that come from this book are believable and NOT chalked full of heavily manufactured angst like many others I've read. I came away from this believing that these characters weren't perfect, but they were without a doubt perfect for each other. The story only became better in the second book. All the strings were tied neatly, but (and I normally don't like to leave this comment, but I can't help it) I want so much more from them. I would read every book Chapel put about about these two. If you're looking for a story full of sex, this one isn't for you. If you're looking for one that focuses on the relationship and the realistic subtle aspects of the problems these men face, it's perfect. It's a book that will stay with you. I really can't recommend it enough.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Natalya

    my first m/m romance, and I could not have chosen a steamier read. hot hot hot! plus engaging language, a thrill of experimentation on the backdrop of intense physical endurance test all make it an enjoyable read. I was also fascinated by all the differences bw this and my traditional historical romance reads - lack of verbalization, different ways anatomies fit together in the scenes, greater focus on oral sex. the whole stigma of being homosexual in the military makes for great story, which wa my first m/m romance, and I could not have chosen a steamier read. hot hot hot! plus engaging language, a thrill of experimentation on the backdrop of intense physical endurance test all make it an enjoyable read. I was also fascinated by all the differences bw this and my traditional historical romance reads - lack of verbalization, different ways anatomies fit together in the scenes, greater focus on oral sex. the whole stigma of being homosexual in the military makes for great story, which wasn't fully explored. abrupt ending made me immediately move on to the sequel which has more relationship type stuff. I loved that the characters are not described physically in detail so you can imagine them however you like, whatever race, hair and eye color, height. u only have observations on their build, from what I remember

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    Eli and Cooper are in the same unit training to be Navy Seals. Eli is the defacto leader of the group and manages to get them through the grueling training. One night Cooper helps Eli out with his “frustration” and then they kind of start fooling around and getting closer, not only as friends but lovers and yet they never say they are gay or that they are exclusive. They just kind of let it happen. I REALLY enjoyed these guys. What I particularly liked was while neither had been in a gay relatio Eli and Cooper are in the same unit training to be Navy Seals. Eli is the defacto leader of the group and manages to get them through the grueling training. One night Cooper helps Eli out with his “frustration” and then they kind of start fooling around and getting closer, not only as friends but lovers and yet they never say they are gay or that they are exclusive. They just kind of let it happen. I REALLY enjoyed these guys. What I particularly liked was while neither had been in a gay relationship before they didn’t get freaked about it. Cooper in particular still seemed to like girls but was content to have sex with Eli and he loved him, in part because of the bonding through training. So I’m really looking forward to Anchors Aweigh now so I can find out what happens to Eli and Cooper. They were a great couple with very distinctly different but likable personalities.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabetta

    4.5 stars I enjoyed this book so very much, short and sweet, such strong story-telling and character building. Janey Chapel has a way with words that's for sure. Spare, clean and just right. We get a real sense of place and the camaraderie between a small group of Navy SEAL recruits completing their grueling training. We especially get to know Eli and Cooper who help each other through the tough times. The POV is Cooper's who has a wickedly funny inner voice. This seems to be a GFY attraction, 4.5 stars I enjoyed this book so very much, short and sweet, such strong story-telling and character building. Janey Chapel has a way with words that's for sure. Spare, clean and just right. We get a real sense of place and the camaraderie between a small group of Navy SEAL recruits completing their grueling training. We especially get to know Eli and Cooper who help each other through the tough times. The POV is Cooper's who has a wickedly funny inner voice. This seems to be a GFY attraction, Cooper is a real hound for the ladies but Levi remains an enigma. Not that it matters, it's never really an issue; they just like each other. A lot. And that's all that counts in the end. How refreshing. Off to read the sequel posthaste.

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