Once a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth

Once a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (281 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

It’s going to take a SEAL’s strength to make this marriage work

Every woman dreams of marrying the perfect man-handsome, thoughtful, strong, and sensitive -and Aria Kavanagh believes she’s found the ultimate hero in Chief Petty Officer Daniel McCullum. But being a U.S. Navy SEAL wife is a serious challenge, especially when the missions are putting more than their love in the line of fire. Can they jump the hurdles and handle the daily rigors without falling apart? Or will the pressures attached to the handsome uniform have them both questioning if their dedication is worth it? Every moment matters when the only thing that truly lasts is love.

Sometimes the happily ever after doesn’t come the way you expect, but it’s exactly what you need.

Anne Elizabeth writes a crisp story of two people muddling through married life. This book starts with the wedding. There isn’t the getting-to-know-you lead up like in many books and I found this refreshing. This might not appeal to readers who want a long courtship. But don’t let that keep you from enjoying this book.

Aria and Dan are typical people. They have their ups and downs and Ms Elizabeth shows them with startling realism. I rather liked that these people weren’t perfect. That said, there are moments where I wished she’d have been a tad stronger as a heroine. I wanted to see her handle the issues of being the wife of a SEAL with a little more strength, but I could relate to her feeling thrown off the deep end. Dan is very much a SEAL (I know, you wouldn’t expect less). He’s focused and alpha. I wished I could’ve seen more of him outside of his job, but sometimes a man is married to his work.

This book is on the sweeter end of steamy. That’s fine. I liked the change in pace. Not everyone has sweeping, crazy hot sex. I connected with the characters and am looking forward to more from Ms Elizabeth.


  1. Karen H in NC says:

    Thanks for your review. I don’t usually read contemps but I do like the sound of this one. I know what you mean about the wife of a SEAL should be a strong, no-holds-barred woman. Think Pamela Moran in Army Wives (played by Brigid Brannagh). She was the spunky, out-spoken wife of a man in a Delta team. Think I’ll add this book to my books-to-buy list.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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