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Monday, May 3, 2010

Anchors Aweigh by Janey Chapel

Anchors Aweigh by Janey Chapel
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

After completing Navy SEAL training, Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones face assignment to different platoons. Since the strength of their mutual physical attraction is exceeded only by their emotional reliance on each other, the idea of being separated for a year or more is a bitter pill to swallow. But missing Eli may be just the beginning of Cooper's troubles: he's got an undisciplined man in his platoon, an uptight commanding officer, and his own insecurity about his leadership skills to deal with. Without Eli at his back, Cooper starts to wonder if he really has what it takes to be a SEAL.

Two sexy SEALs return with even more sizzling heat and romance. Eli and Cooper have finished their initial training and now face assignments, and further training. Unfortunately the two men know it’s very unlikely they’ll be together for this next phase. Even knowing that, Eli and Cooper grab for what they can and make the most of their time together. Together or apart, the two men face danger, live life, and love to the fullest.

This sequel to the incredibly popular Maritime Men is just as hot, steamy, and exciting as the first book. Again there is no real happy ever after but there is a strong happy for now and, considering the military setting, it remains a great ending. Eli and Cooper decide to rent a house so they can have a private place to be together whenever they can. This leads to some steamy sex scenes that definitely bring the temperature and delight up but also offers some sweetly poignant moments when the two men are apart. Considering Eli and Cooper are apart nearly half the book, the lingering emotion and romance is strong and touching as it continues to show their devotion, even when so far apart.

The writing and plot are once again great. The author's deft touch with her characters creates very realistic military men, with deep devotion and love for their job and each other. I liked that the men were apart, as it felt pretty honest to what other military men must go through. The long separations, missing the person you love, never knowing what could happen to them, and then cherishing even a few hours with the person. The characters are well portrayed, and there remains an edge of mystery that keeps everything interesting and exciting.

This is simply a fabulous sequel to a great book. The men continue to be fascinating and compelling, making the novella fly by way too quickly. This is the perfect example of a book that satisfies while leaving you desperately wanting more of these two. The ending again ends with romance, love, hope, and hot sex with an opening for more if the series continues. While you don’t have to read the first book to understand and follow this one, I’d recommend it to really get the full relationship between Eli and Cooper. They’re worth it.

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