Series: Alpha Ops, #3
Published by Swerve on April 5th 2016
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In high school, basketball star Charlotte Stannard and Navy SEAL Jamie Hawthorn were everything but lovers. They shared a ruthlessly competitive spirit and relentless drive, but Charlie, afraid of the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy at seventeen, drove Jamie away. But now Jamie's back in town for the banquet to honor the basketball coach, and finds Charlie, newly home from a successful career in the European leagues and coaching the girls' team. The flames between them are hotter than ever, but Charlie believes Jamie just wants what he couldn't have when they were kids. Jamie's not just playing to win. He's playing for Charlie's heart, forever.
‘The SEAL’s Second Chance’ is classic Calhoun at work – a ten-year-history of friends that never really became more is finally given that sexy do-over when Jamie Hawthorn returns to Lancaster, seeking out the woman whom he’d never forgotten and perhaps, even loved. We’re not given a good enough reason for two people wanting each other badly yet not doing something concretely positive about it for a decade, yet it’s clear that the book is less concerned with revisiting the past (or even plotting the future) than it is with recording the present.
I enjoyed this short read nonetheless; Anne Calhoun excels at cataloguing intense, live-in-the-moment experiences and I’ve come to accept her stories for what they are: brief flashes of people (re)connecting, whose flaky pasts aren’t necessarily given sufficient explanations or justification, yet do so with a rawness that is enthralling and captivating; in fact, it’s almost akin to watching a short snippet of an erotic film that works well enough because it lacks actual context. Ms. Calhoun aims instead, to titillate and indulge even if it is somewhat sensually hedonistic, but isn’t that really the point here?