Logistics director Rose Powell agreed to chaperone her grandmother on a guided tour of Roman ruins on one condition: her brother Jack would come with her. But when Jack backs out, his best friend and fellow SEAL Keenan Parker takes his place. Without a working cell phone, Rose’s orderly world drifts into dreamy days and hot, secret nights in Keenan’s bed. Keenan left the Navy but never made it any farther than Istanbul, much less to a viable future. Until he does, he’ll show Rose things she didn’t know about herself. Can he give his heart and his future to the woman he promised his best friend he’d never touch?


I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I know Anne Calhoun writes some of the most sensual and erotic stories that I don’t really want to call smut because they fire up the senses as much as take a reader on a journey of emotion and development. When I saw this first book, I was excited to read it. It seemed different from the books that I know her for. Turns out, The SEAL’s Secret Lover is really a good book.

For a novella, the book was really able to provide a deep plot that had a recognizable character development. The story didn’t feel hurried, as one would usually find in shorter books. The characters were well-written, and it’s easy to really root for both hero and heroine. The hero wasn’t all that swoonworthy, actually, but I felt like he was a man who was solid, dependable, stable, and strong. The heroine was very easy to like. All in all, I really liked this book. I will be watching out for the next installments.






After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, I found myself living in the suburbs of a small Midwestern city. The glamour of various cube farm jobs had worn off, so I gave up making a decent living to take Joseph Campbell’s advice and follow my bliss: writing romance.

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