A SEAL's Courage

A SEAL's Courage

by JM Stewart

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A sizzling new series about three friends looking for love-and the sexy SEALs who are ready to fulfill their craziest fantasies.

He's a man on a mission.
Navy SEAL Trent Lawson isn't a man to back down from a challenge. Ever since he opened his eyes in that army hospital to learn the men from his unit were gone, Trent has been determined to live life in their honor. Even if that means facing his most terrifying mission yet . . . dating.

She's done playing games.
Lauren Hayes has standards. In fact, she's got an entire list of them. There's only ever been one man to come close to making the cut-Trent Lawson. Except her best friend's too-sexy-for-his-own-good brother is strictly off-limits.

When Trent and Lauren find themselves matched up by a dating service, the chemistry between them is nothing short of explosive. They both know getting involved is a huge mistake, but life is too short to walk away from something this good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538711736
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Series: Military Match , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 256,210
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She's a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

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Twitter: @JMStewartWriter

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A SEAL's Courage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was a fast paced, ultra sexy friends to lovers story with just the right blend of emotion and humor mixed in. Awesome read! Trent and Lauren were great characters. Lauren seemed strong and stood up for herself but was also a bit naïve in certain areas. Trent was so sweet and also pretty inside himself dealing with some issues. I loved their relationship and how they were friends beforehand. I liked how Lauren was there for Trent in his time of need, encouraging him and just being his friend. The two had a slow, sweet, building heat of a romance happening. I loved them opening up to one another, their honesty, and the more vulnerable moments they shared. It was sweet and emotional. I liked the writing and the character development. There was a great pace and everything moved along quickly. There was enough back story to totally pull me in but it wasn’t super in depth. There was a decent cast of secondary characters introduced and I liked them, though they seemed to be more present in the first half of the story and not the second half. I loved the situation Trent and Lauren were in, their troubles, how they came together and how it all played out. I loved the build of it all and the details. The heated scenes were stellar. I also really liked the fact that there was a build to their heat and them coming together. Super hot read for sure! Awesome happily ever after. Super sweet and sexy. This is my first time reading this author and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great start to the series and love the Military Match concept. Sign me up for the next book! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Trent Lawson came back home a haunted man. He blames himself for the loss of his men to a Taliban bomb. His PTSD is ever present and his dreams make his life hell. He misses female companionship so he joins Military Match. As if preordained by Fate, he's set up with Lauren Hayes, his sister's best friend. He desires this woman, but he won't act on it. He will only hurt her. I sympathized with Trent's emotional problems. He's a good man damaged by war. I wanted to see him take a chance and move forward with his life. Lauren cares and opens her heart to him. Will he be brave enough to take the chance? Their romance is both tender and passionate. Seeing them together is amazing. JM Stewart has written amazing character. They are easy to care about. The bond they share is strong and compelling. I was pulled into their story. It touched me. I can't wait for the next book in the Military Match series. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the first book in the military match series, a seal's courage, pairs up veteran trent lawson with 28-year -old virgin lauren hayes. i kind of wish that wasn't her biggest character trait, but unfortunately, it is. lauren has always had a thing for trent, he's her best friend's older brother. and when she signs up for this military focused dating service she is stunned to find herself paired up with the object of her fantasies. trent is equally stunned. he's always liked lauren. he knew about her crush when they were younger. and now that he's back from the war she's the one person who calms all the anxiety and ptsd symptoms down. so he doesn't want to mess with their friendship. but being matched like that changes their view of one another. and so their friendship is irrevocably changed from that moment. even though both lauren and trent try to deny this. lauren has always wanted to pursue something with trent, and every time he rejects her a little piece of her dies. and eventually, he realizes he can't keep doing that to her. especially since he's denying himself too. he tries to put the brakes on their relationship, taking things slowly in deference to her virginity. except they burn too hot for each other. the truth is lauren is someone he wants to spend time with. so all he has to do is stop borrowing trouble. he's so convinced that he's failed the people closest to him—his brothers in arms, his k-9 partner, his ex-wife—that he's certain he'll fail lauren too. but he can't predict the future. he can't control how life turns out. this is no reason not to pursue a relationship. he's in a relationship with lauren from the start after all. their friendship is important. falling in love can only add another, deeper, dimension to it. they have the chance to be good together, and that is something worth pursuing. **a seal's courage will publish on july 11, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever yours) in exchange for my honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Ex-Navy SEAL Trent Lawson is returning home a broken man riddled with many regrets, but he has hope that he can turn those regrets and the losses of his brothers on the battlefield into something more than a hurtful memory. After suffering his injury he made up his mind that something positive had to come from his situation, he had to do all the things his fallen brothers wouldn't be able to do, and at the top of the list was find love. Even though it scared the hell out of him, he signed up with a dating site in hopes of meeting someone that would help him start living a little again, and he wound up receiving so much more than that...a beautiful woman who completely changed his world! Lauren Hayes has had a thing for her best friends brother for as long as she can remember, problem is that for one he is off limits, and two, he is so far out of her league. She wants to meet a man that will knock her socks off, and of course meet her long list of standards, but so far Mr. Right hasn't come knocking. Her friends are convinced she is going about it all wrong, so they sign her up with a dating site and ensure her this is the way for her to meet her match, but the man who shows up to meet her is far beyond any expectations she had... and also happens to be the one man that has always been off limits! This was my first book by this author and I absolutely loved it, it was so refreshing to read something a little out of my norm, and dive into a read with no preconceived expectations. The heartwarming story line gave me a serious case of the feels and kept me captivated from start to finish! I enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Trent and Lauren, their chemistry was amazing and they were very likable and realistic characters. I also appreciated how the author put a lot of time and care into detailing Trent's transition back to civilian life after leaving the service, I felt as though she did her research and covered it as accurately as possible. I highly recommend you give this book a try, Trent is sure to steal your heart! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. I worried that it was going to be another story of a vet with PTSD issues. Not that I don't have compassion and respect for those individuals, I've just simply read too many of them recently. Luckily Ms. Stewart made this story so much more. Yes, Trent had issues but he didn't let them rule his life. After what he went through and the friends he lost he wanted to honor them by living his life to the fullest. Getting into the dating scene is hard though so he tries an online service to help him. He can't believe it when he is set up with his sisters lifelong best friend Lauren Hayes. The chemistry and attraction are there but she is off limits unless he wants his sister to cut off some vital parts of his anatomy. But there is that whole chemistry and attraction thing again..... so they both decide to have a month long fling. After that they walk away. Yeah, right! A well done story and a book I think everyone will enjoy. I highly recommend it.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
A SEAL's Courage (Military Match) by JM Stewart This is Navy SEAL Trent Lawson and Lauren Hayes' story. Trent was medically discharged after his injury in his last deployment. He still is suffering from PTSD. Lauren is Trent's sister's best friend so they have known each other a long time. She has had a crush on Trent but he sees her as a little sister. Lauren has been a big help to Trent this past year. Trent and Lauren end up on a blind date. The chemistry between them is red hot. How will they handle this attraction? I absolutely loved, loved, loved this story! This was an amazing, emotional, sensual, and heartwarming romance. The author did a excellent job of where I could feel the emotions of Trent and Lauren. I can't express enough how the emotions of the characters jumped right off the page. With so many books to pick from this is one you must read! FYI, contains mature content.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
This adorable couple will melt your heart! She’s sassy but sweet, he’s gruff but endearing. Watching them heal each other from the scars of their individual pasts and move forward together was so rewarding! The characters are fun, the story line is a bit unorthodox but totally works for them. Can’t wait to read more in this brand new series! Lauren Hayes is tired of waiting around for Mr. Right … and since he’s obviously not going to show up, she’s decided to start thinking more along the lines of Mr. Right Now! Her best friend talks her into trying out a new dating service … and low and behold she gets matched up with the guy she’s been crushing on for like forever .. her BFF’s big brother! Former Navy SEAL Trent Lawson has had a hard time adjusting to life and loss since he’s been back home, so the fact that he let a friend twist his arm into trying out this dating site is surprising. Who knew he’d be matched up with the one woman he most definitely wanted … but couldn’t have? When they decide to secretly get it all out of their system and then go back to being friends, will it all blow up in their faces?
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
A SEAL's Courage should be renamed A SEAL's Courage and the courage of the women who love them. We expect SEAL’s to be strong and former SEAL Trent Lawson is fighting hard to recover from his time in the Navy. Nineteen months out and he is still suffering from PTSD, night terrors, the loss of his friend and his K9 partner and dealing with the scars on his body. He hasn’t been with a woman since his wife sent him a “Dear John” 2 years ago. He is working and his family is encouraging him to rejoin life. Get out. Date. Get laid. But the one woman who interests him is off limits because she is his baby sisters best friend. Baker Lauren Hayes is a 28 year old virgin. Her mother was a serial dater and didn’t know who Lauren’s father was. Lauren is determined not to be like her mother. When her mother died Lauren was taken in by a religious woman who taught her that sex was for the marriage bed. So here she is a 28 year old virgin. Her friends set her up with a dating service Military Match and it sets her up with her best friends brother Trent Lawson, the guy she has lusted after since she was a kid. I enjoyed watching Lauren stretch her wings and stand up for herself and what she wanted. She has been helping Trent recover and deserves a shot at happiness. This is a strong, well-written story filled with laughter and sorrow and true joy.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
J.M. Stewart gives new meaning to the term power ballad. Lust and love have no boundaries. Characters are compelling, stories are powerful and emotions are put on full display. She's gives the vulnerable a voice in times when they need the courage to be strong. A Seal's Courage is stellar evidence of that. Trent left a hero but came back a broken man. Lauren is a woman with love to give, but no one to share it with. Still waters may run deep, but Lauren and Trent add in an inferno of heat. Sensuality does not overpower the message of hope and healing conveyed in this seduction serenade of love.