A SEAL's Strength

A SEAL's Strength

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.

This second chance was worth the wait . . .

As a SEAL, Gabriel Donovan did the toughest jobs imaginable without blinking an eye. But three years after his wife's death, the idea of dating still makes him sick to his stomach. His daughter desperately needs a mother, though, and there's nothing Gabe won't do for his little girl.

Stephanie Mason doesn't run from anything. Not even coming face to face with the "one that got away" on a blind date. Steph's body vividly remembers every single thing about Gabe and while some things have changed, the way he makes her feel sure as hell hasn't.

Gabe and Steph know that love comes with risks, but if they're brave enough, this second chance might just bring them the love of a lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538711767
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Military Match , #2
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 393,753
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 Strength 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
DixieLeeBrown More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish. It's hard NOT to swoon over Gabe, an ex-SEAL who served and sacrificed much for his country. But he's so much more than that. He gave up his college education to take care of his little sister after their parents died. A one-night-stand and the resulting pregnancy turns his life upside down again, but he doesn't hesitate to become a husband and a father. And upon the death of his wife, he fills the role of single dad with every fiber of his being. Gabe is the kind of strong, intrinsically good hero I really enjoy. Steph is an attorney, who, after being left at the alter, turned to shallow and less complicated relationships for a time. Although I never really bought her in that role, it was obvious she'd convinced herself that was all she deserved. But she envies her friends' committed relationship and decides to give a dating service a try. She is matched with Gabe, a lover from her past she never expected to see again. Gabe and Steph have such chemistry from the moment they reconnect, and their quick wit and easy banter drew me right back, with them, to the time they'd once been lovers and more. They had a few bumps, okay...more than a few, but they were so good together and good for each other, I couldn't wait for their HEA. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a little spice in their romance.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars-- A SEAL’S STRENGTH is the second instalment in JM Stewart’s contemporary, adult MILITARY MATCH erotic, romance series focusing on three former military friends who search for love using Military Match dot com. This is former Navy SEAL and single father Gabriel Donovan, and attorney Stephanie Mason’s story line. A SEAL’S STRENGTH can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Gabe and Stephanie) A SEAL’S STRENGTH is a second chance romance between former Navy SEAL and single father Gabriel Donovan, and Attorney Stephanie Mason. Eleven years earlier, after the sudden death of his parents, Gabriel Donovan walked out of Stephanie Mason’s life without a backwards glance. A brief affair with another woman pulled Gabriel into a quick marriage and fatherhood, only to be left a single father upon the death of his wife seven years later. Fast forward to present day wherein Gabriel finds himself using the services of his buddy’s wife’s online dating service-Military Match dot com-only to come face to face with a past he has never forgotten. Enter Stephanie Mason, the woman Gabriel would never forget. What ensues is the rebuilding romance between Stephanie and Gabriel, but a romance with an expiry date, set out from the start. A SEAL’S STRENGTH is a quick read; a story of family and friendship; of heartbreak and loss; of moving forward and letting go of the past. Gabriel doesn’t do relationships but his loneliness since the death of his wife forces our hero to move out of the past. Rekindling his friendship and relationship with Stephanie Mason reveals eleven years of heartbreak for a woman who never got over her first and only love. The premise is entertaining and engaging; the characters are charismatic and colorful; the romance is passionate and hot but, one again, I have issues with the use of a certain four-letter word I find unnecessary in the romance genre.
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LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
The one that got away! ... A sweet reunion they never expected makes getting back out into the dating scene much sweeter for this single dad! It was a quick and easy read ... it probably would have been a bit stronger with a more detailed background or more interaction with their common friends, etc., but an enjoyable read none the less! Gabriel Donovan is in no way, shape or form ready to be going on a blind date. His wife might have died three years ago, and yes, he misses sex like you wouldn't believe, but his heart's just not in it. To appease his daughter and sister, he agrees to let his friend's wife set him up in her little dating business she's working on ... but he's not going to enjoy this at all! Stephanie Mason can't believe who her blind date is! Best friends with benefits in college led to him moving away before she got the guts to tell him that she was in love with him. She's thought of him often ... remembered and wondered if she'd ever find that feeling again. Now he's in front of her with more baggage than she could pick up if she wanted to ... but they could have just one weekend ... right?
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the second military match book, a seal's strength, finds stephanie mason reconnecting with her old flame gabe donovan. years ago gabe left stephanie behind when his parents were killed. and they lost touch. when they are matched via a military dating service the reunion is slightly awkward, but also welcome. gabe is a widower and during his time in the service he was injured and lost his lower leg (i can't remember if it was his right or left). he's hesitant about meeting new people because that baggage added to the fact that he has a ten-year-old daughter means that he scares prospective partners away well before any serious conversations happen. but with stephanie it's different. she knows him. she loved him once. and as they spend time together they find themselves quickly falling in love again. it's not all smooth-sailing of course, gabe is scared of committing to someone again and stephanie is afraid of losing gabe. getting over him once was hard enough, she's not sure she can do it a second time. but they can work through these things, and you end up with this really sweet, emotional second-chance love story that i truly enjoyed. **a seal's strength will publish on october 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever yours) in exchange for my honest review.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Donovan lost his wife and now he has given up on love until his daughter gets him to take the first step. Char wants him to be happy. A date through Military Match reconnects him with Stephanie Mason, his college sweetheart. Can they overcome their past and make a future? Stephanie is a strong yet vulnerable woman. Her fear of rejection made me sad. I liked her and wanted her to take a chance. She deserves to be loved. Gabriel has built a wall around his heart. He can't get pass his loss. He needs Stephanie. He never got over this special woman. She was his best friend and his lover. I wanted him to put aside his pain and start a new life with her. He has the opportunity to have a new family. The chemistry between Gabe and Steph is intense. I liked their powerful emotional connection. This drew me into their story. It was so nice to catch up with characters that I knew and liked from the first book.. JM Stewart has written a powerful story of second chances and getting a HEA. She has a talent for making her characters powerful and compelling. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
judyrudy More than 1 year ago
A SEAL’s Strength by JM Stewart is the second book in her Military Match series. This is a standalone book as I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series. The story easily flowed for me. I love second chance romances and this definitely did not disappoint. Steph Mason and Gabe Donovan were in a relationship while in college. When a tragedy struck his family he left her behind. Almost eleven years have elapsed since they last saw one another and Steph is surprised when she learns he has a ten year old daughter. They decide on a short-term relationship which in the end neither of them can abide by. A SEAL’s Strength was a heartwarming story about second chances. I felt deeply for Gabe and what he’d encountered in his life and then his decision to try and give love a second chance. I highly recommend this book and I definitely plan on going back and reading the first book in the series. I received an advanced copy of A SEAL’s Strength. I voluntarily read and reviewed it and this is my honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Donovan has spent the last three years mourning the loss of his wife and the life they had, but now it's time for him to finally close the chapter on that story, and start a new one, per his ten year old daughters request. She is growing up and Gabriel is starting to realize that there maybe some things that they come across soon that would be better taught by a woman, so he is going to put on a brave face and see what the dating world has to offer him. What he doesn't expect to find is the woman who holds a place in some of his favorite memories, a woman who he walked away from eleven years ago, to join the military. Question is will she be willing to let him back in again? During the last eleven years Stephanie Mason has often wondered about Gabe, "the one who got away", and often thought what it would have been like if he had stayed instead of walking away. But then again he wasn't into doing attachments, he preferred the strings free approach to things and Stephanie saw them sharing so much more...so it was probably a good thing he let her go. But now he is unexpectedly back in her life, and now she is the one who is putting the brakes on things, he is a far different man than before. But her body doesn't seem to know the difference, the spark they once shared is there, full force, and he wants to see where it will take them...now she must decide if he is worth the risk? A SEAL's Strength is a seriously sexy second chance romance story, that should not be missed! After finishing A SEAL's Courage I couldn't wait to dive into the next one and meet another one of Ms. Stewart's sexy SEAL's, and I have to say that Mr. Donovan did not disappoint. Nothing steals your heart quite like a sexy alpha to the bone SEAL who also happens to be a single father, watching him, Stephanie, and his daughter's beautiful story unfold was such a rewarding and heartwarming experience for me. It had moments that had me near tears, moments that had my heart rejoicing, and moments that me fanning my face...the man sure know's how to turn up the heat!! I highly recommend you pick this one up, these wonderfully characters are sure to steal your heart! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
I love it when I start a book and I'm immediately filled with emotion. It's like it simmers under my skin and I feel so pulled in and then I get consumed. That's exactly what this story did. I loved every single second! Fantastic second chance romance! I adored the main characters! Gabe and Stephanie where wonderfully written. I loved learning about their past as they come together in the present. I hung on every word and couldn't wait for the details to unfold. There was so much emotion and vulnerability between them. There was also this electric chemistry that was just amazing. Gabe and Steph had such a strong connection, I could literally feel the pull they had on one another. The build was amazing as everything developed. I love their passion and chemistry. And the heat. Oh my with the heat. This was a seriously hot read! The writing was excellent. I loved the details and depth of the characters. Gabe was so sweet and sincere and had a great inner strength as he tried to move forward with his life. Even though it was hard for him, I loved his struggle and what he was going through to heal. Just to add, this story had me at single father, he was so freaking sweet with his daughter! I loved Stephanie too. I loved her fight to guard her heart as she dealt with hurt from her past. Every single moment they opened up and shared just made me melt and my heart ache for them as I rooted for their HEA. I absolutely loved how the secondary characters played out in this. I felt like they were an important part of the story and I like how they were woven in throughout the book. I really liked the updates on the previous couple from A SEAL’s Courage and what was set up for the next book in A SEAL’s Honor. This story was sweet and romantic and there are wonderful moments of fun and playfulness mixed in. The sexy times are worth mentioning again because wow. Hot! It's light in the drama department but there are some tension and turmoil mixed in that made my heart ache. It was just a beautiful story about two people reconnected again and falling in love. It’s about moving on, healing and loving and second chances. Wonderful read! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
BookSnuggle More than 1 year ago
A Seal’s Strength (Military Match Book 2) by J.M. Stewart This is Gabriel “Gabe” Donovan and Stephanie “Steph” Mason’s story. This is an emotional second chance romance. Steph and Gabe were more than friends in college. Due to circumstances Gabe drifted away from her. Gabe still hasn’t gotten back into dating since his wife died. His friends and daughter tell him it’s time to start living again. Steph was hurt when she and Gabe lost contact. She wants to be able find the “one”. But is having trouble trusting after the disaster of her last relationship. Steph and Gabe are reunited through a blind date. The chemistry is still really strong between them. Will they be able to let their guards down and take a chance on live? There was just something about Gabe and Steph’s characters that pulled me in. I could feel their emotions whether sad or happy. At times I wanted to smack some sense into them but they figured it out on their own. Loved their story! FYI, contains mature and graphic content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
A SEAL's Strength is a fantastic second chance story. I just loved these characters and the honest and real way they connected with other. The story is amazing and wonderfully written with a nice easy pace to the story. Gabriel Donovan is a former SEAL who is working hard to raise his young daughter after his wife's death. It's been three years and his daughter and sister have decided enough is enough and signed him up on a dating website. Now he's about to meet his date and can't believe his eyes. Before him is Krista Nelson, a woman he was close to in college and has never been able to forget. This reunion could go terribly bad or it could be the best thing to ever happen!! I highly recommend this one for everyone's must read list!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Out of tragic circumstances a second chance blooms. The alpha in Gabe is put to the test. When a father's love for his daughter collides with first love, one mighty Navy Seal is about to be brought to his knees. A Seal's Strength is a sweet dash of salty with regular sprinkles of naughty. My favorite moments are the interactions of a father with the love of his life, his daughter. He encourages her, he listens to her and he becomes a better person because of her. Ms. Stewart can seduce with the best of them, but her stories are more than just wickedly tempting, they spark emotion and humor.