BUD/S: six months of the most intense training there is. It’s survival of the toughest, and Matt Knytych is determined to come out the other side a navy SEAL.
Distraction is life or death. And just the sight of former marine Shane Hovland is enough to shake Matt’s concentration.
Shane came to BUD/S training ready to prove himself—again. Semper Fi is forever, but he needs a new start. Not this dangerous heat with a man he barely knows.
Everything they’ve ever wanted is riding on a thin, punishing line. And they’ll have to fight for more than just each other if they want to make it through intact.
After all, the only easy day was yesterday.
This book is approximately 77,300 words
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Hansen (Everything Changes) strongly inaugurates a contemporary series with this buddy-buddy romance between two Navy SEAL trainees. When Matt Knytych runs into Shane Hovland, he is instantly attracted to the former Marine. Their unspoken desires become harder to deny when Shane and Matt are assigned to be "swim buddies" and go everywhere together. Matt copes with his attraction to Shane by teasing and competing with him on the obstacle course and the basketball court. As they bond over dinners and laundry, Shane wonders whether his interest in Matt is reciprocated. Hansen creates appropriate conflicts: Matt and Shane don't want to be distracted from their goal of becoming SEALs, and their romance may have an expiration date. As Matt and Shane agree to wait until graduation to consummate their relationship on a trip to Vegas, personal and professional obstacles get in their way. Hansen's focus on these physically tough but emotionally insecure guys developing trust and sharing intimacy and vulnerability is what makes this tender romance so convincing.