*This review was originally posted on October 27, 2011, however it’s one that I felt was fitting for today to repost.
Honor, duty, courage, passion . . . the men of the Navy SEALs are a special breed of hero, and in these stories by eighteen top romance authors these heroes are celebrated not only as symbols of devoted service to their country but as the kind of man every woman wants to love. They’ll rescue a damsel in distress and her lap dog, too. They’ll battle hometown dramas and international bad guys. When it comes to giving away their hearts, they’ll risk everything.
All proceeds from sales of SEAL of My Dreams goes to the Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research.
Among them, the authors of SEAL of My Dreams have won dozens of writing awards including multiple RITAs from Romance Writers of America. Their nearly 600 published novels have sold at least 35 million copies worldwide. The SEAL of My Dreams roster includes many of the best-known authors in modern romance fiction. In addition, many have strong family connections to the servicemen and women of our nation’s military, and many specialize in novels featuring heroes and heroines from all branches of service.
For the last couple of days I have been consumed with reading this book. At first I wanted to read it because of who some of the authors participating in it. Then when Tara told me how the book came to be I knew I had to read because of who they are honoring.
For as long as I can remember I have been in love with men in uniform. I would like to say it was because one of the most important men in my life my Grandpa wore the uniform but that would be a lie as I didn’t find out he’d served until I was an adult. I think it started when my next door neighbor and best friend Aaron’s brother Brandon came home from boot camp wearing his Marine dress clothes. I was 12 and for the first time he wasn’t Aaron’s brother that had teased and tormented me all my life he was HOT!! From that point on I have devoured military heroes.
When I was in high school the first Gulf War happened and SEAL’s were everywhere not to mention that really good movie Navy SEALS with Charlie Sheen (back when he was HOT) and I fell in love with SEAL’s. For the longest time I thought I would marry one. Alas I married a guy who would have been an Air Force guy had be been able.
The story of how this anthology came about is one that will resonate with everyone. You see the picture on the cover of this book, he isn’t a cover model. No he is an actual SEAL who was stationed near Fallugah when this picture was taken. When it appeared in the Washington Post after SEAL team Six took out one of the worlds most dangerous men a conversation was started on hot hot he was, and the then started wondering who he was, what was his story, and we have this amazing book as a result.
As I read these stories, some of them the SEAL’s finally getting their HEA with the loves of their lives, and some of them just meeting the loves of their lives, the one thing that was always crystal clear was that these men would whatever they could for those that they loved. They would also protect those that were unable to protect themselves, and that no matter what they would find a way to make it home. There some I laughed at, some that made me cry and some that made me sigh.
The cast of authors that have come together to write these books that pay tribute to these amazing men is like a who’s who in romance. The tribute by Robyn Carr made me cry.
This is one of those books that I feel very strongly that everyone needs to buy this book, regardless of whether you like all the authors or not. The proceeds are going to a very worthy cause and the stories are all really good.
*Tara Janzen posted a couple of weeks ago that as of September 1 more $140k has been earned for this book. All proceeds going to the Veterans Research.