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The SEAL's Valentine

Constantly lashes out at her Her baby will be fatherless Sowhat does Tristan think he's doing making her life even topsy turvy than it already isBut when it comes to putting her heart on the line who could be trustworthy than a navy SEA This book tell the story of Brynn who wanted so much for her son Cayden to be happy and happy to Cayden is to have his father back home and he is able to play good baseball just as good as his father is However it is not going to be as his father has passed away and his name is marred by accusation of fixing games and gambling on out of games and is murdered Alone with a son and 8 months pregnant Brynn returned to her hometown and is determine to provide a normal life for Cayden and her unborn daughter On a practice day for selection of players for the next term Cayden run away into the wood after disappointed of not making into the teams and Brynn who went after him could not find their way out A SEAL s officer who is on leave and at home Tristan found Brynn and seeing Cayden s in need of guidance from a father figure he offered to coach and talk to him as Cayden seem to be trusted him Cayden reminded him of his own son Jake who was being taken away by his ex wife Soon his close relationship with Brynn and children turned into attraction but Tristan who failed in his first marriage is unable to convince that he can provide both their needsThe story is about second chance for both Tristan and Brynn Each of them is having their own conflict and demons to overcome It is indeed a story about family who is recovering from their losses and building a new life from the mistake of their past

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The moment off duty navy SEAL Tristan Bartoni meets feisty yet vulnerable Brynn Langtoine he's a goner He sure didn't have plans to be attracted to a recently widowed pregnant woman who is already mother to a troubled grieving young son Maybe she was caught up in the fun of the moment but she felt his words as clearly as if he d whispered them in her ear She imagined his breath warm on her neck and despite the day s heat she shivered Something about the silent exchange struck her as intimate And good And she never wanted the feeling to end 55%Okay right off the bat I want to say kudos to Altom for her great characterization in this story I may not have liked the hero and heroine but Altom nailed their personalities Sometimes in Harleuin romances it feels like the hero and heroine are cardboard cutouts scribbled on in crayon Not so here where Altom takes care to fully flesh out her characters It s well doneSTORY Tristan is a Navy SEAL His wife remarried moved to California and took his young son with her He s out of sortsBrynn is eight months pregnant She also has a six year old boy named Cayden Her husband was a baseball player and he was dirty and he was shot to death She was driven out of St Louis by angry fans THE GOOD1 Like I said earlier the characterization I may not be crazy about these characters but they are fully formed I can see and imagine these two in my mind I m actually surprised by how well Tristan was crafted he seemed so misogynistic and immature in the previous novels2 The characters have their own problems unrelated to each other Brynn is reeling from her experiences after her husband s death Now that she knew none of the horrible things she d believed about him were true that didn t mean a magical rewind button could be pressed Former friends couldn t take back indescribably hurtful actions and words Her mind s eye couldn t stop seeing the morning she d woke to get the paper only to have the front yard literally covered in slime from thrown eggs The entire town of St Louis had hated her for Mack s actions and hadn t hesitated to show that hate in an assortment of creative forms 43%Tristan is fucked up because his ex left him and took their child with her Know the feeling he said The stuff I went through with my ex wife Jaw clenched he shook his head Hell I ve been shot and had it hurt less 9%3 Tristan cries He cries when he is on the phone long distance with his son I thought this was touching and not something I see too often4 Tristan reads novels I rarely see heroes who read This book has him sitting in his house reading a spy novel I liked it Nice touch5 Brynn is hugely pregnant I tend to like when romances feature pregnant heroines She gives birth halfway through the novel thoughTHE BAD1 I am going to put a trigger warning here for readers who are anorexic or are in recovery for anorexia or struggle with ED in any form Tristan lives with his mama Donna and he s always on her case about what she s eating how much she s eating and whether food is healthy or not This will be nothing to the majority of readers but people with ED or who are in remission from their ED could struggle with this Fair warning 2 Brynn s friend Vivian is a real jerk and I could not figure out why they remained friends for the whole book Personally I think Brynn should cut Vivian out of her life3 Altom forces us to suffer through passages written from six year old Cayden s perspective I fucking hate romance novels that write from a child s POV It s annoying and horrible UGH This took away a lot of enjoyment of the novel for me It s unpleasant4 Everyone is a gossipy busybody including the hero Everyone goes around telling everyone the most personal stuff they know about other people It s grossHOW S THE SEX CARMENWell sips coffee They don t even kiss until 70% On one hand I m glad they were building up a relationship firstOn the other hand the sex in here is really bothering me So Brynn and Tristan get into a huge fight about him leaving to go back to the naval base They go to argue at a lake They are arguing She is saying I hate you I hate you and sobbing Then they are fuckingWHAT I m sorry I m not on board with this THIS is how you choose to have first time sex with each other I m really disappointed They don t use condoms eitherWhen they are done fucking she just automatically assumes that since they ve had sex now he will NOT be a Navy SEAL anyHe s like Hold up I never said that I am still going to be a SEAL and I m still leaving for Virginia Beach tomorrow And she throws an absolute fitI would like to state here that I am against forcing people to do things I think when two adults are in a romantic relationship they need to respect each other as adults Not try to force the other adult to do something heshe doesn t want Some examples telling your SO what to eat what not to eat when to eat and how much to eat Badgering your SO to lose or gain weight Badgering your SO to marry you issuing ultimatums about marriage pressuring someone to marry you Unilaterally deciding you are going to have kids force your SO to accept that you two will have kids even though SO doesn t want to have kids or is unsure about itIn this case Brynn wants Tristan to uit his job He loves being a Navy SEAL Navy is his life Brynn doesn t give a fuck she wants to see him every day she wants him to see the children every day She s worried he will get hurtThe logical responsible adult thing to do would be to discuss this with him and I don t know actually CARE that he loves his job and doesn t want to give it up and take that into considerationInstead she goes from screaming I hate you at him and sobbing really immature and distasteful btw to fucking him the first time they are having sex together and then instantly assuming that since she s had sex with him he will drop his career and his dreams to be with her and the kidsThat s really disgusting behavior on the part of the heroine IMO Tristan doesn t get a pass either he shouldn t have fucked her in this situation He should have remained coolheaded and not had first time sex with a woman who was screaming that she hates him while crying uncontrollably I couldn t deal with thisThey both make huge parenting errors in this book by the way They both make bad judgment calls in how to deal with Cayden treating him like a pawn and a crutch than a human being and a child He deserves better than to be a prop in their drama When Tristan is deployed to Somalia I don t think Brynn handles it well at all She tries to refuse to let him talk to Cayden in a rare phone call She won t give an inch in her demands to TristanShe triumphs Her insistence ultimatums using Cayden as a pawn and inflexibility beats him into refusing active duty and becoming a SEAL instructor This is very true to real life where often a partner is beaten into submission by their SO who REALLY wants marriage a kid or the person to uit their job However I don t feel happy about this just like I don t feel happy in real life when I see my friends badger and manipulate their men or their women into doing something they don t want to do It s even worse when it is framed as reasonable and for their own good I understand WHY he did it because his woman said he d never see her and the kids again if he didn t bow to her demands Demands that he should realize are for his own good for the good of the family and really for the best Gag me I hate this manipulative immature behavior Sure you can make your partner do a lot if you threaten to leave them and cut them off from the children they love Way to go But I don t think this is the basis of a good healthy marriage that s for sureAltom is trying to tell me this is a happy ending I m not really seeing itTL DR I had a lot of problems with this book On the plus side Altom s characters seemed like real people to meROMANCE CATEGORIESContemporary RomanceMilitary RomanceNon Virgin Heroine Widow HeroinePregnant HeroineShe s works in a Plant Nursery Part Time He is a Navy SEAL The Doctor Takes a Princess yet vulnerable Brynn Langtoine he's a goner He sure didn't have plans to be attracted to a recently widowed pregnant woman who is already mother to a troubled grieving Rescued by the Viking young son Maybe she was caught up in the fun of the moment but she felt his words as clearly as if he d whispered them in her ear She imagined his breath warm on her neck and despite the day s heat she shivered Something about the silent exchange struck her as intimate And good And she never wanted the feeling to end 55%Okay right off the bat I want to say kudos to Altom for her great characterization in this story I may not have liked the hero and heroine but Altom nailed their personalities Sometimes in Harleuin romances it feels like the hero and heroine are cardboard cutouts scribbled on in crayon Not so here where Altom takes care to fully flesh out her characters It s well doneSTORY Tristan is a Navy SEAL His wife remarried moved to California and took his The Australians Society Bride young son with her He s out of sortsBrynn is eight months pregnant She also has a six Master of Maramba year old boy named Cayden Her husband was a baseball player and he was dirty and he was shot to death She was driven out of St Louis by angry fans THE GOOD1 Like I said earlier the characterization I may not be crazy about these characters but they are fully formed I can see and imagine these two in my mind I m actually surprised by how well Tristan was crafted he seemed so misogynistic and immature in the previous novels2 The characters have their own problems unrelated to each other Brynn is reeling from her experiences after her husband s death Now that she knew none of the horrible things she d believed about him were true that didn t mean a magical rewind button could be pressed Former friends couldn t take back indescribably hurtful actions and words Her mind s eye couldn t stop seeing the morning she d woke to get the paper only to have the front Daring to Date the Boss yard literally covered in slime from thrown eggs The entire town of St Louis had hated her for Mack s actions and hadn t hesitated to show that hate in an assortment of creative forms 43%Tristan is fucked up because his ex left him and took their child with her Know the feeling he said The stuff I went through with my ex wife Jaw clenched he shook his head Hell I ve been shot and had it hurt less 9%3 Tristan cries He cries when he is on the phone long distance with his son I thought this was touching and not something I see too often4 Tristan reads novels I rarely see heroes who read This book has him sitting in his house reading a spy novel I liked it Nice touch5 Brynn is hugely pregnant I tend to like when romances feature pregnant heroines She gives birth halfway through the novel thoughTHE BAD1 I am going to put a trigger warning here for readers who are anorexic or are in recovery for anorexia or struggle with ED in any form Tristan lives with his mama Donna and he s always on her case about what she s eating how much she s eating and whether food is healthy or not This will be nothing to the majority of readers but people with ED or who are in remission from their ED could struggle with this Fair warning 2 Brynn s friend Vivian is a real jerk and I could not figure out why they remained friends for the whole book Personally I think Brynn should cut Vivian out of her life3 Altom forces us to suffer through passages written from six Sasvim skromni darovi year old Cayden s perspective I fucking hate romance novels that write from a child s POV It s annoying and horrible UGH This took away a lot of enjoyment of the novel for me It s unpleasant4 Everyone is a gossipy busybody including the hero Everyone goes around telling everyone the most personal stuff they know about other people It s grossHOW S THE SEX CARMENWell sips coffee They don t even kiss until 70% On one hand I m glad they were building up a relationship firstOn the other hand the sex in here is really bothering me So Brynn and Tristan get into a huge fight about him leaving to go back to the naval base They go to argue at a lake They are arguing She is saying I hate Larenzos Christmas Baby you I hate Protective Instincts (Mission: Rescue you and sobbing Then they are fuckingWHAT I m sorry I m not on board with this THIS is how Protecting His Brothers Bride you choose to have first time sex with each other I m really disappointed They don t use condoms eitherWhen they are done fucking she just automatically assumes that since they ve had sex now he will NOT be a Navy SEAL anyHe s like Hold up I never said that I am still going to be a SEAL and I m still leaving for Virginia Beach tomorrow And she throws an absolute fitI would like to state here that I am against forcing people to do things I think when two adults are in a romantic relationship they need to respect each other as adults Not try to force the other adult to do something heshe doesn t want Some examples telling Claimed by a Cowboy (Hill Country Heroes your SO what to eat what not to eat when to eat and how much to eat Badgering Bluegrass Christmas (Kentucky Corners, your SO to lose or gain weight Badgering Forced Alliance your SO to marry Where Theres Smoke you issuing ultimatums about marriage pressuring someone to marry The Santangeli Marriage you Unilaterally deciding Here Lies Daniel Tate you are going to have kids force Blood Bound (Unbound, your SO to accept that Lady Gwendolen Investigates you two will have kids even though SO doesn t want to have kids or is unsure about itIn this case Brynn wants Tristan to uit his job He loves being a Navy SEAL Navy is his life Brynn doesn t give a fuck she wants to see him every day she wants him to see the children every day She s worried he will get hurtThe logical responsible adult thing to do would be to discuss this with him and I don t know actually CARE that he loves his job and doesn t want to give it up and take that into considerationInstead she goes from screaming I hate Deadly Memories you at him and sobbing really immature and distasteful btw to fucking him the first time they are having sex together and then instantly assuming that since she s had sex with him he will drop his career and his dreams to be with her and the kidsThat s really disgusting behavior on the part of the heroine IMO Tristan doesn t get a pass either he shouldn t have fucked her in this situation He should have remained coolheaded and not had first time sex with a woman who was screaming that she hates him while crying uncontrollably I couldn t deal with thisThey both make huge parenting errors in this book by the way They both make bad judgment calls in how to deal with Cayden treating him like a pawn and a crutch than a human being and a child He deserves better than to be a prop in their drama When Tristan is deployed to Somalia I don t think Brynn handles it well at all She tries to refuse to let him talk to Cayden in a rare phone call She won t give an inch in her demands to TristanShe triumphs Her insistence ultimatums using Cayden as a pawn and inflexibility beats him into refusing active duty and becoming a SEAL instructor This is very true to real life where often a partner is beaten into submission by their SO who REALLY wants marriage a kid or the person to uit their job However I don t feel happy about this just like I don t feel happy in real life when I see my friends badger and manipulate their men or their women into doing something they don t want to do It s even worse when it is framed as reasonable and for their own good I understand WHY he did it because his woman said he d never see her and the kids again if he didn t bow to her demands Demands that he should realize are for his own good for the good of the family and really for the best Gag me I hate this manipulative immature behavior Sure Captivating the Witch you can make Cutting Loose (Harlequin Blaze your partner do a lot if Along Came Twins... (Tiny Miracles, you threaten to leave them and cut them off from the children they love Way to go But I don t think this is the basis of a good healthy marriage that s for sureAltom is trying to tell me this is a happy ending I m not really seeing itTL DR I had a lot of problems with this book On the plus side Altom s characters seemed like real people to meROMANCE CATEGORIESContemporary RomanceMilitary RomanceNon Virgin Heroine Widow HeroinePregnant HeroineShe s works in a Plant Nursery Part Time He is a Navy SEAL

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Nope the struggling SEAL came home to Ruin Bayou Louisiana to finally deal with his haunting past decisions not to start a new relationshipBrynn has enough problems without her hormones going crazy whenever Tristan is near Her son Cayden The SEAL s Valentine by Laura Marie Altom 4 STARSThe Seal s Valentine was tenderfunnyfamily story and baseball all thrown in togetherBrynn Langtoine moved to her deceased husband s family home She is 8 months pregnant and has a 6 year old Last year she had it all Mack a professional baseball playerbig housewith housekeeper no fiance problems Then her husband was in trouble accused of fixing gamesgambling on out come of gamesher husband was murdered right in front of her Thier bank accounts were siezedlost thier home The only assest She had was a expensive car and his family home She sold the car got a lot cheaper car and movedBrynn plans to get a job after the baby is born Caydan wanted to make the baseball team with his friends Even with his father having been a baseball player Caydan was not very good Caydan is having a hard time with allthe changes in his life When he doesn t make the team he runs away and gets lost in swampTristan Bartoni is a Navy Seal on leave to figure out some issues He is helping his friend Jason at the baseball tryouts He notices Brynn s car is still thier after everyone had left except the two coaches His friend Jason is the police chief Tristan had words earlyier with Brynn and new Caydan had runoff So they both went searching for themBrynn had runoff trying to find her son but got lost herself She was greatful when Tristan had found her She was 2 miles away from her car Jason found CaydanTristan had been good friends with Mack growing up He had a hard time believing Mack was guilty of cheating He went over to Brynn s house to see if she needed anythingHe ended up spending a few days putting up Caydan s birthday Fort up for herTristian exwife just moved with her new husband and moved his son to the west coast and he had a hard time trusting in a relationshipBrynn 8 months pregnant did not want to date anyone but her neighbors kept trying to matchmake with Tristian and BrynnI like the characters and how they were all dealing with different life problems The humor It is a fast uick read that lets you escape into thier livesI was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley01022013 PUB Harleuin Imprint Harleuin American Romance 224 pages


10 thoughts on “The SEAL's Valentine

  1. says:

    Maybe she was caught up in the fun of the moment but she felt his words as clearly as if he'd whispered them in

  2. says:

    Very good book with lots of emotion Both Tristan and Brynn had some hard issues to deal with in their lives Brynn had been widowed when her pro baseball player was gunned down because of his illegal activities She's living in his childhood home awaiting the birth of her second child and trying to deal with her son's heartbreak The l

  3. says:

    Detailed Review25 starsTHE SEAL’S VALENTINE just didn’t really scream romance to me The romance took a while to get goi

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I normally read books with action and romance This book was a pleasant book that tugged at my heart Brynn’s husband was murdered in front of her All her friends turned against her When her husband died she was left with a house and a car and little money She moved to the small town of Ruin Bayou She is pregnant and a mother to Cayden who is a 5 year old Cayden is having issues dealing with his father

  5. says:

    The SEAL's Valentine by Laura Marie Altom 4 STARSThe Seal's Valentine was tenderfunnyfamily story and baseball all thrown

  6. says:

    This novel started out fairly strongly Brynn and Tristan's respective baggage and hesitance to get involved struck a chord and their attraction to one another was nicely written Everyone else's constant matchmak

  7. says:

    This book tell the story of Brynn who wanted so much for her son Cayden to be happy and happy to Cayden is to h

  8. says:

    Two people sworn off love and marriage meet the exact opposite of what they needor so they think Eight months pregnant and already a mom to a troubled seven yr old son newly widowed Brynn has enough to deal with without adding a SEAL into the mix She’s committed to making a life for her family dependent on the only person she can trust herself Tristan is on extended leave from the Navy trying to get mentally focused; his ex wife

  9. says:

    I liked this story specially because it showed a SEAL but it was sweet to watch Tristan helping Brynn and her family and at the same time wonder about his kid and try to understand where his life is headedBrynn is

  10. says:

    Reviewed at HarleuinJunkiecomRating 35 StarsNeither widowed pregnant Brynn Langtoine mom to a young son Cayden nor divorced Navy SEAL Tristan Bartoni is in the market for a new relationship but when they meet in the small southern town of Ruin Bayou the sparks fly Stick with SEALs and your every problem will vanish Tristan kids Brynn at one point and in some ways that pretty much sums things up as the story unfolds he helps her find her li

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