Trusting a Warrior
by Melanie Hansen
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
George Monteverdi always had one goal, to become a navy SEAL. Now that he's both a SEAL and a K-9 handler, saving lives is his priority. When tragedy touches his own life, he handles it—with the help of his crew and his dog, Bosch. Having those guys by his side means he’ll never be alone…though any sort of romance feels like a faraway dream.
Heartbroken after her fiancé falls in love with another woman, Lani Abuel seeks comfort in the arms of a stranger, only to find herself pregnant and alone. She’ll do whatever it takes to be a good mother, which means finally facing the trauma in her past. The last thing she expected was a warrior with wounds all too similar to hers finding his way into her heart and loving her child as his own.
As their worlds entwine, Lani and Geo find the joy and redemption they’ve been seeking. But despite the sanctuary they’ve created, a forever love seems impossible. A K-9 handler who spends most of his time deployed with his SEAL team, staring danger in the eye, is far from what Lani—or her baby—needs, and Geo can’t imagine a future doing anything else.
Holding Lani’s eyes with his, Geo tilted the tip of the bottle toward her. “To new friends.”
Smiling, she clinked her glass with his. “And badass dogs.”
Geo couldn’t remember the last time a meal tasted so delicious. He stuffed himself to the gills, finally leaning back in his chair to hide a satisfied belch behind his hand.
Forking up the last bite of her spinach salad, Lani groaned. “I’m so full. I need to get out and move.”
He couldn’t resist. “I thought you didn’t like to exercise. Ow!”
She glared at him as she kicked his shin again. “You’re not supposed to make fun of me.” She surged to her feet in mock outrage and started clearing the table. As she bent over him to pick up his plate, he found himself reaching up to brush the backs of his fingers down her smooth cheek.
“You had some flour there,” he said huskily. “Got it.”
Their eyes met, the spark of desire in hers kicking his heartbeat into a sudden gallop.
“Mmm, well…” As he sat breathless, she picked up his napkin and dabbed it gently along the corners of his mouth. “Had some butter there. Got it.”
They stared at each other, and she leaned in closer. Helplessly, he lifted his face, lips parting…
The fork sliding from his plate to the table broke the spell, and with a self-conscious chuckle, she straightened and turned to carry the dishes to the sink.
Geo raked a hand through his hair, once again willing his body to calm down.
She’s having a baby and you’re leaving, asshole.
Shit. If he repeated that enough times to himself, maybe he’d eventually be able to remember it.
A Word With the Author
1.Did you always want to be an author?
Being an author was never on my radar! I’ve always enjoyed writing, and as a child even won a school-wide writing competition, but it wasn’t something I ever thought about pursuing. My first attempts were fanfic for a popular m/m romance series, until I finally branched out into writing original stories of my own.
2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.
The manuscript for my first book was written during NaNo 2013. My friends liked it, and encouraged me to submit to a publisher. It took awhile to get up the courage, but I finally did, and imagine my shock when the publisher actually accepted it! It did fairly well and turned into a three-book series. TRUSTING A WARRIOR is my ninth book.
3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?
Ha, ha, tough question. I don’t have a favorite! I could name five off the top of my head whose books I’ve loved, but none that I could call a clear fave. My go-to comfort read, though, is the amazing m/m romance ROUGH CANVAS by Joey W. Hill. It’s one of the most complex, nuanced and emotional books I’ve ever read.
4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst? I love the research that goes into writing a book. It’s my absolute favorite part, and the part I look forward to the most. When the ideas flow almost too fast for me to keep up with them, that’s amazing and I love it! The worst part is feeling stuck, or blocked, and dealing with the discouragement that always hits at some point during the process. I’ve had to learn to just push through that, no matter how hard it is. Also, after a book is out in the world, I don’t consider it mine anymore, and I don’t ever read reviews. Those are for readers.
5.What are you working on now?
I’ve recently received the rights to my first three novels back, and my immediate goal is to re-work and re-edit them for self-pub. After that, I have a few new ideas in the works, including a m/m romance featuring a florist and the language of flowers. Stay tuned!
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Melanie Hansen doesn’t get nearly enough sleep. She loves all things coffee-related, including collecting mugs from every place she’s visited. After spending eighteen years as a military spouse, Melanie definitely considers herself a moving expert. She has lived and worked all over the country, and hopes to bring these rich and varied life experiences to the love stories she gets up in the wee hours to write. On her off-time, you can find Melanie watching baseball, reading or spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.
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