Matched (Navy SEALs of Little Creek) – ARC Review

by Paris Wynters
Release Date:  September 1, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Book #2 in the Navy SEALs of Little Creek series
Number of Pages:  211
Kindle Edition
Source:  Tule Publishing ARC
Contemporary Romance/Military M/F
Rating:  XXX
Read 8/24/20 to 8/25/20

After a dangerous mission, Navy SEAL Anthony Martinez lets adrenaline and loneliness cloud his judgment when he signs up for the military’s spouse matching program without his Commanding Officer’s approval. Of course, nothing has ever come easy for Tony. He’s matched to a woman he’s already hit on and struck out with. Then his CO threatens his dreams of attending Officer Candidate School leaving Tony with only one option—make the marriage work.

Inara Ramirez has always wanted love and a family, but her luck with romance is as bad as her serial divorcee mother’s. Determined to find the one, she signs up with the military’s science-based spouse matching program. She’s thrilled to be matched until she realizes her new husband is the cockiest, flirtiest and hottest Navy SEAL she’s ever met.

Inara is determined to make the marriage work but Tony’s only planning on a year tops. Is it possible that science and fate have created the perfect match?

Another couple with great chemistry in this series. I’m still not buying the Issued Partner Program (IPP), but this is a work of fiction and I cannot deny it is a great premise for storytelling.

Not only do Inara and Tony have wonderful chemistry, there is also a distribution of so-called power in the bedroom between the two that is different. Rarely do we see the woman as the more adventurous and experienced partner without it being some sort of shame or embarrassment. I absolutely love how Inara does not fear embracing her sexuality and showing Tony what she wants, needs, and likes. Here’s a thought from Tony’s mind that really made me fall in love with him…”What difference does it make if I’m less experienced when I have a sensual goddess like Inara to she me the light?” I mean, c’mon. He’s not only not threatened by her prowess, he’s excited to learn from her. Amazing!

The downfall to having a tough exterior is that people don’t always realize that your feelings can be hurt, too. Tony and Inara have some feeling out to do in their relationship, and keep a few too many things close to the vest in fear of getting hurt. Tony comes across as the class clown, using humor to hide his emotions, while Inara shoves her emotions down so many think she’s unfeeling. While I was expecting Tony’s reaction to something Inara kept from him, I wasn’t quite prepared for how badly it hurt them both. And how mad I would be at the two of them for how things played out.

I’m all-in with this series and can only hope Bear’s daughter is going to hop aboard the IPP train. That would be wonderfully fun to read.

4 stars

**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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