I really enjoyed this book. The story is as much about friendship, brotherhood, and team as it is a m/m romance--and that is just fine by me!
After a couple of opening chapters which show Matt at home in Richmond with his self-centered boyfriend, the story moves to Syria where Matt is working with Doctors without Borders. Matt is kidnapped, interrogated, and feels he will be killed at any minute. Matt's rescue by Navy SEALs sets off a great adventure tale for about half the book. The setup of Matt working with the SEAL team is somewhat unrealistic, but the author pulled me into the action and I happily went along for the ride. The strength of this novel was how all the characters interacted with and learned from each other. I enjoyed getting to know them all and seeing what shennanigans Petey could get up to next in his (in the end) friendly verbal battles with Matt.
The last part of the story shows Matt arriving back in Richmond and how he had changed, mostly for the better. I thought his feelings here were realistic--not overly traumatic and over the top, but serious and considered.
The love story was great, with the main characters getting to know each other as friends first. But best of all, the last part of the book wasn't just about the two of them, but we get to see the relationships between all the SEAL team members at home, too. I felt as if I was getting an inside look at these honorable men who work hard to protect each other in all types of dangerous situations. Perhaps the ending was a bit overdramatic, but it was like the end of a great movie, where the music crescendos and you get a lump in your throat and tears in your eyes. And I loved it.
(reviewed 68 days after purchase)