Review: The Power of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth

Review: The Power of a SEAL by Anne Elizabeth
The Power of a SEAL

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Series: West Coast Navy SEALs #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on December 5, 2017
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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With over two decades of experience, Navy SEAL Leaper Lefton is bringing his expertise to young and impressionable SEAL trainees in BUD/s. As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations—and there's a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water. Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S. Navy is beyond grateful when Leaper saves her from the rough seas, and their attraction is instant. But after everything Leaper has been through, can he truly love again? And is Kerry willing to give him the chance?


The Delight

A world-weary SEAL and a spunky marine animal vet feel the jolt from the beginning of their acquaintance, but personal struggles just might keep them from trying for something deeper.  Love the author’s SEALs, her detailed and authentic portrayal of their lives, and the sweet yet passionate romances she puts in her stories.


The Power of the SEAL is book five in the West Coast Navy SEALs series.  Its a series that can be read out of order or standalone for the most part.  There is a loose tie with book three since the two heroes were once swim buddies though the stories are completely separate.

This one had most of the excitement in the opening chapter and the rest settled into a more moderately eventful story.  I enjoyed the couple and the descriptions and the romance, but I confess that I did feel that more needed to happen at times besides the passionate encounters and the introspection.  I do not mean that I disliked this, but I did feel that I was left wanting more especially after the suspenseful action of the last book in the series.

Leaper and Kerry were a great couple and the book really told their romance story and all that built to a solid relationship for them.  They might have felt instant attraction, but there was a lot of evidence to a build of the relationship which I liked.  They are a passionate pair and hey, he’s a SEAL, so that definitely had me happy.

But, I really can’t think of more to say.  Loved the details on their lives and their romance.  I suppose its good to vary up the story styles in the series which I can appreciate.

So, all in all, this was a moderately engaging installment in a great series.  I can definitely recommend the series to military romance lovers who like their romances spicy and their military storyline to feel authentic.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About Anne Elizabeth

Anne Elizabeth is a romance author, comic creator, and a monthly columnist for RT Book Reviews magazine. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of The Author’s Guild and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego. Visit her website at

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


    1. I started with book two- still need to go back for the first one and I’ve been a fan of the series ever since. She does a wonderful job with the military aspect of the romance.

    1. I don’t blame you for hesitating to start a new series. These really do work as a quick grab at whichever one snags your attention. I recommend the one just before this one, Soul of a SEAL. 🙂