Tuesday, November 24, 2020

VBT Trusting a Warrior by Melanie Hansen



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 fiancĂ© 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.




Excerpt Two:


At one point Lani woke with a start to find Geo gone. A massive wave of disappointment swamped her. “Just great,” she groused, struggling to her feet to find her phone. “Real smooth. Fall asleep on the guy after he’s been so sweet.”


Rubbing her eyes, she trudged to the kitchen, gradually becoming aware of the sound of running water, along with some tuneless whistling. When she rounded the corner, she gasped. Geo stood at the sink, up to his elbows in soap suds.


“You’re cleaning?”


He glanced at her, then shrugged and turned back to the sink. “You cook, I clean. Only fair.”


Holy fucking Christ on a cracker. Was there anything sexier than a man cleaning a kitchen? At that moment, Lani didn’t think so. She couldn’t take her eyes off his muscular forearms while he wrung out the rag, or the way the water that’d splashed on his shirt made it cling to him.


He hung the rag over the spigot, then faced her with a smile, and to her everlasting horror, she burst into tears. In the next instant, she was in his arms, her own wrapped tightly around his waist.


“I’m sorry,” she sobbed. “I d-don’t know what’s wrong with me.”


He held her close as he rocked her. “I think you’re tired,” he said softly. “And therapy is hard and sad, and you’ve been lonely because you just broke up with your boyfriend.”


“And I’m pregnant,” she wailed.


His chest rumbled under her cheek as he chuckled. “Oh, yeah, how could I forget that part?”


“I have to pee all the time, and it makes me sleepy, and crabby, and sometimes horny as fuck…”


She really hadn’t meant to say that, and to his credit, Geo only froze for half a second before continuing to rub her back soothingly. His hands didn’t wander, and he didn’t try to take advantage, and why, oh fucking why did he have to be a SEAL?



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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Interview with Melanie Hansen

1. What is your favorite part of this book and why? My absolute favorite part is the scene where Geo takes Lani to meet Bosch, his special operations K9 partner. She’s a little afraid of him at first, but it doesn’t take Bosch long to win her over. Then she and Geo take a walk together on the beach, and it’s the turning point in their relationship from cautious friends to something more. It’s not that they kiss, but that they talk. Geo reveals something very personal, which means he’s coming to trust her, and trust isn’t something Lani ever takes for granted. I love that scene, and I love Lani and Geo <3

2. If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? I would absolutely love to spend the day with Geo and Bosch! It would be fascinating to watch them train together. Special operations dogs do everything their human counterparts do, including jumping out of airplanes and fast-roping out of helicopters. I’d love to watch Bosch work—track down an “enemy” who was hiding from him or sniff out some explosives. Then Geo could give me a ride on his motorcycle! Best day ever!

3. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

My favorite book, and one of my go-to comfort reads, is ROUGH CANVAS by Joey W. Hill. It’s an M/M romance, a second-chance love story, and it’s an absolutely beautiful read. I only wish I could write something so achingly emotional. I highly, highly recommend it!

4. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? Geo and Lani are based on a compilation of several real-life people, some I know personally, and some I read about or listened to in their podcasts. In fact, I never intended to write Lani’s story. She plays a very minor role in the first two Warrior books, but her character continued to speak to me, and I couldn’t let go of her backstory. Eventually it grew to where I couldn’t ignore her anymore!

5. What made you want to become a writer? I’ve always been a voracious reader, and I fell into writing almost by accident when I wrote some fanfic for an M/M romance series that I loved. It was well-received by the fans of the series, so I kept on with it, until eventually I started writing my own original stuff. It’s turned into a hobby that I really enjoy.





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  1. It's great hearing about new books when you have a family who loves to read. Thanks so much for sharing your book.

  2. Thanks for sharing the great post and awesome giveaway :)

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today! <3

  4. This sounds like a great book.

  5. I love the cover and think the book sounds great.