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Maritime Men (Maritime Men #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  519 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
SEAL candidates Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are cut off from the outside world and pushed to their physical and mental limits by the demands of the Navy's elite training program. Their reliance on each other takes an unexpected turn after Hell Week, the most grueling stretch of basic conditioning, when Cooper and Eli surrender to passion fueled by fatigue, horniness, and al ...more
Kindle Edition, 63 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2009)
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Apr 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it

All hands on deck! This quick, sexy read sailed right in and stole my heart!

Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones, two Navy SEAL candidates trying to survive the rigorous and hellish training program, find themselves drawn to each other for strength, understanding, laughs, and much more. In an atmosphere fueled by guts and glory, alcohol, and getting laid, can Eli and Cooper find something solid to hold on to and keep them afloat?

Eli and Cooper felt very real to me. I could see these guys and feel what ma
Aww, I want more! Coop & Eli are just too damn adorable. I'm definitely going to be checking out the other books in this series.
Aug 12, 2009 Jenre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, contemporary, romance
I loved Janey's story in the Reflections of Love anthology and so was eager to read this story when I saw it at DSP. The story is told from the viewpoint of Cooper who is training to be a navy SEAL. He's a rough talking, tough military man who loves women and his best friend, fellow trainee Eli. One night Cooper returns from a night out to discover that Eli can't sleep and 'helps him out' by way of jerking him off. This then leads to the men forming a relationship of mostly getting each other of ...more
Smith Barney
Nov 09, 2013 Smith Barney rated it it was amazing
Military m/m short-but-goodie. Great story. Sequel is Anchors Aweigh. Underrated writer that has far too much promise to not write more in this genre. She has just the right testosterone/estrogen ratio down to a science. She writes her alpha men well in a guys-world-kind-of-way whether it be her sports/military themed stories she does a great job keeping it real.
I got mixed signals from this short story. It was like the author couldn't make up her mind about the characters. Were they gay? Were they bisexual? Were they heterosexuals engaging in homosexual sex? Did one of them fall in love? Did both? Were they just friends with benefits? Was that a HFN in the end? Was it not?
Too many questions. Too few answers.
2.5 stars.
Kaje Harper
May 17, 2012 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it
This is a short, sweet glimpse of two guys finding each other. The emotional connection has already happened. These two men, Cooper and Eli, carried each other and their whole boat crew through SEAL BUD-S training. At the end of that, celebrating the fact that none of them rang out, Cooper does his usual pick-up-the-girl routine, but comes back to find Eli alone. And suddenly there is a facet to their relationship that he never expected.

There's no external plot here, just the intense and intern
Wendy Ann
I loved this story and it left me wanting so much more! I adored Eli and Cooper. They were Navy SEAL training partners and completely devoted to each other (and their team) as a unit. Their devotion turned into more and it was new for both of them. Their coming together was HOT! I had to re-read their first scene together several times because it just struck a chord with me and I wanted it again and again!! I thought the author did a fantastic job of bringing out both strength of character and t ...more
Sep 30, 2009 Staceyr rated it it was amazing
Fan-freaking-tastic! I hope this is the start of a series.

I'm not sure I'd call this short story a "romance"--the main characters certainly never acknowledge their relationship on that level, but it's a fascinating look at the evolution of a relationship between two Navy Seal candidates that, over the course of their training (great action scenes!), expands from serious male-bonding, friendship and loyalty to something physical and certainly meaningful on that don't-ask-don't-tell level of the m
Kate Sherwood
Jul 03, 2010 Kate Sherwood rated it it was amazing
I love this story. It's got such a great economy to it - every scene, every sentence, every WORD adds to the story, and to the reader's understanding of the attraction between these two men.

I also love the characters - these are tough men training for a very tough job, and that comes through, but we also see that being tough doesn't mean that they're emotionless or insensitive.

I first read it a while ago, and re-read it yesterday; the first time I got caught up in the characters and the story, t
Oct 19, 2010 Shell rated it liked it
Recommended to Shell by: Michele& Jeff Book Reviews Reviews
3.5 Stars

Have you ever met someone and immediately clicked? I know I have. I think sometimes there are people that walk into our lives, even in real life and though we may have only really known them for a few weeks or a few months, it feels as if they've been in our lives for many years. That seemed to be how it was for the two protagonists of this story. Maybe it was the intense stress they felt during the rigorous training they were undergoing or the amount they had to rely on one another to
Erin (PT)
Feb 26, 2010 Erin (PT) rated it really liked it
So on the one hand, Janey Chapel is someone I know, someone I've met, someone I admire. On the other hand, the reason I know her, have met her and admire her is, initially, at least, because of her writing.

So reading Maritime Men was just as much a pleasure as I thought it was going to be.

From a writing standpoint, Chapel hits all the right notes: her characters have distinct voices and personality and the tight, terse language of her prose follows and enhances that of her characters and the wo
Aug 24, 2009 Janna rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m
1.5 stars
I like reading about men in uniform, so I thought this novella (ca. 60 pages in my version) would be full of great characters. The back blurb announced an attraction between two Navy SEALs, which is difficult in the not so gay friendly military world. A story full of potential conflicts, issues and struggles. But none of that was the case in Maritime Men.
I missed that a lot. Janey Chapel didn't give the reader much insight in the thoughts and feelings of her two main characters, Cooper
Excellent book, would have been a 5 star but it was too short and ended abruptly before I was ready, damn it. Sharp dialog, fascinating characters, interesting conflict, the story flowed, I read it start to finish in one sitting and never once even glanced up. This isn't a HEA type of book, or even a HFN, so if you are need that you've come to the wrong place. Perhaps the sequel, Anchors Aweigh, gets there but I haven't read it yet (although it is up next). Also, you'd better enjoy reading about ...more
Sophistikated Wiggins
Mar 02, 2013 Sophistikated Wiggins rated it it was amazing
I think I liked this book so much because these characters were refreshingly the guys that went to my high school, grew up a little, and joined the Navy. I knew these guys, their humor, their fear and their tentative connection that blossomed into so much more.

The writing is well-paced and believable. I've come across dialogue in many, many small publishing books that are unbelievable; reminiscent of 18th century Lords of the ton and labeled contemporary. Chapel skipped the guts(pointless page
Aug 19, 2009 JenMcJ rated it liked it
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A. Steele
Dec 20, 2009 A. Steele rated it it was amazing
Janey Chapel has a talent that exceeds other writers of the romance genre, and I will be enthusiastically awaiting her next publication. In "Maritime Men" she creates two extremely believable and likable characters. Her characters' idioms and her command of dialogue are dead-on, and her use of detail is at times astonishingly credible. She manages to capture both the rigors of training endured by Navy SEALS and the emotions of two men falling for one another in extremely realistic terms. Her wri ...more
Jul 06, 2016 Feliz rated it really liked it
I loved the casual, easing-into-it aspect of Cooper and Eli's relationship, it made them all the more real. Their friendship evolving into love over time felt just natural, and I found it easy to comprehend that it took them a while to realize what happened between them. Too bad the story ended so abruptly, but lucky for me, the sequel is already available. I'm eager to learn what happens next.
Mar 12, 2011 Snowtulip rated it liked it
Recommended to Snowtulip by: Becky
Shelves: m-m, soldiers

Some hard realizations were just being made when it ended! Have to read the next one ASAP!

This story just flowed for me, nothing was forced, the relationship just builds upon a strong foundation of absolute trust and friendship.

It was a very enjoyable read for a quick, short story and can't wait to find out how Cooper and Eli's relationship develop.
A very solid 3 stars. This is more a novella and the opening chapter of a series. I like how Eli and Cooper just clicked and went with the energy and passion that was between them from the start. Both are strong, compelling characters. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of their adventures.

It's one of the books I've acquired to read on my new Kindle.
Mar 25, 2010 Clare rated it it was amazing
Bold, exciting, sexy, fascinating men and a glimpse into the military life. Good development of the difficulty of their relationship in that setting. Tight, attractive style, great dialogue.
Emily Moore
Jun 25, 2012 Emily Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, gay
Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones are going through one of the most demanding and grueling programs, SEAL training. It pushes people to their limits, both physically and mentally, and forming strong connections to fellow teammates is a necessity in order to survive. The bond between Cooper and Eli is quite strong, and takes a sudden turn one night when the men release some pent up stress after Hell Week. That encounter marks the beginning of a very personal relationship between them, one that provides ...more
Mar 27, 2014 Rose rated it did not like it
Wow, really? People enjoyed this and thought this was a good book? At the end I thought it was a joke. There’s no way a professional author really wrote this book. Sure, smut is smut and there’s a time and place for that. But, there’s no reason not to expect quality writing from someone who claims to be an author. For a moment I was confused and thought I had accidentally downloaded someone’s pathetic attempt at fanfiction.

I wish authors would understand that sex is more satisfying and hot when
Jan 07, 2015 Tdlittle05 rated it it was amazing
This story, I loved it so much. I'll admit that I'm jaded when it comes to this genre and the poor quality of writing that is found in so many of them. This wasn't the case with the book.

Cooper and Eli are well developed characters, the issues that come from this book are believable and NOT chalked full of heavily manufactured angst like many others I've read. I came away from this believing that these characters weren't perfect, but they were without a doubt perfect for each other. The story o
Feb 26, 2015 Natalya rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook
my first m/m romance, and I could not have chosen a steamier read. hot hot hot! plus engaging language, a thrill of experimentation on the backdrop of intense physical endurance test all make it an enjoyable read. I was also fascinated by all the differences bw this and my traditional historical romance reads - lack of verbalization, different ways anatomies fit together in the scenes, greater focus on oral sex. the whole stigma of being homosexual in the military makes for great story, which wa ...more
Mar 09, 2010 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Eli and Cooper are in the same unit training to be Navy Seals. Eli is the defacto leader of the group and manages to get them through the grueling training. One night Cooper helps Eli out with his “frustration” and then they kind of start fooling around and getting closer, not only as friends but lovers and yet they never say they are gay or that they are exclusive. They just kind of let it happen. I REALLY enjoyed these guys. What I particularly liked was while neither had been in a gay relatio ...more
4.5 stars

I enjoyed this book so very much, short and sweet, such strong story-telling and character building.

Janey Chapel has a way with words that's for sure. Spare, clean and just right. We get a real sense of place and the camaraderie between a small group of Navy SEAL recruits completing their grueling training. We especially get to know Eli and Cooper who help each other through the tough times. The POV is Cooper's who has a wickedly funny inner voice. This seems to be a GFY attraction,
Apr 08, 2013 Passerby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, military
This book was what I expected and quite wasnt.
The training they endured was described just as much as was necessary. As I am one of those who loves description of any action in army (and yea, I mean it literally too:D) this book kind of lost some points there for me.
I think the whole book was taken...a little too much short-leashed. I dont wanna offend anyone but I really think the idea in the book had quite a potential and the potential wasnt grasped fully to its capacity.
And yet – af
Trisha Harrington
Dec 31, 2012 Trisha Harrington rated it really liked it
This book was not a "romance" as such. It's the start of one for sure, but I am not sure that you could describe this one as a romance. I really loved this book though. And one thing I liked was how Coop and Eli treated the budding relationship. It was not the typical freak out about liking a guy and sleeping with a woman.

Both characters were good. They each had something that I liked about them. And they both sounded really hot. I enjoyed their friendship and then mutual attraction. All in all
Jun 24, 2014 Euraylie rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, military
This did exactly what it said on the box – it's a fun, fluffy, light and sexy read.
I also loved that it wasn't an insta-love story and there is still loads of room for development in the sequel.

Could there have been a bit more exploration of the issue of two previously straight boys questioning their sexuality and the challenge of being gay in the military?
Well, yes, but I think this just isn't that type of book.
Sometimes you just want two hot military boys who are having fun experimenting.
Jane (PS)
Sep 25, 2012 Jane (PS) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, mm
3.5 stars

Great shorter story. Not as funny as I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier and it's not meant to be, but it is along those lines. A band of men making it through their initial SEAL training, with two developing a very special bond. I'd read the next book...
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Janey Chapel found a paperback romance in her grandmother's bookcase at the age of eleven, inhaled it in one sitting, and then proceeded to devour thousands of romances in a variety of genres over the course of several decades. Eventually, her husband said, "Stop reading! Start writing!" After a lifetime in the South, Janey now lives in the Northeast with her husband and daughter, where she volunt ...more
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