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A SEAL's Strength (Military Match #2)

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A sizzling new series about three friends looking for love-and the sexy SEALs who are ready to fulfill their craziest fantasies.

This second chance was worth the wait . . .

As a SEAL, Gabriel Donovan did the toughest jobs imaginable without blinking an eye. But three years after his wife's death, the idea of dating still makes him sick to his stomach. His daughter desperate
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ebook, 240 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Forever Yours
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Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
4 STARS
She’d been his best friend, and he’d simply let her go. Of all his regrets, Steph was a big one.


A SEAL's Strength is a wonderfully swoony second chance romance that I finished in one sitting.

Three years after losing his wife, Gabriel Donovan is ready to date again. Caving to his friends and sister's insistence, he allows to be set up through a military match making company owned by one of his mechanic's wife. Not entirely sure he can even really put himself out there again, Gabe is m
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Dísir
J.M. Stewart writes emotional journeys that dig deep and raw and 'A SEAL’s strength’, like its predecessor, is more tangentially military than it really is a contemporary romance that explores second chances that come by way of tragedy and coincidences.

Stephanie Mason wasn’t so much as the one who got away as the one whom Gabriel Donovan had let go, only to hop onto someone else 2 months later which pretty much decided the rest of the decade for him. But a few years after his wife’s death, his
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Wendy'sThoughts
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: J.M. Stewart Fans, Romance
4 Second Chance Seal Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
This had it all... A Seal with an adorable daughter who needs a mommy...A woman who has bit the bullet and allowed herself to be set up with dating Military Men.

Surprise, Surprise... the blind date is the one man she had an amazing time with in the past... but ran away...

We get to enjoy these two coming together and have this little girl capture our hearts too.

A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

For mo
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Gretchen  (About That Story)
I love it when I start a book and I'm immediately filled with emotion. It's like it simmers under my skin and I feel so pulled in and then I get consumed. That's exactly what this story did. I loved every single second! Fantastic second chance romance!

I adored the main characters! Gabe and Stephanie where wonderfully written. I loved learning about their past as they come together in the present. I hung on every word and couldn't wait for the details to unfold. There was so much emotion and vuln
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Kahea
***3 Stars***

It’s taken me a few days since finishing A SEAL’s Strength to sort out how I feel about the book and I’m still waffling over a few things, but if I don’t attempt to put the words down they’ll never come, so here goes nothing…

Overall, I liked the book. Hell, if I’m honest I had a hard time putting it down, but I found that as much as liked it, I didn’t love it like I wanted to based on how much I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve already ready by Ms. Stewart. A SEAL’s Strength was, as all
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~Mandi~
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A SEAL's Strength
Military Match #2
JM Stewart
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A total swoonworthy romance about an ex-SEAL that has lost his wife and ends up on a blind date with an ex girlfriend.
I love second chance romances. You get a redo after growing up and becoming responsible adults.
This was my first JM Stewart book and I loved her writing style. She adds so much character to her stories, they really draw you in.
Thanks NetGalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
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Liz
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet and charming second chance at love romance. I loved Steph and Gabe. Both were dealing with so much loss and heartbreak. Could they find a way to move forward and find love again?

Enjoying this series so are!

Happy reading.
Jem
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
What a surprise to find the man the dating service has matched you with is one with whom you've got a lot of history including a broken heart. Gabriel and Stephanie both have been through quite a bit starting even before their relationship ended. Thrust into a situation he wasn't prepared for after his parent's death, Gabe made a bad choice walking away from Steph. When the mating service they both signed up for brings them face to face again, they decided to indulge in a weekend of sex and move ...more
Melinda
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dating can be hard especially for a widowed father like Gabriel Donovan. It is quite refreshing to see a strong man like Gabe get his eyes wide open when it comes to his little girl. It is time for him to get back in the saddle and boy does JM Stewart do this in such a hot and funny way. We have Stephanie Mason who has always been on his mind yet it is fate that brings them together. This is more than second chances but a man to see that he can have a love again in his life. Military Match is a ...more
Isha Coleman
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Seal's Strength (Military Match) by JM Stewart  
Out of tragic circumstances a second chance blooms.  The alpha in Gabe is put to the test.  When a father's love for his daughter collides with first love, one mighty Navy Seal is about to be brought to his knees.  A Seal's Strength is a sweet dash of salty with regular sprinkles of naughty.  My favorite moments are the interactions of a father with the love of his life, his daughter. He encourages her, he listens to her and he becomes a better p
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Heather andrews
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gabe's girl is real good on his ego, “I told you. I don’t like the thought of you being hurt, but having half a leg doesn’t make you any less of a man.” Steph never has to fear of Gabe straying the man knows who he belongs to, "he chuckled and nipped at her bottom lip. “Yes, but I’m your caveman.” This was a good read, I just wished Gabe and Steph would have included his daughter in more things.
Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
Gabriel Donovan has spent the last three years mourning the loss of his wife and the life they had, but now it's time for him to finally close the chapter on that story, and start a new one, per his ten year old daughters request. She is growing up and Gabriel is starting to realize that there maybe some things that they come across soon that would be better taught by a woman, so he is going to put on a brave face and see what the dating world has to offer him. What he doesn't expect to find is ...more
Book Reading Gals
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: A SEAL’s Strength

Series: Military Match Book #2
Author: J.M. Stewart

Genre: Romance

Blurb: A sizzling new series about three friends looking for love-and the sexy SEALs who are ready to fulfill their craziest fantasies.

This second chance was worth the wait . . .

As a SEAL, Gabriel Donovan did the toughest jobs imaginable without blinking an eye. But three years after his wife's death, the idea of dating still makes him sick to his stomach. His daughter desperately needs a mother, though, and
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Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
I found A Seal’s Strength by J.M. to be a sweet story about a second chance at love for two lost and broken people.

Stephanie Mason knows heartbreak. Even so, she is willing to put her heart on the line again to find someone to share her life with. So she lets her fiends talk her into signing up to a dating service with military men, but the last man she expected to be paired with is the one man that got away and broke her heart.

Seal Gabe Donovan lost so much the last few years. The hardest bei
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books are love
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gabriel will sleigh you. He admits when he is a jerk. He also tries to make up for it. He is gutwrenchingly honest and real as well. If there is one thing you see from him is honesty. He doesn’t hold back even if it isn’t what is wanted to be heard.

The book opens in such a adorable way. His daughter Char is so adorable and she only wants her dad to not be sad again. It is a good thing the woman he falls for is one that she likes and is from his past.

Gabriel when he begins this book doesn’t feel
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Kim
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gabe has suffered through several losses in the last few years, starting with the loss of one of his legs on a mission. Then as he was trying to find a new normal, his wife was diagnosed with cancer and he found himself trying to navigate how to be a single dad. Three years afterJulia's death, 10 yr old Charlotte has joined forces with his sister to push him toward finding happiness in his life again. Now, Military Match has found him a date and he is nervous as hell.

Steph has done nothing but o
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Dixie Brown
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from start to finish. It's hard NOT to swoon over Gabe, an ex-SEAL who served and sacrificed much for his country. But he's so much more than that. He gave up his college education to take care of his little sister after their parents died. A one-night-stand and the resulting pregnancy turns his life upside down again, but he doesn't hesitate to become a husband and a father. And upon the death of his wife, he fills the role of single dad with every fiber of his being. Gabe is ...more
Lynn Brooks
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The one that got away! ... A sweet reunion they never expected makes getting back out into the dating scene much sweeter for this single dad! It was a quick and easy read ... it probably would have been a bit stronger with a more detailed background or more interaction with their common friends, etc., but an enjoyable read none the less!

Gabriel Donovan is in no way, shape or form ready to be going on a blind date. His wife might have died three years ago, and yes, he misses sex like you wouldn't
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BookSnuggle
A Seal’s Strength (Military Match Book 2) by J.M. Stewart
This is Gabriel “Gabe” Donovan and Stephanie “Steph” Mason’s story.

This is an emotional second chance romance. Steph and Gabe were more than friends in college. Due to circumstances Gabe drifted away from her.

Gabe still hasn’t gotten back into dating since his wife died. His friends and daughter tell him it’s time to start living again.

Steph was hurt when she and Gabe lost contact. She wants to be able find the “one”. But is having trouble
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Judyrudy
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
A SEAL’s Strength by JM Stewart is the second book in her Military Match series. This is a standalone book as I haven’t had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series. The story easily flowed for me. I love second chance romances and this definitely did not disappoint. Steph Mason and Gabe Donovan were in a relationship while in college. When a tragedy struck his family he left her behind. Almost eleven years have elapsed since they last saw one another and Steph is surprised when she ...more
Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
4 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, pain, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
A SEAL's Courage (Military Match #1)

This is Stephanie and Gabriel’s story. Gabriel is not afraid of much after all his job was a dangerous as it could get. But three years after losing his wife he knows he needs to find someone to help him with his daughter. His daughter needs a mother figure and there is nothing he would not do for her
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Kerry
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is book two of the Military Match series, and this book was just as good as the first book. Gabe was a Navy Seal who lost his leg around the same time his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Now three years later he is learning to live again without his wife and raise his little girl.

When he joins a dating service he wasn't expecting being setup with an old college girlfriend. When they meet up they decide to catch up on old times and still remember the spark they always had. They both come wi
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Julie
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gabe used to be a SEAL, he's now home and a widower who's locked himself away from life and spends all his time and fun on his ten yr old daughter and hasn't dated in three yrs. His sister convinces him to try Military Match as he really should move on with his life.
Stephanie has had some bad luck with her love life, she was engaged, but that didn't come to any thing, and she's tired of the dating scene. Until her friend fixes her up with a blind date. OMG. He only turns out to be a love from ma
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Mellena
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A SEAL's Strength is book two in this very delicious series and lucky for you it is a complete stand alone, but I will say reading the first book isn't a hardship and it will also introduce you to the characters and create a connection with them. I loved this book. The first one is still my favorite, but this one nearly beat it.

This book gives me a seriously hot man who is a former SEAL. He is a bit broken and needs a woman in his life but not for the reason HE thinks. Stephanie is awesome. I l
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Bette Hansen
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A SEAL's Strength is a fantastic second chance story. I just loved these characters and the honest and real way they connected with other. The story is amazing and wonderfully written with a nice easy pace to the story.

Gabriel Donovan is a former SEAL who is working hard to raise his young daughter after his wife's death. It's been three years and his daughter and sister have decided enough is enough and signed him up on a dating website. Now he's about to meet his date and can't believe his ey
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A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog
A SEAL’s Strength has everything I look for in a book: a strong plot, well written characters, chemistry, and so much emotion! I was mesmerized by this book from the beginning and had a hard time putting it down.

After meeting Trent in book one, I was worried I would be disappointed with Gabe. Trent is a tough act to follow. Gabe was amazing! He truly touched my heart. He’s a huge (deadly SEAL) teddy bear! Steph seemed a bit shallow to me in the first book, but she turned out to be much more comp
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Whispers From
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephanie is a lawyer and she's tired of one night stands. She was engaged but her fiancé left her at the church. Gabe is a former SEAL and a widower with a ten year old little girl. He hasn't dated in three years and his sister convinces him to try Military Match. He goes on a blind date and it's Stephanie, the girl he left behind in college, his best friend and lover. He had to quit when his parents were killed and raise his sister. But she was never far from his mind.
Stephanie never forgot Ga
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Bookgasms Book Blog
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy
This review will not be lengthy, I don't want to give away any of the story. But, A SEAL's Strength is a sexy, smart, second-chance romance! I loved the immediate connection between Steph and Gabe. Loved how they pushed through their history to realize that what they really wanted was right in front of them!

A SEAL's Strength is a beautiful story about life, love and loss—and finding yourself again. I can't wait for more in this excellent Military Match series. ~ Missy, 5 stars
Meaghan
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Gabriel and Stephanie had a previous relationship many years ago. While I normally like a second-chance romance plot, the way they broke up was so rude and heartless on his side, that I was a little upset with her for even considering going out with him again. Setting that aside, they were sweet and fun and it was generally an enjoyable read.
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