The best books about US Navy SEALs

3 authors have picked their favorite books about US Navy SEALs and why they recommend each book.

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Wild Card

By Lora Leigh,

Book cover of Wild Card: An Elite Ops Navy Seal Novel

My God, this book ripped my heart out and put it back together again. I love stories that make me cry and I’ve made that a goal in my own writing. I want to make the reader laugh, weep, and swoon – then I know I’ve done my job. This book fulfills those requirements in spades. I adored this story. I’ve reread this book a dozen times or more. The characters, Nathan & Bella, will be with me forever. 


Who am I?

Emotional novels are my forte. I love to read them, and I especially love to write them. Most folks say they want a book they can’t put down – but I search for ones that I have to put down and walk away from long enough to pull myself together. I want stories that linger with me, that infiltrate my dreams – books that inspire me to create works in their honor. While my life is great, sometimes I just want to get away to a world where right prevails, long conquers all, and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream. Trust me, these picks will not disappoint. 


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Cowboy Heat

By Sable Hunter,

Book cover of Cowboy Heat

What is my book about?

New York Times bestselling author Sable Hunter weaves an unforgettable love story that launched a series and created a world – the Hell Yeah! world. Cowboy Heat introduces Aron and Libby as they learn the meaning of true love and the power of a second chance.

Having been warned her remission from leukemia mightn’t be permanent, Libby arrives at Tebow determined to cram a lifetime of living into a few months. Their attraction to one another is instantaneous and overwhelming. But when he learns she’s innocent, he backs off. He has nothing to offer a girl who deserves white lace and promises. Until…he catches Libby skinny-dipping in his stock tank and hears her cry out his name in passion – then the heat is on!

Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, Book 1)

By Claudia Connor,

Book cover of Worth the Fall (The McKinney Brothers, Book 1)

Connor introduces us to the McKinney brothers with this emotional single mom romance. This book tugs are your heartstrings, making you fall in love not only with Matt and Abby, but with Abby’s kids and the entire McKinney clan. Once you’re done with the McKinneys, you’re going to want to dive right into the Walkers—whose sister is featured in book two of the McKinney Brothers series!


Who am I?

I hate saying goodbye. Picking up a book and being introduced to an entire group of people—family, friends, teammates—and knowing you get to continue to watch these relationships bloom over a course of books is part of the reason I pick up a book in the first place. I want to see these characters pop in twenty books down the road. I absolutely love cameos of old characters! Because of this, I write in a singular world as well. My Prescotts may be the base of the world at the moment, but it’s also their friends at O’Gallaghers and their teammates with the Enforcers hockey team that keep the world growing—and it’s not ending anytime soon.


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Butterfly Save (Prescott Brothers)

By Mignon Mykel,

Book cover of Butterfly Save (Prescott Brothers)

What is my book about?

The first to get married, the only to get divorced… Jonny Prescott is the “broken” brother. 

After his surprise retirement announcement, hockey goaltender Jonny Prescott decides to hide away in the Northern Wisconsin woods—away from everything and everyone. No limelight. Little recognition. The last thing he expects is to be drawn to his equally isolated neighbor. Summer is far too young to be so jaded, but Jonny can’t help but want to break this butterfly free.

Deadly Deception (O'Halleran Security International Book 3)

By TJ Logan,

Book cover of Deadly Deception (O'Halleran Security International Book 3)

Deadly Deception is not technically about a member of the military, but Jonathan O’Halleran is guided in his actions by his recent time in the SEALs, so I say it counts. This book is fast action as Jonathan seeks a traitor who is responsible for bringing death to his family. Very steamy, so you know I liked it! Really good writing, which is always something I look for.


Who am I?

Passionate military members are my jam, and I feel pretty confident writing about them. First, I write erotic romance myself, giving me something of an inside view of what makes a good erotic romance with a military vibe. Second, I read a lot of them. Even if the story is a mite slow, you’ve got that alpha military guy who’s going to pull the story out. Or at least, that’s the way it’s worked in every military erotic romance I’ve read. Last, as I mentioned earlier, I was raised in the Navy. I’ve seen lots of men in uniform and the sight never fails to give me a thrill. I think I recognize that passion when I see it.


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Naval Maneuvers

By Dee S. Knight,

Book cover of Naval Maneuvers

What is my book about?

Love and romance involving men and women of the armed forces are pretty much like they are for everyone else. Except, well, there is that uniform. And the hard-to-resist attraction of "duty, honor, and service" as they might be applied to a woman. All things considered, romance among the military is a pretty sexy, compelling force for which (maybe) you'd better be armed.

Lone Survivor

By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson,

Book cover of Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Many are familiar with this movie, but the book is downright excellent. Marcus Luttrell and his Navy Seal team fought a ferocious battle in Northern Afghanistan, one that will have you on the edge of your seat. If patriotism isn’t enough, Luttrell’s persistence to never back down or surrender the fight is an inspiration for anyone reading his story.


Who am I?

As a former Division 1 basketball player at Marquette University and current ecommerce executive, I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration. Please enjoy my list and send me any comments on what you find inspiring!


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Walk-On Warrior: Drive, Discipline, and the Will to Win

By John Willkom,

Book cover of Walk-On Warrior: Drive, Discipline, and the Will to Win

What is my book about?

A basketball journey like no other. The incredible first-hand account of a college season at Marquette, a summer with Hall of Fame coach, Rick Majerus, and a court-side seat with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.

Small town. Undersized. Not enough talent. John Willkom heard it all as a young basketball player growing up in rural Wisconsin. Despite the odds, John dedicated his life to the game, an arduous journey that challenged the very core of even the most disciplined. As John’s hard work lands him amongst basketball’s elite, it is the workouts, the people, and the behind-the-scenes interactions that not only change his skill set but how he lives his life. Both heartfelt and funny, Walk-On Warrior takes you into the mind of an athlete from John’s perspective. Take a journey that will reignite your passion for life, challenge your perspectives on toughness and fear, and ultimately, inspire you to maximize your talent. 

Identity

By Suzanne Brockmann,

Book cover of Identity: Unknown (Tall, Dark & Dangerous, Book 8)

The hero Mitchell Shaw is a Navy SEAL, but as the story begins, he wakes up in a homeless shelter with amnesia. He does have a gun in his boot and money, too, but no clue how he got there. He finds a note that says “Looking forward to meeting you.”—Rebecca Keyes, the Lazy Eight Ranch. He heads for the ranch, hoping it will help him figure out who he really is. What a great hero!


Who am I?

I love romances because the stories always end happily, and also because of the heroes! They are my ideal men—handsome, of course, but always strong and honorable. They always do the right thing, even if it requires hardship and sacrifice, and at the end of the story, when they pledge their love to the heroine, we know that love will be forever. I sold my first book back in 1982, and in every one of my stories I feature this kind of hero.


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The Lady & the Texan

By Bobbi Smith,

Book cover of The Lady & the Texan

What is my book about?

Among all the books I’ve written, this is one of my favorites because of my hero. After a deadly run-in with the infamous outlaw El Diablo, Jack Logan left the Texas Rangers, no longer able to trust his instincts—or any woman. He knew Dan Taylor’s daughter was trouble, and yet her defiant spirit only spurred his hunger for her. Jack discovered that keeping the dark-haired tigress at bay was a lot harder than outsmarting the outlaws after him—and surrendering to the sweet fury in her arms was a lot riskier.

Vanishing Edge

By Claire Kells,

Book cover of Vanishing Edge

The descriptions of Sequoia National Park in this debut novel painted vivid pictures in my mind, and I felt like I too was hiking there on an urgent mission. This novel introduced me to the Investigative Services Bureau, which became a recognized unit of the National Park Service in 2003. Although Agent Felicity Harland is recovering from wounds she incurred in her former FBI job, she’s determined to grit her teeth and solve a crime that demands miles and days of rugged cross-country travel. Every main character deserves a good sidekick, and this role is filled by Hux, a Navy SEAL turned park ranger, who respects Felicity’s skills and supports the mission without a hint of patronizing behavior, a refreshing change from the macho characters in many romantic suspense novels.


Who am I?

Nature is my passion. As an avid hiker, kayaker, snowshoer, and occasional scuba diver, nothing thrills me more than observing wild species in their native environments. Freedom from the constant noise of civilization helps maintain my sanity. I want to share my passion for the endless fascination and solace of nature with my readers, and I also enjoy using my ten years of experience as a private investigator to craft each mystery. And last but never least, I relish strong characters who must rely on their own ingenuity to solve problems, so using a setting where 911 cannot immediately deliver help is a key element in many of my stories. 


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Endangered

By Pamela Beason,

Book cover of Endangered

What is my book about?

Summer "Sam" Westin's assignment to report on cougars in a Utah park goes horribly awry when a child vanishes from a campground and the TV news focuses on the local mountain lions as the likely culprits.

As days tick by with no sign of the missing boy and media coverage continues to inflame the public, pressure grows for the park administration to kill the cougars. But Sam was one of the last people to see the child, and she has good reason to suspect a man she saw as little Zachary Fischer ran away from her. Can she uncover the truth in time to save both the child and the big cats?

Night with a SEAL

By Cat Johnson,

Book cover of Night with a SEAL

Another SEAL. Are you detecting a pattern here? What can I say? They’re strong in mind and body. True alpha men. This is an action novel when Jon Rudnick comes home to the woman he had a one-night stand with just before shipping off for Afghanistan. She’s in danger and who’s better to ride into the rescue. This book portrays the Navy a little more realistically by showing the government red tape to screw things up. As a Navy brat, I can vouch for the fact that the military is not always the easiest to deal with. Still, who doesn’t love it, and the steamy romances inspired by it?


Who am I?

Passionate military members are my jam, and I feel pretty confident writing about them. First, I write erotic romance myself, giving me something of an inside view of what makes a good erotic romance with a military vibe. Second, I read a lot of them. Even if the story is a mite slow, you’ve got that alpha military guy who’s going to pull the story out. Or at least, that’s the way it’s worked in every military erotic romance I’ve read. Last, as I mentioned earlier, I was raised in the Navy. I’ve seen lots of men in uniform and the sight never fails to give me a thrill. I think I recognize that passion when I see it.


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Naval Maneuvers

By Dee S. Knight,

Book cover of Naval Maneuvers

What is my book about?

Love and romance involving men and women of the armed forces are pretty much like they are for everyone else. Except, well, there is that uniform. And the hard-to-resist attraction of "duty, honor, and service" as they might be applied to a woman. All things considered, romance among the military is a pretty sexy, compelling force for which (maybe) you'd better be armed.

Solitary Man

By Eric Landfried,

Book cover of Solitary Man

Eric Landfried put a new spin on a dystopian setting. I’ve always enjoyed the movies Mad Max and Book of Eli. With Solitary Man (and yes, I start singing the Johnny Cash song!), I got the same vibe as those movies, yet with a twist! From zombie-like cannibals to a super-enhanced military general, the character was hard-pressed to survive. I just couldn’t put this book down!


Who am I?

I love to read. Reading since I was 3 years old, devouring book after book. As I grew, my taste expanded. Yet it was the sci-fi book, The Black Hole, by Disney that I discovered in second grade that captured my passion for writing and storytelling. I cannot count how many books I've read, but I can tell you the ones that have left a lasting impression on me. Because of that, I began to write my own stories. I've seven books written and published, the newest one releasing soon. While my tastes in books vary, only one thing remains consistent: finding the best books that capture me and hold me hostage!


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When Legends Rise

By Daphne Self,

Book cover of When Legends Rise

What is my book about?

He is now one of them. Genetically altered... Designed to kill... Trained to eradicate... Until he became more. Juliet 7-A was the top elite assassin for the Global Federated Territories until an ambush deemed him beyond salvaging. He was scheduled for decommission. His only recourse for survival is a new identity and his search for the one friend he had―a friend who defected and deserted him. Those he once hunted will save him. Yet it comes with a price. A price that demands much of him. What happens when an assassin awakens?

Muffin Top

By Tabatha Kiss,

Book cover of Muffin Top

Muffin Top has been out for quite a while now but I still vividly remember reading it for the first time, the week of release. It was October 2016, I’d missed my train out of London and I had a full hour to wait. I grabbed a coffee and a copy of Muffin Top, which was at the top of the charts, and, sitting on a very cold platform, I got so engrossed that I very nearly missed my next train. I love the reversal here that the hero is the one running a bakery and that, although he’s former military, he’s just a big sweetie. I love the fact there’s a twist of suspense (without it detracting from the comedy and the romance) and it’s just delightfully moreish.


Who am I?

I’m the USA Today bestselling author of nineteen romances including the He Wanted Me Pregnant! series of short, steamy, standalone reads, several of which feature curvy heroines. I believe there’s room in romance for heroes and heroines of all shapes and sizes and I love to see curvy girls find their one-and-only: someone who loves them exactly the way they are. I like my curvy heroines to be smart, witty, and have depth and I like my romances to be just the right mix of squee-inducing instalove and steamy scenes.


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The Curvy Vet and the Billionaire Cowboy

By Victoria Wessex,

Book cover of The Curvy Vet and the Billionaire Cowboy

What is my book about?

A short, steamy, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy to read in your lunch break. Curvy veterinarian scientist Amanda has never been comfortable with her body. She hides away in her lab in Atlanta, burying herself in her work…until a call from a stranger drags her out of the city and into the wilderness.

Former oil man Russ Tyler has made his billions and bought himself a stud farm in Wyoming. He needs Amanda to treat a feral horse high in the mountains…but that means persuading the timid beauty to trek there with him on horseback. Amanda’s used to soy lattes, not camping out under the stars with a gorgeous, muscled cowboy. Can Russ convince her that he loves her curves…and wants her to have his children?

Into the Storm

By Suzanne Brockmann,

Book cover of Into the Storm

Okay, I admit it. I could have chosen any of Suzanne Brockmann’s books with her SEALs. I started reading her books many years ago and stayed with her SEALS until the original team started getting out of the Navy. I’m not sure I’d say her books are erotic, but they are plenty steamy. In this book, the SEALs are playing war games in New Hampshire. What could go wrong? Well, they could lose their pretend hostage… Love, lots of fighting, and plenty of sexy action in this book!


Who am I?

Passionate military members are my jam, and I feel pretty confident writing about them. First, I write erotic romance myself, giving me something of an inside view of what makes a good erotic romance with a military vibe. Second, I read a lot of them. Even if the story is a mite slow, you’ve got that alpha military guy who’s going to pull the story out. Or at least, that’s the way it’s worked in every military erotic romance I’ve read. Last, as I mentioned earlier, I was raised in the Navy. I’ve seen lots of men in uniform and the sight never fails to give me a thrill. I think I recognize that passion when I see it.


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Naval Maneuvers

By Dee S. Knight,

Book cover of Naval Maneuvers

What is my book about?

Love and romance involving men and women of the armed forces are pretty much like they are for everyone else. Except, well, there is that uniform. And the hard-to-resist attraction of "duty, honor, and service" as they might be applied to a woman. All things considered, romance among the military is a pretty sexy, compelling force for which (maybe) you'd better be armed.

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