Hero Hair (Real SEAL #2) by Rachel Robinson #BookReview
God, this book. We’re only a quarter into 2017 and I already know Hero Hair is going to be one of my favorite romances of the year. It’s raw and devastating and vicious and loving, clever and funny and so heart-stoppingly beautiful at times I wanted to cry. It has atmospheric highs and brutal lows. Hero Hair is a story about picking your battles, knowing when the choices matter and when a sacrifice is worth someone else’s happiness. It’s about truly growing up, when you could have sworn you were already an actual adult. And it’s about holding on to love with both hands when it’s easier to convince yourself you don’t deserve it.
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
“Don’t turn me down. I’m a goddamn Navy SEAL.”
Sigh. “I wish she could hear my eye roll right now. No one would believe you’re a SEAL. It’s the whole point to this.”
“Why? Because I manscape?”
“Because my hair products cost more than your makeup?”
“That factors in.”
“My Gucci wallet?”
“And your collection of Armani T-shirts. Yes, Macs. Yes to all of the above.”
“Hey, I was single when I spent money on those things.”
“Ahhh. When you were single. That’s where we’re supposed to start.”
Ever wonder what happens when two players get together and deny themselves first- (or even second- or third-) date sex? A whole freaking explosion of sparks and feels. I. Love. These. Characters! Both Macs and Teala have such confidence, such acceptance of their sexual selves that they are just flat out addicting. Throw in the ego that Macs is clearly begging to have deflated and the emotional vulnerability that Teala so carefully hides, and these two are a walking mess of hormones and contradictions.
“I drink a lot, but not too much. I handle stress by working out and fucking. Those are the only two releases in my life. If something in my life doesn’t serve either of those things, I usually cut it out. I have a lot of friends, but we all have our own things going on.”
Teala looks away. Her lips purse and her eyebrows draw in. “You’re kind of horrible and beautiful. This isn’t going to be easy, is it?” she asks.
“The only easy day was yesterday,” I quip.
I breezed through this book—barreled is more like it—in a day. Part of the reason I just couldn’t put it down is Mac’s cocky-as-shit personality (it’s more charming than it sounds), and part of what fueled my addiction was the constant sexual tension in the first half of the book. Seriously, the first 50% is practically one big mega-extended foreplay session, and it is freaking glorious. But the real draw, and what sets off such beautiful sexual wanting, is just how uncomfortable these two are with the idea of having a real relationship.
“You have this glamorizing effect and yet you’re a complete and total asshole. I get the draw. You’re like the bucket list man. The unicorn you have to land before you settle down with the one. You know, the man with the steady job and the stable life? The nice guy.” She sighs. “Maybe you’re the guy.”
I quirk a brow. “Tell me how you really feel. What guy?”
“The guy right before the one.”
The story is told in dual first person perspective, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more grateful to have a peek inside a male character’s head than experiencing Macs’s side of the romance up close and personal. He is unapologetically male—practically a dog, with some serious charm and a palpable aura of authority and skill, both in the bedroom and in the field. Teala (pronounced Tay-la) is the female version of Macs without the rough edges. She’s refined, successful, and modern, and she’s not afraid or ashamed to sleep around to get what she needs. They’re both so vulnerable to each other, but spend half their time putting up walls so the other doesn’t see it. The symmetry between the characters’ personalities and how the plot unfolds is just stunning.
We made love this morning. And I finally realized there was definitely a distinction between the two. Fucking is hard and selfish. It’s about orgasms and carnal desires—about slick openings and hard, throbbing cocks that taste like salted caramel. Making love is a completely different animal. It’s slow and thoughtful. Perhaps it’s best described as giving what you think you don’t own, and taking what you don’t think you deserve.
Not too long after the explosion of sex and feels and lust these two have been chasing for their entire non-relationship, this review suddenly became really difficult to write. I would rather say nothing than give away a pivotal moment in the story (although if you’ve read the first book in this series, you already know what’s coming). I want to give more than 5 stars (or 10 points, here on GT) to this book. I cannot even express how much it teased and charmed and ultimately crushed my heart.
Hero Hair is a hell of a romance, but it’s much bigger than that. This is not your typical Navy SEAL romance. This book has an air of realism and vulnerability that is the mark of honest, progressive, period-appropriate literature, romance aside. I would recommend this to my male friends (who have a tolerance for romance) as readily as my girlfriends, it’s that relatable.
God, this book. We’re only a quarter into 2017 and I already know Hero Hair is going to be one of my favorite romances of the year. It’s raw and devastating and vicious and loving, clever and funny and so heart-stoppingly beautiful at times I wanted to cry. It has atmospheric highs and brutal lows.
Hero Hair is a story about picking your battles, knowing when the choices matter and when a sacrifice is worth someone else’s happiness. It’s about truly growing up, when you could have sworn you were already an actual adult. And it’s about holding on to love with both hands when it’s easier to convince yourself you don’t deserve it.
It didn’t happen gradually. Falling for her happened like a landslide. A light switch thrown, and in its wake lies a mess of emotions I have no fucking clue what to do with.
And if that GQ-looking Navy SEAL you’re so gone over just happens to have amazing hair? Just go with it, girl. As for me, I am gone on author Rachel Robinson. Hero Hair is the first book I’ve read from her, and it ab-so-fucking-lutely will not be the last. And I’m pretty sure Macs’s and Teala’s tendency to use swear words as adjectives totally enabled me to indulge my own bad habit! *grin*
About the book
Everyone knows there is no “I” in team, but to Macs Newstead–orgasm-gifting, muscle-filled Navy SEAL hero–there are more important words than team. Words like victory and vanity and selfishness. People say those words like they are a bad thing, but to Macs, they’re simply tools in his highly effective arsenal. When a man’s entire existence revolves around the necessity to end lives, silly, mundane things like second dates or monogamy seem worthy sacrifices.
Downward facing dog or doggy-style–it’s all the same to Teala Smart, a whip-smart yoga instructor. She owns her studio like she owns her life–with focus, positive energy, and pure devotion. That devotion, however, does not trickle into her love life (or more accurately, her lust life.) Relationships are a roadblock to her success. They get in the way and tangle up emotions more than the lotus pose tangles up limbs. Men are best kept just for a night and then released into the wild before feelings get too messy.
HERO HAIR, the second novel of International Bestselling Author Rachel Robinson’s THE REAL SEAL SERIES, is the account of an life-altering journey detailing the awakening of two hollow hearts, both set on taking their own pleasures without any emotional attachment. The ruthless SEAL finally meets an enemy he can’t defeat, and both Macs and Teala find, against their wishes, and despite atrocious circumstances, a chemistry so explosive it leaves nothing but deconstructing love in its wake.
About the author
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.
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