Apr 04

ARC Review – The SEAL’s Second Chance (Alpha Ops #3) by Anne Calhoun

Of the three books in this novella series, this is the only one that felt to me like it truly deserved to be a full length novel. ~ Afrodyt

The third in the Alpha Ops novella series that features an alpha Navy SEAL and the girl he thought he’d lost forever.

In high school, basketball star Charlotte Stannard and Navy SEAL Jamie Hawthorn were everything but lovers. They shared a ruthlessly competitive spirit and relentless drive, but Charlie, afraid of the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy at seventeen, drove Jamie away. But now Jamie’s back in town for the banquet to honor the basketball coach, and finds Charlie, newly home from a successful career in the European leagues and coaching the girls’ team. The flames between them are hotter than ever, but Charlie believes Jamie just wants what he couldn’t have when they were kids. Jamie’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for Charlie’s heart, forever.

Review copy provided for an honest review.


In what appears to be the final novella in Calhoun’s Navy SEAL series, we meet Jamie Hawthorn and the teenage love of his life, Charlie Stannard. Both were incredibly talented and competitive athletes on the basketball court. After high school, Charlie moved on to a successful collegiate and pro career overseas but she never truly got over her high school sweetheart. Jamie went on to become a Navy SEAL and travelled the world being a hero. After 10 years apart they find themselves back home to attend the retirement banquet of their beloved high school basketball coach. They quickly rekindle their romance, only now they are both seasoned adults and they are eager to make up for lost time.

Of the three books in this novella series, this is the only one that felt to me like it truly deserved to be a full length novel. These characters had so much depth and I wanted to probe deeper in their early relationship and the time they spent apart. I wanted to watch them grow deeper in love and face some of the obstacles that were clearly ahead of them. But I didn’t get that and it’s a bit frustrating. The heroes and heroines from The SEAL’s Secret Lover and The SEAL’s Rebel Librarian all make a brief appearance in this novella, but it truly can stand alone. It’s not a knock against Anne Calhoun’s writing when I say this story left me wanting. But it did. It left me wanting so much more.


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1 comment

  1. Timitra

    Thanks Afrodyt for the review

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