Shirtless SEALs Cavort in New Romance Novel


Military spouses already know servicemembers in general are super sexy – we all love a man in uniform! But ever since the exciting takedown of Osama Bin Laden the Navy SEALs, in particular, have found themselves under the adoring gaze of drooling women everywhere.

It’s been more than half a year, and the craze lives on. The romance novel industry continues to step-up in fine form. After a push that started just weeks after the SEALs landed in the spotlight, a new book by 18 romance novelists has recently been released.

The title? “SEAL of my Dreams.”

Oh, yes they did.

Pardon me while I take a short break to control my laughter.

This from Stars and Stripes:

With budget cuts on the way, does that mean that Navy SEALs will no longer be issued shirts?

Maybe not, but a girl can dream. Or more accurately, 18 romance novelists can dream—and they did. Then they got together and published a collection of short, sultry stories in which the female protagonists take aim in their own special way at the heroic SEALs, whose chiseled faces and brawny physiques cannot obscure their poet souls. Or something like that.

It’s hard to say it any better than that.

But wait! There’s more! The marketing folks for this particular publication have produced a rather steamy video to demonstrate how awesome the subject of their, um, lust is. It’s so steamy, in fact, that I’m not going to post it here. You’re going to have to hit this link to check it out.

“They fight for us. They protect us. We fall in love with them …” says the video.

Of course, as Andi pointed out back in May, there’s more to be said for these guys and all servicemembers than just their physical allure (although, frankly, we don’t mind that one little bit). These guys put their lives on the line in ways most of us will never even know about.

For so  many reasons — God bless the Navy SEALs.

About the Author

Amy Bushatz
Amy is the editor in chief of’s spouse and family blog A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.
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    • Jamarcus


  • For what it’s worth, romance novels about SEALs are not new and several of the novelists writing in this collection have been writing series about Navy SEALs for years – long before the bin Laden take down. Some of the authors are even military spouses (like Marliss Melton). If the book sells and all the profits go to a charity for veterans, then hey, why not?

    (Disclaimer: I may be slightly addicted to military romance novels…)

    • Amy

      Whatever floats your boat! I’m just saying … it’s funny. :-)

    • Nette

      me too on the addiction. is there a 12-Step program for us?
      And Suzanned Brockmann has 2 series she’s been writing about for yeeeeeeeeeeeeeears. Check her out. Yep. #10 on the drool factor, but you already know that. hahaha

  • Evan

    gag. GAG GAG…

  • With budget cuts on the way, does that mean that Navy SEALs will no longer be issued shirts?

    You realize the photo is of a real Navy SEAL, yes? Taken in Fallujah in 2007? It was published in the NYT as well.

    • Nette

      cool, thanks for the info.

  • LOL. When I was at the Muster at this year’s Navy SEAL/UDT Museum at Fort Pierce, I met many military wives who read about this book and were happy that the proceeds were going to the Veteran’s Hospital Fund. I had a good time talking to the veterans there and met several SEALs and Frogmen who were kind enough to sign and take pics holding the book. Great bunch of guys.
    Many of us are involved in the military–army, navy, air force–and strive to make our action stories to be realistic and romantic and not all just Rambo, all the time. A few of the stories in the book dealt with PTSD, war injuries, and loss of good friends. I’m honored to have been part of this anthology to give back to some of our heroes who have given so much. Even though it’s icky for some of you apparently, still LOL :).

    • Amy

      I’m just not a romance novel kind of girl … but like I said, God bless those SEALs.

      • No problem with that at all, Amy. I make fun of horror genres with chainsaw murderers myself. But I do really want to highlight the fact that this book was done with much support from many non-romance readers, such as the Navy Seal blog itself:… because it is* for a good cause. Hey, I received orders for quite a number of copies from the navy wives during the Muster, some of whom don’t like romances either. Christmas presents!!! Anyway, have a good day!

      • The Imp

        You may not be a romance novel reader, but there are a LOT of us. I mean, ridiculous numbers of romance readers. And if these authors can use that market to do something good for these guys who are having a really really hard time in some cases… they should be applauded, not (as a prior commenter did) ‘gagged at’.

        • Amy

          I don’t like romance novels personally, and I didnt gag — just chuckled. OK, laughed really hard. But I give you liberty to laugh at me for my ongoing obsession with the TV show Friends. (I just FEEL like they are actually my friends, OK? That’s only a little weird, right?)

          All in good fun!

  • So…lets see…hot military hero’s, depicted as hot military hero’s, and all the money goes to charity? Yes, please lets make as much fun as we can.

  • You might scoff at romance novels in general–hey, it’s a free country (thanks to our military!) and not everybody likes them. But please don’t scoff at the genuine care and concern behind this project. The authors and publisher involved did it because we’re Americans, we’re proud of our servicemen and women, and we wanted to do something to help in our own way. Writing romance is what we do. So doing our part to raise a little money for a very worthwhile veteran’s organization, while taking not one red cent for ourselves, sounded like a pretty darn good idea.

    For what it’s worth, these stories are definitely not just sex and explosions. Many of them are a lot less steamy than an average TV show, and they all focus on serious aspects of military life. Some dramatic, some less so…mine is about a guy who’s finally going to get to go home for Christmas to see his family, and ends up spending Christmas Eve at a nursing home for elderly retired veterans. Nothing terribly salacious and controversial about that, is there? Just a glimpse at one aspect of military life–how tough it is on members of the military and their families come holiday time. And a lot of the other stories are the same.

    I would suggest you read the book to gauge for yourself, though I suspect you won’t. But I would at least hope you’d keep an open mind about the motivation behind it. We’re not jumping on some kind of bandwagon for personal gain…it was all about doing what we could to help using our own particular talents and abilities.

    • Amy

      You’re right — I won’t read the book. But I never questioned the motives of the authors — just said that it strikes me as funny. And for the record, I think a lot of things are funny … including Army cav Soldiers wearing stetsons and golf as anything other than a fantastic waste of time. To each their own!

  • So interesting to read your take on this project. I’m one of the authors and, like others, I have written numerous best-selling novels with military (or former military) heroes. As a matter of fact, this week I’m releasing a book with a former Navy fighter pilot turned astronaut as the hero.

    I was so honored and delighted to be asked to participate in SEAL of My Dreams because every single dime of the proceeds will go the Veterans Research Corporation to help support medical research for veterans. My nephew, an Army Ranger who spent 15 months in Baghdad, returned home with a host of medical issues that, as you can imagine, will be with him for the rest of his life. I was thrilled that my time and talent could not only help him in some small way, but also the many veterans who sacrifice so much for our freedom.

    If thousands of women get to escape into the arms of a fantasy SEAL (so many of us don’t get to do that in real life, like you do!), then all the better. I hope you and your fellow military spouses get a chance to read SEAL of My Dreams because I think these stories of heartache, hope, and lifelong love will not make you gag, but beam with pride.

    • Amy

      You know since I haven’t read the book, I obviously am not commenting on its contents. I think what is making me laugh the most is the cheesy factor of the promo video. :-)

  • Alund

    Having read the book, I can say that, more than a romance novel, it consists of vignettes showing the difficulties faced by returning servicemen and women, including suffering from traumatic injuries, PTSD, etc. It also show what their spouses and families face, not knowing if or when they will return from their missions. Laugh you may, cheesy it may be for some, but it is a heartwarming book. Moreover, these authors donated their time, talent and effort on behalf of a charity, which should provoke a little charity on everyone else’s part.

  • cindygerard

    Amy – perhaps you SHOULD read the book before you mark it as cheesy and point it out as a source of ridicule. Every one of the authors contributing did so on their time and their dime. they had to juggle busy writing schedules, scramble like made and bring this project together for one reason and one reason only: Because they care about our military and their medical care. I’ll repeat what others have said: ALL the proceeds of the book – every cent – goes to the Veteran’s Research Corp. No one profits from the venture but our Veterans who are in need of medical assistance. So it would seem this collection would be something champion, not ridicule.

    And Amy let me add – you made a bold statement that you do not like romance novels. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you’ve never even read one – much less read a novel by any of the authors who participated. Fabulous authors. NYT best selling authors. Relevant authors. Contemporary romance novels today are about strong women, pertinent and relevant issues and all about empowerment. They replenish, not deplete and speak to core values – like, say, a group of authors banding together for a common cause. And yeah, they have hunky guys in them. They also have wounded guys – physically and emotionally – and our stories explore how they set about salvaging their lives and their relationships. You want to string us up for capitalizing on a little beefcake? Fine. String us up for that. Or better yet – get on board and help us promo the book so that we can raise even more money for the cause.

    • cindygerard, perhaps you should loosen the panties that seem to be embedded in your behind. Amy never said the BOOK was cheesy. She said the PROMO VIDEO was cheesy.

      Why is saying that she’s not a fan of romance novels a bold one? What makes it bold? Should I rethink my statement if I decide to say that I agree with her? Oh. Em. Gee…. I wonder who I’m going to upset by my bold “I’m not a fan of romance novels” statement. OH THE HORROR! I’m going to lock my doors now. I think I might have upset someone. Romance novels being a sensitive subject and all.

      Truth be told, I’m a huge fan of fantasy science fiction. I’m an R.A. Salvatore kind of girl. Bring on some Iris Johansen too baby! In all honesty, you couldn’t pay me to read a steamy romance novel. Does that make me a bad person? Does that mean that I’m diminishing the work these authors did? Does that mean I don’t appreciate that they have hearts big enough to donate all proceeds to a military related charity? Absolutely not.

      Get. A. Grip. Ladies.

  • cindygerard

    And the real upside here? Even if you don’t read romance you can still buy the book, give it to one of your romance reading friends AND you’ve made a great contribution to the cause. Win win, right??

  • Hey, it’s all good. The more people who know about the book, the better. So, yeah, thanks for the conversation here.

    Also, just an aside, Iris Johannsen, Sandra Brown, Catherine Coulter, Tami Hoag, Janet Evanovich, Kay Hooper, and many others started out in romance (and darn good books too) :-). Romance readers followed them as they expanded into other genres. As for fantasy science fiction, who doesn’t love the romance in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga? Great hero!

    Good reading and happy holidays to all.

  • Kim

    Here’s one:

    Written by an Army NCO spouse (Jessica Scott) about an infantry platoon sergeant. Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about… Great book!

  • I stumbled across this blog post while searching for information about the etymology of “cavort,” but (full disclosure) I am a romance novelist, though my books are historical and have nothing to do with SEALS or the military, unless you count the British Navy in the late 18th century.

    I couldn’t care less whether you like or read romance novels, but I think the reason you’re getting so many knee-jerk reactions from those associated with this project and from readers, is that your position is confusing. If you’re truly upset by the portrayal of SEALS in romance novels, just write a blog about that. But what you’ve done here is make catty remarks (The title? “SEAL of my Dreams.” Oh, yes they did. Pardon me while I take a short break to control my laughter.) about a publication that was produced solely to raise money for a cause that benefits veterans.

    As a military spouse, which I presume you are, I would think you’d be applauding. No one involved in this publication made a dime. All of the proceeds go to Veterans Research Corporation, a non-profit fundraiser for veterans’ medical research. Everyone donated their time and talent. So however cheesy you find that video, someone took the time and effort to make it, hoping to boost sales to raise money for veterans.

    If you have problems with the portrayal of SEALS in romance novels, there are plenty of books you can blog about besides this one. When it comes to a romance anthology produced to benefit an organization which, I would think, is near and dear to your heart, I would hope for a more positive response. As I said before, I couldn’t care less whether you like or read romance novels. I’m not going to encourage you to try one in hopes of converting you. But is not being a romance reader a good enough reason to write a blog that mocks this book instead of highlighting the good it can do? Is a cheesy book trailer an excuse to be snarky instead of supportive? A better way to use this platform would have been to encourage people who DO like romance novels, or know someone who does, to buy a copy and support a good cause.

  • Southern Girl

    I am not from the SEAL community but 1stSFOD-D, Delta Force. My best childhood friend retired from Delta and my fiance of three years was killed in action. Both Delta men. Why we did not marry? Missions, leaving without notice and not knowing when he would be back. He died saving the lives of his team, just as he had been trained to do. I too, am writing a book on my life with him. Not as a romance novel, but a love story about two people. They are ordinary people with highly trained skills. He was strong, forceful and courageous, but also very loving, gentle and kind. Sexy? You bet, but in a way only known to me. We need more stories about these men, the bravest and most loyal of military men. People need to see them for who they personally are, not just the trained killer. I am from an area near the Special Forces training center and grew up knowing these men. They are the best of the best of men. I am blessed for knowing as many as I have and extremely blessed to have shared his life.

    By the way, my profits, if any, will 100% go to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization he was very supportive of. I would challenge the other writers to donate a portion of their profits as well.