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Sequel to Maritime Men After completing Navy SEAL training, Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones face assignment to different platoons. Since the strength of their mutual physical attraction is exceeded only by their emotional reliance on each other, the idea of being separated for a year or more is a bitter pill to swallow. But missing Eli may be just the beginning of Cooper's trou Sequel to Maritime Men After completing Navy SEAL training, Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones face assignment to different platoons. Since the strength of their mutual physical attraction is exceeded only by their emotional reliance on each other, the idea of being separated for a year or more is a bitter pill to swallow. But missing Eli may be just the beginning of Cooper's troubles: he's got an undisciplined man in his platoon, an uptight commanding officer, and his own insecurity about his leadership skills to deal with. Without Eli at his back, Cooper starts to wonder if he really has what it takes to be a SEAL.


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Sequel to Maritime Men After completing Navy SEAL training, Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones face assignment to different platoons. Since the strength of their mutual physical attraction is exceeded only by their emotional reliance on each other, the idea of being separated for a year or more is a bitter pill to swallow. But missing Eli may be just the beginning of Cooper's trou Sequel to Maritime Men After completing Navy SEAL training, Cooper Fitch and Eli Jones face assignment to different platoons. Since the strength of their mutual physical attraction is exceeded only by their emotional reliance on each other, the idea of being separated for a year or more is a bitter pill to swallow. But missing Eli may be just the beginning of Cooper's troubles: he's got an undisciplined man in his platoon, an uptight commanding officer, and his own insecurity about his leadership skills to deal with. Without Eli at his back, Cooper starts to wonder if he really has what it takes to be a SEAL.

30 review for Anchors Aweigh

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaje Harper

    I liked this book even more than the first one. In this book, the two men spend most of their time apart, with Cooper discovering who he can be when Eli isn't there to lead him, and both of them working for a future together. It is gripping, a little angsty and sweet, with major heat when the guys find time together. I really, want to see another one (hopefully there will be a book #3) with the guys finally together, but unable to acknowledge that while on active duty. Well written, fast moving, I liked this book even more than the first one. In this book, the two men spend most of their time apart, with Cooper discovering who he can be when Eli isn't there to lead him, and both of them working for a future together. It is gripping, a little angsty and sweet, with major heat when the guys find time together. I really, want to see another one (hopefully there will be a book #3) with the guys finally together, but unable to acknowledge that while on active duty. Well written, fast moving, hard to put down and while the end is satisfying it definitely left me wanting more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kassa

    Sequels are a tricky thing. Anchors Aweigh is the long awaited sequel for the very popular Maritime Men and thankfully AA delivers in very much the same voice and content as the original. The narrative continues from Cooper’s point of view as he worries about the upcoming separation from Eli and the other members of his crew. When the two decide to rent a beach front condo together to have a home base, they struggle with being apart for several months. However, there is a glimpse of hope on the Sequels are a tricky thing. Anchors Aweigh is the long awaited sequel for the very popular Maritime Men and thankfully AA delivers in very much the same voice and content as the original. The narrative continues from Cooper’s point of view as he worries about the upcoming separation from Eli and the other members of his crew. When the two decide to rent a beach front condo together to have a home base, they struggle with being apart for several months. However, there is a glimpse of hope on the horizon. Once again the narrative is told from Cooper’s third person perspective and it’s sharp, clean, and engaging. Cooper is dedicated and almost obsessed with Eli but at the same time, he loves his job as a SEAL and knows the sacrifices and challenges that come with that. Even though the men are clearly in love they don’t feel the need to express their feelings all the time. Their emotions are shown in small, subtle moments of a look or a touch. Even when the two are apart, which they are for the majority of the story, Cooper doesn’t offer angst and drama. Instead he does his job and lives his life with Eli never far from his mind. While I greatly enjoyed reading this sequel, there are a few points that stretch the story. First is the decision to rent the beach house which didn’t make much sense to me. The rent is very expensive and over the course of almost 8 months, either man is there for perhaps a handful of days at most. Clearly Cooper is creating a home together for them when they finally are assigned together – if that happens – but it seems premature. I wonder if Cooper needed something to look forward to or focus on while separated from Eli but this never came across if it was true. Additionally, the final assignment of the men is a bit whimsical but as it fits how all readers (myself included) would want it to end, there are no real complaints. Since the entire story, well both stories, are told from Cooper’s point of view, Eli remains very much a mystery. His thoughts, motivations, and desires are hidden and only revealed if Cooper somehow figures them out. On the one hand this fits Eli’s strong, silent type personality but it would have been nice to see a story from Eli’s perspective; especially since he shoulders a great deal of responsibility and promise given his status and rank. Although the series feels finished with the ending, if there are further stories perhaps we could get one from Eli’s point of view. Overall this is a fitting and delightful sequel to a great book. The focus on Cooper’s SEAL training and his responsibilities is rich and offers an instantly engaging narrative against the backdrop of military men. The romance is well crafted and shown through separation, offering some powerful moments between the two and some hot sex. If you enjoy military settings and want some hot, sex men that will capture your attention and keep you thinking of them well after the book ends – get this series. Start with Maritime Men but quickly move to the equally fabulous Anchors Aweigh.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Harrington

    I frickin love these guys The second book in the maritime men series was just as amazing as the first. I was worried that this would be a complete disaster, because that is normally what does happen. But I absolutely loved this story. I really hope there will be a third, fourth and fifth book in this series. Coop and Eli need a HEA. And they need more time together. The way they sort of committed had me swooning. It was just such a happy moment for me. Thank you Janey Chapel for writing these am I frickin love these guys The second book in the maritime men series was just as amazing as the first. I was worried that this would be a complete disaster, because that is normally what does happen. But I absolutely loved this story. I really hope there will be a third, fourth and fifth book in this series. Coop and Eli need a HEA. And they need more time together. The way they sort of committed had me swooning. It was just such a happy moment for me. Thank you Janey Chapel for writing these amazing books and creating these amazing men. :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Feliz

    After reading I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel - and I wasn't disappointed, this was just as good as the first book. It's very much Cooper's story though; Eli is absent for about half of it, if still always present in Cooper's mind. A beautiful love story under DADT, and also an ode to the brotherhood of warriors that makes Eli and Cooper's crew what they are. After reading I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel - and I wasn't disappointed, this was just as good as the first book. It's very much Cooper's story though; Eli is absent for about half of it, if still always present in Cooper's mind. A beautiful love story under DADT, and also an ode to the brotherhood of warriors that makes Eli and Cooper's crew what they are.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Excellent sequel, the characters are as sexy and bold and attractive as before. Fascinating details about their training, good balance of fun and comradeship with the anguish of being at the mercy of where the military sends you. Good to see them devloping as both men and lovers. Hoping for more sequels!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 Stars Anchors Aweigh is an impressive sequel to the first book in this series, Maritime Men. This time Eli, Cooper and the five other men from their Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training crew have already graduated and are now honest-to-God Navy SEALS. One of the cons about being an honest-to-God Navy SEAL or any other member of the military though, is that sometimes you have to leave the people you love the most. That happens in this story, Eli is sent for seven months somewhere 4.5 Stars Anchors Aweigh is an impressive sequel to the first book in this series, Maritime Men. This time Eli, Cooper and the five other men from their Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training crew have already graduated and are now honest-to-God Navy SEALS. One of the cons about being an honest-to-God Navy SEAL or any other member of the military though, is that sometimes you have to leave the people you love the most. That happens in this story, Eli is sent for seven months somewhere to do something and not even Cooper knows what that thing is. While Eli is away, Cooper is put in a platoon scheduled to deploy in a little over a year, serving as the Assistant Officer in Charge. Two men, Mickey Chavez and Ace O'Reilly, who are from his original BUD/S crew are assigned to the platoon with him. This separation has a silver lining on it though and that is, if Eli does what he's supposed to do and does it well, he has a chance at being promoted and put into Cooper's platoon as the Officer in Charge when he returns. Before Eli leaves for his mission he and Cooper decide to rent a house out on Imperial Beach, close to base. Neither of them are there much, in fact, Eli isn't there at all while he's deployed, but it's theirs and it serves nicely as a place to come home to for both men. It gives them something tangible that belongs to the two of them and a place where they can steal a few private moments on the rare occasions when they are there together. The seven months Eli is away is difficult, probably for both men, but since this story like the first one in this series, is told from Cooper's point-of-view, we don't get a glimpse into Eli's life while he's away. For Cooper it's a harsh combination of extreme training, growth, heartache and success. Cooper wonders before Eli leaves, if he is only a good SEAL, because he has had Eli by his side. In the months the two men are separated, Cooper learns to be a leader in his own right, he makes decisions, even a life-or-death one, he assembles teams and pairs people up based on his experience and his knowledge of his men. He becomes a SEAL he can be proud of, one that would make Eli proud and one that his men respect and whose orders they would follow without question. This book had a more solid ending and even beginning than the first one did. Eli and Cooper are exclusive, they have a home, a future and a duty they may be able to fulfill with the other by their side. The two of them have come a long way from the casual, spontaneous relationship that was started in Maritime Men. This was a story of hope, love and self-discovery. Cooper summed up what his relationship with Eli is best when he thought, “the team provided work for him, but Eli gave him purpose. The house provided him respite, but Eli made it home. Pure magic. No lie.” Eli and Cooper together and in love are just that, pure magic. No lie.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Surprisingly, this was a very intense read because right after Eli and Cooper realize they are in love, they know they are going to be separated for more training. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end waiting to see if they would be put back together again. They each worked so hard towards that goal, making huge sacrifices physically and mentally because they are so much better together as a couple and teammates than when they are apart. They are soulmates and Janey did an excellent j Surprisingly, this was a very intense read because right after Eli and Cooper realize they are in love, they know they are going to be separated for more training. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end waiting to see if they would be put back together again. They each worked so hard towards that goal, making huge sacrifices physically and mentally because they are so much better together as a couple and teammates than when they are apart. They are soulmates and Janey did an excellent job getting that point across. Their romance was very touching and sweet. GAH! I love HEAs and this one didn't disappoint.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Smith Barney

    Sequel to a military/m-m short-but-goodie Maritime Men. Great story. Underrated writer that has far too much promise to not write more in this genre. She has just the right testosterone/estrogen ratio down to a science. She writes her alpha men well in a guys-world-kind-of-way whether it be her sports/military themed stories she does a great job keeping it real. Sequel to a military/m-m short-but-goodie Maritime Men. Great story. Underrated writer that has far too much promise to not write more in this genre. She has just the right testosterone/estrogen ratio down to a science. She writes her alpha men well in a guys-world-kind-of-way whether it be her sports/military themed stories she does a great job keeping it real.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The second book in the series sees the team split up. Eli is sent to a team ready to be deployed and Cooper and 2 others from his team stay in California. I enjoyed this book. More about Cooper as Eli is deployed for the majority of the book. They decide to rent a small off base house so they can be together when not deployed. Eli comes back at the end of the book and is assigned to Cooper's squad again. It looks as if book 2 was the last in this series which is a shame as I would like to see how C The second book in the series sees the team split up. Eli is sent to a team ready to be deployed and Cooper and 2 others from his team stay in California. I enjoyed this book. More about Cooper as Eli is deployed for the majority of the book. They decide to rent a small off base house so they can be together when not deployed. Eli comes back at the end of the book and is assigned to Cooper's squad again. It looks as if book 2 was the last in this series which is a shame as I would like to see how Cooper and Eli's story goes on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wren

    2nd installment of Maritime Men. The boys have to deal with being separated. Cooper learns to rely on himself instead of always on Eli. They rent a house together, even though they're not going to be together there much. It's fun watching Cooper be domestic. 2nd installment of Maritime Men. The boys have to deal with being separated. Cooper learns to rely on himself instead of always on Eli. They rent a house together, even though they're not going to be together there much. It's fun watching Cooper be domestic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Snowtulip

    I love the chemistry between Eli and Cooper! This was a great sequel that just made me love these two so much more. We get to see great character development for Cooper and witness the love between these two men bloom. Can't get enought of these two and hope there is more to come! I love the chemistry between Eli and Cooper! This was a great sequel that just made me love these two so much more. We get to see great character development for Cooper and witness the love between these two men bloom. Can't get enought of these two and hope there is more to come!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jane (PS)

    I really enjoyed this - the separation that made the MCs individually, and as a couple, so much stronger! And I loved the SEAL training element - the hardship and the friendship.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lada

    So much feels amidst crazy-ass SEAL training. And seriously, this author really could write with her excellent choice of phrases and her skills in evoking emotions without turning these tough, disciplined men into whiny and/or horny emo men.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Briet

    Just as good as the first part. It actually felt like one book cut into two halfs, but good none the less. Definetly recommend it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tam

    This is the follow-up to Maritime Men. Eli and Cooper are finished their training and waiting to get their assignments. They are almost guaranteed to be split up which sucks but is a fact of life. They agree to rent a house together and they find out that Eli is being deployed right away and Cooper is going to be a second in command with two of the remaining guys and stay behind.The tentative plan is that when Eli comes back he’d take over command of Cooper’s group so they’d be together. It was This is the follow-up to Maritime Men. Eli and Cooper are finished their training and waiting to get their assignments. They are almost guaranteed to be split up which sucks but is a fact of life. They agree to rent a house together and they find out that Eli is being deployed right away and Cooper is going to be a second in command with two of the remaining guys and stay behind.The tentative plan is that when Eli comes back he’d take over command of Cooper’s group so they’d be together. It was quite interesting to see Cooper have to be the boss. He’d always relied on Eli and he questioned if they only reason they were any good, and he himself, was because Eli made them good. He had to do some growing up and stand on his own as did the other guys. It was also hard for them to be apart for months with zero contact allowed. They had agreed to remain faithful and rather than just float quite so much they actually acknowledged their relationship and how they felt. So it was a very nice conclusion to their romance and I really enjoyed it and I am quite sure I could never serve in the military. Too much work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabetta

    So Janey Chapel knows how to write. And she knows how to write men. But she also knows how to write male camaraderie and military training and swagger without going over the top. These are real guys not fantasy supermen. Wait, they are Navy SEALs so they are badasses. This sequel to Maritime Men is all about enduring separation from the one you love. Again we have Cooper’s POV. Cooper completes his SEAL training and Eli is deployed to dangerous parts unknown. Cooper and Eli had learned to suppor So Janey Chapel knows how to write. And she knows how to write men. But she also knows how to write male camaraderie and military training and swagger without going over the top. These are real guys not fantasy supermen. Wait, they are Navy SEALs so they are badasses. This sequel to Maritime Men is all about enduring separation from the one you love. Again we have Cooper’s POV. Cooper completes his SEAL training and Eli is deployed to dangerous parts unknown. Cooper and Eli had learned to support each other during their early grueling training days in the same crew but Eli now depends on what he learned from Eli’s leadership and puts it to good use in his own leadership training. He figures out just how much Eli was looking out for him. This is a different kind of love story in that the two MC’s are hardly together but their every breath is filled with wanting and needing each other. Oh, and then there's get-back-together sex. Loved it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Writerlibrarian

    Almost a 4 stars. Eli and Cooper embark on the last part of their SEAL training and are facing the dismantlement of their team and being apart. Both realize they have something between them that works emotionally, physically, spiritually and decided to risk keeping their personal bond despite being placed in different SEAL teams worlds away from each other. This chapter of the Eli and Cooper story is mostly Cooper coming into its own as a team leader, growing up as a person. Both Eli's going awa Almost a 4 stars. Eli and Cooper embark on the last part of their SEAL training and are facing the dismantlement of their team and being apart. Both realize they have something between them that works emotionally, physically, spiritually and decided to risk keeping their personal bond despite being placed in different SEAL teams worlds away from each other. This chapter of the Eli and Cooper story is mostly Cooper coming into its own as a team leader, growing up as a person. Both Eli's going away and coming home parts are lovely and intense. Better than the opening novella of the series. Well worth the reading time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    A. Steele

    Janey Chapel's sequel to "Maritime Men" is a must-read. If you couldn't get enough of the desire and tension between Cooper and Eli before, this book is for you. Once again, Chapel's smooth, readable style and gift for realistic dialogue make this a fun fantasy to lose yourself in. With Eli's influence, Cooper begins to mature into a much richer character, and the sparks between the two only get hotter! Janey Chapel's sequel to "Maritime Men" is a must-read. If you couldn't get enough of the desire and tension between Cooper and Eli before, this book is for you. Once again, Chapel's smooth, readable style and gift for realistic dialogue make this a fun fantasy to lose yourself in. With Eli's influence, Cooper begins to mature into a much richer character, and the sparks between the two only get hotter!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I was pretty happy to see that I had this book as well, after reading the first one. I found that the characters were more fleshed out in this one. It was also longer, which was nice. I'm looking forwards to a (hopefully) third one in the series, seeing how Eli and Cooper manage in their careers. Also, with the repeal of DADT, wondering if that will play a role and what people will say. I was pretty happy to see that I had this book as well, after reading the first one. I found that the characters were more fleshed out in this one. It was also longer, which was nice. I'm looking forwards to a (hopefully) third one in the series, seeing how Eli and Cooper manage in their careers. Also, with the repeal of DADT, wondering if that will play a role and what people will say.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy❤Ann

    This book was intense all around. I could feel the intensity in the relationship between Cooper and Eli – it was just there, as if no gap from the first book existed. I could also feel the intensity of what it must be like to face the realities of a situation such as theirs (and frankly, how much it would suck). I love where things ended, but selfishly, I really want more please!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Stephenson-Jackman

    A wonderful story of love and devotion. Devotion to each other and devotion to duty. Cooper and Eli find each other soon after entering training as Navy SEALS. As training ends they find themselves very much in love but separated by duty. Devoted to each other they endure the separation in the time of DADT. During their separation Cooper becomes the man Eli knew he could be as a leader.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    Good second book, more development of the two characters. If you like hot, steamy military men, it's a good quick read! More about the trials and tribs of being in the military with more hot steamy scenes. Good second book, more development of the two characters. If you like hot, steamy military men, it's a good quick read! More about the trials and tribs of being in the military with more hot steamy scenes.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ereader

    This installment of the story is much more satisfying. It was interesting to watch the growth of Cooper while Eli was away. Also, their reunion at the end was very sweet! Oh, and great use of a song lyric, "ain't no sunshine when he's gone ..," This installment of the story is much more satisfying. It was interesting to watch the growth of Cooper while Eli was away. Also, their reunion at the end was very sweet! Oh, and great use of a song lyric, "ain't no sunshine when he's gone ..,"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    4.5 Stars Review soon....I'm in love! 4.5 Stars Review soon....I'm in love!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Great book! Loved the characters and their love story

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reggie

    This series is GREAT!! Now I have to wait for the next one. tic-toc-tic-toc.... Oh well, at least I have something to look forward too! ;-p

  27. 4 out of 5

    Janie

    We got to hear more about the characters this book but this book wasn't near as sexy as the first one. We got to hear more about the characters this book but this book wasn't near as sexy as the first one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Seregil

    The story was a bit more touching than the first book and we got to get to know the two men better. I was left wanting to know more about how they'll manage to stick together. The story was a bit more touching than the first book and we got to get to know the two men better. I was left wanting to know more about how they'll manage to stick together.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  30. 4 out of 5

    Califg70

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