The book is littered with Alpha males, a big ol’ family of alpha males with alpha male buddies and alpha male adopted friends. I was just waiting for a scene where they all got drunk, beat on their sculpted naked former military chests, and chanted cadences together. But the over the top masculine posturing was killed by the number of times these brawny boys started bawling. I admit it, it’s me and my own jaded bias against men crying, but seriously the dad cried, a brother cried, and Ethan must have broke down crying at least six times. Man up Ranger’s, former Marine, and former Navy Seal, this Army Vet thinks you’re all pathetic.
I had to suspend my disbelief too much in order to get through the plot mechanics of this book. If you are a stickler for how the world really works, this book will annoy you. We’re going to launch some spook mission into drug cartel territory, but we’re not going to do a trace on who sent the Fed-ex package. A wayward teen is taken in by a schoolteacher, but no one in county social services or child welfare is notified. A body was incinerated so badly dental records couldn’t be used to ID the body, but her wedding bands were only marred and not a puddle of melted goo. I know, I know un-plug your brain and try to enjoy it, but there were a lot of these kinds of things. They piled up on me making the read careless and messy.
Poor Mr. Berkley, I love him for uttering such terrible lines with professional conviction. I really did start laughing after awhile when he had to abide with the overuse and repetition of the word “baby.” Baby, oh baby, I love you baby.
The repetition and pacing was terrible. We hear Ethan make all of these confessions and long drawn out monologues about his love for Rachel. Then Rachel reunites with one brother and he hugs her, and tucks hair away, and monologues about family and how much everybody loves her. Then she meets with another brother and it’s a different brother but the same scene all over. Then Rachel reunites with a friend from high school, who is an adoptive friend of the family, and he’s hugging her and telling her how much her family loves her and it’s all going to be okay. Yes, we get it, everybody loves Rachel, wants to hug her and touch her hair, but I just wanted to ready the story, not read a different version of the same scene six times. So maybe not one specific character, but five of those six scenes could go.
So many good ideas, so many interesting characters, but in the end these elements were the only thing keeping this book from becoming nauseating. This is the most sappy and overdramatic book I’ve read in a long time.
Say something about yourself!
Suspenseful, gripping, unexpected
Rachel. Her courage and struggles
I made the mistake of trying to read another novel in this series and quickly realized I was missing background needed so I went back to this first novel. I would recommend reading the series in order.
I would listen to this book over again. I LOVED this book, great story line, great action and the family of characters are very very likable. The narrator is also very wonderful. I only listened one other book w/ a male narrator and was very happy w/ this one. He was very appealing to listen to, he added depth to the characters. Excited for the next one.
It was greatly read by a narrator that puts emotion in to the story as it is told.
No favorite, all great. The story was very smooth and detailed.
He is great, lots of emotion involved in his story telling and voices of the involved characters.
Each point made was a new experience I do not have a specific one.
Looking forward to this whole series! I will not hear another book till I am through with this series!
It was sad at first, then it was heartwarming, and just one good book in the series
I can't pick a favorite character, I liked them all, but the Mother is so heartwarming and loving, you can't help but like her
I almost did, but it took me two sessions to finish it
By all mean's get all the series worth the credit's
Love Romantic Erotica with a twist , thrill, suspense and a great story !
Was looking for a new series and this one caught my eye. Wasn't overly excited about the story, kind of went on slowly with alot more detail than needed. The narration just ok as well. I'm hoping there's better to come in the following books. The strong brothers kept me interested in the future books to come.
I thought I could listen to the series out of order. But I was bored and found I was on chapter 6 and I hadn't heard a thing.
Yes but will do in order. I really don't like series but have been pleasantly surprised...until this one.
yes, great writing. Fabulous Narrating!!
I'd say they are close to the Catherine Coulter FBI series!
He ads an extra personal touch. The way he brings the characters to life and allows the characters to be more real and feeling!
I've read this book before, however, when I listened to the part when Rachael was rescued, I literally cried. Harry Berkeley is fantastic at brining the emotions to the surface.
Keep the great writing and the character development coming!!
I loved this book! After listening to this 1st book in the series, I have already purchased the rest of them. The narrator was great, I love a strong male character especially when the narrator has a strong male voice!! If you love Maya Banks, you will love this series, it may just be the best one yet!