Nebraska born and bred Navy SEAL Calvin "Coop" Cooper, after his own family has perished in a tornado, is ordered to meet the family of a prominent San Diego psychiatrist. The doctor's brother is a fallen SEAL medic who died in Grenada. There, Cooper meets Libby Brownlee, the beautiful niece of this fallen hero. Heavily influenced by her father, "We don't speak military here," is her comment about the military in general, and the SEAL community in particular. What starts out as a frosty debate between two people privately dealing with their own personal grief, turns into a passionate affair neither expected. Just as Cooper realizes perhaps Libby is the woman he's always been looking for, she is snatched out from under him by a psychopathic killer bent on revenge. Dr. Brownlee is forced to rely on Cooper's help, along with his buddies in SEAL Team 3. Will Cooper be able to survive the loss of the woman he loves, or will his self sacrifice be enough to keep her safe?
©2012 Sharon Hamilton (P)2013 Sharon Hamilton
"To Thy Known Self Be True"
Entertaining, great story and sex scenes.
Cooper was a SEAL that I can easily identify with. He was easy going, strong and he loved not only his woman but his dog.
I've heard Mr. Hart narrate other books. He does outstanding work. I do prefer his storytelling of romance. I really prefer his character as the narrator and hearing the story from his perpespective. His masculine voice can be strong at times and as smooth as butter at other times. He does great character voices with accents.
I usually listen to audio books at night for about two hours. So, I enjoyed this one in about a week at night and in my car on the way home from work.
I can't wait to hear more from Sharon Hamilton and J.D. Hart.
Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!
I was excited for this book. Really Cooper was intriguing in the first book. He had that whole delicious bad boy thing going on, yummy player! Her definitely loves up to that in the first chapter. Way to start things of smexy!!
Cooper is an interesting guy and has loads of potential. It just feels rushed in the beginning. I never connected with his loss because it did not have time develop. Perhaps giving him more emotional connection would have helped. Even though he had lost his whole family, there was a major disconnect.
Libby is the kind of girl I usually like to read. She starts off with spunk and appears very strong. She seemed to fall off as the story progressed. I wanted her to stay that kick butt girl who broke a guys finger. That is a gal who could take care of herself. I also felt like she never dealt with her feelings about the situation with her mentor. She had moments where it felt like she was coming to terms with the incident, other times she acted like it never even happened.
The mixed narrative is great because you get into each character's head. The change of POV is very easy to follow and adds to the story. You get more than just Libby and Coop, there are a variety of supporting characters that offer a different narrative. This really helps the reader feel more engaged in the action.
There is a lot going on in this book. The story moves in many different directions, a reader really needs to stay on their toes to keep up. I was not surprised by the stalker, it was kind of right there from the start, even with all the possible curve balls thrown into the plot. While all the plot points were interesting they really seemed to pile up on top of each other. It felt like story overload, perhaps a touch of editing to reign things in would be suggested in the future.
There are connection in all of these books, we see carry over of the side story in the first book. Fredo and his love of Mia, Armando dealing with the family drama, and of course Mia being a world class brat. I get that this spill over is meant to lead me into the next book in the series. It just felt like a distraction from the main plot.
I listened to the audiobook and was once again very pleased with narrator J.D. Hart's performance. He has a yummy deep tone with just a touch of rasp. His speed is just right, I like the faster readers especially in action books. His women's voices are better this time. Far less whiny. All the voices were distinct ad easy to identify. He is a real compliment to the series and made the listening smooth. Once again there was a technique incorporated that made the messages and radio portions sound farther away.
The steamy parts are yummy!! That Cooper really knows how to get down and dirty!! Things progress quickly, but I am okay with that, especially when the characters have chemistry. These two a combustible!! Wickedly delightful to listen to, sigh, that man gives good ears!!
I am really interested in the series and seeing where things are going. There are many unresolved issues with Armando's plot. The last two books have been a big build up for his book. They were each interesting and enjoyable reads, I just felt like they were filled with bits leading to his eventual HEA. I hope it doesn't disappoint. He has been through a lot and that family dynamic is sure to give him fits.
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
Loved this book so much that I had to buy the audio books also along with the one for my kindle and also the paper back.
Ok I like romance but the characters were like high school kids horny all the time even when it was an inappropriate time. It's like oh plot goes up in intensity then bla bla thinking with other head huge yawn
The plot was good but delivered flat, I could listen to one more sex scene
The first seal book was good this one not do much
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