Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He and his Team 3 roommate drive up to Sonoma County from Coronado to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs.
Nick only vaguely remembers Devon Brandeburg, his sister's best friend, but boy has she grown up. Last time he saw her was five years ago when he graduated BUD/s and completed SEAL qualification to obtain his Trident. Sparks begin to fly between the two of them, but not in the normal way for Nick. The woman wants nothing to do with him.
Devon Brandeburg has created a small financial fortune through her success in real estate. Her career is her main focus, but a closely guarded secret is her total lack of experience with men. After all, who needs them? Especially when their testosterone-stuffed egos suck all the air out of the room, like Nick's does.
Nick's sister requires two things of the both of them as her dying wish. 1. Nick and Devon must find a buyer for the nursery together, not allowing to her nasty winery owner neighbor next door to get his hands on her piece of heaven. 2. They date at least five times before she passes on.
What starts as a deathbed promise turns out to be a hot affair neither one expected. Nick becomes Devon's teacher in her journey to womanhood. As she comes alive in his arms, the student brings the teacher something he's never allowed himself to want, and now knows he needs.
©2013 Sharon Hamilton (P)2014 Sharon Hamilton
This book ranks in the top 10 audiobooks for me.
I loved that the Seals came together to help another Seal's sister. They were all there for Nick and his sister no questions asked. I loved the whole story from beginning to end. It's another great book by Sharon Hamilton that's so hard to put down.
J.D. Hart has such a sexy voice and all the different voices he does during this book are simply marvelous. I could listen to him read the phone book and love it too. Lol
There are several parts of this book that made me cry because it was so moving. For example, when Nick prayed. Also when Sophie died and during the funeral, it was very, very moving.
As soon as I finished this book, I started book 5 in the series. I just love Sharon Hamilton, J.D. Hart and all the Seal books I've read so far. She is an amazing writer and he's an amazing narrator.
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Captivating, hot, amazing!!!
I loved the whole story, the portrayal of a close bond between sister and brother, the close bond of a SEAL team, their 'no man is left behind' mentality makes me admire and love them more each time I read a story. The best part, as in each story written by Ms. Hamilton, is that love has the power to heal and the women in each SEAL's life is as strong as their men and in their own way support and strengthen them.
I love each character narrated by J. D. Hart, his voice is amazing. Each time I listen to a book narrated by him I am amazed with the range of voices, the emotions, the personalities he can portray.
I laughed out loud imagining the SEALs dancing and singing when they helped out at Sophie's nursery before the final sale day. I cried when Sophie died. There were a whole range of emotions throughout the book.
I really recommend this series, amazing stories. Even though I know they are fictional characters, they seem so real and their life, their struggles, their strength & dedication is pouring of the pages. With J. D. Hart's voice they come to life.
I like that the Seal team are a band of brothers that puts family first. I guess the thing I liked the least is that maybe there was more sex than story.
It was an enjoyable story, just not enough of the story versus the sex
I haven't read the book myself....I enjoyed J.D. Hart's narration.
Yes, it inspired me to not take anything for granted. No one knows what tomorrow will bring!
I would still buy more books in this series by Sharon Hamilton because I enjoy the military aspects of all my romance books and a portion of the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior project...I can always skip pages if they are superfluous to me.
The whole series is wonderful! I sank into the story as it was being told, the narrator is great! I have to get the next book!
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Yes I would listen to it again and again!
There were so many of them, but maybe when Sophie is asking Devon to "rescue" Nick.
JD makes it come alive. He completes each and every one of the books in this series and I think this is his best one yet. His steady pace full of heart-pulling, stomach-wrenching pure, raw feeling completely floored me.JD is all male and brings it to the overall presence for both male and female characters. He doesn't have to try to imitate a female, just the changes he applies are more than enough to feel the women, and I love to hear his voice pouring put the men's feelings and thoughts.This series was written for him to narrate!
When Sophie askes Devon to rescue Nick; when Nick goes completely "x*?$/"; even Mark, when he just picks Sophie up! All of it moved me from beginning to end. I don't want to include any spoilers!
Sharon Hamilton is a wonderful writer. I think she really outdid herself with this one because it made me laugh, made me cry, made me ache and made me sigh... and even though I suffered intensely... I WANT MORE!
Can I give this more than 5 *'s? Seriously this is one emotional roller coaster but lord have mercy it was worth EVERY single tear, laugh and funny look I got while listening to it. LOL Sharon did it again. Made it so I literally could not put this one down. the story itself is full of... well everything. You know the saying, "Live, Laugh, Love"? Well that is what this one is all about. The characters become a part of you as you read (or in my case listen) to the words on the page play out.
Nick, big strong navy SEAL has had a rough few days. He's not even been home from Afghanistan for 24 hours and gets a call from his sister Sophie. A call he knew was coming but still isn't really ready for. She has cancer and not doing well. It's time to get things in order for her final days. So he and his best friend, and SEAL Team 3 mate head up to her nursery. It becomes a team effort (literally) to get the things done that are needed. His sister though has hatched a plan, her dying wish kind of plan. Sophie wants her little brother and her best friend Devon to be together. So she tells them they must date 5 times before she dies. As if anyone could say no to that.
Thing is.. they but heads but they both have Sophie's best interests in mind. They love her and will do anything to give her what she wants. That turns into real feelings being developed. I mean, come on everyone has a soul mate. Sophie knows them both and knew they'd be the right kind of couple together. They manage to deal with the separation when Nick goes back home after taking care of his duties with Sophie's place. But things take a bad turn with Devon and Nick after Sophie passes. Something in Nick breaks. More so than when he is overseas fighting.
His sister, the only blood family he had left is gone. Now he's managed to make Devon hate him... and he really has nothing left to live for. When suspicions surface that his sisters health decline could have had help... Nick snaps again. When circumstances present themselves and Nick manages to escape his SEAL team after his sister's funeral and takes it upon himself to exact revenge on his sister's behalf.
His ONLY saving grace is Devon. Unbeknownst to her (since she is after her own revenge at the moment on behalf of Sophie) walks in just in time to stop nick from doing something that would ruin him forever. Devon is so mad, at him, at the situation and at the arsehole Nick has in his grasp that she strikes out against Nick. (With a baseball bat.. LOL) She threatens to bash his head in... in that moment she saved him. The way she stood up to him saved him. It removed the cloud from his mind and let him think.. Just as Sophie knew she would, Devon was there when he needed her most.. and then they went to jail together. (I seriously cracked up, ignored the strange looks and just LOL'd.. it was priceless. Reminded me of the breakdown in the cemetery scene of Steel Magnolias where Clary tries to get M'Lynn to slap Ouiser... ROTL. Seriously the BEST moment of the book for timing.)
Needless to say Nick now has a second chance to straighten himself up, get his head out of his arse and be the SEAL that his sister would be proud of. Time can heal wounds but so can someone who loves you and gets you.. and for Nick, that's Devon.
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The storyline concept was good, but it fell through in the execution. If the plot had received more attention and about half the sex was left out it would have been better. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with plenty of sexy scenes, but at times it felt way more heavy on sex than on the story. It just wasn't that great of a story.
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. It pulled me in like no other. The hot SEALs were still there, but the extra story line of cancer took it to a whole new level. Our hero goes to his hometown to help his sister tie up her worldly affairs before she passes. It was a difficult premise, sensitively handled. The passionate relationships still remained, but there was a serious undertone in this story. Very well done!
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Yes, definitely! The Seal Brotherhood is one of my favorite series.
I loved when Nick's sister requested he and her best friend Devon date at least five times before she passed on. It gave them a push into a relationship they didn't want, but was everything they needed.
Yes. J.D. is an amazing storyteller. He always bring the characters to life.
I felt really sad for Nick's sister.
I absolutely love Sharon's books and combined with J.D. Hart's seductive voice, this series is a must read.
I have to say that so far this book is my favorite of the series. You can tell the narrator has changed from really dull and monotone as in the very first book to actually sound passionate about what he's reading. This particular story really touched me and I could really relate to the characters.
Sharon has really made this book stand out among all the rest so far, I know there are plenty left in the series & I can only hope they are as all enjoyable as these first four have been. But Nick & Devin have touched me.
"I loved it"
I love the narrator, the passion and the romance. Ms Hamilton keep doing what ur doing :-)
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