Review: Wounded Courage by S.M. Butler

Posted July 24, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 9 Comments

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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Wounded Courage by S.M. Butler
Wounded Courage


Series: #2 Lucky Thirteen
Genres: New Adult Romance, Romantic Suspense
Released on June 2, 2014
Pages: 246
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Okay, I tried, I really did.  I was so eager to read this book because of the blurb and I love military romances, but man…there’s only so much I could take with this heroine and the improbable plot that surrounds her.

I pushed through to chapter eight which is about one-third of the way and had to give it up.  I was getting too angry and disgusted to bother even if the heroine pulled off a massive turn around after that.  I am definitely in the mood to feel sorry for her love interest who has been nothing but solicitous, patient, kind and honest in the face of her lying, brattiness, petulance and foolish assumption that she can do alone the work of a trained Navy SEAL team against not one, but two mob factions.

The heroine struck me as a selfish, obnoxious and spoiled.  As the story progressed this conviction really grew as she kept flipping the blame for her choices on others and justifying her silence which was endangering everyone around her, wrongly assuming that everyone thinks she’s a screw up so why bother (her actions by her own admittance prove that the label would be deserved), and acting pretty immature in regard to the guy she’s attracted to and the loving brother it is killing to see her in danger and possibly sent to prison for her wrongful choices.  I just couldn’t see heroine material here even if a distant part of me could admire her desire to take down the mob.

So because I didn’t see the heroine pulling off a big game changer in my opinion of her and I honestly wouldn’t wish her on poor Murphy, I’ll just chalk this one up to this not being the story for me.

It is a New Adult level Romantic Suspense that has a good overall premise and shows some good plot points.  The camaraderie of the SEAL team is great so others might want to give this one a go.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review thoughts.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Braine TS

Super nice Sophia DNF’d a book?! WTF happened?! That bad eh, tsk tsk tsk… I will pass up on this then

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Shari Delighted Read

LOL, Sophia Rose never DNF often. I think this is only the second one ever! She tries and tries.

She will be back to civilization this weekend and I can’t wait for her to see this comment, lol.

Sophia Rose

Laughing so hard, Shari!

Sophia Rose

Oh my, Braine! It truly causes anguish to leave a book unfinished, but I think my blood pressure was being affected.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Whew boy! Yeah I’m gonna pass on that one too. Lordy. I would want to shake her something fierce.

Sophia Rose

I really did strongly wish to smack her and that was like p. 2.


ugh…she sounds super annoying. At least you tried 😉

Sophia Rose

It bothers me not to finish a story, but I really couldn’t stand that girl, Sharonda. Grrrr!


Lolss..totally understand. IDK with some.of these female characters these.days..they reall are frustrating.