This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on May 5, 2015
Anthologies have been a great source for encountering new authors or new series and I love it when the antho is themed like this one. The Wounded Warrior Project is a great cause and I think it fab that the authors gave a story to support it. As I do with anthologies, I will write up quick impressions about each story with a rating and then sum up.
Hot as Hell by Julie Ann Walker
Deep Six series #.5
It was a desperate dangerous terrorist attack situation and yet the humor in the down home Southernisms from Harper, the heroine, and the SEAL team’s harassment of each other and Mark, the hero, along with the scorching passion made this a fun, fast moderately developed read.
In Plain Sight by Catherine Mann
Elite Force #4.5
Second chance romance set against a dangerous situation of a woman’s fatal attraction ex trying to killer her and her childhood sweetheart the 911 Operator she calls. Enjoyed the blend of suspense, re-connection, the back story and especially the service dog to go with this spicy romance.
Torn by Kate SeRine
Protect and Serve #.5
Friends to lovers romance in this childhood sweetheart- return from the war injured-stalker plot. Enjoyed the girl and guy next door slow build romance, stalker plot and promise for the series.
War Games by Lea Griffth
Endgame Ops #.5
Whew! This author knows how to set up an opening scene. I don’t think I would have put the book down short of a tornado blowing through and even then I would have just picked up and moved to the basement. Story stayed intense and did its job setting up what looks to be a killing black ops series. An Army Ranger and his dead pal’s sister work to find out who framed him and go on the offensive to take down whoever is manipulating things for a government takeover.
Beauty and the Marine by Tina Wainscott
Justiss Alliance #3.5
So poignant to see these two people come together with one scarred, but learning he was worthy and the other scared and lonely in this mission to get rid of a dangerous stalker. And snikeys that was a great twist at the end.
NSDQ by M.L. Buchman
#6.6 Night Stalkers
And now I know what the intriguing title stands for and it’s powerful. Just as this story was intense and powerful along with sweet. I loved the role reversal of the heroine being the injured combat vet and the hero being the strong encourager who sees her as being more than she sees in herself after she sustains a career-ending injury while saving all the crew and passengers of her medivac helicopter.
Sealed With Passion by Anne Elizabeth
#3.5 West Coast Navy SEALs
Talk about fireworks and heat! This one starts with a bang and a huge misunderstanding that a determined SEAL and a feisty interior designer overcome while helping out their mutual friends settle into their new home because they never stopped caring. There is a sense that this story was a follow-up to another story, but still has its own resolution.
Home Fire Inferno (Burn, baby, burn) by Suzanne Brockmann
#17.5 Trouble Shooters
What a fun adventure helping delivery a baby while the mom is stranded out in the desert that showed off how a SEAL team and their significant others are family and support for each other. The wry humor and sweet excitement were a great intro to me for a series I now really want to read from the beginning.
The variety in the circumstances, writing styles, and romance were a big plus. I will also say that it was great that each story can function as a standalone though a few were obvious that they are part of a series. Most shared alternating narrations while a few were told third person by one character. I loved how many of the authors focused on different aspects of wounded combat vets who bore external and/or internal scars. Some even tied in the wonderful work that the Wounded Warrior Project works on. Each story was filled with so many strong points and honestly there wasn’t a weak story in the group. I now have so many series that I need to try or in one case finish and it is with anticipation that I look forward to the effort.
I would definitely recommend this anthology to those who enjoy Military Romance, but other Contemporary Romance lovers might want to dip their toe into the sub-genre with this antho. It does the job of introducing and reacquainting the reader with several of the best writers in the genre. The romances mostly ranged into the spicy heat, but the action level of the plots varied.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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