Author's note: There are more Titan books coming. This novella is about Titan's Delta team. Old characters and new. Standalone, no cliffhanger. I hope you enjoy.
A Man Is Nothing
Trace Reeves was one bad day from a dishonorable discharge. The best the Navy SEALs had to offer, he became a vengeful, angry mess when his twin brother was killed-in-action. Now he's focused on a deadly obsession and unable to cope with the pain and guilt...except one time, in the arms of a one night stand that he'd never see again. She was smart, the sexiest thing he'd ever touched, but she disappeared into the night.
Without His Team
Titan Group was recruiting for their Delta team. They wanted ghosts. No ties. Nothing personal. The best of the best who could live off the grid and surface when commanded. Trace was the perfect recruit. Damaged. Heroic. Nothing to lose.
Until a Mission - or a Woman - Changes Everything
But when Trace's one-time fling becomes his high-value target during a black ops job, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.
Delta: Retribution is the first title in the new Delta series, a spin off from the Titan series. This novella was available in the Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset.
Fallen Navy SEAL and Titan Group's Delta recruit Trace Reeves wants nothing more than a one-night stand to forget that his twin brother was killed-in-action. But when his one-time fling becomes his high value target, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself.
©2014 Cristin Harber (P)2016 Cristin Harber
Some spinoffs work and others don't. This one does, so far. I liked the characters they are new and different from the main Titan team. His torturous life and her deprived life clash unexpectedly, twice. And the rest as they say...well, not quite.
I liked the unexpected twisted betrayal and definitely liked the retribution. While the ending was expected the events that led to it were not.
The narration was just right too.
If you enjoy the Titan group books, you will love this spin-off series. The characters are very likeable, the action believable and the sexiness is well written. Basically everything Cristin Harber does best. Some familiar characters will show up and you'll meet some new ones too. Trace Reeves is a hot mess, drowning in guilt until he meets Marlena, a one night stand turned high-value target, can they both overcome their pasts and demons to move forward?
This is a novella, it's around three hours long and in that time Jeffrey Kafer immerses the listener in the world of Team Delta, so much so, that you can forget everything and just enjoy the story. He brings an excellent blend of suspense and emotion to the story. I'm not afraid to say I got a little choked up towards the end. It was a very smooth performance and each character has such a unique sound, that their was never any confusion over who was who. Another outstanding performance by Kafer.
"Thrills, action, suspenseful romance at its finest"
When Trace went and talk to the boys on their last mission. That was a very touching and moving scene
I loved this action packed thriller that is full of passion, starting over and kicking some tail. The author gives you a wonderful amazing read that hooks you from page one with the thrilling fast pace action packed read. Trace is trying to get over losing his twin he is having a hard time and just about lose it. He is a mess and needs to take a step back but he needs to be in action which helps him forget or at least deal with his lose. Marlena is one smart cookie who has a very evil hateful father you would like to shoot. Nothing has been the same since her mother died and nothing will ever be the same when the truth comes out. Trace and Marlena have a lot of the same issues trying to forget, overcome your past and loss. With a one night stand and Marlena sneaking out they think they will never see each other again. Neither can forget the amazing night of passion they shared. Faith has a way of bring you around face, to meet your past as well as make it a life or death mission.
Jeffrey Kafer did a great job on narration the only trouble I had was he stopped for a little too long. I thought it was the end of the chapter or something was wrong with the audio. Then he would start talking again. I loved his rough and tough voice which really added to the narration. His character voices were outstanding. Mr. Kafer really puts emotion to his audios with deep rich male voices and lovely soft female ones. He gives just the right tones for each scene as he brings the story to life. I did not hear any background noise or any places where the audio volume was higher or lower than it was before. This narrator has a voice you could listen to all day, before I knew it the audio was over leaving me wanting more. I did listen to this in one setting I just could not put it down. I have never had so much fun mowing and cleaning as when I was listening to this audio. If a break was taken I could not tell it sounded like he did it all at one setting. I truly enjoyed this narrator as he really brought this story to life for me keeping me chucking, holding my breath as well as leaving my mouth hung open. I really am looking forward to listening to more from him.
This is one author that pulls you in from the first page giving you passion and so much action you are left hanging on the edge to see what trouble they get into next. Ms. Harber put a lot of thought into the writing of this book giving you a story that could be straight out of our headlines. She gives you wonderful likable characters you are cheering on or shaking your head at, at times you will have to laugh at other feel very sorry for them. My heart really went out to both Trace and Marlena both have lost so much and still will be losing more. I had a few favorite parts in this story one was when Trace was talking to the young boys almost at the end of the story. That was the most touching heart pulling scene almost leaving you in tears. Another was when he was trying to get Marlena out and she put up one heck of a fight. The ending is amazing and will almost leave you in tears. Her father you would just like to hang him up and leave him there. This is one HOT steamy read from start to finish. There are a few twist you won’t see coming and a few that you have to laugh along with a few you would just like to hit something. This really was an outstanding read that I totally enjoyed. I am so looking forward to more from this author.
"Yuck! That's MY opinion.."
This was my first book of Cristin Harber, and it will definitely be my last. It was only OK up until I quit reading it at 38%. I like sexual tension but when there's sexual thoughts on almost every page it becomes too much, the story is forgotten and replaced with thoughts of sex. AND when the author uses the word p***y to describe a woman's body part, well, I find that word totally gross. AND when the hero tells the heroine he knows she wants him to spank her, that's all. I happen to like sex in my books but I like romantic sex, not painful or dirty sex.
I'm giving this book 3 stars because I'm not finishing it, to be fair to the author.
As for the narration: Jeffery Kafer, again, was just OK. No emotion whatsoever. No laughter, no whispering, not a good job on the women's voices, nothing. The only thing he has going for him is how sexy he makes the men sound. But there's more to narration than that.
"Delta: Retribution is not to be missed!"
As a fan of Cristin Harber's Titan series, I was delighted to find she also has a Spin-off to this incredible series. Delta: Retribution is the start to this new series. It has some of the same favorite characters from her Titan series and it too is written as a stand alone, though is apart of a series.
From start to finish it is filled with suspense, combustible chemistry and unforgettable characters. Cristin has an amazing ability to combine these features in a way that tells a complete story, yet propels possibilities for future stories as well.
In this book, you meet Trace Reeves. He is a SEAL who is recruited for Delta team of the Titan Group. His career is spiralling after losing his twin brother in Afghanistan. His sole focus is on retribution, that is until he meets Jared Westin and is sent to South America to retrieve a high-value-target.
PS- Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job of narrating this incredible story. His performance only enhances Cristin's work with this amazing series. I can't wait for more!
"The Titan Group outstanding!"
I have read all the books so far. Waiting for more. A lot more of Her Titan Group.
"Boring and unbelievable"
This was my first book by Harber and probably my last. There was a frustrating lack of detail, the story was not believable, I spotted the bad guy immediately though the identity was meant to be a revelation later in the story, and the characters were poorly developed.
The narration was smug and smarmy and detracted from the story.
This is story is pretty good. (Lots of sex and swearing with some plot interspersed.) it's a short read which forces the action to happen quickly. Sometimes that creates situations that don't quite seem natural--but overall I would be willing to try another book by the author.
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