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Very enjoyable

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-19

SS has been building up to Moose and Penelope's story for a very long time, and it doesn't quite live up to the build-up. That said, it's still a strong entry in the Texas Heroes series. Moose is absolutely wonderful and Penelope's battle with her PTSD is heartbreaking at times. She's a strong woman, who struggles with survivors guilt after being taken hostage in Iraq and he gives her the combination of support and tough love she needs to face her demons.

Thoroughly enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-19

I loved the interaction between Dude and Cheyenne. The D/s aspects won't work for everyone, but I felt it was well done and made sense for both of them. It would be easy to say that Cheyenne is weak, but she has a very strong sense of what's right and will do whatever she feels she has to. She does have a need to please and a lot of insecurities, which Dude is able to support and soothe. Her unfiltered reaction when she's on morphine is hilarious and made me laugh out loud. Dude is a fantasy and his tender yet controlling behaviour made me melt - although it's not something I'd ever want in RL.

A great story

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-19

I absolutely loved Adeline and Crash. She's got the strength to stand up for herself and make her own way, not allowing her epilepsy or the ignorant hold her back, while he's so protective and caring that my heart melted. Coco was adorable and amazing; he really showcased the difference service dogs can make to someone's life.

Rushed plot but great central relationship

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-19

I'd have given 3.5 stars if I could. After a strong start, the plot becomes rushed and confused. There are too many unanswered questions that needed a longer story to tie up. However, I really liked Cooper and Sasha, which made it easy to overlook the other issues. DM has a talent for writing strong women, who need rescuing without being weak. You can really see Sasha being able to cope with the reality of the SEAL lifestyle without their relationship falling apart. Another consistent element is the banter between the team and how Sasha fits in with them perfectly. Cooper is honourable and caring and his strong morals are exactly what she needs following her husband and friend's betrayal. I was glad that there was a decent interval between the divorce and them getting together. She knew her feelings about both Cooper and her ex and there was no question of their relationship being a rebound.

Short and sweet

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-19

Tesla is one tough cookie! She may need rescuing (repeatedly) but she's no one's damsel in distress! I love how she fitted into the team dynamic and the other guys constantly wanting Mason to tell them if he's 'keeping her' or if they have a chance. Mason is as impressed with her as everyone else, but he's reluctant to accept that she's it for him. They make a great couple, with his strength supporting hers instead of trying to dominate and control. It's very clear throughout that he respects her and her work, which adds to the connection between them.

Tesla has some unpleasant experiences, but the story is light and there's a lot of humour. The sheer number of times she ends up in trouble becomes amusing as well. The ending is great: sweet and funny at the same time. The story is mostly plot driven, with one sex scene and the balance was perfect for the short length.

Issues with the narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-19

There seem to be a lot of cut in lines, presumably to correct errors. Unfortunately, the tone and volume are dramatically different, to the point I'm not sure it's the same narrator! It's jarring and spoils the flow of the story.

Ignoring the issues with the narration, it's an enjoyable story. Not as good as 'Mason' or 'Dane', but still fun. I liked the central relationship, as Swede and Eva's strong personalities complimented each other. Unlike the previous 3 stories in this series, they're already acquainted. Eva is Hawk's sister and the fact that the romance didn't cause conflict between him and Swede made a nice change. It's a just a shame that the next book, 'Shadow' isn't available as an audio book.

Great quick listen!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-19

I really loved this story. Dane and Marielle made a terriffic couple. She was strong enough to stand up to him, while also letting him support her. He was absolutely wonderful; strong and a bit bossy, mostly regarding her safety, but also sweet and caring. He melted my heart with his behaviour regarding the cat (Masters).

In such a short story the relationship has to happen fast but, unlike the previous book about Hawk and Mia, it didn't feel rushed. While I guessed the twist at the end well before it happened, it didn't detract from my enjoyment.

The SEALs of honour series is pure fluff, but the stories are a nice way to pass a few hours and I like that they can easily be finished in a single session. I've already got Swede and Cooper's stories and I'm looking forward to them! It's too bad that Shadow's book isn't available on Audible.

Hated the 'hero'

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-19

The hypocrisy Bastion showed didn't sit well with me. He's upset when Myst thinks he's a monster, but from the very start his intention is to get her pregnant despite knowing it's a death sentence! Not that he tells her that, or tries to get her consent to his plan. He feels a little bad about it though, so that makes it all OK.

It's not just that, though. He plans to get her to trust him by showing her through his actions that he's trustworthy. His initial way of doing that is to deliberately make her fear worse when he carries her into a pitch-black cave. The idea is she'll realise that he can see and won't let her be hurt. This when she's already terrified because he's kidnapping her! Taking her the least traumatic way possible would have been far more trustworthy than trying to manipulate her feelings. It all has a distinctively 'abusive boyfriend' vibe, which made me very uneasy.

The narration was a pleasure to listen to and kept me listening longer than I would otherwise, but I gave up in the end. Fortunately, the audio was free with Kindle Unlimited, so I didn't lose anything. I got the first 3 in the series at the same time and haven't decided if I should give the next one a chance or return them all.

Good story, but problems with narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-19

Good story, but the narration was a let down. DH occasionally seemed to forget the character's gender, lightening his voice for men and deepening it for women. On several occasions, he called Hawk 'Hank', which initially left me wondering who the new character was before I realised what had happened.

It's hard to suspend disbelief about the sheer number of times Mia is kidnapped, but it was the same in 'Mason' and almost feels like an inside joke at this point. Smiling isn't a normal reaction, but I couldn't help it by the 3rd time and it didn't detract from my enjoyment.

Things move very quickly, which isn't surprising for such a short book. It would have been nice if the relationship had been developed a bit more and they'd taken the time to talk. They really only spent a short time together between kidnappings and, while they thought a lot about each other, they didn't talk<i> to</i> each other!

I loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-19

The relationship between Colt and Macie is absolutely perfect. His strength gives her the support she needs and her faith in him gives him the peace he was missing. Macie's issues with anxiety are well described and her struggles don't in any way make her weak, while Colt completely melted my heart.