Off The Grid Off The Grid by
Series: The Lost Platoon #2
Published by on July 3, 2018
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Pages: 304
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A hunt for dangerous secrets leads to explosive chemistry in this exhilarating romantic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Going Dark.

A team of Navy SEALs go on a mission and disappear without a trace--they are The Lost Platoon.

Investigative reporter Brittany Blake may have stumbled upon the story of a lifetime in her search for her missing brother. When he seemingly disappears overnight, she refuses to accept the Navy's less-than-satisfying explanation. She begins her own investigation, which leads her to top-secret SEAL teams, covert ops, and a possible cover up...

John Donovan is having trouble biding his time, waiting for his Commanding Officer to figure out who set up their platoon. John's best friend and BUD/S partner, Brandon Blake, was one of the many lives tragically lost in the attack against his team. When Brandon's sister, Brittany, tracks John down, looking for answers, he realizes that she may be their best bet--or bait--for finding out who is targeting SEAL Team Nine.

This is the second book in Ms. McCarty’s The Lost Platoon series and it’s amazing.

Lost SEAL Team 9 member John Donovan is hanging out in Finland, acting like a ski bum, earning money by working on the mountain. Really, beneath the ski bum exterior is a man who’s dying to get back in action. But he, and the other five surviving members of his team are staying under the radar. Someone set them up to die, so for all intents and purposes, they’re dead.

Brittany’s brother Brandon was one of the SEALs lost. She knows something more is going on than what the official reports are saying, especially since his team didn’t exist, at least not on the books. Brittany is a reporter with a chip on her shoulder about the government, so when she has a chance to expose something, even if it’s potentially dangerous, she goes for it. But her sources lead her to believe that not only are her instincts correct, her brother is probably dead, but that there may have been survivors. And a mysterious email leads her to John.

John and Brittany have a history between them, and she’s furious he can still get under her skin. He’s furious she’s not only putting herself in danger, but also potentially his surviving teammates. I’m sure you can imagine the sparks that these two are throwing.

But this is more than just a Romantic Suspense where the hero and heroine are on the run to stay safe and one step ahead of the bad guys. This is an intricate and intriguing story where the author delicately weaves strands throughout the book until something happens that you didn’t expect and you’re flipping pages as fast as you can to find out what will happen next.

For Brittany and John, there’s more in their way than his supposed death. She’s a reporter. She holds the truth as the most important thing in life. But where does she draw the line as a reporter? Publishing the truth is important because the people deserve to know what is going on, however publishing the truth could get someone killed. How can she reconcile that? And how will her article affect her budding relationship?

This is one of those books where you know the author did her research. SEAL Romance isn’t easy to write. They aren’t just a job. It’s amazing how much detail is given to the whole situation. The use of current events gives this book a realistic vibe, rather than dating it. It’s unique in that respect. There’s enough recap that you can read this book on its own, but at the same time you won’t feel as if the beginning is repetitive.

This author hooked me with her Highlanders once upon a time, and I’m pleased to say that I’m loving the new adventure she’s taking us on. Mixing real life issues and moments, combining them into the fictional SEAL Team 9, gives this series an edge. You’ll love it, trust me.

***ARC courtesy of Berkley

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